Windows XP or 7 on MacBook Pro Late 08? for gaming only

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Glumpfner, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Glumpfner macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2009
    Hi there,

    I'm glad Steam for Mac is out, but to be honest it does not work as well as on Windows.

    My question is, which is better for gaming. Windows XP or Windows 7?
    I would mainly play games like:
    - Source games (Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, Garrys Mod, Left 4 Dead etc)
    - Battlefield Bad Company 2
    - Modern Warfare 2

    My thought on Windows XP would be that it's lighter therefor possible better gaming performance.
    My thought on Windows 7 would be that it has up to date drivers, which games would take advantage from, therefor increasing the gaming performance.

    My System:
    15" MacBook Pro - Late 2008
    2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB Ram
    NVidia GeForce 9600M GT

    So what should it be, XP or 7?
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    7. That way you can use the 64bit version to take full advantage of the RAM and play DX10 if you want to.
  3. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    if you have to buy it get 7

    however if you have an xp disk lying around its the best
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    And not one of those XP "restore discs" from some other system. A plain jane, transferable, cop of XP that already includes SP2 or SP3 please!

  5. Glumpfner thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2009
    We have almost every version at work. Will grab one of them.

    So I guess I'll give Windows 7 a shot then.

    Thanks guys.

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