World of Warcraft on Penryn MacBooks

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  1. toughboy macrumors 6502a

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    Has anyone tried WoW on the new Penryn MacBooks?? Especially with the 2.4 GHz models??

    How is it in raids with 10 or 25 people casting stuff?
     
  2. madmartigan macrumors member

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    I would like to know this as well, how about the 15 or 17inch 2.6 ones too.
     
  3. toughboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well I think MBPs probably rock in WoW, since it doesn't require a great system..
     
  4. Echinda macrumors regular

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    I run WoW on a MBP and it flies - but it is not the CPU but the GPU that matters. The OP is probably wondering how the onboard graphics on the new macbooks cope with 3d gaming. Experience on a MBP isn't relevant to that question.
     
  5. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    hahaha

    try running wow on a 300mhz computer, even with a recent video card (if you could).
    :D
     
  6. hankolerd macrumors 6502

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    I think he means that upgrading the CPU from like a 2.2Ghz to a 2.4Ghz doesn't change the framerate that much, I don't think he was implying that World of Warcraft doesn't require a processor to play.:apple:
     
  7. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

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    heh...yea you would think :p. although it would be amusing to have a 300 mhz computer with a top of the line graphics card...

    I'd imagine you will pull 20-30 FPS in a heavy raid setting (SSC/TK/BT level). I get that much on the new iMac with all settings maxed except draw distance (I have that at half since I can't tell the difference between 50% and 100%). I also run approximately 30 mods (PitBull, Grid, Quartz, QuestHelper, MonkeyQuest, Prat, Omen, Violation, etc).
     
  8. madmartigan macrumors member

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    you should be able to pull 60 fps in reg situations and 50 fps in raids with the new mbp's.
     
  9. luffytubby macrumors 6502a

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    I would love to know how games like WoW, GW, Warcraft 3 runs the new macbooks, aswell as macbook air.

    both in bootcamp and/or with crossfire, fusion and parellels!
     
  10. Echinda macrumors regular

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    :rolleyes: ahem - not what I meant. On the 15.4" MBPs the bump in CPU speed is small (2.4 Ghz to 2.6 Ghz), the GPU didn't change and you get more VRAM. The CPU architecture changes shouldn't really effect that all-mighty metric, FPS, because that is all about pushing polygons (i.e. not really CPU dependent). The increased VRAM might get you something, but as I recall, there weren't big performance increases on the 17 vs the 15 before the upgrade, and the 17 had the bigger chunk of VRAM. And last but not least, WoW isn't that big a performance test anymore because it doesn't really push the envelope on graphics (see Crysis) so you would think that all recent MBPs would start having similar WoW performance because the software itself isn't asking the most of the machine it is running on.

    But why listen to me? The guys over at barefeats are putting a new 15" MBP through its paces and, while they aren't done yet, they give a teaser here http://www.barefeats.com/mbpp01.html

    None of that helps the original poster answer his question about Macbooks and their onboard graphics though. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a site that has posted speed tests for the latest MacBooks yet. But I doubt they will be much better than these tests from December 20. http://www.barefeats.com/mbook2.html The Macbook uses the same onboard chipset as before, so it isn't clear to me why there should be any significant increase in 3D gaming performance on it.
     
  11. Echinda macrumors regular

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    I think Fusion only has experimental support for DirectX 9's 3D functionality and parallels doesn't support it at all. So you really need to use Bootcamp at the moment.

    Crossfire? Do you mean the multiple GPU platform from AMD? You would have to have a Mac Pro to use that (if the Mac Pro's motherboard is even Crossfire capable ...), and it isn't supported by either Fusion or Parallels. I don't think it helps in a single GPU environment.
     
  12. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    I know this. You were so itching to get postcount+1 before anyone else did you didn't bother to elaborate.
    :rolleyes:
     
  13. Aihal macrumors newbie

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    Not Bad

    I play WoW on my 2.4Ghz Penryn MacBook (with the intel integrated graphics). It's not great, but it's fine for questing/farming etc, for anything else I switch to my iMac.

    On mostly low settings I get 20-30fps in general, but it drops to ~10fps when it gets busy (if you run around outside the auction house in Ironforge).

    I think you'd have to buy a Macbook Pro really if you want a serious Apple WoW machine.
     
  14. luffytubby macrumors 6502a

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    How much Ram you got?

    I wonder if the Mac based client version of WoW can take advantage of 4 GB!?
     
  15. dizastor macrumors 6502a

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    I play on a 2.0ghz first generation BlackBook. Works fine for me, but I don't really get into any intense raids anymore.

    Usually 20fps, except in Org or other heavily populated areas.
     
  16. Echinda macrumors regular

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    Look at the date I joined (2003), look at the date you joined (2007), look at my title ("member") and now look at yours ("demi-god"). Call it a hunch but given those stats, I'm not the one "itching to get post-count". :p
     

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