WOW gaming on MBA 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sinser, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. sinser macrumors 6502a

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    I still have a 2008 MBP, the one with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 512 MB. After 2 years of absence I'm playing a bit of WOW on it but the performance doesn't satisfy me anymore. How would a new MBA perform in comparison ? Better ? Worse ? Same ?
     
  2. jadam macrumors 6502a

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  3. silverf1re macrumors regular

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  4. jadam macrumors 6502a

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    LFR? You mean raids in WoW?
     
  5. silverf1re macrumors regular

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    Ya, looking for raid
     
  6. sinser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Surprisingly I just discovered that most of the performance loss on my aging MBP was due to the way display clamshell mode works in Mountain Lion. By playing with no external display or by disabling the MBP display with a magnet I got a good peformance improvement. I play with settings on low/fair and it runs at 40-45 fps on average on new Mist Of Panaria zones. Not something to report back home, but it's playable now.
     
  7. fedecape macrumors 6502

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    well, that's good to know..

    Clamshell mode reduces gaming performance
     

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