WoW On External, Performance

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Smalss, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. Smalss macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Hey Guys,

    Quick question. Got a 2010 13" MBP with the 320m. How good would performance be on an external running 16** x 10** or even 19** x 10** be?
  2. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Just a guess, but probably not that great. 1600 maybe OK, 1920 might really push it. You'll have to lower your settings in any case, not the very lowest but probably medium low (particularly view distance) and of course turn off full screen glow and death effect. I think this would work OK for PvE questing and adequate for 5-man dungeons, with a few slowdowns here and there. For raids you will have a lot of lag and it could be borderline unusable.

    As I said just guessing though.
  3. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Should be fine @ medium.

    I run at native 1280 High its its smooth unless in in a raid, in which case I lower everything to low for 25 mans
  4. mcgvv macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2010
    urs are much better than mine..
    run it perfect
  5. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    Should be fine. The issue is more about your cpu than your gpu anyway. Just make sure to turn shadows to the lowest.
  6. CocoaTurtle macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    I used to play WoW on my MacBook with a Intel GMA 950 and it played just as well on a 24" HDTV as it did on the MacBook's own screen (surprisingly) so you should have no problems with your MacBook Pro and the 320m! As someone else mentioned, its always a good idea to keep shadows turned down!

    Have fun!
  7. jakeguy99 macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2007
    It will run perfectly, the only thing that will take a hit is maybe some load times, everything else will be fine.
  8. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    Wow ran decent on external (1680x1050) on my old MBP with 8600mGT, yours should be about the same
  9. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    That's probably because your 24" HDTV was only slightly higher resolution than the MacBook's internal screen.

    Still, the OP shouldn't have much trouble playing WoW at a higher resolution on an external display. Might just have to turn down some settings. My first-generation Macbook Pro 15" (first Intel laptop) could run WoW during TBC at 1600x1000 on Med to Low settings...

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