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New macbook pro.

#1punji_styx88Posted 6/6/2012 11:12:22 AM
So I guess Mac is coming out with a new Macbook 15" soon; with ivy bridge and dedicated GPU. I am intrigued. How would this work for games, would it be able to play games from last year pretty well? I am not too concerned about being a hardcore gamer atm, I am content with my xbox, looks good enough to me, I prefer bigger display with optimized performance/graphics/res versus maximum resolution and a small display anyways.
#2punji_styx88(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2012 11:13:12 AM
But being able to get a macbook for productivity and being able to game on the side would just be icing on the cake.
#3_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 6/6/2012 11:16:25 AM
Don't get a Mac expecting to game. The GPU really isn't made for it. If you want a Mac for it to be a very sleek and nice machine then the 15in will be a good option, but the hardware isn't made to game. They get hot too easily and don't really get very nice frames for $1800.

But for a non gaming machine, the Mac 15in is very thin and light. You may be able to do games like skyrim on medium with acceptable frames, but the computer will get very hot. Very nice for general laptop usage, not so much for gaming. Still a nice machine but you can do better for $1800 in terms of gpus.
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#4ShubPosted 6/6/2012 11:17:28 AM
Depends on the actual specs and the screen's resolution (remember rumor has it it may come with a "Retina" display).
The current MacBook Pro with a 6750 or 6770M is already able to play games ok, I would imagine the new one would be an upgrade, no matter how small.
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#5_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 6/6/2012 11:20:54 AM
Shub posted...
Depends on the actual specs and the screen's resolution (remember rumor has it it may come with a "Retina" display).
The current MacBook Pro with a 6750 or 6770M is already able to play games ok, I would imagine the new one would be an upgrade, no matter how small.


Oh if it DOES have a retina display, you are going to want to lower that substantially when gaming or your game will look like a slideshow. One Tradeoff. Even the new iPad has trouble gaming at the retina resolution. Newer games like nova are being released for the new iPad that have reduced effects from the iPad 2 version because the retina display is too hard to power. Apple quadrupled the pixels and only doubled the graphics. (gotta keep that battery in check).
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