8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 7, 2013 7:49 AM by ds store
goose-hunter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a winter 2013 macbook pro with a 2.9GHZ i7, 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 512 MB, running OS X 10.8.2 (12c3012) how can i boost this for gaming...is this good for gaming? could i play games like call of duty with this?


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: how can i boost my graphics for gaming?
    coander15 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    You have already added 8GB of RAM to your system which raises the minimum GPU VRAM to 512MB. That is really all you can do to boost your GPUs performance. As far as gaming goes... It's not a discreet card by any means, but it can get the job done. Check out this Benchmark.

  • 2. Re: how can i boost my graphics for gaming?
    goose-hunter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    so do you think runniong black ops 2 would be ok...this is not a gaming PC but i already dropped some coin to have a powerful macbook for work. i figure might as well be able to game a bit on it too..

     

    thanks again

    goose-hunter

  • 3. Re: how can i boost my graphics for gaming?
    coander15 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    I found a couple of videos that might help:

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjP9xDpWNtM

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsf6bX-gIzU

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWp3pL7gHZg

     

    Keep in mind these are not MBPs that these videos are made on. Your experience may vary.

  • 4. Re: how can i boost my graphics for gaming?
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Intel HD integrated graphics are poor for gaming, dedicated graphic GPU's are much better.

     

    Only the 15"/17" MacBook Pro has a extra GPU worthy of 3D gaming, then only for some time as newer games come out to take advantage of better hardware.

     

    For 3D gaming a console or a Windows 7 64 bit 3D gaming tower is best.

     

     

    Mac's have been dropping further down on this list, because many people are opting for iPads and Apple has discontinued the 17" MacBook Pro and is eyeballing the MacPro. With the MacPro, getting video card upgrades is rare, prohibitively expensive and substancially underpowered compared to Windows PC video card selections.

     

    http://www.cbscores.com/index.php?sort=ogl&order=desc

     

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

     

     

    So lets say you really don't buy a Mac to 3D game, but on some powerful models you can do some as a side hobby.

  • 5. Re: how can i boost my graphics for gaming?
    coander15 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    You can in fact game, however your experience gaming on an Intel HD chip will not be that of a Nvidia chip. So don't expect that type of performance. However the game should be playable. You will have to do some in-game setting adjustments.

  • 6. Re: how can i boost my graphics for gaming?
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    goose-hunter wrote:

     

    so do you think runniong black ops 2 would be ok...this is not a gaming PC but i already dropped some coin to have a powerful macbook for work. i figure might as well be able to game a bit on it too..

     

     

    The 13" is not a gaming computer, despite Apple packaging the 13" along with the other MacBook Pro's.

     

    You'll have to check the specs of the games at the developers sites, however the minmal requirement is 99% of the time unsatisfactory as updates etc come out.

     

     

    Apple used to have that 13" type of machine as a MacBook, then introduced the iPad and moved the MacBook onto the MacBook Pro's as a 13" model, then removed the 17" MacBook Pro.

     

    So you see the shuffling around going on there as consumers in general are opting for the iPad instead than laptops.

     

    Forget about 3D gaming on Mac's, it's future is very bleak indeed as more people are opting for the 3D less iPads with their "fake 3D" which is 2D images made to look like it's 3D.

     

    3D GPU's generate a lot of heat, thus are unsuitable for iPads, and with the rise of dedicated consoles, makes them a better choice for 3 D gaming for most.

     

    The hardcore 3D PC gamers are on Windows machines for it's longevity between OS cycles, hardware customizing and software tweaking ability.

  • 7. Re: how can i boost my graphics for gaming?
    coander15 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    Install Black Ops 2, and try it for yourself. That will answer your question.

  • 8. Re: how can i boost my graphics for gaming?
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    goose-hunter wrote:

     

    so do you think runniong black ops 2 would be ok...this is not a gaming PC but i already dropped some coin to have a powerful macbook for work. i figure might as well be able to game a bit on it too..

     

     

    Check the games hardware requirements and keep in mind it's really requires a lot more than stated, that's the bare bones minimal, turn down all the graphics and watch stuttering at 20 frames per second type 3D gaming.

     

    In other words you need to exceed the minimal hardware requirement of the game, the more the better.

     

    You need at least over 50 frames per second for smooth game play, 40 FPS is smooth animation, the extra +10 FPS is for those times there are more animations than normal or the map is larger than the others.

     

    Forget getting 50 FPS out of the Intel HD graphics, not going to happen until CPU's come up a lot more in performance.