4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 3, 2007 10:23 AM by DV Guru
DV Guru Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
Hello Everyone,

I installed Call of Duty 2 on my Santa Rosa MBP and I was somewhat disappointed with the framerates I was getting. Only about high 20s or low 30s in the most intense scenes, but it will jump to 50 or 70 when inside a building. This occurs at ALL resolutions, no matter how large or small, which doesn't make sense to me seeing as resolution usually impacts performance. I have all of the other settings at default except for the resolution. My iMac Core Duo, however, plays the game at about 50FPS on average.

I feel that the game is playable, but my iMac 1.83Ghz Core Duo is much less powerful than my 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo MBP and it has the ATI X1600 card, which is also somewhat inferior to the Nvidia 8600M GT. On World of Warcraft, though, I can get upwards of 80 FPS on the MBP, which blows the iMac out of the water.

The only thing that I can think of is that the game runs off a DVD? The MBP has a 8x Superdrive and the iMac has a 16X superdrive, so maybe that is why the iMac plays the game better? Or is this a driver issue?

I remember a topic being posted on this but it kind of died out so any help will be greatly appreciated.


Message was edited by: DV Guru

iMac 17" Core Duo, Macbook Pro 2.2Ghz (SR), Mac OS X (10.4.9), 512 MB RAM (iMac) , 2GB RAM (MBP)
  • 1. Re: Call of Duty 2 low framerates
    Corbin Todd Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    This honestly isn't going to help you, but I have been having the same problem with World of Warcraft on my MacBook Pro. I just got the 17" with the high res display. I know that this machine has the horsepower to handle it, but for some reason things end up being laggy. Just like yourself, it doesnt matter what resolution I have it on. The only thing that seems to fix it is when I switch to windowed mode, but then I blow it up as big as it can go (almost full screen) and it works fine. I'm pretty stumped.
  • 2. Re: Call of Duty 2 low framerates
    DV Guru Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
    Thanks for your input. I strongly believe that this is a driver issue with the 8600M GT chip. Any other replies on this issue are greatly appreciated.
  • 3. Re: Call of Duty 2 low framerates
    Samgilljoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, the WoW stuttering is a driver issue. When it started months ago, a lot of Apple apologists kept going on about how we wouldn't have to wait for Leopard to get fixed drivers from Apple and Nvidia. Bah. I'll be installing Leopard in about an hour, but I take no great joy in it, since as far as I can tell, they've still done nothing about this. Sure, I like some of the new stuff for other purposes, but I would not have shelled out so much money for a fancy nVidia card and a 7200 rpm HD, had I known that gaming would get nerfed in favor of the few designers doing animations with propriety Apple software on a laptop (hello? Every design team I've ever seen uses desktops for such things.)
  • 4. Re: Call of Duty 2 low framerates
    DV Guru Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
    The Macbook Pro Graphics Update 1.2 seems to have updated the graphics drivers and remedied the problem for me.

    Kudos to Apple! :P