12 Replies Latest reply: Aug 11, 2010 11:09 AM by JasonFear
playmaker44 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Macbook Pro 13" (purchased February 2010) so i assume its a late 2009 model.

Processor- intel core 2 duo (2.26 GHz)
4 GB memory (DDR3 1067 MHz)
NVIDIA GeForce 9400m
VRAM 256 mb

I run starcraft 2 on the default settings which is pretty much "low" for everything. while it runs totally smooth, i want to up the graphics but still have that smooth gameplay. i would be satisfied if i could up it to just medium, im just looking for a little better visual experience. what recommendations can you give as to what i should change for this to happen?

Macbook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Set it to medium and see what happens. If it's not satisfactory, set it back to low. There's nothing you can do to improve your computer's performance except to make sure nothing else is running at the same time as SC2 and competing with it for hardware resources. You have a bottom-of-the-line computer and you're pushing it to play a top-of-the-line game. Performance won't be ideal.
  • playmaker44 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks so much,
    yeah i have pushed some settings up to medium, and it does do some good graphically, unfortunately the gameplay tends to lag a little too much. would it be helpful (and would i even be able to) switch out my current graphics card for one that is better? I know Macbook Pro 13" now come standard with the NVIDIA GeForce 320m graphics card. is that an improvement over the 9400m i am running now and is it even possible to buy separately and install?
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    No. As I wrote above, there's nothing you can do to upgrade your computer's graphics performance. The GPU is soldered to the logic board and can't be removed or replaced. The 320M is a more advanced GPU than your 9400M, but to get it, you'd have to buy a new MBP.
  • LT. Smash Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If you can, run windows on your Macbook, Starcraft 2 seems to run much better in Windows on the Mac. Mac OS is not very nice to games right now, though its getting better. I found the same thing was true with Steam games like Team Fortress 2, it just runs better in windows.
  • Dl383 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    do you get the same multitouch capabilities and functions from the touchpad if you run windows 7 on bootcamp?
  • JasonFear Level 5 Level 5 (4,935 points)
    I don't play Starcraft II (or any game for that matter) with the trackpad but I can comment on the gameplay difference between OS X (10.6.4) and Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) on the newer 13" MBP.

    Both handle "Medium" just fine, I find that one OS is not better than the other in terms of adjusting the performance sliders. But I will say that there were a couple of missions in the campaign where I did find that the machine to stutter a bit. Namely the last Zeratul mission and most of the final campaign missions on Char, especially the last mission (ground defense, haven't tried air defense but I imagine it'd be worse).

    As with any shared GPU, there aren't many modern games that you'll be able to go much above low-to-medium if you want optimal FPS. I have not attempted SC2 on the 9400M unit but given benchmark scoring, etc. I personally don't think trying to get rid of your current model and upgrading to the latest one is worth the price difference. The performance difference is not that "night and day."
  • daveron Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I have a macbook pro 17in with the same specs as your 13. Run under bootcamp and the performance is phenominal. I play at 1920 x 1200 on high with no problems.

    There is a bug in the current nvidia drivers in OS X the affects game performance.
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    daveron: No 17" MBP has the same specs as the OP's 13" MBP. None is even remotely similar.
  • thedarkpersian Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    I strongly suggest you to run the game on bootcamp(But i don't think you would buy another version of the game), cause the GPU with the latest drivers under win7 are better than OS's one. I'don't really suggest this to everyone, but under win7 you can overclock a little bit the GPU, then you can run the game smoothly on medium(I personally tested this with a 13'')
  • JasonFear Level 5 Level 5 (4,935 points)
    thedarkpersian wrote:
    But i don't think you would buy another version of the game


    Once you link the serial number of the game to your battle.net account, you should be able to sign into the battle.net website and view your installed games. This will allow you to download the game for Windows or Mac OS X. The downloader is about 7GB and uses a Torrent connection to download, so it's usually pretty fast on most residential services.
  • mjb8797 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the new Macbook Pro 13" (2010) and I was having difficulties on OSX. It barely even looked decent on Medium. I took the input I received online, bootcamped it with Windows 7 (64bit) and now it runs like a charm. I run it on high settings and it runs pretty smoothly for the most part. I highly suggest bootcamping if you're interested in gaming.
  • JasonFear Level 5 Level 5 (4,935 points)
    Hi mjb8797,

    It's odd that there appears to be differences across machines. In light of all the recent discussions I decided to fire up Starcraft II in OS X on high settings and played about 3 hours last night without any hiccups. I even played a 4v4 bot match on very hard against the zerg and protoss and it never once buckled under load.