10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 4, 2013 2:20 PM by xgamer1224
xgamer1224 Level 1 Level 1

i have a mid-2010 macbook pro that has bootcamp installed on it. Ive been playing a lot of games on my windows side and have noticed that most games can only run at the lowest settings and even then sometimes the framerate is very low after that. Im curious to see if doubling my RAM would help in any way with gaming on windows? im also curious if i need a specific brand or anything. i was looking at the ones below and just curious to see what the performace would be like after the upgrade and if the parts are compatible.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313300

 

http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-PC3-10600-204-Pin-Notebook-CT102464BF1339/dp/B005J 4C820/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1383602100&sr=1-1&keywords=so-dimm+ddr3+8gb

 

all input is appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    That problem has little to do with RAM and everything to do with the computer's GPU.

  • xgamer1224 Level 1 Level 1

    thats what i was figuring but i was curious to see if upgrading the RAM would have any effect at all? or enough to warrant the upgrade price?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Your Windows system has full access to 4 GBs of RAM, so it's hardly a problem with not enough RAM. Windows is capable of being run on systems with as little as 2 GBs (Win7 or 8.) Games demand good graphics performance rather than a lot of RAM. Unless your games require more than what you have, it's not likely having more will make the game faster.

     

    But, it never hurts to have too much RAM.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    It may not be regular RAM but Video RAM (VRAM). Entry-level MacBook Pros use integrated graphics on the main processor and shares main RAM for VRAM purposes. Many games will either not run at all on integrated graphics or will run poorly.

     

    To see what graphics hardware you have, hold the OPTION key and select "System information" from tha Apple menu. In the left-hand pane click "Graphics/Displays." Copy/paste the resutls in teh main Sys Info window into a replyhee so we can see if your are fighting ahardware limitation.

     

    With that we can better advise you on whether to get more RAM.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    It's GT330M.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    Kapy wrote:

     

    It's GT330M.

     

    Yes, if it's a 15- or 17-incher. The 13-inchers used the Nvidea GeForce 320M. I see a "13" in his tags--screen size?

  • xgamer1224 Level 1 Level 1

    just checked most of the games that i play and it seems that my 4 GB is more than most of the ones that i play need. so it seems like there would be no reason to upgrade for gaming then. For reference, i was asking about better performace on games like Payday 2, Alan Wake, and Saints Row: The Third.

  • xgamer1224 Level 1 Level 1

    yes it is a 13-inch. forgot to mention that lol. woops

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    FWIW. If gaming is important to you, and you want good game performance on a Mac, then don't use a notebook computer. Move to a desktop Mac such as the top of the line iMacs or a Mac Pro. Notebook computers are not gaming machines.

  • xgamer1224 Level 1 Level 1

    yeah i know that gaming is better handled by desktops and i was looking into that. i was just curious to see if there was anything i could do other than buying a new computer.