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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted December 23, 2007 09:14      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A lot has changed with Apple since I have been gone. I was looking on the Apple website at the New MacBooks and saw that the video got an upgrade. It lists it as shared with the Main Memory and lists it as 144Mb. I'm wondering if anyone knows much about this. I know that sharing video with main memory slows things down a bit. But does anyone know about the preformance with the way the MacBook is set up? How would it be for playing video games under Windows? I want to dual boot it for Video Games.

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Richard Wolf VI
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Icon 10 posted December 23, 2007 12:08      Profile for Richard Wolf VI   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If you are taking off 144 MB of 2 GB for graphics it's not the big deal. If you feel it's somewhat of an overkill you can always set the shared portion in Windows anyway you want.

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Icon 1 posted December 24, 2007 04:48      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
From what I've heard, the card in the MacBook has no trouble with lots of polygons or large textures. But the shader implementation is lacking some useful features, so game developers usually prefer to disable shaders than write a workaround for that specific card. I think that's why a lot of the recent EA games aren't supported on the MacBook.

So I suspect that lots of games will run acceptably quickly but not look very fancy. Have a search through the MacRumors forums; they often have reports about this very topic. Definitely worth checking out.

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Icon 1 posted December 24, 2007 07:35      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have 3 MacBooks, (1 CD and 2x C2D) mine, my wife's, and my daughter's - the ones that came with a base 512Mb RAM struggled a bit with WoW until upgrades to 768Mb or better cleared that up.

I am not a massive games player so I can't comment on how it compares to other stuff - but I have no complaints about it.

If you are really concerned about games graphics performance then a MacBook isn't really the machine to be looking at...

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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted December 24, 2007 08:47      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The reason I'm looking at the MacBook is 1) I love OSX and 2) the price is right.

The Games would be played under Windows XP. Untill Mac catches up with putting out the latest and greatest games I'm kind of stuck with Windows [Frown] .

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Icon 1 posted December 24, 2007 08:56      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm not a gamer, so I can't speak to the video quality. In all other regards, I /love/ my MacBook. :-)

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Richard Wolf VI
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Icon 10 posted December 24, 2007 09:05      Profile for Richard Wolf VI   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The latest MacBook has Intel GMA X3100 graphics which are a great improvement over previous gen's GMA 950. They would work even for the latest games.

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