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New to Macs - Some help with specs (Re: WoW) would be magnificent.

Opaque Plastic CupOpaque Plastic Cup Registered User new member
Hello, all. I apologize- you must get this exact same thread on a regular basis.

That said, I'm purchasing a MacBook Pro for the upcoming semester, and I'm curious as to how this setup will handle my World of Warcraft habit. This isn't going to be primarily a gaming laptop, but as WoW is the only game I play on the computer, I'd like to know how well it'll handle it. If there's anyone out there with a knowledge of what this technical gobbledygook translates to, please, act as an interpreter.

Specs:

Processor: 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache

Memory: 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB

Hard Drive: 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

Display: 15inch Widescreen

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB


Thank you very much in advance for your input, and have a great day.

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    ZxerolZxerol for the smaller pieces, my shovel wouldn't do so i took off my boot and used my shoeRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    It'll handle it fine. WoW isn't exactly a system pusher to begin with.

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    Opaque Plastic CupOpaque Plastic Cup Registered User new member
    edited April 2010
    Zxerol wrote: »
    It'll handle it fine. WoW isn't exactly a system pusher to begin with.

    True enough, thank you. I was a little concerned after googling the individual components- apparently people take issue with that video card.

    In any case, thanks again for the reassurance.

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    syndalissyndalis Getting Classy On the WallRegistered User, Loves Apple Products regular
    edited April 2010
    Zxerol wrote: »
    It'll handle it fine. WoW isn't exactly a system pusher to begin with.

    True enough, thank you. I was a little concerned after googling the individual components- apparently people take issue with that video card.

    In any case, thanks again for the reassurance.
    I not only 25 man raided on MacBook pro 3-4 generations behind that one, I recorded video of the sessions, while running scads of addons.

    It's gonna be fine.

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Oh yes, WoW will run like butter.

    If you don't mind putting off the purchase for a few weeks, Apple runs an annual "Back to school" promotion, where if you buy a new laptop you get a free ipod. It usually starts around the end of May/beginning of June.

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    Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I have a late '08 MacBook (the last generation of the plastic ones before the unibody ones came out), and I used to run WoW on that while IMing friends, listening to music, and surfing the web. You'll be fine. MacRumors agrees that this is the time to buy one.

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    vader111vader111 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I once ran WoW in forced software on an Athlon64 3800+ when my GPU finally carked it. Ran pretty well, actually.

    So yeah, you'll be fine. :D

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    AriviaArivia I Like A Challenge Earth-1Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Hello, all. I apologize- you must get this exact same thread on a regular basis.

    That said, I'm purchasing a MacBook Pro for the upcoming semester, and I'm curious as to how this setup will handle my World of Warcraft habit. This isn't going to be primarily a gaming laptop, but as WoW is the only game I play on the computer, I'd like to know how well it'll handle it. If there's anyone out there with a knowledge of what this technical gobbledygook translates to, please, act as an interpreter.

    Specs:

    Processor: 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache

    Memory: 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB

    Hard Drive: 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

    Display: 15inch Widescreen

    Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB


    Thank you very much in advance for your input, and have a great day.

    On the MBP before that, I get 120 fps in Azeroth, 90 in Outland, and 70 in Northrend with most of the settings pushed right up (incl. AA.) Only issues are 20 fps dips in 25-mans and loading into Dalaran. You'll be fine.

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    ScrubletScrublet Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    So given what you all have said, what's the opinion of the i7 and 512mb video? I'm buying a 15" and while I have no problem spending extra money I'm not going to do it for no reason. WoW is as good an example as any of the general graphics performance I'm looking for. Am i really going to see an increase in those options? The 512mb over 256mb in particular doesn't seem like it will do much given the relative power of the card.

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    JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I thought MBP's used shared video memory anyway.

    WoW IS a texture laden game... you may indeed use all 512MB... but the beauty of video texture memory is that it can mostly be easily supplanted by system memory with not much of a performance loss.

    It's when you run out of RAM period and start swapping textures from the HD that WoW begins to suck.

    With 4GB of RAM you should be perfectly fine with 256MB of video RAM. I've played WoW for ages past with only 128..

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    Big Red TieBig Red Tie beautiful clydesdale style feet too hot to trotRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Jasconius wrote: »
    I thought MBP's used shared video memory anyway.

    the macbooks and 13 inch mbp only have shared video memory
    the 15 inch and up mbps have dedicated and shared

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    birrubirru Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Scrublet wrote: »
    So given what you all have said, what's the opinion of the i7 and 512mb video? I'm buying a 15" and while I have no problem spending extra money I'm not going to do it for no reason. WoW is as good an example as any of the general graphics performance I'm looking for. Am i really going to see an increase in those options? The 512mb over 256mb in particular doesn't seem like it will do much given the relative power of the card.

    I say go with 512MB of VRAM and Core i7. Those aren't things you can upgrade later. And you may find performance constrained by lower VRAM in a couple of years. The Core i7 is gravy now, but you'll be glad you have it towards end of life. It'll also make resale easier. Certainly WoW doesn't need a top end machine, but during the lifespan of the laptop you'll need to ask yourself whether you'll play other games, get serious about converting/editing video, etc.

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    NatheoNatheo Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Jasconius wrote: »
    I thought MBP's used shared video memory anyway.

    the macbooks and 13 inch mbp only have shared video memory
    the 15 inch and up mbps have dedicated and shared

    This is true. And they switch to conserve battery or something.

    But yeah, dedicated memory from the 15s on up.

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    ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Pretty sure it's impossible to buy a new Mac these days that won't run WoW maxed out at native res.

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    MugsleyMugsley DelawareRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    In case you don't know:

    -- Your current WoW discs have the Mac client already installed on them. You will have to patch, however, once you get up and running (note: the Wrath DVD has Vanilla through Wrath on it).

    -- Your MBP *will* get hot while running WoW. If possible, find a way to prop up the back of the MBP to help with air flow (if you're feeling enterprising, add a small fan)

    -- I tried to disable as many features as possible once I installed the Mac client. Native video capture is turned on by default and it was causing some issues with my game. Took some ferreting through the setup menus, but I was able to turn it off.


    -- While you won't need Parallels or other virtual software for WoW, it may be worthwhile to pick up a copy for running a Bootcamp Windows install in case you need it. Keep an eye on MacHeist and MUPromo for discounted copies of Parallels.

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    SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Worse comes to worse, just turn down the graphical finishes. Really, it can be as easy as that.

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