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Kassix
12.21.2011 , 09:00 AM | #1
Hi guys, quick question..

Would the late 2010 (core 2 duo13") be able to run? Not concerned about the low graphics etc.. just wether or not it would be smooth?

I'm quite new to bootcamp also, my air has an SSD so OSX + win 7 + client would be a bit of a no go so could you boot windows and run the game via an external HD?

Also been offered an i5 MBA for 950 (brand new) from a workmate would it be a sound investment (assuming I'd still get a decent price for selling mine on) or should I just stick with the 2010 model?

Any advice is appreciated.. Cheers

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Mattbunn
12.21.2011 , 10:03 AM | #2
i doubt the air would run it smooth at all, it only has integrated graphics, no dedicated graphics card. My macbook pro has an old 9800m GT and runs it great and pretty smooth, and that is with an outdated card.

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split_light
12.21.2011 , 10:05 AM | #3
From my recollection of the stats on a MacBook Air, I'd guess no, or at least not really well. They don't have a very good graphics card.

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Kassix
12.21.2011 , 10:50 AM | #4
I know WoW ran pretty good but then thats a completely different engine.. I'll maybe just invest in the Pro instead. Thanks guys

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jeremiahjd
12.21.2011 , 10:55 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Kassix View Post
I'm quite new to bootcamp also, my air has an SSD so OSX + win 7 + client would be a bit of a no go so could you boot windows and run the game via an external HD?

Also been offered an i5 MBA for 950 (brand new) from a workmate would it be a sound investment (assuming I'd still get a decent price for selling mine on) or should I just stick with the 2010 model?
1. no you cannot boot and run windows from an external harddrive. so unless you have room on your local ssd to bootcamp, its a no go.

2. the MBA just isn't designed for gaming. its meant for on-the-go web and office work.
So even the i5 model has a mildly acceptable cpu but the graphics chip in thoseis not even close to usable for gaming.

honestly, for 950 pounds (about 1500 usd) you could build a WICKED gaming desktop pc and keep your current macbook air for its mobility and websurfing and all that fun mac stuff.

Thats what i did... sold my Macbook Pro to build a gaming desktop and bought an iPad.

Cheers.

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Kassix
12.21.2011 , 11:00 AM | #6
Yeah I have a gaming rig atm but I also use my MBA alot for when I travel etc so do some photo editing on there, I bought it because of the want for a 13" lightweight laptop that fits in my camera bag for travel and doing on the go CS5 general office stuff and surfing

My rig does however need a new cpu motherboard etc so may buy that with the returns off the mac and get an ipad instead =/ who knows

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Dorlomin
12.21.2011 , 11:01 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by jeremiahjd View Post
1. no you cannot boot and run windows from an external harddrive. so unless you have room on your local ssd to bootcamp, its a no go.

2. the MBA just isn't designed for gaming. its meant for on-the-go web and office work.
So even the i5 model has a mildly acceptable cpu but the graphics chip in thoseis not even close to usable for gaming.

honestly, for 950 pounds (about 1500 usd) you could build a WICKED gaming desktop pc and keep your current macbook air for its mobility and websurfing and all that fun mac stuff.

Thats what i did... sold my Macbook Pro to build a gaming desktop and bought an iPad.

Cheers.
This.

I built a new Gaming PC (strictly for this, BF3 and WoW) for around $1500US back in October. The Air that I have is used for web surfing/email/etc.

Ultimately just get a PC for PC gaming. While mac's can technically play alot via bootcamp, it just isn't worth it over the long haul (you can't upgrade your iMac's video card for example).

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Tujipufu
01.15.2012 , 02:23 PM | #8
I am running swtor on my MBA, it is fluid for the most part. My air is an i7 with 4gb ram. Had to partition the hdd and install win7 via USB drive with bootcamp. It's not ideal but it does the job
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Chipadee
11.19.2012 , 01:25 PM | #9
Im running on Macbook air i7, 8gb ram, it runs on high graphics settings with shadows off.

However twice now after half an hour of play the macbook has restarted during play, the fans are on full blast and the air feels very hot I'm assuming it restarts to protect itself from overheating.

Is anyone running on a macbook air and playing without any restarts from over heating? Would turning the graphics settings down help?