3D gaming benchmarks for all three late-2008 MacBooks

3D gaming benchmarks for all three late-2008 MacBooks

Summary: Rob-ART over at BareFeats.com has tested the new 'late 2008' MacBook 2.

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Rob-ART over at BareFeats.com has tested the new 'late 2008' MacBook 2.4GHz against the 2.53GHz and 2.8GHz MacBook Pro at its native 1280x800 and concludes:

The fastest "late 2008" MacBook Pro* (2.8GHz) is about 20% faster than its fastest predecessor ("early 2008" MBP 2.6GHz) when it comes to 3D accelerated Game benchmarks. However don't expect it to be faster than the fastest iMac or Mac Pro with roughly comparable graphics processors. A fast laptop Mac is not the equal of a fast desktop Mac. Unless portability is king, hard core gamers (and professional 3D modelers) will want a Mac Pro with the fastest GPU option they can afford...

When it comes to 3D accelerated graphics, the "late 2008" 13" MacBook 2.4GHz (with its integrated GeForce 9400M) is not as pathetic as the previous models of MacBook with the integrated GMA X3100 or 950. But its integrated GeForce 9400M is still no match for the dedicated GeForce 9600M GT (or 8600M GT) in the 2007 and 2008 MacBook Pros.

Read the rest at Bare Feats.

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • uh....

    How do they compare to pc gaming rigs...

    Or are you afraid to do a comparison
    dave@...
    • they cannot

      as mac are just overgrown calculator where any hadrware is impaired by the whorst OS of all time: MacOS. These are simply not gaming machine and never will.
      Mectron
      • OK.

        So don't buy one. Your problem is solved.

        Please also note that 3D performance is important for things other than gaming-- such as digital modeling and animation, 2 things that Macs are commonly used for.
        lostarchitect
  • Why even mention gaming...

    Seriously, why? "hard core gamers"? Where? Nothing like packing Apple's finest with 2 year old graphics cards. I guess when the latest games lag out from Vista on parallels (or any other VMWare deriverative) you can always 3D model. YAY!

    These reviews are stupid.
    tem.digital
  • RE: 3D gaming benchmarks for all three late-2008 MacBooks

    Apple computers were [b]never[/b] designed-for or marketed-as gaming machines. However, there are many Mac-users who do play games as well. I think the average hard-core PC gamer has already ruled out the Mac as a viable platform. (Also due to the limited number of games available). I use an iMac for my home computer and occasionally play the occasional game (AOE3 for example) but it runs fine, even on my old system.
    Tigertank
  • They're as good as any laptop...

    ...which is to say "nowhere near as good as a desktop of the same price".
    Sleeper Service
  • RE: 3D gaming benchmarks for all three late-2008 MacBooks

    But can you play WOW ? ;-)
    kuilboer
  • RE: 3D gaming benchmarks for all three late-2008 MacBooks

    hey guys i know this a a thread about mac's and their 3d testing, but can someone redirect me to a site that is REALLY REALLY good and NOT biased towards macs and explains why macs are better than a pc. i always hear leopard is great vista sucks but apple guys never seem to convince me. their argument seems weak. im not saying they are wrong, it just doesn't justify their claims.
    blackhawk556
    • mac vs pc

      All I can say is try both OS's and use which ever one you like.I prefer Mac over Windows and I use both but I think it is a personal preference.
      jorth