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Loki Eliot
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05-16-2006 10:16
Ok whos the first to get a shiney new mac book and how well does SL work on it????
Nyoko Salome
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intel something-or-other graphics chip; 64m...
05-16-2006 10:37
-shared- memory... ugh! hope it does better than that would promise...:(
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Rob Danton
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mine's great
05-16-2006 11:58
massive performance jump from the 1ghz G4

From: Loki Eliot
Ok whos the first to get a shiney new mac book and how well does SL work on it????
Skippy Omlet
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05-16-2006 12:26
It's not going to be a gamers machine, but it'll be lightyears better than any of the PPC laptops. I just orded the black one with 2gb of ram. So I'll report back in "3-5 business days." :-)

Skip
Aren Mandala
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05-16-2006 16:04
Has anybody tried SL on the intel mac mini? It has the same graphics card as the new Macbook.
Nyoko Salome
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ahhh, but...
05-16-2006 16:51
From: Rob Danton
massive performance jump from the 1ghz G4


i believe the op was referring to the brand-spankin'-new, just-announced macbooks (sans 'pro' monicker)... did they already shelve?

but if you've got one of the 'very-slightly older, but still very new' probooks, do they have shared vram too? last i knew, they were dedicated chips...
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Aren Mandala
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05-16-2006 19:58
The MacBook Pro has a dedicated video card. The new MacBook has the integrated card with shared memory (same one as the Intel Mac Mini). The Apple store near my house said they'd have them on display tomorrow. I'm going to go down there and try to see if can run SL on it.
Rob Danton
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sorry - I'm so out of touch
05-17-2006 09:20
You're right. Mine is a macbook pro with dedicated graphics chip. I would imagine losing that would suck for any sort of 3D gaming. I hadn't heard about the macbooks, are they the new ibooks?
Aren Mandala
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05-17-2006 12:26
I just got back from the Apple store. The Macbook is a nice computer but it's not that great for SL. I got frame rates averaging about 15. That's better than my Powerbook G4 which averages about 8 fps. But the Macbook Pro with 256MB of video ram did much better! I averaged 28 - 30 fps while standing and walking. About 15 - 20 while flying around inbetween buildings. And got up to 70 fps while standing on the edge of sim looking out into the void.
Nyoko Salome
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vavoom!!:)
05-17-2006 13:07
From: Aren Mandala
I just got back from the Apple store. The Macbook is a nice computer but it's not that great for SL. I got frame rates averaging about 15. That's better than my Powerbook G4 which averages about 8 fps. But the Macbook Pro with 256MB of video ram did much better! I averaged 28 - 30 fps while standing and walking. About 15 - 20 while flying around inbetween buildings. And got up to 70 fps while standing on the edge of sim looking out into the void.


thanks for the hands-on report... been hearing of those kinds of framerates with the pros. drooooolll...
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Skippy Omlet
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05-17-2006 13:17
I'll have mine tonight and will post my results. I am certain it will be better than my current Powerbook G4, which was almost unplayable due to not enough ram. The integrated graphics are an issue, but 15fps is better than what I get typically on my Powermac G5 due to all the lag in-world. So my gut tells me the bottleneck won't be the Macbook but other factors.

I'm so excited, new toy tonight! :-)

Cheers,
Skip
PetGirl Bergman
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05-17-2006 13:21
There are a BLACK one out from now to!!!

ttp://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wo/0.RSLID?mco=A4791B5D&nclm=MacBook

/Tina
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Loki Eliot
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05-18-2006 05:41
hey skip, dont forget to tell us how much ram yu hav in yur macbook
Skippy Omlet
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05-18-2006 10:49
Ok, I got my MacBook last night and instead of setting it up, configuring my email, and all the usual stuff, I downloaded second life and was up until 2am. This darn "game" is addicting. :-)

Anyhow the verdict is it plays great. I am sure that it would be better with a faster video card, no doubt, but it seemed faster than on my dual 2ghz G5 Powermac. I do have 2gb of RAM in the laptop, and while I was in-world there was 1gb ram in use, so that certainly helped performance having the extra memory.

SL would hover at 100% cpu, which meant the second core was completely free to do other things and the system seemed smooth and responsive even with sl running. No problems at all.

The only real issue I found is that because of SL being a cpu hog the fan would kick on and the MacBook got a bit loud. Normally Macs are quiet, but when playing SL on it it was NOT. :-) But I can live with that. It gets a little hot too, so I put a blanket underneath and that solved that problem.

All in all I'm really, really pleased with it. The glossy screen is much better than I expected, and the colors look better than my 20" Cinema display. I was very surprised by that. The display is really bring and crisp. Great little box all around, highly recommended.

Cheers,
Skip
Missy Malaprop
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05-23-2006 18:12
putting a blanket under it might help your legs, but will help keep more heat trapped in the laptop. Best to get some type of a lap table tray type thing to put it on.