What games can I run in XP on my MacBook Pro?
February 16, 2010 12:58 AM Subscribe
I'm a hard core Mac nerd who's a total Windows novice. Can you explain the weird RAM and graphics memory totals I'm seeing in Windows XP (SP3) on my MacBook Pro, and give me some idea of what I can actually expect when it comes to performance in games?
posted by raygan to Technology (13 answers total)
I'm on a late-model MacBook Pro 13" (2.53ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GForce 9400M). I'm running XP primarily to try some of the Windows-only games I've missed out on in two decades of being a Mac fanboy.
I'm trying to assess what I'll actually be able to run. What has me confused is that the numbers I'm seeing in System Properties and the NVIDIA Control Panel don't match up with what I thought I had installed.
System Properties (in My Computer in XP) is telling me that I have 2.72GB of RAM, when I have 4GB installed, and the NVIDIA control panel is telling me that I have 512MB of graphics memory, when I thought the 9400M just borrowed system memory for graphics. What's going on here? Even taking the 512MB into account there's still something like 0.7 gigs of RAM unaccounted for.
I guess my main question is how do I take these (slightly confusing) numbers and compare them rationally to games system requirements? What can I realistically expect to run? For example, the most advanced game I've tried running so far has been Mass Effect, which surprised me by running just crackerjack once I turned the screen resolution down a notch. Am I going to be able to play Mass Effect 2? Am I going to be able to handle Left 4 Dead? Any other recommendations for games I'll be able to play here that I can't find for my PS3?
Bonus Question: Are there any Windows tricks I should know about to squeeze extra performance out of a machine like this? I'm not hoping to run Crysis here, just looking to get some cool stuff from Steam.