Hey guys, this is Vadim at Max Tech, and this right here is Apple’s brand-new 16-inch MacBook Pro. It’s actually fully specced out, with a 2.4GHz 8-core i9 processor, 32GB of RAM, and the highest end 5500M, 8GB graphics card. And in this video, we’re going to be testing gaming performance, playing Call of Duty’s all new Modern Warfare. And we’re also gonna be testing out a couple of benchmarks, Unigine Heaven and 3DMark Time Spy. And we’re gonna compare this model to the base 5300M, 4GB graphics, to see if it’s actually worth spending the extra cash, the extra 200 dollars, to get the fully specced out graphics for gaming.
Now, I wanna remind you guys that these graphics cards just got the very first drivers for Windows 10 using Boot Camp, so they might have some glitches or some performance issues, and performance should generally improve over time. So, let’s get right into it, and see how much FPS we can get on the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Alright guys, so here I am in Boot Camp on the fully specced out 16-inch Macbook Pro, with the 2.4GHz i9 8-core CPU, and the best graphics with 8GB of video memory, so let’s get right into Call of Duty Modern Warfare.
So, first things first, I’ve got to fix these textures, because I think it’s a driver issue. So, right, this is weird. I’m gonna switch the settings right now. See, I’m gonna turn down the texture resolution a little bit because I’m not sure what’s going on here.
Textures are still screwed up, but FPS is better. You definitely don’t need this much FPS. Whoa! What is going on? So 150 FPS, still looking good. Oh.
I’m gonna go into the options. I’m going to set the render resolution to 75. Now, let’s see what that does. 75, that’s 1440p. Looks like now we’re honestly averaging around 50, 60 FPS. So, the fans are definitely really loud, but luckily the speakers are also really good and really loud as well. Or, of course, you can wear headphones while playing on the MacBook Pro.
Definitely seeing around 70 FPS with these settings, which is actually like the sweet spot. You want to be a little bit higher, so that when it dips down, it goes down to 60, and not much lower than that. So, the only issue that we’re experiencing these weird glitched graphics.
I’m gonna turn down the texture resolution down to low. That’s all off. Let me turn off these Cache Spot Shadows. Let me see if that actually helps. I’ll turn the resolution back to normal and see how that plays.
Alright, so those shadows are now off, still getting about 75, 70 FPS. To be honest, I think these are the best settings right here. I’ll show you guys in just a minute. It’s working incredibly well, so far.
So I still don’t know what’s up with these textures. They’re really, really messed up. Luckily the FPS is fine, but the textures are just screwed up right now. Really screwed up, I mean look at that.
The FPS is still good at around 70, sometimes it dips down to 60, which is fine. Any lower than that, you don’t really want. Oh, almost got him in the face. So with that screwed up textures, when we get new drivers out, it’s definitely gonna improve. So that’s gonna go away and the FPS is actually gonna get better, as well, so that’s really nice that we’re getting this much FPS around 70, so far. Yeah. I got him in the face? Oh, he’s up there!
Right, so real quick, let me show you guys those settings again. We’re at 2304, by 1440, that’s 75% render resolution. Going down where our normal textures, low on those, all the shadows are either disabled or low. And right now, we’re getting really good frame rates, around 70 FPS, with dips going down to 60, so I’d say this is pretty good.
Oh so close, I almost had you bro. Oh, got him. So I’d say, buying a 16-inch MacBook Pro and being able to play some games on the side, definitely pretty nice, you know, buying it for a productivity-kind of stuff.
So far, I’m extremely impressed because you usually don’t play at 1440p on a laptop and we were able to play at that resolution at around 70 FPS average and that’s with brand new drivers that are definitely having issues, as you guys saw with all those graphics glitches and everything else.
Now, we did actually play with the base $2,400 16-inch MacBook Pro that’s packing the 5300M, 4GB graphics. Now, before I tell you how that performed, let me quickly go through a couple of the benchmarks that we ran and show you the differences between the two.
Now in Unigine Heaven’s Extreme Preset, there actually wasn’t that much of a performance boost, going to the more expensive graphics. And interestingly, there actually wasn’t a big difference between Windows and Mac OS for that test so that could mean that the drivers are still underperforming in Windows. Or that can mean that Mac OS is actually catching up with gaming performance. We’re not exactly sure; we’ll see how the newer drivers perform after this.
Now we also tested 3DMarks times by benchmark, and to our surprise, the base model actually scored higher than the higher-end model which doesn’t really make any sense. We’re not sure why this happened. Maybe it’s driver issues or something like that.
But in Modern Warfare, the base model actually performed exactly the same as the higher-end model. We got around 70 FPS average on both of these machines at 1440p. And it’s interesting that the VRAM usage on both of these machines was under 3GB.
So right now, it looks like you don’t need the extra 4GB with the highest-end 5500M 8GB model, in seeing how both of these machines actually got the same FPS. Right now, it does not make sense to spend the extra hundred or the extra two hundred dollars on the better graphics card.
So if you’re planning on doing some gaming, the base graphics will actually be fine for you right now, because getting 75 FPS at 1440p is actually really, really nice.
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