Why the MacBook Pro-2019 Gaming Champ in MacBook’s

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December 30, 2020
Why the MacBook pro-2019 gaming champ in MacBook’s

MacBook’s are Apple's quite reliable devices. Apple upgrades its technology almost every day, and the MacBook Pro 2019 is one of the perfect laptops. Apple enhanced the stylish look on the device that clearly shows that its better than its predecessor.

Apple altered the MacBook pro's thermal limitations, and the new butterfly keyboard has excellent durability, and a heat dissipation system allows the device to work more fast and stable. It has higher density pixels that provide more immediate, compelling graphics and display.

MacBooks are not considered so effective in the case of gaming. So, the question is whether the MacBook Pro 2019 is suitable for gaming? We know that installing windows boot camp enhances the gaming performance of Macs. Because it provides a lot more options on what games you can play and offers the entire Windows library of games to play on your MacBook.

Specifications

Apple’s MacBook pro has ninth-generation Intel CPUs and 7nm Navi graphics from AMD, making it a capable gaming laptop. Apple revamped the MacBook pro's line up. They made it an inch bigger, which let them redesign the keyboard, which was a big issue in the previous MacBook's. They also improved the cooling substantially on it and incorporated the new generation of AMD graphics chips. The system is equipped with a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i9 processor, 16 GBs of RAM, 1 TB SSD, and 4GB variant of Radon pro 5500 M. Apple launched MacBook pro 2019 in two colors, one has silver, and the other has a space grey finish.

Display

15.4-inch LED-backlit display

Retina Display

500 nit brightness, wide color (P3)

True Tone Technology

Processor

2.6 GHz (6-core Intel core i7)

2.3 GHz (8-core Intel core i9)

Both are configurable to 2.4 GHz 8-core Intel Core i9, with turbo boost up to 5.0 GHz

Storage

256 GB

512 GB

Both are configurable up to 4 TB SSD.

Memory

16 GB (2400 MHz DDR4 onboard memory)

Configurable to 32 GB

Graphics

2.6 GHz (Radeon Pro 555X, 4GB of GDDR5 memory, Intel UHD Graphics 630)

Configurable to Radon Pro 560X

2.3 GHz (Radon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, graphics switching Intel UHD Graphics 630)

Configurable to Radon Pro Vega 16 or Vega 20 with 4GB HBM2 memory.

 

Gaming

I tested few games on MacBook pro to specify if it will be helpful for those who look forward to gaming on their new MacBook, and no doubt, this MacBook is far better than its predecessors. It provides better and smoother frame rates even when the graphics are set at the highest level. With some occasional dips, the test game fortnight's frame rates seem to be constant at 45. Fortnight is a very fast-paced game that requires a higher frame rate; playing it at 45 fps is not so comfortable. It is good to drop the graphics settings to see if we get better f's of 60 or more. Choosing the medium settings definitely helps in getting better fps. The game runs OK on MacOS.

The other games that I played on the device are Grand Theft Auto 5, Destiny 2, Call of Duty, Players Unknown Battle Ground PUBG, and Mafia 3. MacBook Pro was running Windows 10 boot camp to be able to play these games because these games aren't available on macOS as these games require the support of DirectX. I tried these games at several different resolutions at the native 16 by 10 aspect ratio with high graphic settings. The first resolution used was MacBook's default resolution of 2560 by 1600; as you can expect, the frame rates were not so good for the machine that doesn’t have a dedicated graphics card, providing the only average of 30 fps for GTA and CoD.  For the other games, the fps was below the average of 30.

MacBook is a productivity tool; you can use it for various functionalities like designing and development and numerous other daily life activities that we perform but can't use primarily for gaming. It does games better than the other MacBooks, but it can't provide better frame rates at high resolution. So, it will be better to set up at a medium resolution for a better frame rate. MacBook's are not gaming PCs as the combination of their software, design, and hardware components, display, and characteristics are not designed for gaming in mind.  But it can be a useful device for gaming now and then.

MacBook Pro-2019 can be declared as the best MacBook for gaming out there, looking at the specs and new alterations that Apple offers in the device.   

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