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Skyrim on MacBook Pro i7 with Retina

There is no doubt that mods on the PC version of Skyrim made the game a lot more interesting, and if it wasn’t for all the red tape we might have seen a lot of free DLC land on the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles as well. Apple just launched the Retina MacBook Pro to deliver the best display on a notebook in 2012, and one gamer decided to install Windows 7 on this machine over Boot Camp and started playing Skyrim.

The new MacBook Pro features an i7 Ivy Bridge CPU and also 1Gb GDDR5 memory on an Nvidia 650m GPU, and the Skyrim settings for this test are as followers: 8x Anisotropic Filtering, 8x Anti-Aliasing, and Ultra Settings at 1920×1200. With these settings the user could keep the Skyrim gameplay running at a smooth 35-40 FPS, although they did state there would be an occasional problem.

We have embedded the almost 6 minute gameplay video below, and while this doesn’t show us the quality of the Retina display first hand, it is a nice attempt at running Skyrim on the 2012 MacBook Pro under Windows 7. If you haven’t played Skyrim then don’t worry about any spoilers because the gameplay is in early stages.

One issue we can see with running Windows 7 through Boot Camp is the storage space you have with SSD, and if you buy the new MacBook Pro with a 256GB SSD then you could quickly run out of space after installing Windows and a number of games. You would need to allocate at least 60-70GB for Boot Camp to have enough space, although you could also look at the bigger SSD option at an extra cost.

What other games do you think the video creator should try on the Retina MacBook Pro with Windows 7? Some early requests we’ve seen include Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3, although we’d love to hear yours.

Written by Daniel Chubb

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I’ve just run Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 on the MacBook Pro Retina (Mid 2012). With BF3 there seems to be a problem with mousing over the buttons in the menus. The game does however run gorgeously at 2880 x 1800. Mass Effect 3 works without a hitch at all, at max resolution of 2880 x 1800. Visually it looks stunning, though an increased resolution texture pack would be terrific. MacBook Pro’s are steadily becoming the ultimate mobile gaming machine.


Not everyone likes mods. I wouldnt say “there is no doubt that mods on the PC version of Skyrim made the game a lot more interesting”. That statement is only true for people who actually like mods. Mods by the community aren’t made by Bethesda, so you are taking someone *else’s* view of the game, and applying it to Bethesda’s, and that may differ. For example, the Dwemer mansion. Dwemer spiders cant talk. The fact that the mod makes them do that makes me cringe with disgust. You also cant be sure of the stability and quality of the mod.… Read more »

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