Can You Game on a Maxed Out 15-Inch MacBook Pro 2016? [Video]

Omar Sohail
Posted Nov 19, 2016
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Picking out the most powerful 2016 MacBook Pro will definitely be the 15-inch model that comes with the Touch Bar and Touch ID features. The total price for the maxed out version came in at a whopping $4,800 (this also included the Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X software), and there’s a lot of stuff you can do with the hardware present inside the powerful machine. Does this include playing the latest games smoothly? Let us find out.

15-Inch MacBook Pro 2016 Fully Loaded Comes With an AMD Radeon Pro 460 GPU; How Well Can It Handle Gaming Applications?

The tests were carried out on a $4,300 15-inch MacBook Pro, which features an AMD Radeon Pro 460. We are assuming that without the addition of the aforementioned software, this is the most powerful MacBook Pro model you can get from the 15-inch variant. The hardware specifications of the notebook are as follows:

  • 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
  • 16GB 2133MHz memory
  • 2TB PCIe-based SSD
  • Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB memory

That is a pretty impressive specification list, but it is still going to cost you an arm and a leg. EverythingApplePro got its hands on the most powerful 15-inch MacBook Pro and decided to see how well the notebook can handle gaming applications. To start, the content creator ran Besiege, and it is disappointing to see that the game was running at an abysmal 3FPS. For the hardware present inside, we’d expect the notebook to perform much better than this. Afterwards, Mafia 3, one of the most demanding games for Windows (with users saying that it is terribly optimized) was run on the MacBook Pro. Keep in mind that the gaming title was running through Windows Boot Camp, which means that the game isn’t natively available for macOS Sierra.

As soon as you start cranking up the graphic settings, the demanding title starts to slow down considerably, meaning that gaming on a MacBook Pro while playing Mafia 3 will only be possible if you end up running the settings between the Low to Medium preset. Irrespective of this, we still found it pretty impressive that the notebook was able to play the game, despite not being targeted to gamers at all. In terms of other tasks such as rendering and things that editors and content creators would embrace, the 15-inch MacBook Pro should be a solid investment, if you have the money to spend. If you want to check out the entire video, it has been placed below and tell us your thoughts right away on what you thought of the gaming performance on the MacBook Pro.

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