Introduced last month, the Macbook Air with the M2 processor was more than suitable for use as a workstation. Apart from that, Apple claimed that the new generation Macbook Airs could run most games on the market. A news published in Wired revealed the gaming performance of Macbook Airs with M2 processors.
Apple, which has long designed its computers for business and daily life rather than the gaming industry, has broken this stubbornness in recent years. Thanks to the developing chip technology, the new Macbook series laptops, which have much higher processing capacity, have become able to handle games. Apple, which has done great work on the macOS compatibility of the big games on the market , has reduced the long-lasting operating system compatibility problems to zero. In fact, it has been announced that Resident Evil: Village, which shook the game industry last year, and the popular game No Man’s Sky will come to macOS operating systems. So how well does the fanless Macbook Air perform in games ?
Here are the M2 Processor Macbook Air Gaming Test Results!
Experts first tested Apple Arcade and iPhone games on the new laptop. The results here are of course not surprising. Macbook Air, which managed to run most games on the Apple Store easily, did not have any problems with optimization. After testing the device ‘s performance on emulators and cloud-based game systems, experts could not detect any delays in both game controllers and streaming services.
As you can imagine, the real power of the Macbook Air came in AAA games. First of all, experts who tested Minecraft with high shading modes found that the Macbook Air could run the game very successfully. To force the device, Shadow of the Tomb Raider was run at 1140×960 resolution and medium graphics settings. The device, which does not have a strong image processing capacity, reached 42 FPS on average at this point. Metro Exodus , on the other hand , mostly had 30 FPS at 1920×1200 resolution and medium graphics settings, but dropped to 12 FPS at some points . GTA 5On the other hand, it passed the tests very successfully and gave results over 50 FPS .
As a result, M2 processors still seem to be insufficient for high-quality gaming experience due to their low image processing capacity. However, one of the developments experienced by Apple is that much higher performance can be obtained in games compared to the past years. Of course, it should not be overlooked that these tests are performed on a device without a fan. In case of overheating issues, the Macbook Air compensates for the increased heat by reducing the M2’s processing power. For this reason, it is quite normal to encounter problems such as instant FPS drops in the game.