I am considering purchasing a new Laptop/Notebook but my wife wishes to get a Macbook Pro with a Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz , 4GB memory, 500GB Hard Drive (7200),with a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 512mb.
I fairly sure that most of the programs we use there are Apple versions of them now or there MicroS compatable.
But I'm more thinking of getting a HP, Toshiba, Dell (or the like), something with Intel Quad Core Q9000 2GHz, 4GB Ram, 1000GB Hard drive, 1 GB ATI Graphics , Vista Home Premium.
I'm a massive gaming freak and would like to know which would be better for gaming.
I know some people say consoles are best thats why i have a Xbox 360,and a PS3, but some games are just better of on a PC.
^What ATI card are you looking at with the Windows based system?
From the way it stands, on a purely hardware basis the Macbook would provide better performance. Most games only take advantage of one or two cores at most so the slower clocked quad is actually going to be weaker in this case.
On a software basis though, you have to look into the compatibility of your games on OSX. Unless you use bootcamp and have a Windows partition, which will most likely hurt your performance anyway, your games may not even work on OSX.
Agree - for gaming, a higher clocked dual core is better (for now!). Whether or not the PC would win depends on that 1GB ATI GPU. If it's a good one, even with the quad, it should be out the macbook.
lostandwandering also brings up good points about OS X and gaming ability...or lack thereof. I had a friend with the 9600mGT notebook, and it lagged terribly playing Need for Speed Most Wanted. He put Windows on it, eventually.