I have a retina MacBook Pro and 2 cinema displays attached to it. If I unplug the displays I get quite good performance in games, obviously when they are attached that's not the case (because the VRAM seems to be sliced to a third).
I've tried SwitchResX to turn off the built in display and the 2nd cinema display, but it doesn't seem to have much effect.
Unplugging them is not really an option (don't want to rip everything out every time I jump into a game for a couple of minutes).
Isn't there some other way to optimize performance (besides clamshell mode, though I would have to unplug the 2nd display either way)?
PS: The MBP is quite beefy (16GB ram, 1GB 650M, SSD), running Mac OS 10.8