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MacBytes
Feb 20, 2006, 10:24 PM
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Link: Aspyr Releases DOOM 3 Universal Binary and PowerPC update (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060220232407)
Description:: Aspyr Media has released the eagerly-anticipated Universal Binary patch for DOOM 3. The new patch, available for download from Macgamefiles.com, also includes improved performance on PowerPC Macs with ATi graphics cards.

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p0intblank
Feb 20, 2006, 11:01 PM
I don't have Doom 3 for my Mac, but I do know this will make many Mac gamers happy. Someone post some test results please! :)

Nermal
Feb 20, 2006, 11:11 PM
I'll just copy from the IMG forums because I'm lazy :rolleyes:

Here is what I got so far:

timedemo 1
1024 x 640 : 43 fps
1024 x 640 (2x AA) : 37 fps
1024 x 768: 40 fps
1280 x 800: 33 fps

On an iiMac (intel iMac) 1Gig Ram, X1600 128mg, with HQ, shadows and all the rest on (except vsync and AA, unless specified).

Pros: it looks beautiful; runs great with few slowdowns; playable with shadows on !!!; widescreen;
Cons: Tearing: I will try vsync (although I seem to recall it has no effects on flat panels...). I usually happens close to a wall, not too often, but consistently. Performance is good, not great.

My setup is now 1024 x 640 (2x AA). It doesn't look as good as 1024x768 but I like the widescreen (not stretched).

Final words: FINALLY !!! I love this game. I still hope will get the RoE expansion. I can't say the iMac is a great gaming machine though. It is a huge step up from the previous iMac, but it is borderline for someone who wants all the eye candy turned on for Doom 3.

p0intblank
Feb 20, 2006, 11:17 PM
Cool, thanks! Not bad fps...

nagromme
Feb 20, 2006, 11:19 PM
I think this will be the first game I get when I get an Intel Mac. Along with the Into Cerberon (http://www.chmodoplusr.com/IntoCerberon/) mod that puts Descent into the Doom 3 engine!

http://moddb.com/images/cache/mods/60/6094/gallery/thumb_35604.jpg
LOTS more pics here:
http://mods.moddb.com/6094/image-gallery/
The different cannons and weapons actually appear on your ship's wings when in use! Sounds like a really cool extension of the classic Descent experience. AND yes, the mod has a Mac installer.

Then I expect to buy Quake 4 and UT 2007. I want to make sure my first Intel Mac is fully productive :)

PS, this Doom 3 patch is an update that makes the PPC version faster, AND adds native Intel support--all in 12 MB. So much for fears of Universal Binaries eating all your HD space!

ZildjianKX
Feb 21, 2006, 12:10 AM
I would love to see some benchmarks from Linux funning on the Intel iMacs with the Linux build of Doom 3... cool now that it's possible.

Nermal
Feb 21, 2006, 12:30 AM
PS, this Doom 3 patch is an update that makes the PPC version faster, AND adds native Intel support--all in 12 MB. So much for fears of Universal Binaries eating all your HD space!

It's only the .app itself (and maybe a few other files) that need recompiling. All the graphics, sounds etc. are platform-independent, and they're the things that gobble all the space.

nagromme
Feb 21, 2006, 03:08 AM
Yep. My UT2004.app is 17 GB (after adding 3rd-party maps/mods). But hidden within is the executable: just 17 MB.

nagromme
Feb 21, 2006, 10:47 AM
Speed results discussed here by Glenda Adams:

http://www.insidemacgames.com/news/story.php?ID=12914

Basically, the increase on PowerPC is due to better drivers from ATI. The patch enables a function that wasn't available before: it allows the game to work on the next frame ahead of time.