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Old Oct 4, 2006, 03:33 PM   #1
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Just wondering: do you think the newest low-end Mac mini is enough to play Halo?

Thats about all the heavy gaming I do
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 03:35 PM   #2
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It will work, although you're not going to be able to crank up the resolution really high.
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 03:48 PM   #3
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Should work fine in Windows, or when the UB comes out for the Mac version.
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 04:11 PM   #4
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Should work fine in Windows, or when the UB comes out for the Mac version.
It is out.
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 04:17 PM   #5
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I can't imagine the mini with on board graphics could play Halo with any reasonable frame rate. I don't have a mini so I can't say for sure, but it just doesn't seem to have the horsepower. Anyone done serious 3D gaming on a mini?
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 04:22 PM   #6
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well, I could play Halo at 800x600 on my Dell latop with a Pentium M 1.6 GHz (much slower CPU) and Intel GM850 graphics (quite a bit slower than the 950). So I bet the mini could play Halo at 1024x768 or so with medium or medium-low detail settings. Keep in mind Halo for PC turned three years old on Monday. It's not exactly incredibly demanding on modern hardware, so even Intel's junk cards can handle it.
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I can't imagine the mini with on board graphics could play Halo with any reasonable frame rate. I don't have a mini so I can't say for sure, but it just doesn't seem to have the horsepower. Anyone done serious 3D gaming on a mini?
You have to keep in mind that "reasonable" might be 24fps for the casual gamer, or someone who doesn't really play games but really likes Halo.
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 04:22 PM   #8
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I play Halo on my MacBook (essentially the same GPU), and it works, but not well. Very grainy graphics, and teh FPS isn't anything to wow about. If you can cope with that though, its fine.

Just make sure you have at least a gig of RAM in your system; the more the merrier.
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