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Old Dec 3, 2012, 01:12 PM   #26
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Portal 2
Fallout: New Vegas (DLC)
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Those are the ones in the pipeline waiting for the new machine.

But I think the main one that will actually tax the 680MX is:

Planetside 2
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 01:14 PM   #27
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I will continue Diablo 3, which I last played on a Vaio laptop a couple of months ago. I would also like to check out some graphic intensive new games, but I probably played all of them on PS3 and Xbox 360 already. Maybe I'll give The Witcher 2 a second go (brilliant game btw).

I didn't like the 2nd Far Cry, but maybe I'll check out the latest installment, and I still have to play Black Ops 2 and Xcom, so I'll probably get those in their Mac or PC version.

Are there any PC-exclusive first person shooters or single player RPGs worth checking out? I haven't really played games on a PC in over 7 years, safe Diablo 3.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 01:26 PM   #28
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World of Warcraft
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Everything else I play, I play on console.
You'll get more than 100+ FPS with WoW.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 01:32 PM   #29
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You'll get more than 100+ FPS with WoW.
Is that while raiding? I'm curious myself.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 01:55 PM   #30
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I did a little shopping on Steam last weekend and got myself set up for when my iMac with 680MX arrives.

Here is what I got:

Portal
Portal 2
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2
The Witcher
The Witcher 2
Bastion

All of that for $27.50... not too shabby!
The Witcher 2 will be the only game in that bunch that will appreciate the 680MX. For all others, you'd probably have been just as fine with a base-model 21.5" iMac in terms of GPU horsepower, let alone a Mac mini. But in terms of gaming, you'll likely find that having gotten the 680MX today will allow your computer to be playing newer games for much longer than some of the other GPUs shipping on Macs today. So it evens out.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 01:59 PM   #31
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they have games for mac?
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 02:15 PM   #32
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The Witcher 2 will be the only game in that bunch that will appreciate the 680MX. For all others, you'd probably have been just as fine with a base-model 21.5" iMac in terms of GPU horsepower, let alone a Mac mini. But in terms of gaming, you'll likely find that having gotten the 680MX today will allow your computer to be playing newer games for much longer than some of the other GPUs shipping on Macs today. So it evens out.
I realize that I will be getting crazy FPS on most of those... the purpose of the 680MX is to still get decent FPS on games 3+ years from now. I don't only buy for what I need now, I buy for what I need 5+ years from now.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 02:50 PM   #33
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You'll get more than 100+ FPS with WoW.
I hope I do get 100+ fps on 1440 native resolution.
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Is that while raiding? I'm curious myself.
I am curious about this too. I know the 680MX will be fine for questing, but what is going to happen when there's 30 mobs on the screen with 25 other players in a raid. Only time will tell.
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they have games for mac?
dont think so. I think they are talking about bootcamping.
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dont think so. I think they are talking about bootcamping.
Boot Camp is not possible on a 3 TB drive.
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they have games for mac?
Blizzard games such as World of Warcraft and Diablo have native mac clients. Steam has mac games as well. And you can always run bootcamp where you can virtually run any windows game on , so yes Mac has games.
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Check out Skyrim. On steam you can get a free high res texture pack that requires a 2GB GFXcard. If thats not slowing down your mashine there are tons of mods that make the game more sexy and demand more of your Computer.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 03:08 PM   #38
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I am curious about this too. I know the 680MX will be fine for questing, but what is going to happen when there's 30 mobs on the screen with 25 other players in a raid. Only time will tell.
I have the 2011 model with the AMD Radeon 6970m (2GB VRAM), and never drops below 40FPS at Max Settings. This is the 27-inch model as well with native resolution.
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I have the 2011 model with the AMD Radeon 6970m (2GB VRAM), and never drops below 40FPS at Max Settings. This is the 27-inch model as well with native resolution.
Sweet. Thanks for the heads up. I'm glad to hear that.
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I realize that I will be getting crazy FPS on most of those... the purpose of the 680MX is to still get decent FPS on games 3+ years from now. I don't only buy for what I need now, I buy for what I need 5+ years from now.
Oh, no, I getcha. That's why I said that future-proofing is where you'll see real benefit to that selection. Otherwise, it's a needless purchase. But I'm a big believer in buying for the long haul. Or as long of a haul as you can so that you are still running the machine in 5 years.

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Boot Camp is not possible on a 3 TB drive.
As long as you're using 64-bit OSes, there's no reason why it shouldn't be possible. And really, if you're using any iMac made in the last two years, there's no reason to not be using a 64-bit OS on either platform.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:24 PM   #42
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Why would you buy an iMac to play PC games? I'd be worried sick about heating problems and from the looks of it, the heat sink has gotten even smaller. I wouldn't expect it to last long with the temperatures you are going to see. At least not the screen. Thats the whole advantage of PCs, cooling
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:45 PM   #43
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Why would you buy an iMac to play PC games? I'd be worried sick about heating problems and from the looks of it, the heat sink has gotten even smaller. I wouldn't expect it to last long with the temperatures you are going to see. At least not the screen. Thats the whole advantage of PCs, cooling
If that were the case, it would be Apple's problem ; ) seriously though, there are other tasks that put the system under full load, I would expect the iMacs to be designed for that. If you can't use them for gaming, why advertise them for gaming ... and sell them with the best mobile GPU to date?
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 09:25 PM   #44
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Why would you buy an iMac to play PC games? I'd be worried sick about heating problems and from the looks of it, the heat sink has gotten even smaller. I wouldn't expect it to last long with the temperatures you are going to see. At least not the screen. Thats the whole advantage of PCs, cooling
Every game I listed is native OSX code, not using bootcamp for my gaming... so I bought an iMac to play Mac games. Really though, gaming is going to be the least of its purposes, the 680MX just makes gaming a nice little perk!
You shouldn't be worried so much about cooling issues and just let the hardware take care of itself.
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If that were the case, it would be Apple's problem ; ) seriously though, there are other tasks that put the system under full load, I would expect the iMacs to be designed for that. If you can't use them for gaming, why advertise them for gaming ... and sell them with the best mobile GPU to date?
I've read that Apple underclocks the GPU in order to keep heat under control. I can't cite a specific article, but I've read it before somewhere. I suspect that they have improved the cooling in these machines over the years as I haven't noticed any problems on recent models, but earlier iMacs (before 2010) had problems where the screen would have burn marks from the components behind it if you do any GPU intensive work.
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I've read that Apple underclocks the GPU in order to keep heat under control. I can't cite a specific article, but I've read it before somewhere. I suspect that they have improved the cooling in these machines over the years as I haven't noticed any problems on recent models, but earlier iMacs (before 2010) had problems where the screen would have burn marks from the components behind it if you do any GPU intensive work.
Can't even remember when they last underclocked an iMac... Lately the clocks have been very aggressive on both the iMacs, and MBPs.
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I did a little shopping on Steam last weekend and got myself set up for when my iMac with 680MX arrives.

Here is what I got:

Portal
Portal 2
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2
The Witcher
The Witcher 2
Bastion

All of that for $27.50... not too shabby!
You got all those games for $27.50 or is that the price for each? Either way, since I just realized that I cannot resell PC games, please do tell, when are those sales and where?
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 07:20 AM   #49
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You got all those games for $27.50 or is that the price for each? Either way, since I just realized that I cannot resell PC games, please do tell, when are those sales and where?
It was $27.50 TOTAL for all 7 games. I got them during the recent Steam holiday sale. Put steampowered.com in your bookmarks and keep on checking for killer deals, they have them often!
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