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Can Mac Mini run Flight Simulator X, Multitask well?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by markw10, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

    How well does the mac mini do at multitasking and would it run Flight Simulator X in Boot Camp well? I know the CPU's in the mini are more limited than other Mac's and as well the graphics card isn't as good as the card in most imac's.
    My needs are fairly basic, using word for word processing, dreamweaver for web design, web browsing in Safari, Parallels for Windows XP, and Illustrator and Photoshop for graphic design.
    It isn't uncommon though for me to have 4 web pages open at a time while I have parallels running Quickbooks at the same time, Photoshop editing a picture, and dreamweaver open. I would definitely max out ram at at least 2 gigs.
  2. macrumors 65816


    I'd be very, very surprised if you'd be able to run FS X on a mac mini. I run it on my MBP and it doesn't handle the graphics very well. It is playable of course, but I turn the graphics down because I like higher frame rates. I would not plan on using FS X on the mac mini.

    It should be good for everything else though. It will make a difference if you are running Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver etc, in OS X. None of those programs currently run nativly on the new processors. Running all those at the same time will probably slow stuff down a little bit...
  3. macrumors 6502


    I think you need a decen graphic card to run FSX. Dont think the mini could handle it without one.
  4. macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Mac mini has no video card, im sure it would look horrible or like a slide show.
  5. macrumors 6502


    "Here's a picture of the plane taking off...<chime> and this next slide shows a horrible fiery crash. Simply ghastly."
  6. macrumors newbie

    Flight Sim X is just a hog. I have it running on a Core 2 Duo PC with a Nvidia 6600 gpu. Settings are at Medium and I only get 20fps. Even an 8800 with all settings to high only gets 30-35fps. So to answer the OP's question, I wouldn't even bother running it on a mini.
  7. macrumors 601


    People need to stop saying that. Of course it has a "video card" (in the sense it has a video subsystem, just like the iMac and all laptops have a discreet video subsystem, not physically on a card, though). It's not a very good one, and it uses the CPU and system memory, but there is a chip in the Mac mini that does nothing but handle video.

    Anyways, FSX is probably a bit much for the mini, but I can't say as I've not tried it.
  8. macrumors 68000


    The mini's GPU isn't good enough-you'd need at a 7600GS/GT ( latter BTO on the 24" iMac) to run it OK. I have a PC with 512MB and 7600GS-FSX runs fine on high settings (I wouldn't even try to run on a Mac mini at all).
  9. macrumors 604


    I researched it (I'm a student pilot). FSX really wants a DX10 system. Which is:

    Windows Vista
    Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHZ+
    4 Gigs RAM
    512 Megs PCI-E Video card DX 10 compatible

    SLI Dual 512 Meg PCI-E video cards preferred.

    People online have gotten it to run on:

    Windows Vista
    Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHZ
    2 Gigs RAM
    512 Meg PCI-E DX9 card

    But it runs really slow.

    A Mac Mini - forget it...
  10. JNB
    macrumors 604


    And as a student pilot, you'd be better off using X-Plane, anyway, trust me. MSFS is a toy.
  11. macrumors member


    No, trust the student. He knows best. He can feel the wind when he flies, he was a fan in his room !!!

    **back to the serious note**
    the intel GMA950 can't run demanding games such as FS, or much modern games without turning the graphics down to UBER low...

    you can play good games though, my friend has a laptop equiped with a GMA950, can't run Counter Strike Source, but can run trackmania nations rather well (though there are some spikes when it can't handle it...)

    Actually if you upgraded it e.g. more RAM + c2d you maybe could run it, cos the GPU takes memory off the RAM and the c2d will handle with less mem in hand....
  12. macrumors 65816

    Well as a licensed pilot I say get FSX! Perfect balance of realism and most importantly FUN :)

    Also...FSX will make your mini cry....don't try it!
  13. macrumors 604


    Thanks, already got it...
  14. macrumors 68040


    Flight is an occupation reserved for professional pilots, and hence you need a Mac Pro to play it.
  15. macrumors demi-god

    Spanky Deluxe

    To the OP, have you bought your mini yet or not? You may want to save up a little longer to get an iMac for the graphics card. While its true that even on an iMac, the graphics won't run at maximum resolution at 30fps, flight sim software isn't something that needs high framerates. 10-15fps is actually more than enough. Every time a new version of Flight Sim comes out, it barely runs 'smoothly' on the very top end machines of the time, I'm afraid its just the way it is.
  16. macrumors newbie

    It sucks don't try it!!!!

    It will not work with my mac mini on boot camp i would not try it the graphics card doesn't work, the bad thing is that the demo works!!!!! It Sucks. I bought it and only after I installed it (whitch happened to take 5 hours) :mad: and it will not work because of the bad graphics card It will not work and if you try to get it to work it will probly be like a slideshow!!!! :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:mad::mad:
  17. macrumors member


    I take it that it doesn't work?

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