iMac gaming performance

Discussion in 'Games' started by Dagless, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. Dagless macrumors Core

    Dagless

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    Just so I'll know when the day comes... How does HL2 and Doom 3 run on the intel iMacs, does the X1600 do them justice? I plan on buying the 17" and (hopefully) run both games in their maximum settings and resolution. I don't care for actual FPS numbers (unless they're high), just the peace of mind that it will be playable.

    I have a 2007FPW monitor too, so if the 17" is too small I can always use that instead. I mean all that works under Boot Camp right?

    Ideally I want to know if this works on the latest iMacs, but if they run smooth on older iMacs then all the better :D

    Cheers guys :)
     
  2. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    I have a old Radeon that plays Doom 3 very well (my friend tried it out on my machine). So I would think so.
     
  3. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    I tried out the HL2 demo in bootcamp last night. I'm pretty sure that all the graphics settings auto-detected to "very high", at the full 1680x1050. I played through the whole demo and it was smooth as silk. I do have 2GB of RAM in my iMac, which I'm sure helps, but it should be pretty close even with the stock RAM.

    I also tried the Far Cry demo, which also ran perfectly at full res with the graphics on high.

    I also tried the Flight Simulator X demo (a more modern game...in fact its not even out yet), which gave me an average of about 15fps with the graphics on "medium-high." This is actually not a bad number, as it usually takes a pretty hardcore gaming machine for flight simulator to get over 30, and flight simulators do not need a high frame rate to be enjoyable.
     
  4. Dagless thread starter macrumors Core

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    Yea it runs on my PC - 2ghz P4, Radeon 9600pro, 512mb DDR etc... Runs in 800*600, medium settings for a slow, choppy game. Part of me can't wait to play through Doom 3 again. Really loved it even on the limited PC, so better textures and resolution will be a nice bonus.
    Half Life 2 on the other hand! Looks incredible. Everything on full at 1200*1024 (I think) with 2x AA. No HDR though, too slow for that! I don't play many new games, I don't care for anything after Doom 3... Maybe give Quake 4 a shot.

    I suppose my real question, though a little more complex is - how much better is the X1600 to the 9600Pro?

    Nice one admanimal! I suppose running at a lower resolution with just 1gb of RAM should be buttery smooth too.
     
  5. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    The problem with the 17" is that you are limited to the 128mb graphics card.

    Only the 20" gives you the option to upgrade to 256

    The X1600 is a good graphics card and a damn site better than the Radeon 9650, its more like the Radeon 9800 peformance wise.

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    I'm trying to convince myself to spring for a mac pro before year end.. It's not so much I need convincing, but my accountant and CC might ;) :D
     
  6. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    The last PC that I had was a 2.4GHz P4 with 1GB RAM and a 128MB Radeon 9800 pro. I never tried to run HL2 on it, but I did run Far Cry and I can tell you that my iMac runs it much better. Of course this is probably due in part to the dual core CPU.

    Maybe I will try Doom 3 tonight. That did OK with graphics on low on my old PC.
     

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