10.5.3 and World of Warcraft... extreme performance loss

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by senc01a, May 30, 2008.

  1. senc01a macrumors regular

    May 31, 2007
    Hi my friends.
    I write this post to COMPLAIN about the performance of World of Warcraft in the just released 10.5.3 Leopard.

    My system: Macbookpro santarosa, 2gb ram, nvidia 8600 128 Mb.

    Details: I get an average of half of the frames per second (fps) with 10.5.3 than I use to get with 10.5.2.

    I just want to thank the extremely cool nvidia & apple partnership which just can't develop a decent set of nvidia drivers. Thanks!
  2. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    I don't game on my SR MacBook Pro but I can say that I've been quite underwhelmed with my nVidia 8800GT thus far. WoW actually plays OK but not really much better than my x1900 did. Blizz is pretty good with working with Apple on better drivers. Hopefully they can do something with it. I personally don't even bother trying to game on Mac any more. I have a PC built for that or play my consoles.
  3. rbarris macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2003
    Irvine CA
    We believe you can reduce or delay this issue by going to these settings:

    vsync off
    multisampling at 1x
    glow off

    If that doesn't help, try toggling windowed mode (Command M) when you notice a slowdown, in our tests here that seemed to clear it.

    We've started working on this with Apple and NVIDIA. Sorry I don't have more news at this point.
  4. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Yeah an 8800gt is overkill for WoW. And I wouldn't expect much difference between it and an x1900.

    No problems here with WoW and 10.5.3. I actually thought the update made performance a bit better. My monitor seems to look better too.
  5. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    No such thing as overkill in my book. :) I guess I shouldn't complain because I can play full screen on my 30" display. Frame rates can go from very smooth to very choppy though sometimes.

    Anyways, you can tell how first-rate blizz is by the post from rbarris. They are really dedicated to Mac gaming.
  6. Mackan macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2007
    Yes, Blizzard is first class. But it seems Apple isn't doing any kind of testing of their updates (or developers testing the beta seeds) against games? You don't expect to end up chopping the fps in half in one of the biggest games available on the Mac platform.
  7. voyagerd macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2002
    Rancho Cordova, CA
    With Mac OS 10.5.3, WoW locks up every 5 minutes or so on my MBP. It doesn't just slow down.
  8. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    WoW framerates went up a bit for me... almost 20 frames a second with the same settings.

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