OS Neutral 2011 iMac and Gaming


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jun 24, 2010

I have a 2011 Imac and would like to play a few games and am just wondering how it will handle them.

Also would it be best to use bootcamp?

I was looking to play the sims 3 to start with.

Spec is as follows:

21.5-inch: 2.5GHz
2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
1920 x 1080 resolution
16GB of Ram
500GB hard drive1
AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB

Thanks for any input!


macrumors 68020
Jun 22, 2010
It should run without any problems in Mac OS X :). The Windows version works a little better in my opinion but not a necessity.


macrumors 65816
Sep 1, 2010
I use a 2011 iMac, the 21" model up from the base model, runs all games fine in bootcamp, including skyrim and other modern games all at native resolution.

although i mostly play starwars the old republic in a parallels virtual machine, so i don't have to keep re-booting and can drop in and out of the game whilst working on other things.


macrumors newbie
Feb 2, 2010
I am able to play stars mmo no problem with parallels 8! Super thrilled. I even got the mouse problem fixed. I'm totally able to do flashpoints, raids, everything and I'm the healer so I cannot have anything wrong.

Super stoked!!

My specs:

3.4 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory: 16gb 1333 MHz ddr3 (yes when I ordered it I wanted the best ram)
and the new Mountain Lion
I think I got the highest ram on the video card also.

I'm using Razer mouse and Keyboard,


macrumors 6502
Jun 2, 2009
Hi, just though i should post here to maybe get some feedback.

Just installed bootcamp and windows 8. Installed direct x 11 and Skyrim. I aslo installed the AMD Catalyst 12.9 beta drivers (seems new and does support the 6950 (?) card.

I have the top specced iMac 2011 but with 1 gb gpu ram on the video card..

When running Skyrim I get very low fps. Around 15/20 maybe. Thats with medium settings, native resolution on the 27", medium texture and low on everything else. No AA or AF. Is this normal? I was expecting more to be honest.

edit: I actually had to set everything to low and a low resolution to make it playable. So obviously something is wrong. I'll try with 3d mark and another game.

edit: Tried in Windows 7 - smooth as a deer skin!
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