27" WoW Experience

Discussion in 'iMac' started by layziegtp, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. layziegtp macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2009
    I bet this is going to be repetitive, but I don't care. I just started playing WoW on my new 27" iMac, and it is... it's like a whole new experience. It's like I've never REALLY played before. It's so beautiful. The colors are absolutely astounding. And it feels like you can just see SO MUCH. And it's playing without a single hitch. Not a single drop in my frame rate yet. I set my max FPS to 45, and it sticks to that number like glue.

    I'm running at 2560x1440, 2x multisampling, every setting maxed except shadows.

    I just wanted to let anybody, maybe on the fence about buying one of these machines to casually game, DO IT. You will never regret it, and you will never look back.

    WoW... just wow. :D

    (27" i7 / 4GB / 2TB / 4850)
  2. adamvk macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm glad your happy.

    However, WoW is far from a accurate indication of how well games will play on your Mac. Wow's graphics are outdated and old. Even when it came out they weren't cutting edge since it's an MMO.

    Try out Crysis. When you get good frame rates with that game, then you can brag. :)

    And I would buy an iMac if I just had some more money. :(
  3. gwhitta macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2009
    They still haven't built the rig that can adequately run Crysis at max settings. It is as poor a benchmark of gaming performance as WoW is, just at the other end of the scale.
  4. Jpoon macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2008
    Los Angeles California
    I've been doing this with a homebuilt PC for nearly two years now...

    It's never been a good idea to recommend Macs for casual gamers. You get way more performance for the money with self-built PC's provided you have the know how to set it all up.

    Also, jump into Dalaran on a high traffic time in the evening and you'll see though numbers plummet.

    By the way, casual gaming on a computer generally doesn't fall into the $2,249.00 MSRP price bracket for a computer (based on your specs if you ordered BTO from apple.com).

    I'm happy that you're happy with your purchase. But I would definitely disagree that this is a viable option for people that are "casual" pc gamers.
  5. gwhitta macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2009
    True no matter what computer you own.
  6. scubasteve03 macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2008
    Tulsa, OK
    Don't listen to the haters.

    That's awesome man, don't let all of these naysayers bring you down. It doesn't matter how wonderful of a computer you have, people are always going to try to bring you down. Either they cannot afford it and are jealous of you, or they just have to put someone else down to make them feel better about theirselves. I'm waiting till black friday to see what kind of deal I can get. Then I will emptymy savings and do the same as you. Congrats on your new toy.
  7. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
  8. juliancs macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2006
    Alot of people instantly say a computer isn't a gaming computer when it can't play Crysis at 1080p with 8x AA...Most people are not expecting to play games like that.

    I'm a composer for moving image, and can't wait to get my hands on more screen real estate, double the RAM I have now and a quad core processor. It's going to speed up my work in Logic and allow me to handle more sample libraries.

    I don't own a TV, so the iMac 27 is ideal for my movie watching/internet TV needs. In the UK you can watch most channels online for free.

    I have played games on the computer for as long as I can remember. Am I getting an iMac to play games? No. I'm getting it as my sole computer, and then will play games on it as well.

    I play Company of Heroes, Left4Dead, stuff like that. I don't really care about AA or shadows. When there is a million things going on on the screen I don't notice that stuff anyway. The point is, the iMac can handle games for the person who just wants to have some fun. The stick WoW gets for not being a new game is sort of mute - most people playing games on a Mac will be playing Wow so it still is a very valid and relevant observation.

    If I spend 500 dollars less and got an awesome gaming computer, I'd be missing a few things for my music production, notably OSX and Logic!
  9. ukrainian boy macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2006
    Mother of russian cities
    What FPS do you have in 25 ppl raids on bosses like Freya or Mimiron hard mode? I guess it would be something like 15-20 with your settings.
  10. LondonGooner macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2006
    If my year old Alu macbook late 2008 can run wow really well, I'm sure the i7 will blow it away. Some people in this thread clearly have not played WoW on a decent computer to know that the i7 will be a perfect machine for it

    Thanks OP for the review, very excited about playing WoW on my i7
  11. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2009
    I have tried it too (iMac i7). Just for the hell of it I turned all settings (including shadows and those other full-screen-effects, whatever they are called) to max and ran it in fullscreen at native resolution.

    I agree with the original poster - WOW! Very sweet experience. Didn't experience any screenlag / low fps or similar - and I did a full 25 man raid for a few hours, so the fps was solid not only when standing and looking into a wall :). I'm not sure exactly what framerate I had, but 50+ in dalaran I believe, and more everywhere else.

    I believe the screen makes a lot of the experience, it's really awesome on a 27". I know I'll be happy using it for WoW, that's for sure.
  12. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    cherry point
    I will also say that these haters can be ignored. I quit wow a while back but the wife still has an account. I signed in and turned up all the settings to max, exited the game and came back in so that all settings were in effect. In dalaran I was getting about 65fps, in SW i was getting around 140fps.

    What some people don't know about wow is that it is more cpu intensive rather than graphics. anyways, I am glad that you are enjoying wow, it is a dangerously addictive game! I am going to hold off till the new xpac or diablo 3 before i get back into a game like that.

    WoW really does look amazing on the i7 though!
  13. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Crysis is a poor measure of gaming. It is a badly coded game that really isn't very fun to play. It's nothing more than an expensive tech demo. Even the new 5970, the newest and best graphics card can't manage to run Crysis smoothly at 2560x1600 with all settings maxed out and that card is two generations newer than those that were shipping when Crysis was released.
  14. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    This makes me want a new iMac even more :(. WoW sounds so amazing on it.
  15. badmire macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2009
    Last night I did a quick video of 25man ToC on my i7. I used the Mac ingame recording that WoW offers. You can see my FPS at the bottom was around 30-60 during the fight.


    I've been seeing some crazy fps numbers like 100-200+ Also I get 50-70fps in Dalaraan and I'm on a really popular server. Ill post more videos later
  16. applelicious macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2009
    New York, NY
    What part of Ukraine are you from? I am from Lvov.

    PS: sorry for highjacking this thread for a minute here ;)
  17. uuaschbaer macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2009
    Youtube alerts me that this video is private. Can I get in without a bow tie? :p
  18. badmire macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2009
    hah dangit.. I set it to private on accident... It's now viewable by the world
  19. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Hey mate,

    Just a quick question, do you get flickering / blackscreens while playing wow?

    I got the same 27" yesterday as you except for a 1TB drive and after being in wow for about 15 min I started getting flickering/artifecting followed by intermittent black screens. So kinda gutted.

    Have you experienced any of this while playing wow? I assume you have done some long sessions? I am just wondering if I should get a replacement or a refund till this is all sorted
  20. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Are all your setting on max except for shadows? Cause I move between 30-50
  21. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    Well, even thought WoW is one of the most popular games of all time, I've seen the graphics, and they're nothing to be that proud of.

    I mean, a system from a couple years ago could easily run it.

    However, I am glad that you like it :)

    I personally, never got into it. I'm actually not a gamer on my computer at all, I prefer xbox live.

    But yeah, just saying, if you actually want to see what your machine can handle, play a real game like COD or Quake.

    WoW is really minimal when it comes to graphics, the reason for that is because they want people from all around the world to play it, which actually is happening, except for China lol. They won't boost up the graphics, because not everyone has a nice computer laying around at home. And if they made the overall graphics more standard and make it look like a modern game, they would loose some serious number of players
  22. trollied macrumors member


    Nov 22, 2009
    Hope Valley, UK
    I'm really looking forward to raiding when mine arrives next week!

    Got Dragon Age Origins sitting waiting to be played too.

    I've had several "i hope it turns up with a cracked screen!" comments from jealous people :)
  23. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    i wish Guild Wars would be adapted to Mac

    i hate paying subscriptions for Wow once you've already paid a certain amount for having the game...

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