5K Blizzard Gaming

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Mookeh, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. Mookeh macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting the Imac 5K with the 395X (so the 4GB version) and I was wondering whether any of you had that card (or a similar one) and had experiences with playing Blizzard games (WoW, Starcraft, Diablo 3) at the full 5K resolution. Maximum settings isn't a must for me, but the resolution sounds so nice.
     
  2. CWallace, Mar 18, 2016
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    Barefeats did a comparison back in May 2015 ( http://barefeats.com/mpt5k1.html ) and the M395X averaged 36fps.

    I have a 2014 model with the 295X and while it can do 5K in D3, it was slow. :)

    I just ordered my top-end 2015 unit (should have been here today but Apple was too slow getting it to FedEx so it arrives on Monday). The only game I play is D3 so while I expect I will run it at 2560x1440 (where it's in the mid-70s), I will give it a try at 5K.
     
  3. Mookeh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    On that subject, what's it like running at 2560x1440? Is it blurry or not so bad?
     
  4. CWallace macrumors 603

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    Looks pretty much as good at 2560x1440 as it does at 5120x2880 to my eyes since that resolution does not require pixel interpolation (so no scaling artifacts).
     
  5. mjohansen macrumors regular

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    I agree. 2560x1440 looks pretty good!
     
  6. Dksiazek macrumors newbie

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    I'll be honest, on both my macbook pro and my 5k iMac, playing at 2560x1440 (or half resolution for the mbp) results in a slightly blurry image. I've been playing on the next higher resolution and it looks very clear. It is a little odd, as 2560x1440 looks and plays amazingly under windows.
     
  7. mjohansen macrumors regular

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    I was refering to 1440p in Windows. Very clear image.
     
  8. Mookeh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah, I didn't know that. Blizzard games are available for OSX, after all. Unfortunately, I wasn't planning on installing Bootcamp or Parallels.
     
  9. mjohansen macrumors regular

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    I do play Blizzard games on OSX but there is a significant loss of FPS when doing so.
     
  10. colinwil macrumors regular

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    Yes - this. I play WoW at 3698x2080 on OS/X with everything on Ultra. Much less blurry than 2560x1440, and reasonable frame rates
     
  11. Tiberius2000 macrumors member

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    Anyone have experience with SC2 on an iMac 5k?

    Will need to upgrade soon and that is my go to game.
     
  12. mjohansen macrumors regular

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    Yes - I've played SC2 on my 395X iMac in 2560x1440. Runs smoothly in Windows 10.
     
  13. Tiberius2000 macrumors member

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    Just to be clear; with your iMac are you running SC2 on a BootCamp partition with Windows 10?

    Or, are you running SC2 within Windows 10 (Parallels). I have heard numerous times that Blizzard's games have lower hardware demands on the Windows side. I have not tried this since I do not like Windows.
     
  14. mjohansen macrumors regular

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    I've installed Win 10 on a Bootcamp partition. I only use the partition when I play games. It boots just as fast into Windows as it does into OSX.
    I prefer OSX just like you, but Win 10 isn't bad actually. Best Windows OS in many years.
     

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