5K Blizzard Gaming

Mookeh

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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.
 

CWallace

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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.
 
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Mookeh

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

CWallace

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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).
 

Dksiazek

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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.
 

mjohansen

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Feb 19, 2010
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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.
I was refering to 1440p in Windows. Very clear image.
 

Mookeh

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I was refering to 1440p in Windows. Very clear image.
Ah, I didn't know that. Blizzard games are available for OSX, after all. Unfortunately, I wasn't planning on installing Bootcamp or Parallels.
 

colinwil

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Nov 15, 2010
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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...
Yes - this. I play WoW at 3698x2080 on OS/X with everything on Ultra. Much less blurry than 2560x1440, and reasonable frame rates
 

Tiberius2000

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Dec 28, 2015
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Yes - I've played SC2 on my 395X iMac in 2560x1440. Runs smoothly in Windows 10.
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.
 

mjohansen

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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.
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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