775m for gaming

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cryingrobot, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. cryingrobot macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2008
    Quick question. I still use the old 1,1 but just as a windows machine with a GT 660 card which still lets me run most games on high quality and has physx. I really dislike the Windows OS though and am considering an imac but I wonder how the 775m performs vs the 660?
  2. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
  3. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    And don't forget that most games are only available on Windows. People who play games on a Mac usually do it from Windows .
  4. cryingrobot thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2008
    Thanks for the quick answer. I actually picked up an imac since my 1,1 was getting so old. Maybe I can try to upgrade the EFI and run mavericks on the old 1,1. Is there any way to run a target display from 1,1 to imac so I can at least benefit from the screen? The 1,1 is on firewire but I guess I would need to get the firewire to thunderbolt adaptor.
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Thunderbolt equipped iMacs only support target display mode when connected to another Mac vis Thunderbolt.

    And I would recommend the 780M is you're using the iMac for gaming.
  6. tomwvr macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2012
    Frederick Maryland
    Let me see here

    I play the following games native on my 27 inch iMac

    Diablo 3
    Xcom Enemy Unknown
    Xcom The Bureau
    Company of Heros
    Civ 5

    All of them never pause and have great screen resolution
    the only game I switch to windows to play is Elder Scrolls Skyrim and Fallout 3

  7. cryingrobot thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2008
    After finally getting mavericks installed on the 1,1, I can say the 775m is much smoother than 660 on osx. Windows is kind of a toss up.

    It's tempting to return the iMac now but it does run fantastically. I guess it makes sense to return and hold off for another year but I do really like the iMac.
  8. Tanax macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    That would depend on what games you want to play. The 780M might be a complete overkill for the types of games OP wants to play.
  9. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 27, 2013
    I'm curious do you get the grey tiles in Civ V late game? I'm running it windowed and I get this late game even with all settings to minimum. i5 775m model.
  10. ckeck macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2005
    The real problem when deciding is that few consider the native resolution of the 27" iMac. Running any game at 1440p is pretty demanding and most gfx card benchmarks don't always show results for this. Many times 1080 or 1920x1200.

    Consider this when looking at the differences between the 775 and 780. The 780 in my testing even struggled quite a bit.
  11. Tanax macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Again, this depends on what types of games. But yes, you are right that most people overlook this.

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