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MayaUser

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Any benchmarks yet? If it helps less than 5%, meh.
I‘d rather see Apple throwing money at studios to optimize for AS, too.
Looking at you, Colossal Order and Cities Skylines 2…
The selection of games running on AS Mac at all is small compared to what could be possible.
in BG3 with mode ON i get 59fps and at the same settings with mode Off i get 46 fps
Hope this helps a bit
 

hovscorpion12

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Any benchmarks yet? If it helps less than 5%, meh.
I‘d rather see Apple throwing money at studios to optimize for AS, too.
Looking at you, Colossal Order and Cities Skylines 2…
The selection of games running on AS Mac at all is small compared to what could be possible.
I imagine those with beefy M-series will see the bulk of the benefits. M1/M2 Max, M1/M2 Ultra.

That doesn't mean standard base M1, M2, M1 Pro and M2 pro won't see any benefit. I just feel that those with ultra-powerful chips will see a bit more FPS performance.

Given that the
- M1 Max give 10-Core CPU & 32 GPU cores.
- M2 Max gives 12-Core CPU & 38 GPU cores.
- M1 Ultra gives 20-Core CPU & 64 GPU cores.
- M2 Ultra gives 24-Core CPU & 76 GPU cores.

I look forward to testing Lies of P, Resident Evil Village, Baldurs Gate III, Layers of Fear, Death Stranding, Assassin's Creed Mirage and Resident Evil 4 Remake all at 4K.
 
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Darmok N Jalad

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It doesn't say specifically, but I'd assume it also makes the performance cores preferred? Over in Windows land, sometimes the wrong cores get selected while gaming when the CPU has performance and efficiency cores. Anyone with an M-series care to monitor CPU usage with Game Mode on and off?
 
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CarAnalogy

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That is a 28% increase in performance. Wonder what background tasks are messing with things for that big of an increase (are you using the Steam version).

That’s a very good point. The more performance gained from Game Mode, the more of an indictment it is that the operating system is running too high at what should be idle. It’s not like it makes the computer any faster.
 
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MayaUser

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ttyRazor

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What about games that start in full screen by default? I would hope you don’t need to switch to windowed mode only to set it to fullscreen again just to enable this. And once it’s fullscreen, how are you supposed to check the menubar, especially for games that capture the mouse input?
 
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InuNacho

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honestly gaming feels MUCH better with game mode (opening control center or notif center is super laggy though but that's the expected tradeoff) . gotta monitor battery consumption
I remember playing Unreal Tournament 2004, changing the volume and watching my framerate tank for 3 seconds while the volume overlay appeared and faded away from the screen.
Glad to see Apple has kept this design philosophy.
 
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BrownyQ

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This is a feature I'd like to test out with FF XIV, but I'm hesitant to upgrade to Sonoma currently on my M2P Mac mini. I might try it on the M1P MBP and see how the game runs before making the jump, since the Mac mini is a dedicated box for XIV.
 

star-affinity

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What if it's a game that won't make the menu bar appear when the arrow pointer moves to the top of the screen?

I think most games should behave that way, since it can be irritating having the menu bar come up like that (depending on the game of course).
 
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