(Bootcamp)windows games that requires a higher processor than what the mac has...

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Shadowspirit6, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. Shadowspirit6 macrumors regular

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    This has gone through my mind for quite a while now. But now that newer games are coming out, the processor requirements on games are getting higher than what some of the older macs can handle.
    For example, my iMac's processor is only 1.83, and if i get bootcamp, i wouldnt get to play half of the games that are coming out because of how low my processor is. but what i want to know is basically...if you own a newer/"mid-new" mac, is that the only way you can play the newer released games?

    btw my iMac was the first line of macs that had the intel chips(around aug 2006)
     
  2. Dagless macrumors Core

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    You can always overclock?

    I've only got a 2ghz C2D iMac but it runs most of my games well (even UT3). The limiting factor is mostly the graphics card though unless you want to play high-end games like Crysis and Stalker: Clear Sky.

    Apple really underclock their GPUs too, I'm able to get my 330mhz x1600 up to 450mhz without it giving the slightest hiccup (but I'm limited by the speed of my HDD, an external USB2 laptop drive). If you did get Bootcamp for gaming then download the Omega Drivers for your graphics card.
     
  3. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    There was a three part article in theinquirer a few weeks ago about the problems that NVidia has with their graphics cards right now and why. One thing is that contacts in a graphics card wear out, and the speed at which they wear out depends on temperature, clock speed etc. Increasing the clock speed _will_ decrease the time a graphics card lasts.
     
  4. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Thankfully I have an ATi in my iMac :D but I know that computer components (or was at least told at college a few years back) last longer if their temperature is kept constant. Overclocking certainly adds to the heat of a system and therefore shortens the life.

    I won't be overclocking my next iMac since it'll run all my games at much better FPS.
     

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