Can My 2014 Mac Mini Run Games ?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Jedi, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Jedi macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2008
    Hi Guy`s ,

    I have a Mac Mini , 2014 - i5 / 8GB Ram / 256 SSD / with Intel Iris 1536 MB Graphics.

    I own The Sims 2 Complete

    —— Sim City 4 Deluxe

    —— Sid Meier`s Pirates

    —— Rollercoaster Tycoon

    All of which I bought for my Mac BookPro r and used until it got so hot , well , lets just say they are no longer on my MBPr

    Question is will the same over heating problem happen with my Mini ?

    I can play Sky Gamblers / Raiden Legacy and Warblade with no problem.

    I have not tried , I don`t want to download if I only have to uninstall.

    Thanks guys , later :)

    Gary 

    O___ I own other games to , but those are just puzzle G5`s & stuff
  2. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    You can play them. Just make sure any graphics intensive games are on lower settings. The mini will most likely be powering fewer pixels so that puts a lower strain on the graphics card.
  3. MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    Those games will run fine on your Mac mini. You'll probably also find that it'll run much more quietly than a MacBook Pro. CPU temperature will still get toasty, but that's totally normal and nothing to worry about.
  4. Jedi thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2008
    Hi Guy`s ,

    Thanks for your input ! :D

    Thats probably why my MBPr got so how , I was running max res.

    I also have the first Grid , that spun up my fans so much in my MBPr , that I thought the game was still running after I shut it down , but it was the fans running flat out Needless to say I have not played that in a while.

    You know , I think some of these game manufactures should state that the game could put your Mac at risk , but when I did call Feral about Grid they said that was normal , Apple said , "your MacBook won`t break , but I would not run the game" , I took Apples advice !.

    OK , another long winded morning !! LOL

    Later :)

    Gary 
  5. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I don't play games, but anything CPU intensive can make the fans run fast on the Mini. For example, Handbrake will make the fans roar surprisingly loud on my Mini's. I don't think this harms anything, but if you don't like loud fans you may not be happy. Regardless, the only way to know is to try and see what you think.
  6. Jedi thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2008
    Hi Boyd01 ,

    Thanks for your reply , I am glad to hear that nothing would be damaged , as that was [is] my main fear.

    My new Mini is only a few months old , my 2012 MBPr was roaring like crazy when I tried to play intense games.
    So now it just does the normal MBP stuff , surfing /paying bills / research , all the fun stuff.

    I might try the Sims 2 ,( what the heck I own it !! ) and see how the temps are.

    O___to all FYI , you can use old non Sierra widgets , if you have an older widget that is not available anymore , just drop it in the System Library / widget folder , thats how I can keep an eye on things , I still use the original iStat Pro !!

    OK , thanks to all , take care :D

    Gary 

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