Counter Strike: GO on Mac Mini? Will it run?

MacNoobGuy

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hey guys i've got a Mac Mini 2011. 2.3ghz i5, 5GB of RAM with Intel HD3000.

will it run? i can run CS:Source perfectly, but i don't know about the new CS. i don't mind if i need to put it on low graphics settings as long as i can get decent fps.

what do you guys think?

thanks
 

Ddyracer

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hey guys i've got a Mac Mini 2011. 2.3ghz i5, 5GB of RAM with Intel HD3000.

will it run? i can run CS:Source perfectly, but i don't know about the new CS. i don't mind if i need to put it on low graphics settings as long as i can get decent fps.

what do you guys think?

thanks
It will run slowly. Your going to have to use lowest settings or bring down your native resolution of your Display. I'm not sure how demanding CS: Global Offensive is but since they upped the graphics it definitely takes more resources from the Graphics.
 

arashb

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It will run slowly. Your going to have to use lowest settings or bring down your native resolution of your Display. I'm not sure how demanding CS: Global Offensive is but since they upped the graphics it definitely takes more resources from the Graphics.
No, if he can run CS:Source happily then CS:GO will be nearly the same. It's based off the same engine and Valve has pretty much perfect coding.

My girlfriend has an i5 2012 MBP, which has the HD4000 graphics, and she can happily play CS:GO just as well as she can play CS:S.

@MacNoobGuy, you PM'd me asking me how I played it. My girlfriend and I bootcamped windows to play it, the beta won't be out for OS X but the full version will. So just wait until then, running Valve games on Windows vs OS X is almost identical in performance now. So I deleted my Windows partition, and now can no longer play GO until they release it.


Just checked geekbench and my GF's MBP got a 6690 while your mac mini gets a 6393. So they're pretty close in those benchmarks.


You'll definitely be fine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9K2QYWV6VQ
 
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Ddyracer

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No, if he can run CS:Source happily then CS:GO will be nearly the same. It's based off the same engine and Valve has pretty much perfect coding.

My girlfriend has an i5 2012 MBP, which has the HD4000 graphics, and she can happily play CS:GO just as well as she can play CS:S.

@MacNoobGuy, you PM'd me asking me how I played it. My girlfriend and I bootcamped windows to play it, the beta won't be out for OS X but the full version will. So just wait until then, running Valve games on Windows vs OS X is almost identical in performance now. So I deleted my Windows partition, and now can no longer play GO until they release it.


Just checked geekbench and my GF's MBP got a 6690 while your mac mini gets a 6393. So they're pretty close in those benchmarks.
I stand corrected. But, i wouldn't exactly call their games perfect coding, on the mac.
 

arashb

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I stand corrected. But, i wouldn't exactly call their games perfect coding, on the mac.
I think it's the closest thing to perfect that we have. Now valve games run pretty much exactly the same on mac as they do on windows, it's nice. No other developer can say the same. And CS:GO's graphics are amazing, I was surprised my MBP could even run it, and I have an independent GPU.
 

Ddyracer

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I think it's the closest thing to perfect that we have. Now valve games run pretty much exactly the same on mac as they do on windows, it's nice. No other developer can say the same. And CS:GO's graphics are amazing, I was surprised my MBP could even run it, and I have an independent GPU.
Everything in Steam feels slow and laggy though. Not the actual games itself it will vary. But the store, library, and even quitting the app. I'm sure the app alone is faster on Windows. What's an independent gpu?
 

Mackilroy

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Valve's games under OS X also feel just as fast for me as they do under Windows. An 'independent' GPU could also be described as a dedicated GPU, instead of integrated (which would be the HD 3000 or 4000, for example).
 

MacNoobGuy

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No, if he can run CS:Source happily then CS:GO will be nearly the same. It's based off the same engine and Valve has pretty much perfect coding.

My girlfriend has an i5 2012 MBP, which has the HD4000 graphics, and she can happily play CS:GO just as well as she can play CS:S.

@MacNoobGuy, you PM'd me asking me how I played it. My girlfriend and I bootcamped windows to play it, the beta won't be out for OS X but the full version will. So just wait until then, running Valve games on Windows vs OS X is almost identical in performance now. So I deleted my Windows partition, and now can no longer play GO until they release it.


Just checked geekbench and my GF's MBP got a 6690 while your mac mini gets a 6393. So they're pretty close in those benchmarks.


You'll definitely be fine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9K2QYWV6VQ
hey bro thanks a lot for your reply!

my mac mini is not the one with a real gfx card though -- it only has the HD3000.

i'm looking at youtube link you gave as well as http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php -- my CPU is a i5-2415M 2.3ghz while the youtuber is a i3-2330m 2.20ghz. on cpubenchmark.net my i5-2415 CPU got a score of 3211 while his i3-2330m got a 2718.

so my machine should perform better, but he's running it on Win7, which gets much better performance than OS X.

what do you think? is there another place i can ask questions on?

appreciate your help bro!

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mini info was from here: http://www.macworld.com.au/reviews/apple-mac-mini-mid-2011-core-i5-2-5ghz-34341/
 

arashb

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Well I was getting my benchmark records from geekbench for your exacta mini model, except with less ram I believe. So geekbench and the website you got your benchmark from are on much different scales.

Generally for gaming, windows 7 has greater support than is OS X because the developers haven't spent much time with using openGL. But not Valve, they've spent time on openGL and are gonna be spending even more time now that they're getting ready to jump onto Linux. As others have said, you probably won't feel any difference if you run Valve games on windows rather than OS X. This is the reason why I deleted my windows partition.

Honestly, I think you'll run CS:GO without any hiccups, especially if you're running CS:S fine. These are both built on the same source engine.

You could try asking the Steam forums but you'll get a few "get a windows" responses.


And by independent graphics I meant non-integrated graphics. Not sure what to call them exactly sometimes because it's not exactly a card :p. graphics chip maybe.
 

roadbloc

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Intel HD? I think you will be very lucky if you get it to run. I dunno, buy it and see. You'll still have it for another computer if it doesn't run on your current one.
 

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MacNoobGuy

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thanks guys. anyone know what else i can look into to see if it'll work? or any other information on it actually running?
 

SlickShoes

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thanks guys. anyone know what else i can look into to see if it'll work? or any other information on it actually running?
Wait until tomorrow when everyone that pre purchased it get's access to the game then there should be a lot more info available for you.
 

Bangoorang

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Well I was getting my benchmark records from geekbench for your exacta mini model, except with less ram I believe. So geekbench and the website you got your benchmark from are on much different scales.

Generally for gaming, windows 7 has greater support than is OS X because the developers haven't spent much time with using openGL. But not Valve, they've spent time on openGL and are gonna be spending even more time now that they're getting ready to jump onto Linux. As others have said, you probably won't feel any difference if you run Valve games on windows rather than OS X. This is the reason why I deleted my windows partition.

Honestly, I think you'll run CS:GO without any hiccups, especially if you're running CS:S fine. These are both built on the same source engine.

You could try asking the Steam forums but you'll get a few "get a windows" responses.


And by independent graphics I meant non-integrated graphics. Not sure what to call them exactly sometimes because it's not exactly a card :p. graphics chip maybe.
interessting view of points ...:rolleyes: :p
 

Psychj0e

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I have it running at max on my 2010 macbook air 1.4, with 2gb of ram. You'll be fine.

Although I should mention I'm running it at 300 x 400 resolution.

No, I'm messing but CS:S and L4D2 both run on my 2010 macbook air more than playable, so that probably means you will be able to run it on a a mac mini.
 

MacNoobGuy

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I have it running at max on my 2010 macbook air 1.4, with 2gb of ram. You'll be fine.

Although I should mention I'm running it at 300 x 400 resolution.

No, I'm messing but CS:S and L4D2 both run on my 2010 macbook air more than playable, so that probably means you will be able to run it on a a mac mini.
what so it'll run on my mini or not?
 

Fireball926

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2011 Mac Mini 8GB ram 2.3Ghz intel core i5 processer with built in Intel graphics HD 3000 512MB

To make this short and sweet, It runs, Perfectly fine.

1280x800

All High except shaders which are low. I'm pretty sure I saw antialiasing on and 2x texture filtering

I hate how underpowered people think this onboard graphics card is