doom 3 demo?

jaykub

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can I download a demo of doom 3 anywhere?


for mac of course :)


g5, nvidia gforce 5200, gig of ram ..... thats decent specs to run it right?
 

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haha you wrote 'demo 3 demo'. which is almost as bad as me typing in doom3d when trying to play Duke3D once (DOS! last decade)
 

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:eek: very surprised that ran on my Powerbook! wow! that had serious problems running on my laptop. god even in 640x480, low quality, all advanced options off it ran terrible! even the powerbook runs at a decent speed there.

strange stuff.
 

mus0r

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jaykub said:
can I download a demo of doom 3 anywhere?


for mac of course :)


g5, nvidia gforce 5200, gig of ram ..... thats decent specs to run it right?

Ditch the 5200...it's crap. The game is *barely* playable on the lowest settings. I just got an X800, and I pulled my 9600 if you're interested. :D
 

Eric5h5

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jaykub said:
g5, nvidia gforce 5200, gig of ram ..... thats decent specs to run it right?
Nope. Replace the graphics card with an ATI 9800 if you can find one, or better yet an X800 if you don't mind spending some bucks.

--Eric
 

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i'm very surprised that the game is just bordering on tolerable in 640x480 in ultra quality on my little 12" PowerBook. sure there are pauses when theres lots of loading. but wow! the Powerbooks video card is better than i thought.

again this just adds to the confusion that my Laptop with a Geforce 5600 performed worse than my powerbooks 5200 in lower settings. they must have really optimized it from the PC version, for my PB at least!
 

Striderdm1

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raggedjimmi said:
i'm very surprised that the game is just bordering on tolerable in 640x480 in ultra quality on my little 12" PowerBook. sure there are pauses when theres lots of loading. but wow! the Powerbooks video card is better than i thought.
but you should really lower that video quality to low or medium for your gfx card. The ultra setting is for those 512mb vram cards soon out... Then perhaps u can higher the resolution? You'll find later areas and many 3rd party sp-maps and total conversions will struggle in Ultra mode using that gfx card.

Doom3 is a great buy though. Go try Doom Chronicles or Classic Doom. You'll be amazed by a mod called GTX that's out shortly. Go2 filefront for all the above downloads.

hth :)
 

ExoticFish

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i tried the demo on my powerbook (even though i've already beat the game on my PC) and i was actually surprised how it ran. had to run with all the settings turned down to medium and 800x600 but it was playable most of the time. i actually expected worse.
 

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Ehhh...

jaykub said:
can I download a demo of doom 3 anywhere?


for mac of course :)


g5, nvidia gforce 5200, gig of ram ..... thats decent specs to run it right?
Good luck with that video card...I recommend running it at the lowest settings...check the macworld or macaddict review...
 

Striderdm1

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ExoticFish said:
i tried the demo on my powerbook (even though i've already beat the game on my PC) and i was actually surprised how it ran. had to run with all the settings turned down to medium and 800x600 but it was playable most of the time. i actually expected worse.
of course. It needs a G5 mac for best results.. I run with all fx/shadows on (except fsaa!) and it's at 1280x1024 at high video quality. Plays great and smooth on my 2003 2ghz G5. So i'm a happy bunny ;D
 

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it goes like this;

Laptop; 3Ghz P4 with HT. Geforce 5600 128mb. 512mb DDR.
Doom 3: terrible
Half life 2: good

Powerbook; 1.5Ghz G4. Geforce 5200 64mb. 512mb DDR
Doom 3: good

Desktop PC; 2Ghz P4. ATI Radeon 9600pro 128mb. 512mb DDR
Doom 3: beautiful
Half Life 2: beautiful x2 (1024*768, EVERYTHING on full including 8x AA 16x Anisotropic filtering)
 

Soulstorm

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raggedjimmi said:
it goes like this;

Laptop; 3Ghz P4 with HT. Geforce 5600 128mb. 512mb DDR.
Doom 3: terrible
Half life 2: good

Powerbook; 1.5Ghz G4. Geforce 5200 64mb. 512mb DDR
Doom 3: good

Desktop PC; 2Ghz P4. ATI Radeon 9600pro 128mb. 512mb DDR
Doom 3: beautiful
Half Life 2: beautiful x2 (1024*768, EVERYTHING on full including 8x AA 16x Anisotropic filtering)
These are my specs:

On a g5 sual 2x2.5 GHz with ATI 9600XT and 1GByte RAM with OS X 10.4.2 I am playing doom 3 with absolutely NO lockups and the frame rate is approx. 20 fps

Actually, I am thinking that the port is good, I have also run this game into my iMac g4 (see sig) with every setting set to low, and I achieved 9 fps average....

A very good port IMO.
 

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Soulstorm said:
These are my specs:

On a g5 sual 2x2.5 GHz with ATI 9600XT and 1GByte RAM with OS X 10.4.2 I am playing doom 3 with absolutely NO lockups and the frame rate is approx. 20 fps

Actually, I am thinking that the port is good, I have also run this game into my iMac g4 (see sig) with every setting set to low, and I achieved 9 fps average....

A very good port IMO.
Agreed:) Though perhaps that superb mac of yours needs a better gfx card? I use nvidia 6800 / dual 2ghz G5 and get double your framerates. Timedemo (yeah i know) gives around 55fps too. FSAA seems to be the real killer for the mac release imho
 

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i heard that Doom 3 doesn't take advantage of the dual G5 though. thats a shame. some real power there. unless im wrong :confused:
 

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Nermal said:
Top marks for waiting the full 4 months before replying! (Finally it is here!) :D

Does the thread starter, jaykub, already know?

I have finished playing the game, and although many levels can become boring (same stuff: lights switch off - monster creeps up to you - fire all ya have), some a simply superb! Especially "Hell"... about 2/3rds way through was awesome. And the end.... wow :cool:

Problem is... need a #$%*@&$^& - grfx card! If you do own a G5, get the GeForce 6800 Ultra (if you can get one...this one is the best for Doom 3), or the Radeon X800 (X850 BTO)....
Playing the game in "high settings" really gives you an idea what Id was trying to let you experience.

BTW... if you have the $$$ get a Dobly 5.1 (or 7.1) sound card. The Optical Audio on the G5 is not supported by OpenAL, so no surround sound for Doom 3 using digital audio. If you want the real *&%^$ scary experience.... turn off the lights, and play the game in Dolby 5.1 sound.... OMG, every time you hear something behind you..... :eek:
:cool:
 

MacsRgr8

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raggedjimmi said:
i heard that Doom 3 doesn't take advantage of the dual G5 though. thats a shame. some real power there. unless im wrong :confused:
You are right.

There even were reports on Dual configs getting BETTER performance playing Doom 3 if the 2nd CPU was switched OFF using CHUD tools... :eek:

Check this out
 

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Nermal said:
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why nermal i could make love to you right now, i hope this works0
 

Eric5h5

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MacsRgr8 said:
BTW... if you have the $$$ get a Dobly 5.1 (or 7.1) sound card. The Optical Audio on the G5 is not supported by OpenAL, so no surround sound for Doom 3 using digital audio.
So far it only partially works. In 5.1 mode, a bit of conversation drops out near the end of the first level, and then it just quits back to the main menu when loading the second level. Too bad, 'cause it's really nifty. Hopefully Aspyr will release another patch that actually gets 5.1 sound working properly.

--Eric