Gaming On Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Stilface, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Stilface, Sep 28, 2011
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    Stilface macrumors member

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    I have a late 2008 iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz, 4gm ddr2 ram and an nVidia 8800 GS 512MB. I struggle to play games such as Starcraft 2 at any real graphical level, most options set to low/medium.

    Currently using SL just wondering if anyone can report and solid information in regards to perfomance on Lion.

    Thanks
     
  2. Macman45, Sep 28, 2011
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    Your Issue Is Twofold

    But main problem is the 512VRAM. My 2011 (July) i7 plays anything, but I'm not really big on games....I tend to play things like RAGE and Dead Space on my iPad.

    More games are becoming available through the mac app store now, but with your spec you are going to struggle to find anything that will play in high RES.
     
  3. Stilface thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, im not expecting full graphics settings by any means. Just looking for the best performance i can get from what i have.
     
  4. Hansr macrumors 6502a

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    SC2 is a new game that's quite demanding graphics wise and you have an "old" computer. Medium settings is to be expected.
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i shall find somebody who knows this question better then i - i have yet to compare benchmarks of games such as these from SL to Lion. i would imagine that the differences are negligible, to be honest...
     
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    512 MB VRAM usually isn't the issue.
    A Radeon 4870 with 512 MB VRAM in a Mac Pro is capable of playing most games at the highest settings.
    The GPU is mostly the bottleneck. The "8800 GS" part slows you down the most.
     
  7. Stilface thread starter macrumors member

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    And iMacs have no options for upgrade in the display department?
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    technically, yes. its not financially feasible though...

    the 8800GS is a fairly old card, superseded many many times.
     
  9. Stilface thread starter macrumors member

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    Would i get better performance from Boot Camp, rather than OSX?
     
  10. Hansr macrumors 6502a

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    Only marginally, when I tested it with SC2 it was about 10-15% higher FPS on same settings.
     
  11. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    True

    And that is one wicked signature you have there:D
     

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