GeForce 9400 or GeForce 9400m?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Ant1975, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Ant1975 macrumors newbie

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    Hi fellas,

    first time posting. Got a mac mini from March 09, got snow leopard on it and been running football manager 2011 on it without too many problems.

    However running the game on high graphic settings produces a lag/choppy gameplay, only playing it on medium gives smooth gameplay.

    But...i've experienced poorer graphic capability installing games like EMpire at War in OS, but not in windows with bootcamp where the games can be played on the highest graphic settings without problems. Any reason for this?

    To try and sort it i thought i'd try and update my Nvidia drivers on the mac side of things, in the about mac pop up it says my card is a GeForce 9400 so when i try and install a driver from Nvidia with GeForce 9400m it wont install saying i dont have the hardware to support the drivers.

    But i cant find any info online to suggest there is two Nvidia cards with just an m difference? Even on wikipedia?

    Im pretty confused! Can anyone help?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Games run worse in OS X than in Windows due to the fact that games are originally made for Windows with DirectX (isn't supported by OS X) and then (usually poorly) ported to OS X which uses OpenGL instead of DirectX. Plus the fact that Apple's drivers are quite bad. What you are experiencing is completely normal.

    OS X driver updates are included in OS X updates, you cannot update them separately.
     
  3. Ant1975 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok mate, thanks for the info, much appreciated!
     

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