Graphical Ability of the iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ConnorTurnbull, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. ConnorTurnbull macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2010
    United Kingdom
    So i'm very excited for the next few months concerning me and Apple. As long as Apple doesn't ship the iPad 2 before April 15th (in the UK), I will be buying an iMac a month before.

    However, i'm curious to the graphical abilities of the iMac. My first idea was to get the baseline 21.5" with a 256mb dedicated graphics chipset and custom upgrade to 8GB of RAM.

    The question is, how good a graphics machine is this for gaming? I want to run The Sims 3 specifically with something called "Advanced Rendering". I can do this on my current 2GHz Vista notebook with 378mb integrated graphics but it's not very fast. Obviously the iMac will run faster.

    Does anyone have any experience? Are there any The Sims 3 players out there on an iMac who could maybe tell me about running it on high graphic settings?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. pt0016 macrumors regular


    Jul 9, 2010
    yes, it should work fine. The Sims 3 is a not a particulary demanding game, the ATI Radeon 4670 is capable of a lot more. 256mb dedicated vs 378 shared/intergrated, the 256mb dedicated iMac one would be better off, as it is dedicated, even though there is less VRAM.
  3. iMacN00b macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2010
    I am sure Sims will run. If you want more advanced games you will struggle.

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