iMac with 6970m and Skyrim?

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  1. Reevsaj macrumors newbie

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    So the recommended system requirements for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim were just released, but they only mention desktop GPUs. Will it be possible for me to run the game on high (recommended) settings with my iMac's specs? Running the game at 1080p seems more than adequate, but full resolution is always better.


    Recom PC specs: Win XP/7, quad-core Intel/AMD CPU, 4GB RAM, 6GB HD, DX compat snd card, DX9 vid card w/ 1 GB. GTX 260/Radeon 4890 or higher

    Min PC specs: Win XP/7/Vista (32 or 64 bit), dual core 2GB, 2GB RAM, DX9c video card w/ 512MB RAM, Internet Access for Steam activation

    My iMac:
    Intel i5 3.1 ghz quad core
    12 GB RAM
    AMD 6970m 2GB
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    ATI 4890 is a bit faster than 4870 which is about as fast as 5770, which is noticeably slower than 6850 and the 6970M is an underclocked 6850. Clear, huh? :p

    Your iMac should run it fine. I wouldn't expect full res at high, maybe 1080p in high or 1440p in medium.
     
  3. Reevsaj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the response Hellhammer,

    Sounds good, I'll run it in 1080 and see how well it goes.
     
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Since you have an iMac there is not much that you can do anyways to make things any better. Buy the game and see how it plays.
     
  5. Reevsaj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If it wasn't going to run very well, I would get the PS3 version. That's why I asked.
     
  6. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    OK. Didn't see that in post. If recommended is GTX260 you should be fine. Besides if you get the PC version you can play it again after you get a new computer and have a slightly different experience with everything cranked.
     
  7. Ace1024 macrumors member

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    Been playing for an hour. Pretty much runs fantastic, 2560 x 1440 virtually all ultra or high, no AA around 60fps. Little less around villages. Wondering if I should get the 360 version to play on new SONY TV...
     
  8. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    The image may be bigger; but it won't look as good, pixel-for-pixel. Not by a long shot.

    Stick with what you've got.
     
  9. freaknout macrumors newbie

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    I'm running it at 1080p with 8x aa, etc, on high settings and it's about 50fps. Pretty good....

    That's with the 1gb 6970M i5, 12gb ram.

    Jay
     
  10. Popis1991 macrumors member

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    Im running it on my macbook pro from 2010 13" screen on medium and have about 40fps. So i think the imac will play it just fine ;)
     
  11. Sjhonny macrumors 6502

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    I hope you realise that on a PS3 you can't reach higher then medium settings at 720p :p. Your iMac outperforms a PS3 with a factor 8 I believe. Maybe even more.
     
  12. iVikD macrumors regular

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    Hi, I don't know as much as I'd like about graphics cards, but I'd like to know if Skyrim would run on mine (and didn't want to make a new topic).
    I'm using an AMD Radeon HD 6750M on an early 2011 MBP 15''
     
  13. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Yes, if your card has enough video memory. I'm not sure how much vram that card has, my gut is it's rather low though.
     
  14. iVikD macrumors regular

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    If I recall correctly, it's got 1GB VRAM. I'm using 8GB RAM and a 2.3GHz i7 Quad
     
  15. Anoxy macrumors newbie

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    What are your machine's specs?
     
  16. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    I reckon it'll run fine.

    This is an excellent resource for any 'will my card run...' questions:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html

    According to this, the 6750M (in 79th place) is slightly less powerful than the 5850M (in 69th place). Until recently I owned a 27" iMac that uses the 5850M, before selling it to a friend of mine. He's playing Skyrim at 2560x1440 on Medium detail without anti-aliasing, and the frame-rate is acceptable to him.

    If I remember rightly, the max resolution of the 15" MBP is 1650x1080, so it'll be shifting less than half the number of pixels. Provided you're not super-fussy about AA, you should be alright.
     
  17. leman macrumors 604

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    The iMac runs Skyrim at 1440p and max settings (AA off) at about 40+ fps. Haven't had a slowdown or lag yet, after more then 20 hours playing.

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    Yes, it will run very well.
     

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