Install WoW on Mac or bootcamped Windows 7?

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  1. Kuski macrumors member

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    Should I install WoW on the Mac side of my computer or the Windows 7 side?

    Would be running on a 27" iMac, i7, 8GB RAM.

    Which side would run smoother and better quality?
     
  2. tofagerl macrumors 6502a

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    With that machine? You could probably run it on VMware fusion with no lag.
    Run it on mac, you'll never see any difference.
     
  3. Kuski thread starter macrumors member

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    So don't worry about Windows at all? Sounds good to me :D
     
  4. tofagerl macrumors 6502a

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    I know, it's almost too good to be true ;)

    There are some issues with mac wow, though. For example, my expose keybindings had a 50% chance of being gone after playing wow, and you can't use the CMD-key in keybindings in wow.

    Of course, this was a year or two ago when I played.
     
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    When you can play a game natively on your Mac, don't pass up the opportunity! ;)
     
  7. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    The Mac installation has some extra nice feature of in-game video recording as well.

    It's a good install. I quit playing a while back and even then it was good. They really take good care of their Mac community.
     
  8. Kuski thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome. Thanks all for the info! Now I just have to wait for my iMac to get here...:(
     
  9. sysiphus macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, Blizzard is the single best dual-platform developer, and has been for years. Combine that with their hybrid installation media, and they've got a big fan from me, and I don't even play WoW anymore! :)

    Go with the OSX install.
     
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    WoW originally came out about 5 years ago right? Since today's intel macs are about 10x the speed of the g4s that ran it ok 5 years ago, you could run it on an intel mac in windowed mode with lots of other stuff going on and you'll be fine.
     
  12. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    +1

    Another thing to remember, is WoW or any of the "Warcraft" games that have Apple OS installs are not 'wrapped' their data code is sorta platform independent but the exe's/apps are specific. They literally do write separate apps for Windows and Apple OS's.

    So there's no fear of CIDER lag issues or any other 'wrapper' created issues.
     
  13. iBug2 macrumors 68040

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    In terms of FPS, if you are using an ATI card, go with the mac install since ATI drivers are good enough on mac os to compete with Win7. I on the other hand have a GTX285 and the fps of WOW on Win7 is much better than on OS X. So if you care a lot about fps go with Win. Then again, it looks like the next WOW patch will speed fps a lot on the mac side since they are updating the opengl backend.
     
  14. iBug2 macrumors 68040

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    Well it's not that simple. Wow's graphics engine went through tons of changes since the launch so it's much more demanding nowadays which actually cripple the fastest pc's.
     
  15. sammich macrumors 601

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    Yeah, it's so demanding that tens of millions of people have the fastest PC's to play it on. Blizzard made sure that it's highly scalable, and even at the highest settings it's relatively easy on the GPU. Some guy posted a video on his 27" C2D iMac, at max settings at native resolution and runs at 60 fps in most areas.
     
  16. Shivetya macrumors 65816

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    Concerning cmd keys and the like.

    Like with the mouse, the first thing you do with any mac is get a real keyboard.
     
  17. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I quit playing about a month ago. My mac is a MBP with an x1600, obviously your video card is much faster, but this is what I noticed:

    On Windows, WoW runs much smoother, and starts up faster. My mbp also runs cooler when playing WoW in Windows. But also, the Windows mouse drivers weren't as refined as they are in OS X, so Apple, by way of crappy Windows drivers, forced me to play in OS X whenever I didn't have an external mouse lying around. It runs OK in OS X, but it was definitely optimized for Windows.
     
  18. iBug2 macrumors 68040

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    Most areas is the key there. I run a octo 3.2 with GTX 285, and under massive action I get a steady "15" fps in wow. It's easy on GPU all right, but the game becomes CPU bound under action. And gets quite slow.
     
  19. iBug2 macrumors 68040

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    Again, depends on your video card. I have a 4870 and a 285. With 4870 the performance on OS X is actually slightly better than windows. With GTX, windows wins by a long shot.
     
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    I can't freaking WAIT for Diablo 3. Someone calm me down.
     
  21. macfanboy macrumors 6502a

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    calm down!

    I can't wait for SC2 and Diablo 3!!
     
  22. Milfin macrumors regular

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    i hope SC2 will help me kick my addiction to wow.
     

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