Is a mini a good gaming machine?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by LAPIII, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. LAPIII macrumors newbie

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    My fourth PC broke down, so I'm deciding on a mac. Most Macs cost too much, therefore it's the Mini for me. The Mac website says it comes with a Intel GMA 950 graphics processor, how good is that? If possible, I will get the best Mini there is, right now that is the 2.0 GHZ.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    integrated graphics = bad for games.

    but i suppose in the end it depends on what games etc.
     
  4. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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  5. okrelayer macrumors 6502a

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    iv never played computer games before. My imac is to old to even attempt to play current games. But i do have a 2.2 4gb of ram macbook. if booting into windows would i beable to play say Grand Theft Auto? Is there ANY chance of it? I would like to play the new one when it comes out on pc.

    its not a big deal either way, but this thread seems as good as any to bring it up
     
  6. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    Doubtul. How old's your iMac. What processor/graphics card does it have?
     
  7. kabunaru Guest

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    What games do you play?
    For one, games like Age of Empires II and Age of Mythology will work if you have them.
     
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Save another $150 and get a refurbished iMac or MacBook for $950, which is a lot better deal than the $800 Mini (or a loaded one).

    The Intel GMA X3100 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT are likely worth the slight bump in price over the GMA950 -- especially if you want to play any games.

    You can look at the GMA950, GMA X3100, and ATI Radeon HD 2400XT on the PC laptops for gaming comparisons.

    All these are laptop-based (aka, all Intel integrated mobile chipsets or ATI mobility cards) and can be found in the laptop gaming sections of PC magazines.
     
  9. ETID macrumors regular

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    under xp on my macbook (2.0 SR 4gb Ram intel x3100 graphics) I get Grand theft auto san andreas working okay and some other decent games, some work well some don't work at all. If that helps at all
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Look here for comparisons: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html

    mini = GMA950
    New MacBook = X3100
    White iMac (17, 20" non-edu models) = X1600
    White iMac (24") = 7300GT/7600GT
    Alu iMac (low-end 20") = HD2400XT
    Alu iMac (mid 20", 24") = HD2600XT (slightly lowered clock, however).
    New Alu iMac (24" optional) = 8800GT


    IMO, GMA950 is good only for the most basic 3D games and most 2D games. The X1600 can handle most 3D games on low-medium settings at native resolution and is slightly faster than he HD2400XT. The 2600 can handle most 3D games on medium-high settings (some, like Crysis, will require lower settings). The 8800 can handle most games on high settings.
     
  11. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    only for bundled games like solitare, freecell, etc

    nothing super intensive
     
  12. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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  14. zeroman macrumors newbie

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    This Mac is not good for modern hardcore games, but if you like to play small games, like My Mac Games offer, it will be enough.
     

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