Mac Mini And Gaming?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by kdm0505, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. kdm0505 macrumors member

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    I lightly game with games such as borderlands 2. I am looking for recommendation on a model for the Mac Mini that is best for this. How much does the performance differ between that i5 and i7 options? Is there performance boost to justify the $300 upgrade? I plan to go with 8gb ram and 256SSD.
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The difference is very negligible.

    The i7 isn't worth it.

    Iris will handle Borderlands 2 just fine.

    Can't go wrong with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, even a 1TB FD would also do you fine since you're probably not going to do anything heavy on it.
     
  3. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    I second this. ^^^

    If they would still offer the quad core version, I would say get that one; but sadly Apple decided not to update that model
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The Ivy Bridge quad core has a significantly worse GPU. The Iris 5100 was a massive improvement compared to the HD4000.
     
  5. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    I never said otherwise... I said if they were to offer a quad core with the iris graphics, I would recommend it, but they didn't...
     
  6. Altis macrumors 68000

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    Has anyone actually played Borderlands 2 on a Mini?

    From the Steam store:
    We are talking about an ultrabook CPU with integrated graphics. What resolution do you plan on running it at?
     
  7. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816

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    For gaming the difference will be negligible. The Iris 5100 in the i7 is only 50MHz faster than the 5100 in the 2.6GHz i5.
     
  8. matttl macrumors newbie

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    i dont do much gaming on my mac mini, but i do run WoW at 720p medium details and its ok. not GREAT, but it's playable. and WoW is like a 10yr old game. integrated graphics are weak compared to a discreet GPU
     

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