Mac Mini and Gaming

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by VaatiKaiba, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. VaatiKaiba macrumors 6502

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    I'm considering buying a Mac Mini, hooking it up to my HDTV, and using it as a media centre. However, I was wondering:

    1) Can the Mac Mini power a full HD (1080p) TV via HDMI cable (using a Mini DisplayPort / DVI adaptor?)

    2) Is the Mac Mini a good machine for running games such as Sims 3, Spore, etc? Will the 9400m run them pretty smoothly?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah. The 9400m is what my MacBook has. I've played Laura Croft 25th Anniversary and Halo and ToCA, all on high settings. It handles them all VERY smoothly. So I can imagine that it would hook up to the 1080p TV well. You'll have to get the resolution in System Preferences. Hope this helps! :apple::apple:
     
  3. mgridgaway macrumors 6502

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    You can expect to run them at low-med graphics fairly well. Don't expect integrated graphics to be the way the developers meant for their games to be played, however.
     
  4. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a

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    Yes and yes to your questions. It's a perfect HTPC.

    You just can't run the latest and greatest PC games under bootcamp at very high settings.
     
  5. VaatiKaiba thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But it should be ok for, say, the Mac versions of Spore and Sims 3, and possibly Windows Sims 2? I've heard they're not graphically intensive, but haven't really got a clue...
     
  6. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    It should be fine. I used my 2 GHz GMA 950 model to play Flight Simulator X on mostly high settings and it ran smooth enough. I think the only reason it was choppy is because I was running it off an external HDD.
     
  7. suekitch macrumors regular

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    I use a 9400 in my MBP and I've been playing The Sims 3. It runs very well, surprisingly well even; the only thing holding me back a bit is 2GB of memory but it certainly looks very decent :)
     
  8. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure the GMA 950 didn't help. :p
     
  9. VaatiKaiba thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do you mean it runs slowly on 2GB? Or you don't have 2GB for it to run on?
     
  10. suekitch macrumors regular

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    I have 2GB. I wouldn't say it runs slowly, I just appreciate the fact that 4GB would give me an improvement. It's by no means a hardship on 2GB.
     

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