Mac Mini and Gaming

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

  1. VaatiKaiba macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    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

    May 15, 2009
    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


    Feb 25, 2006
    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


    Jun 10, 2009
    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

    Jun 12, 2008
    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

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    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

    Jun 27, 2009
    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

    Sep 24, 2007
    I'm sure the GMA 950 didn't help. :p
  9. VaatiKaiba thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    Do you mean it runs slowly on 2GB? Or you don't have 2GB for it to run on?
  10. suekitch macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2009
    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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