Mac Mini For Gaming

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by degucom17, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. degucom17 macrumors newbie

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    So I was wondering, would the mid level mac mini with a discrete GPU be able to run some middle of the line gaming? I was thinking of getting it for gaming, while installing windows 7 for bootcamp. I was wondering if it would be able to handle Crysis 2 at medium, Left 4 Dead 2 on high, and most average games on Medium. I want to keep the overall form factor and reliability of macs, but do not want an imac due to the fact that I am writing this on the 2009 imac. I already have a keyboard and mouse and monitor, I just want some advice.
     
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Ya, you should be fine as long as you have reasonable expectations on what you can do on it. I game all the time on my 2011 MBP 15" with the AMD 6490 graphics and it works ok at lower resolutions and settings.
     
  3. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

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    I have the entry level 2011 Mini and I'm surprised at how well it runs games. Granted, the only games I've tried are Call of Duty 2 and Prey but they both ran pretty well. This is also on Lion, no Windows 7.

    I haven't maxed out either but I had both running at about 80% and I didn't see a single issue. As a previous Xbox 360 only gamer, my Mini just might make me play more computer games.
     
  4. degucom17 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    DO you know if the upgrade from i5 to i7 is worth it? Also how well can this run new games
     
  5. RKilbane20 macrumors 6502a

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    I can play the orange box on graphics all the way up, except like anti-allising and MPAA but the texture and everything else all the way up. Also Left 4 Dead 2 runs pretty much on full graphics. Star Craft 2 plays on High. I'm not running on windows either but you would get even better performance.
     
  6. gregorsamsa macrumors 6502a

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    Some HD 6630M benchmarks, inc. for Crysis 2 & other games, though with inferior DDR3 VRAM compared to Mini's GDDR5:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6630M

    Crysis 2 running on Mac Mini with HD 3000 integrated graphics & only 2GB RAM, so you'd probably get very decent FPS at medium settings on Mini with discrete HD 6630M:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVrWNXlMvac>
     

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