Mac Pro and gaming

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Elven, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Elven macrumors 6502a

    Elven

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    I am wondering since I am likely to purchase a Mac Pro within the next few months, to help me in making my choice, how does the Mac Pro handle in games?

    My planned specs are 2x2.8ghz, 4GB, 320GB, 8800GT.

    While it looks fairly mean on paper, does anyone know how it will handle within bootcamp on XP for games?
     
  2. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    very well. or you could ditch the 8800GT and grab 2 3870 mac editions, which will allow for crossfire. either way it's a death machine.
     
  3. Elven thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Elven

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    I'm in the Uk and in the custom configuration I fail to see a Mac 3870? either way I am ordering in a few month and just want to have ALL the information I can get as this will be my final purchase PC wise for at least three years.
     
  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    if you're getting a Mac Pro only to be a gaming machine you're wasting your money. The Mac Pro is a work station and if you're only going to use all it's power as a gaming machine then you might as well build your own PC gaming machine and buy a Mac Mini.
     
  5. Elven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It won't be just a gaming machine, it will be used for movie editing, sound work and photoshop, what I want to know is will it do both my workload and then switch to a decent gaming platform for me to enjoy games like Call Of Duty4 and Battlefield 2142, with some Test Drive Unlimited, or whether I should save my cash buy the top of the range iMac and buy a PS3.
     
  6. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    My Mac Pro 3.0 ghz 4-core (old version) with 8800GT plays COD4 very well at high resolution and max settings using Boot Camp on XP.
     
  7. Elven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sweet, :) I am quite in a difficult position regarding the top end iMac and base end Mac Pro in terms of what I need/want.
     
  8. kabunaru Guest

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    http://www.macrumors.com/2008/06/12/amd-announces-ati-radeon-hd-3870-card-for-mac-and-pc/

    http://www.macworld.com/article/133935/2008/06/radeon.html

    http://www.barefeats.com/harper18.html

    Having two HD 3870s is better than one 8800GT. ;)
     
  9. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    It's also nearly $150 more expensive and not currently available. ;)

    But yes, if you don't mind the extra money, two 3870s in Crossfire would suit you very nicely.
     
  10. Elven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks guys, if money continues to be a concern I may have to make do with a iMac 3.06ghz, I assume the 8800GS is capable of some gaming?
     
  11. kabunaru Guest

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    It's more than capable:
    http://www.barefeats.com/imp01.html
     
  12. Elven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I likely will get that then rather than a heavy save for the Mac Pro.
     
  13. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Good choice. For best performance in Boot Camp format the
    whole disk for Windows.
     
  14. kabunaru Guest

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    Any current Mac desktop now is good for gaming...
     

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