Mac Pro + Quake 4 problems

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by gogojuice, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. gogojuice macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2007
    I don't know what is going on. Must be something I'm doing. Mac Pro 2.66 with x1900 512mb plus 4gb ram.

    I am running quake 4 at ultra with no aa on 1920 x 1400? on a 30ACD.

    It runs fine for a couple of min.. then it begins to crawl.. so bad I cant move, one frame at a time.

    I though this setup would run an older game like q4 at max resolution.. NO? Is this normal for a mac pro?

    P.S Q4 is updated to the latest version.
  2. Kosh66 macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2004
    Turn down the settings.

    Quake is a current game and at that resolution and detail, it's probably going to slow down on a Mac Pro.
  3. killr_b macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2005
    First off, you should use a proper 16x10 resolution because your monitor is 16x10. So change to 1920x1200. Tell me what happens then.
  4. gogojuice thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2007
    I had it in 16x10 1920x1200.

    I have not lowered the settings yet.. that is my next step

    I have it set to ultra with all the special effects on except aa and vsync.

    I thought the mac pro would be able to run this game at full settings.
    Being new to mac that kind of surprises me.

    Why would they make a game that NO mac can run on full settings??

    Appreciate any help.

  5. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    unfortunately osx is awful for gaming

    if you ran it in bootcamp you'd probably get good fps

    i had a similar situation with my new mbp

    doom 3 - 10 fps in osx, 60 in vista
  6. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    I imagine this is because you were running the Rosetta version of Doom 3 – not the UB version. For example, according to this page from Bare Feats, the 15" MBP at 2.4 GHz got 55 frames per second.

    gogojuice: don't want to make you feel like I think you're a n00b… but you're certain you're running the Intel-native version of Q4?
  7. gogojuice thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2007
    It UB.. :)

    I took it off ultra high and it has no more problems.

    Just thought with this kinda hardware you could really make some games fly.. guess not unless you go the bootcamp way :(
  8. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Weird… I'd think you'd be able to, but have no idea what could be causing problems. Oh well.
  9. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030


    Jan 10, 2007
    Well the x1900 is a bit long in the tooth these days, and Apple downclocks the 1900's in the Mac Pro for noise/heat issues. I couldn't tell you how to increase the clocks from within OSX though.

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