pc games run better on a mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by bodhi77, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. bodhi77 macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2009
    the capital city of England: Manchester
    before i get accused of misleading thread titles i'm referring to running games under botcamp, but i've noticed that running resident evil 5 on my imac (2.8ghz, 4gb, 256 graphics) runs much better than on a pc with almost the same specs. maybe it's to do with the better system components or the fact that it's all built by apple rather than a mish-mash of components but it runs flawlessly at 1920x1080 with no lag at all. a similar pc it runs well, but not nearly as well

    the games run that well i've postponed my decision to buy an xbox 360 :)

    RE5 is awesome btw, well worth the money
  2. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    That's just some mad fanboyishness going on. Quality of hardware won't make any difference at all, if the Mac version has more video ram, or a cleaner HDD then games will run better.

    I play Left4Dead on an x1600 iMac, one of my friends has an x1600 desktop PC that somehow manages to run at a higher resolution without any drop in framerate. I'm also under the impression that given the larger case it's able to overclock more than my iMac without crashing.
  3. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    My understanding which could be wrong is that they choose a Mac to demo Vista on when it first came out due to consistency in hardware and good performance. Or maybe I'm thinking of something else?
  4. yanquis macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    windows applications & OS will often be faster on a mac of same specs because the OS is relatively fresh, unused, & not loaded down. the idea that mac has superior components or better integration or design or whatever as it pertains to raw performance is a myth perpetuated by apple fanboys. = specs means = speed. macs edges in design has nothing to do with how fast their computers will run.
  5. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I think a few years back, the fastest Windows laptop PC World tested was the 17" Macbook Pro running Vista, so the claim is slightly valid. However, it was faster by a something like 2 or 3 points in geekbench, and nothing you would ever be able to notice.

    For the most part, it feels faster because you haven't installed anything else and it's a fresh install still.
  6. nullx86 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2009
    Wilmington/Jacksonville, NC
    Personally, Windows does run better on macs. I mean hell, Microsoft demoed Vista on an iMac, so what does that tell you? The hardware is the same if you spec'd a Mac and a PC, its just the way they operate. Mac uses EFI, PC has BIOS. At the same time, there are several different components for PC, where only a handful are for Mac. Think about how drivers are done. Gigabyte, for example, writes their drivers for their products, and has to make a XP, Vista, and now Win7 version. Any company that mkes PC parts has to do that. Apple writes the drivers themselves, which in the long run saves a lot of hassle, because there are only a handful of parts tha go in to Macs, which brings me back to what I said earlier in the post; Windows runs better on Macs. Its not fanboyism, its science.
  7. Rodus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    I have found that XP runs faster on my iMac then on an equivalent specced PC but only cos I use it exclusively for gaming and not doing all the day to day tasks that fill up the registry and I don't download lots of little ad ons that add a performance hit. If I did then I'm sure it would be neck and neck.

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