Portal 2 - System / Video Settings

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by BlackZ, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. BlackZ macrumors member


    Mar 29, 2009
    Hi guys,

    For all who have bought Portal 2, can you please post your Mac model + video settings here and the FPS you get?
    I saw already many people panic about Portal 2 if it would run on the system or not, so I think it would be nice if we can try to put everything together in one thread so everybody can compare a little.

    To see your Mac system specs:
    1)Press :apple: icon at the left top corner
    2)Hit about this mac
    3)Hit more info
    4)If you select Hardware you get a part of the info and Graphics/Displays shows the rest

    To see the FPS in portal:
    1) Enable the Developer console in the options of Portal
    2) Press ~ ingame
    3) Type net_graph 1 and press enter
    4) Press escape until you are back in game and you will see the FPS


    Model: Macbook Pro 6,2 (Mid 2010)
    CPU: Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz
    RAM: 8GB
    RESOLUTION:1680 * 1050

    My current settings in Portal 2 are:
    • Anti-Aliasing: 4x
    • Filtering: 4x
    • V-Sync: double
    • Multi-core: enabled
    • Shaders: high
    • Effects: high
    • Model detail: high
    • resolution: 1680 * 1050

    FPS result: 25 - 35

    Result: I expected more but maybe something needs to be adjusted

    Please use this model:
  2. PatrickCocoa macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2008
    Here's my data

    My Setup ---------
    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac10,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 4670
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x9488
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    ROM Revision: 113-B8030C-253
    EFI Driver Version: 01.00.367
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080

    Portal 2 setup--------
    I've been having problems, so I set everything to minimum.

    Results ---------
    On start up the FPS is around 120, up to over 200 and remaining there in some simple rooms. Play for a few minutes, then FPS drops to 60, then 20, then jumps between 10 and 15. Which is essentially unplayable. At that point I just quit.

    I've submitted a problem ticket to Steam, we'll see what happens. Based on past experiences with them, I'm not too optimistic.
  3. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    BlackZ, unless AA is important to you, you can always just turn that down and you'll most likely hit 60's with vsync
    Model: Macbook Pro Early 2011
    CPU: Intel Core i7 2.3 GHz
    RAM: 8GB
    GPU: AMD 6750 1GB Ram
    RESOLUTION:1680 * 1050

    My current settings in Portal 2 are:

    Anti-Aliasing: OFF
    Filtering: 16x
    V-Sync: triple buffered
    Multi-core: enabled
    Shaders: very high
    Effects: high
    Model detail: high
    Resolution: 1680 * 1050

    FPS result: 60FPS, dips to 30 at times but almost always climbs back up to 60.

    Result: Super happy with results. 120+ FPS without vsync and no AA. Screen tearing though. More happy with 60FPS steady than screen tearing. Don't care a lick about AA, barely notice it esp at native, high res.
  4. Youngchild macrumors member


    Mar 24, 2008
    Red Sox Nation
    Model: Macbook Pro 15" (mid-2009)
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz
    RAM: 8 GB
    GPU: 512MB Geforce 9600M GT
    RESOLUTION: 1440x900

    My current settings in Portal 2 are:

    Anti-Aliasing: OFF
    Filtering: Bilinear
    V-Sync: Off
    Multi-core: Yes
    Shaders: Low
    Effects: Medium
    Model detail: High
    resolution: 1440 x 900 (Native)

    FPS result: 40-60+ fps, very smooth and very playable (and enjoyable :) ). Beat the single player on my gaming desktop, wasn't expecting great results on the Mac due to previous gaming experiences (*cough* TF2, SC2). Fired it up tonight and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Graphic wise looks pretty good as well - not as good as my desktop, but definitely decent.
  5. Amdixer macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2010
    Model: iMac 21.5 Inch
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz
    RAM: 4 GB
    GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4670
    RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

    My current settings in Portal 2 are:
    Anti-Aliasing: 2x
    Filtering: 2x
    V-Sync: Double
    Multi-core: Yes
    Shaders: Low
    Effects: Low
    Model detail: Medium
    resolution: 1280 x 720
    FPS result: Pretty good.

    I can run the game in 1920x1080. But everytime I look into a portal or at a medium to large sized room, you can just see the FPS drop... Since I dont know how to enable a fps viewer, I'll have to guess...
    But in 1080p i think it will average around 40fps and then when i see big things or look trough my portal it will drop to 15 or so...

    So I am now playing it in 1280 x 720 in a window...
    I dont have too much problems with playing in a window since it allows me to keep my messenger on, but the performance is baaaad...

    Think I'm gonna install it trough bootcamp as well ;)
  6. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Amdixer: he put the command up at the top. To wit: net_graph 1

    As for me…

    Model: Hackintosh
    CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.83GHz
    RAM: 6GB
    GPU: AMD HD 4890
    RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

    My current settings in Portal 2 are:
    • Anti-Aliasing: off
    • Filtering: Anisotropic 16x
    • V-Sync: Triple Buffered
    • Multi-core: enabled
    • Shaders: very high
    • Effects: high
    • Model detail: high
    • resolution: 1680 x 1050

    FPS result: 60 FPS generally, almost always above 55

    Result: I'm extremely pleased with performance, the game runs perfectly.

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