Priceless... WOW is 3x Faster in OSX... hahahaha

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MacProGuy, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. MacProGuy macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2006
    Ok... so.. everyone knows the benchmarks I was getting in OSX with World of Warcraft...

    and I'd had many requests to benchmark it in Windows XP...

    So... I finally installed it... and....



    Apparently, after doing a little research... there is a bug that Blizzard has yet to address in the windows crowd:

    It doesn't matter HOW fast your CPU is, HOW GREAT your video card is... if you are using a DUAL CORE CPU, you are "capped" at 64FPS...

    I think I'll be playing it happily on the OS X side, thank you very much :D :D :D :D :D :D

    Gotta love it ;)
  2. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    Question though -

    What about minimum FPS? I wouldn't mind playing in XP if I could get a steadier FPS, and a higher minimum FPS. I don't think I would really notice anything playing at 100 FPS anyways :p

    Thanks for all the benchmarking!
  3. phytonix macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    i used to suffer ~20 fps with everything set to lowest in PB
    now I can enjoy avg 60 fps with everything maxed out at 1920x1200 in OS X
    so i won't bother to run it in Windows
  4. flyakite macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2005
    Well if you knew anything about FPS, you'd know the human eye doesn't really perceive a difference with anything over 60fps. So in reality the GPU is doing much more work in OS X than it needs to, which creates more heat etc. There's absolutely no point in having it run higher all the time. Many screensavers and graphically intensive apps have an option to cap FPS at 60. Wonder why? :p
  5. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    A faster FPS can make things redraw alot faster, no?
  6. darkcurse macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2005
    Well, depends on the game really. In the FPS(First Person Shooter) realm 60fps is like the absolute minimum that is needed for people who play in like the WCG championships. Things are much smoother at frame rates higher than 60 so that they can react much faster.
  7. MacProGuy thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2006

    Well, I'd beg to differ... I can tell a HUGE difference in a FPS @ 60fps and one at 400fps (i.e., Unreal Tournament)...
  8. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Are you sure that there is not a setting somewhere in Windows that is forcing the frames to sync with the vertical refresh, which would cap the frame rate at 60Hz or ~60fps?

    Edit: nevermind, read about the dual core bug.
  9. fall3n macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2006
    I agree to that one. Even thought the human eye can't tell anything past around 32 fps, you CAN still notice some lag/delay if it's lower then say 60. Don't ask how, you just can. At least I can. It's FAR smoother when you get 60+ constant, so of course you'd love to have 140fps
  10. Mav451 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2003
    Judging by the tone and diction used, I think the OP will find out sooner or later. Probably later.
  11. darkcurse macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2005
    Didn't the OP already say that it was a bug with blizzard and core duo chips?
  12. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    I question the FPS number generated within WoW. I have moments where the FPS is lower and yet the motion is smooth and other times when it is at 60 fps and the character jerks depending on what's going on around me. Then there's the server connection bar which I've seen stay green while the motion is jerky or be yellow and yet the motion is smooth. My performance within BWL, Naxx and AQ is always worse partied with 39 other guildies than it is in say UBRS or Strat or soloing.

    With my setup whether I use my Mac or my Windoze mahine, my WoW performance is dependent more on my Internet connection than my OS or hardware.
  13. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2006
    Can you post some screenshots of your e-peen please? Hopefully it will fit onto my screen.
  14. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    My PC runs it at a constant 60FPS and it runs smooth as silk at that rate. Also, my graphics card does not get too taxed so my system fans don't kick up a notch like they do in UT 2004. I will take the 60FPS cap over increased heat/noise.
  15. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    What kind of computer are you guys using to get this kind of mac performance?

    doesnt sound like an imac or macbook pro. maybe a 24" with optional graphics card.
  16. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    Not true. There are entire articles on this. We don't view things purely in terms of FPS, though even by that measure we can see well over 60 frames of motion per second.

    Mainly, though, in a first person shooter, higher FPS is much, much better because the more often the screen is updated, the more accurate your mouse motions are going to be represented in the game. It's not just a matter of being able to see things moving smoothly, it's a matter of being able to play smoothly.

    But then, in WoW, who cares?
  17. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    This is true. That is why laser mice have been selling so well lately. It gives those people with crazy fast gaming machines that much more of an edge. And yeah... in WoW it is not quite as important as it is in UT or other FPS games.

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