Question about demos and specs

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  1. mars-lumograph macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,
    I recently bought a Macbook Intel Core 2 duo (not the pro) and it played the Quake 4 demo rather smoothly.
    Then I thought of buying Unreal Tournament 2004, since it's cool, and it requires less than Quake 4. So I did. But I played the UT demo and, my god, it runs terribly. It lags so much, even when I play in a window, at the lowest resolution with everything off or low. Now is it just the demo? Or will I have to cancel my marvellous game?

    My specs are:
    1g of RAM
    2,16 Ghz
    64mb video card

    UT 2004 requires:
    256m of RAM
    933 MHz
    32mb video card

    thanks
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    The Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo is not a Universal Binary.

    Secondly, the MacBook does not have a discrete graphics card.

    Finally, lag = high latency

    Lag != low frames per second.
     
  3. mars-lumograph thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what does that mean universal binary?
    if I fully install it then with a patch, will it become better?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    Universal Binary is Apple speak for an application that is designed to run at full native speed on either PowerPC or Intel Macs.

    The UT2K4 demo is a PowerPC application so it runs on an Intel machine via a translation layer with a lot of overhead.

    The full version will run as fast as possible on the integrated GMA 950 graphics.
     
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