Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Seth Mac Fan, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. Seth Mac Fan macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    What is the max resolution of the cheapest mac mini offered right now the $599 model ? I would like to have a very high resolution on a 27 inch display . Also how well do games run ? Lastly does parallels or vmware run good on the cheapest model ? Games I would be playing is diablo 3 , modern shooting games like call of duty and BF3 ? Would games like that be playable ?
  2. MrSEC macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2008
    This is the only one I can answer.I can tell you for sure the cheapest model will run great at 2560 x 1440 with the Apple Thunderbolt display,and it will easily do fine with lower resolution. Now if you're playing games,I'm not so sure.

    I know you will get some good feedback here,but you might be able to search youtube and get some footage of someone gaming with the Mini.
  3. Seth Mac Fan thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    That is a good idea , I was just wondering if people had actual experiences gaming with it that they could share , I am pretty sure games probably don't run really good though with a integrated graphics card . Thanks though for your info on the resolution though very helpful and glad to hear it works good .
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    If you care at all about gaming then go with the mid mini or wait for the 2012. The 2011 can run a thunderbolt display, but not for gaming. Gaming you would be lucky to pull off decent frame rates @720p
  5. Seth Mac Fan thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    I am not looking to have a high resolution for gaming I would be fine with 1024x768 for gaming or 800x600 at least for gaming . I am a casual gamer so I do not have to have settings maxed out at all . I just want a big resolution for MAC OS X not gaming .
  6. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2012
    Little Rock, AR
    The HD4000 should be in the next entry Mini and be a nice upgrade over the 2011. Hold out if you can.
  7. dasx macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2012
    I got a 2010 base Mini and it does perfectly fine with a 27" ACD (previous model to thunderbolt). I don't notice any differences between the Mini and my 2012 Air.
  8. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2009
    I think the Mini will pretty much support any display you connect to it.
  9. Seth Mac Fan thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    Yeah I will not be getting it until beggining of next year or late this year .
  10. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    If your parallels question meant gaming under parallels on the low-end mini... I think it would be kind of dubious
  11. Poki macrumors 65816


    Mar 21, 2012
    Well, even with the HD3000, games like Spellforce or Since of a Solar Empire work good enough. Sure, you can forget about newer games, but hey, C&C Renegade, GTA San Andreas and SimCity 3 are all nice games. ;)
  12. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    I'm not a big gamer by any means, but I know my WEI scores on Parallels under an HD3000 weren't stellar, and video playback in Windows was difficult.
  13. Seth Mac Fan thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    Well I kinda knew performance would not be great in parallels or vmware . I would most likely be running native mac games anyways like I said im not a real big gamer . But do you think diablo 3 would run good on the mac mini natively in Mac os x ?
  14. omvs macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    I did a test a few weeks back on my 2009 mini (9400M), and it ran D3 at low resolution/graphics -- playable, but looks a lot better on my iMac. I'd expect the new mini's Intel HD3000 to be same or better than the 9400M, but I'd worry it wouldn't be good enough for FPS's.

    You might want to consider the $799 model with a 'real' GPU :)
  15. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Diablo III setting help etc :eek:

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