Snow Leopard, Video Cards, and Gaming

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Topper, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Topper macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    Will games (X-Plane to be exact) be faster right off the bat with Snow Leopard?

    Will SL have video card drivers of cards previously not available like the GTX 285 for example?
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Games that are multi-core aware will benefit from the improved scheduler in Snow Leopard, for both game and non-game threads. Games that are NOT multi-core aware will not benefit as much, but might see improvements purely from better scheduling of other tasks running at the same time as the game. The video card performance, if it improves at all, will be due to driver improvements, and not due to technologies in SL. As far as drivers for video cards not available before goes - that's entirely dependent on what Apple decides to do, since, for some strange reason they choose to write the drivers themselves rather than letting AMD/ATI/nVidia do it for them.

    This is just an educated guess, I may be completely wrong on some of these points.
  3. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    wrldwzrd89 is spot on.

    X-Plane 9 is not a multi-core app, I'm afraid. Loading the scenery is, but not the actual "game play".
    But, Snow Leopard's Grand Central and Open CL might make it easier for the developers of X-Plane to update the game so that it might be faster...
  4. Topper thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    That's a plus. I make a lot of my own scenery and that slows X-Plane down considerably.

    Yes, that is what I thought.
    I somehow doubt that Jason and friends will be very fast at adapting X-Plane for SL.

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