So, is the new Mac Pro great for gaming?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by MacTrekkie, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. MacTrekkie macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2009
    I have been reading about the new iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro and the Pro looks incredible! Has anyone gotten one? If so the which one? Does it play games great(FPS on high settings etc.)?
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    you know the specs now research them online......

    i dont know why people post questions on forums that are readily found by using google
  3. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    The MB Pro will run most of the newer games very well and I would say on high also.
  4. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    If you're getting a Mac Pro just for gaming, you are making a BAD choice. You can build your own Mac Pro for a fraction of the price. However, if you're just planning on gaming on the side, while using the MP for work, the Mac Pro is a great option, and will play most games on high.
  5. Ol3s macrumors regular


    Dec 6, 2008
    L'viv, Ukraine
    my thoughts exactly
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Obviously yes. On high a vast majority

    Not to sound flamer or anything, but Google is your friend.
  7. lmfao macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2009
    If you don't know why then google it and find out. Here's an idea... Why don't we have the administrators ban anyone from asking a question since anything that can be asked can be googled.
  8. WiseMax macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    Good idea!... Let's close all the Foruns immediately !... :p

    Then, you tell me how Google can find the Q&A...
  9. WiseMax macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    Now, to answer the question (partially).

    The MacBook Pro (I have one, 15.4", customized with the 2.93GHz processor, 4 GB RAM and 7,200 RPM Hard disk) can indeed play games in a good manner.

    To know if the game you are interested in will run well, just investigate if a NVidia 9600 will run it. Even if it says that you need a 9700 minimum, chances are that the 512 nMB GDDR3 version will still run it well (read more).

    Some games say they won't run on a 9600, but you can consider this one almost like a 9700, because it is the Mobile one (bad) but the GT version (good) with 256 (bad) or 512 MB (good) of GDDR3 memory, shared with the main DDR3 memory that runs at 1,066 MHz (good!).

    For gaming, go for the versions with 512 Mb GDDR3, of course. The less sharing with the main memory, the better you are.

    I use mine to game and work. It's shared 50/50 between Mac OSX and Windows Vista Home Premium using boot camp. I play most games in Windows. It holds very well - for example, I get a very high setting in Far Cry 2.

    Hope this is all you wanted to know.
  10. SHADO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    With the option to get an ATI Radeon 4870 graphics card, then I would say that it's a great gaming machine.
  11. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    You mean a great over priced gaming machine.. YOu can build a gaming computer at a fraction of the cost. If it is only for gaming there really is no need for a macpro...
  12. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    There is no need for many things in life. The usual speed limit in the states is 65 MPH but people buy cars that can do twice that speed. Rather then telling the person that he doesn't need a new Mac Pro for gaming, maybe you should let him do what he wants with HIS MONEY and answer his question instead (would the Mac Pro be a good gaming machine).
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    That's how the world got where it is financially. There are people who know what to do with your money better than you do. It's on the individual to humble themselves and ask others what would be the best way to manage their funds, just as the OP has done.

    And to that, OP, if you're only going to be gaming, build a Core i7 rig.
  14. waiwai macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2009
    the mac pro with 4870 will perform great for games. Equipped with 120 or 130, performance will be average at best. the only thing hindering the mac pro from being a quality gaming rig is the gpu... that 120 and 130 will create a huge bottleneck for the standard mac pro cpu and memory.

    now if apple and ati would step up their game... they'd know that offering 4870 x2 would be the best setup for hardcore gaming enthusiasts and would be taking a quite a stab at the pc gaming market.
  15. Soulstorm macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
    As far as the Mac Pro is concerned, and wether it is a good choice for gaming...

    It is true that it is expensive. But not overpriced. You will buy a Mac Pro to play games, if you like the Mac OS more than anything else, but you want expandability on hardware. I don't see why he shouldn't buy a Mac Pro since he wants a Mac and wants to play games.
  16. Maclarny macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2003
    If you are set on gaming with a mac, I would say that your best bet from a price/performance perspective is to grab the 24", 2.93 ghz iMac with the 4850 as a BTO option.
  17. lmfao macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2009
    Whenever I google something and I get a link to a forum (and not a parked domain with a bunch of links to nowhere) the answer I am looking for usually isn't on the page that I click to and is sometimes buried in a 30 page thread. Maybe we can have the administrators keep the threads from going over 2 pages. yeah let's do that.
  18. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    The world got to where it is by people spending money they don't have.
  19. Razzerman macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2007
    Maccy Pro

    To the OP

    Sounds like you're new to the Mac world - if so, welcome :)

    As for whether the Mac Pro makes a great gaming machine? I'd say yes, as long as you upgrade the graphics card from the bog standard one. And in four or five years time, you'll still have a very good gaming machine, as well as a (more than) half decent computer to boot.

    Steer clear of the iMac and Mac Mini, and all the portables if you require a decent future proof gaming machine.

    Good luck in your choice
  20. MatLane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    England, United Kingdom
    If its just for gaming, its a silly choice.

    It will run games immense.

    I would not bother buying if its just for gaming. If its you main computer and your using it for everything else as well then by all means go for it
  21. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California

    Is the new Mac Pro good at gaming? If you get the ATI 4870, yes.

    Is it a good idea to get a Mac Pro if you're ONLY going to be gaming on it? No.

    You can build a PC just for gaming for much less than the cost of a Mac Pro, plus get better performance and the opportunity to actually upgrade the video card in the future if you want to keep current. Since you're going to be playing games in Windows anyway, no sense in getting a Mac.

    On the other hand, if you want to use the Mac for other things AND gaming, then it might be a good buy.
  22. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I think it's a perfectly valid question. You could google it but you'd only be brought to a forum like this with the disadvantage that

    A) The information would most likely be out of date (written before the latest Mac Pro release).

    B) The op couldn't tailor the question to his exact situation (ok, he didn't but he has the opportunely to do so later).

    I would echo the sentiments of the previous poster – if you want to game and work in on the same machine – in this machine you may have found a great solution. If you only want to game – save your self a lot of money a build a custom gaming PC.
  23. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Refurbished i7 XPS Studio is only US$759.00 and a better card is a drop in away.
  24. Winni macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008
    Buying a Mac -- or a PC -- for gaming has become a waste of money. You are -always- better off with a console (Xbox 360 and/or PS3) for gaming, because you NEVER have to worry about the specs or if the next great FPS will run on it: They always will.

    Apple's hardware is not very upgradeable and especially in the graphics department, it is always behind. It's nice that you can add tons of RAM, CPU power and hard disks to your Mac Pro, but you will never be able to use the newest generation of graphics cards. And for hard core gamers, that effectively ends the discussion.

    The next killer argument for the consoles and against PCs/Macs for gaming is DRM. The only copy protection consoles use is verifying the original disc. On Windows, in most cases some horrible DRM driver will be installed, and those drivers come with many unwanted side-effects for the user. Sometimes, they prevent other games or software from being installed. In other cases, they work like trojan horses (remember Sony?). And in other cases, they could not be properly uninstalled without killing the operating system. Then those drivers and their activation mechanisms usually do not allow you to sell the game when you no longer want it. (And I might add that re-selling a game or software in general is perfectly legal in most countries on this planet.)

    You won't have any of these problems with a console.
  25. WiseMax macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    Winni, you're right.

    A console for gaming + a PC (of any sort, maybe a portable is better for this) for all other activies.

    Games for consoles are more expensive - but hey, its a no-brainer to use them! ;)

    As for the PC, I still recommend the MacBook Pro to anyone buying a Mac.
    All the desktop Macs are very good (EXCEPT in the graphics department) but... why stay attached to a desk when you can have the power of a PC anywhere?...

    The iMac with the 24" display (can it have an ATI 4870?) would work... and it is very sexy.
    The MacBook Pro is just a box, like any PC box, worth whatever you put inside for graphics. ATI 4870 is OK, but I point out that I went back to Nvidia for gaming - I gave my 4870 to my son- that board is decent for gaming, but really what it is best suited for is BD/DVD play, where it is really good. Viewing movies is what ATI does best.

    But, going back to the Mac Pro: Why a bulky box, fantastic for work (can even be a very competent Server), able to add tonloads of RAM and disk, the best processors and so on... and then only offer 2 graphics card options?...
    If it is for gaming... well, Mac games are not so many and they are quite reasonable in hardware demands.

    An then... there is the price... ouch!... (Oh, I almost forgot, this is Apple World, where money is in abundant supply!... :D )

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