StarCraft II and Diablo III on Cheapest iMac?

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  1. PurpleCliff macrumors regular

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    How would the cheapest iMac go with these and other games?
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  2. 321estrellas macrumors 6502

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    I may be wrong, but I don't think those games are graphically demanding compared to other newer PC games out there, so I'm sure the iMac will run it just fine.

    A couple years ago, I had the base model Intel Core (1) Duo iMac 2.0ghz, and ran UT2004 on high settings without a hitch. I don't follow PC games all that much, but I think that was fairly graphically demanding :p
     
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    Oh, it isn't. UT2004 runs on pretty much anything circa 2004. Runs great on my old Pentium 3 system.

    Will they work? we can't say. Neither game is out.
     
  5. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    I would assume that they would run. Who knows if they will run really well, or not very well.

    But I think it might be safe to say that they will run
     
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    Same here, I'd assume they'd run, and not just OK, but great. You can always tweak the settings.

    It's Bizzard, their games always run great on a wide spectrum of configurations -- I can't speak for the mods though.
     
  7. slicedbread macrumors regular

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    this is very difficult to say, considering neither game is out.

    Its like asking what apple has in store for us for the back-to-school refresh. We can all guess but no-one really knows for sure...
     
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    i absolutely promise (!!)

    that the 9400M will be able to handle D3 and SC2. max settings? probably not. but DEFINITELY will run the games WELL on lower-mid settings.

    blizzard has always made sure to make non demanding games, they wouldn't stop now.

    yes, i absolutely promise it'll work. i have that much faith in blizz.
     
  9. PurpleCliff thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool.
    My faith in Blizzard is large ... but not as large as yours ... yet. :D
     
  10. waiwai macrumors regular

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    I find this very common now a days... Quite a lot of people think the 9400M is a "Godly" GPU. Yes it's a step up for the Intel on-board one the macs used to be packed with... But that doesn't mean much.

    The 9400M may very well be able to load up both games, but the in-game experience will be like hell. Unless you are accustomed to playing games in "choppy" mode, you are in for a dissappointment.

    I could see SC2 being remotely "playable" when its choppy. But D3? Looting and PVP will be very difficult.

    The Havoc engine D3 uses looks quite demanding on the GPU, regardless of what Blizzard has done in the past with making games for the masses. SC2 isn't due for at least a year, and D3 isn't due for another 2 years, a 9400M will be obselete by then.

    The CPU's in the new iMacs will be able to keep up with the game, but your video card is going to create a bottleneck.
     
  11. rbarris macrumors 6502

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    Early tests with SC2 on 9400M have been satisfactory, but as with most DRAM based video, the highest resolutions may bring too much of a performance penalty to be workable. Acceptable performance is very subjective of course, but in a first look we were pleasantly surprised with the 9400M's speed.

    PS The "Havok" technology in the game is a physics/simulation component that does not directly involve graphics or the GPU for its operation.
     

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