SteamVR test on iMac (late 2015)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mroffbeat, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. mroffbeat macrumors member

    mroffbeat

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    Amsterdam
    #1
    Hi Guys, just installed (and deleted immediately :apple:) windows to test the new SteamVR tool.
    This tool calculates if your machine is ready for the upcoming Oculus Rift.

    My setup:
    iMac 27" (late 2015)
    Core i7 (6700k) / m395x
    512GB SSD / 32gb (1600mhz)
    ** freshly installed bootcamp because steamvr is only available on winblows (64bit version)

    as a compare, i asked someone to do the same test on his PC
    Windows 10
    i7 (5820k) / 32gb
    GTX980Ti

    I think apple really has to step up their GPU game..

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  2. taedouni macrumors 65816

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    #2
    Problem is that Apple uses mobile graphic card chips instead of desktop class. Mobile graphic card chips will always be less powerful than desktop class chips (e.g. compare 980M to the regular GTX 980). But I do agree that Apple should use better mobile graphic card chips (impossible to use desktop class with the design of the iMac). But even a 980M isn't that great for VR. Remember the 980 Ti can cost above $500 for the card alone.
     
  3. MacVidCards Suspended

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    Location:
    Hollywood, CA
    #3
    A couple quick clarifications.

    Steam VR is different from Occulus Rift. Occulus has their own test and it will say "no" to every Mac in production.

    There is a MXM 980M that is full spec, ie, just as fast as reference GTX980. Apple could use better GPUs, they just don't want to.
     
  4. Adam552 macrumors 6502

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    #4
    I'm guessing they'll put the new Nvidia Pascal GPU's in the next refresh?
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    #5
    Why did you immediately delete it? Seems like a cool thing to have on your Mac.
     

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