Tired Of Finicking with Mac pro for Gaming.

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by RoastingPig, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    theres just something about apple machines that just don't do windows rite. random micro stutter, stupid loud fans, and more

    i got tired of finicking with my mac pros to get optimum gaming wich i couldnt so i went out and bought a dedicated pc box

    asus z87 pro mb
    250 840 evo
    corsair 750w gold
    2x4gb platinum doms 2133
    using a borrowed 7970 for now hopefully 290x is sub $500 bucks
    define r4 titanium windowed

    im so happy haha...used to work at frys long ago but still have friends there, employee discount drove the price down from 1100 to 670 bucks so i had to do it
  2. ClassObject macrumors 6502


    Mar 1, 2010
  3. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    Usually games thrive and run better in a Windows environment. Macs seems geared more for production.
  4. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    Interesting. I'm not surprised. I'm always amazed how many folks here try to do gaming on the Mac Pro. Seems like the wrong tool for the job.

    To be honest, I use to be a hardcore PC gamer back in the day and around 2009 I got tired of finicking with my PC for gaming... Seriously (Crysis killed it for me). The constant driver updates, expensive GPU requirements to play on a display res also worthy of working on, BSOD issues with SLI, etc., it became too costly and too much of a headache. I ditched the PC and got a PS3 for gaming (with AimOn mouse controller) and haven't missed PC gaming one bit. Now I can game on a 60" screen with surround sound and never worry about drivers or stability and have the best computing tools for my work and photography without trying to make any of them do double duty as a gaming platform. Sure, I don't have 8x AA image quality, but the types of games I play, I'm usually moving too quick to notice jaggies.

    So naturally I'm curious, why not opt for a console vs a PC dedicated to gaming?
  5. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    Because consoles are limited hardware-wise and software-wise by design limitation?
  6. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    Verified Mac Pro owner.
  7. N19h7m4r3 macrumors 65816


    Dec 15, 2012
    I do Mac Gaming near daily, and I've never had micro stutter, loud fans, or 'more' issues.

    It's been extremely smooth sailing, with the exception of Skype not playing ball in convos over 3-4 hours long with Mavericks.

    No game issues, ever for me, and I probably play a much larger selection of games than most, as most are Alphas or Betas.

    I have found that the native OS X drivers seem to be the best overall for stability with NVIDIA cards though.
  8. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
    Quit your whining and get a console if you must game hassle free!
    The PS4 is due out in a little over a month.
  9. Wardenski macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2012
    I game in Windows on my Mac Pro and have never had issues, with the exception of an overheating GPU in summer. I use an Apple 5770 and PC 5870; despite the 5770 being inactive in Windows its gets really hot.

    I will be building a dedicated gaming PC at some point too though, maybe next year. I can't upgrade my 08 Mac Pro anymore from a gaming perspective without fiddling with power supplies etc.

    Tempted to make it beastly, maybe 8 core i7 "Broadwell", nvidida 800 series, Caselabs case :cool:
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Chances are it's Apple's bootcamp drivers. Did you try using drivers from the hardware supplier?
  11. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    What an odd post by the OP. Mac Pros are not designed for gaming; they're Xeon-based workstations. Always amazes me how people say 'Macs are for people who don't know anything about computers!'; the same people who justify PCs over Macs because they're better at gaming.

    Macs have the stability that you can only get from unified hardware and software. There's a reason they're used in the music and film industry, because computers are a tool, and it's the best tool for the job.

    If you want to faff around eeking an extra 2fps from Crysis, go for it. There's nothing wrong with that; build your own PC for gaming. But if you buy a Mac with the predominant reason of gaming, and then complain about the price of the hardware compared to elsewhere, you've completely missed the point. People who do work don't want to cock around upgrading hardware, updating drivers, running soak tests and overclocking. They want stability and excellent, swift customer support if something goes wrong.

    Congratulations, OP. You've figured out what everybody knows already. If you want a gaming PC, don't buy a Mac.
  12. Nova Sensei macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2012
    Gee it would be nice to be able to play CivV half reasonably though.

    The annoying thing for me is that the specs of my my particular Mac absolutely destroy that of my Xbox360. And yet the 360 can play a game the scope and complexity of GTAV with barely a stutter. I understand that they are machines with very different purposes, but still, i have to wonder why the Mac performs so very poorly...
  13. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    What are the specs on your MacPro ?
  14. Nova Sensei macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2012
    Sadly, i'm only rocking a HD4000 Mac Air. :(
  15. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    A nice machine but I wouldn't use it for gaming :(.
  16. Nova Sensei macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2012
    Couldn't agree more!

    PS4 will have to do - just a pity the interesting strategy games don't tend to make it to console.
  17. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    A) Mac Pro != gaming rig
    B) OS X not optimal for gaming performance
    C) Mac Pro has been neglected by Apple for quite some time

    That is not to say that the Mac Pro is a piece of crap machine. It's meant to be workstation. You normally wouldn't want ECC buffered RAM in a gaming rig (even the most insane ones with like multiple Titans in SLI). But you wouldn't want non ECC unbuffered RAM in a workstation.

    Gaming rigs and Windows computers and Macs are all different machines built for different users.

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