Where Are The Mac Mini 2011 Gaming Benchmarks?

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  1. VeganHipster macrumors regular

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    I have not seen any so far, do you guys have any links to them? Thank you
     
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    2 questions

    - ATI video uses additional memory besides its own 256mb?
    - will i be able to launch GTA4 (win7) on new mini with Radeon?
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    That article does include benchmarks for the new Mini with a discrete Radeon GPU. The 2.5Ghz i5 has a discrete GPU and is the higher end model. The 2.3 Ghz i5 is the lower end new Mini with the integrated Intel GPU. What it doesn't include is the high end Mini with the i7 upgrade option.

    The benchmarks for the i5 with the Radeon should give you an idea of what that GPU offers compared to the integrated Intel GPU in the low end new Mini and last years Mini with the Nvidia 320M GPU. Indeed those benchmarks put last years model above this years low end model. However the new high end Mini with the discrete Radeon GPU gives even better results.
     
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    the radeon gpu scores around 7k in 3dmark 06. thats better then a nvidia 9600gt which plays most games on medium without breaking a sweat. the gpu isnt high end but it definitely plays most games at medium and really really new games at low. its not like the 9400m at all. not even close.
     
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    My wife is playing Sims 3 on max settings with 44 fps average it fluctuates between 35-60 on the AMD 6630m. With original Apple Cinema display at 1600x1024.
     
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    Those actually look pretty good. COD gets 57 FPS on the stock 2.5 w/ the discrete? The entry level iMac was getting 79.

    I'd say with 8gb of ram and a 7200RPM drive, that thing should be quite a well rounded sub $1,000 mac that lasts 2-3 years.
     
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    Apparently Sims 3 is not a very graphically demanding game from what I've read and so it's not surprising you get that level of performance.
     
  12. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    That's what I'm getting - the i7 with a 7200RPM HD AND 8GB of RAM.

    On a related note I just downloaded the free client version of World Of Warcraft yesterday and tried playing it on my current Mini which is the 2009 model with a Core 2 Duo CPU, 4GB of RAM and the Nvidia 9400M GPU which is not discrete and has to use shared memory.

    I had to turn the settings down all the way to the lowest level to get a decent frame rate and by that I mean around 50FPS. At the level above that which is called Low I believe I was only getting around 25FPS. The thing is the game looks awful at anything but the High or Ultra settings although Medium is not too and. I'm hoping on the new Mini I can achieve at least Medium if not the high settings.
     
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    If an i7 imac struggles to be a gaming computer I cant see the new mini range being able to play games at a reasonable rate of fps.
     
  14. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    There is no reason for aN i7 iMac to struggle with gaming especially when it has a Radeon 6770 with 512MB of VRAM and a Quad Core CPU.
     
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    SC2 benchmark added. And, yeah, these aren't top notch 'gaming machines' but they're a heck of a lot better than previous minis.
     
  17. VeganHipster thread starter macrumors regular

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    Maybe your i7 iMac struggles because according to your signature it has only 12mb of RAM?
     
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    I have the $799.99 Mini and the only game I own is SC2 - It runs smooth on high / medium setting with 40-50 FPS for me - I usually play 4 v 4 so there is quite a bit on screen with absolutely no slow down. I am sure that 1 v 1 could be ran on all high or ultra.
     
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  22. lilsoccakid74 macrumors 6502

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    Just got my 2.5ghz AMD6630 mini today, and although the wow trail is not completely installed (still downloading, in the "playable" phase), I was extremely impressed with its performance. Was running everything on Ultra with 2x multisampling and was getting 25fps average. I would expect to see these numbers improve when the game is finished downloading.

    Hope this helps some people out!
     
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    It also depends on the resolution and what you consider playable, for me at 1920x1080 I could only run on medium settings with my similar mini.
     
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    Your right, sorry about that. Forgot to post I am running 1920x1080. I was not in a very busy area while testing, but I think I will still be able to run at least "high" settings in citys without a problem.

    I consider 20+FPS playable, but prefer around 25-30.
     

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