Will a new Mac Mini run Second Life

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by malandra, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. malandra macrumors regular

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    It's a simple question. I need a new desktop computer, and all I do is word processing and photo storage. I'd probably be just fine slapping some externals onto my 2009 MBP.

    Thing is, a close family member is a pretty serious Linden. I'd like to be able to go check out what he does, but my hardware can't handle Second Life.

    So, will a quad core mini have what it takes? Or should I, out of familial love, spring for a base Mac Pro when I can get one?

    Does anyone here hang out in Second Life? What hardware do you use?
     
  2. iydkmigthtky macrumors newbie

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    it will run flawlessly even on the base mac mini; second life has awful graphics.
     
  3. blanka macrumors 68000

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    What a bull. It still is one of the most demanding programs for a GPU. And it can have very nice graphics! The palmy beaches with shadows, ambient occlusion, water effects, max view distance, max particles, avatar cloth.... Because all content is user-generated, it is not so optimised as say GTA5. Crank up the settings, and it will even hog a GTX Titan. But the nice thing is, you can scale as you like. From blocky crap on a G4 Mini with Radeon 9200 to max settings to nuke a Titan. Do yourself a favour, and run Windows 7 on it for SL. It will double your framerate.

    But pure for SL, you probably better get a refurb or second life Mini 2011 with Radeon 6630M. It will be 10-20% faster than the HD4000 quad.
     
  4. And macrumors 6502

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    One alternative would be talk to said family member via the RealWorld (TM) ;)
     
  5. malandra thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's obvious, right? I will see Uncle Linden in a few days for holiday celebrations, I just couldn't get an answer out of him last week:eek:
     

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