Will Battlefield 3 Run OK with this Imac?

whistu

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 15, 2011
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I am looking to possibly buy BF3 for PC, but wanted to get some insight on whether or not you experts feel my system will be able to handle it.
Thanks in advance :)

21.5 inch Imac

4 GB Ram Windows 7 64bit via Bootcamp


iMac
Model Identifier: iMac11,2
Processor Name: Intel Core i3
Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache (per core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Processor Interconnect Speed: 5.86 GT/s
Boot ROM Version: IM112.0057.B00
SMC Version (system): 1.64f5


Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 5670
Type: GPU
Bus: PCIe
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 512 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x68c0
Revision ID: 0x0000
ROM Revision: 113-B9850H-133
EFI Driver Version: 01.00.416
Displays:
iMac:
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Built-In: Yes
Connection Type: DisplayPort
L226W:
Resolution: 1680 x 1050 @ 60 Hz
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Rotation: Supported
Adapter Type: Mini DisplayPort To VGA Adapter
Adapter Firmware Version: 1.01
 

derbothaus

macrumors 601
Jul 17, 2010
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Well, the game will launch at least.
You just choose the slowest graphics card of all iMacs with not enough memory on the card. It will run in minimum category and you'll have to reduce the resolution. The CPU is not as much an issue as most games are GPU bound and Apple are notorious for under powered GPU for screen size. BF3 is one of the more demanding games out right now. 5670 in DX11 title? Not a good idea. You could play it in DX9, maybe.

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It's a Mac. Pretty much any high-end game will run, but performance will not compare favorably to a dedicated gaming machine at the same price point.
Completely non-insightful. By run do you mean launch? Or are you referring to Bejeweled as your benchmark for games?
 

derbothaus

macrumors 601
Jul 17, 2010
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Thanks guys. Guess I'll skip it.
If your only need was to run BF3 then yes, skip it. Great computer otherwise, although I would get at least the i5 + GPU upgrade seeing as it is an all in one and I have a phobia regarding suction cups.
 

whistu

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 15, 2011
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This computer is prob 2010 top of the line iMac 21.5 inch, at least thats what I was told when I purchased it. Too bad it seems so lack luster for any gaming considering I spent way more on it than a PC.

The only thing that throws me is all the video's on youtube "BF3 on a Mac". They say the specs' but i'm terrible at knowing if my ATI Radeon HD 5670 is better/worse than what they are posting lol.

I just wish I could buy the PC version and if it doesn't work on my computer, exchange it for the PS3 version. I do not like playing FPS on PS3 joysticks.
 

derbothaus

macrumors 601
Jul 17, 2010
4,062
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This computer is prob 2010 top of the line iMac 21.5 inch, at least thats what I was told when I purchased it. Too bad it seems so lack luster for any gaming considering I spent way more on it than a PC.

The only thing that throws me is all the video's on youtube "BF3 on a Mac". They say the specs' but i'm terrible at knowing if my ATI Radeon HD 5670 is better/worse than what they are posting lol.

I just wish I could buy the PC version and if it doesn't work on my computer, exchange it for the PS3 version. I do not like playing FPS on PS3 joysticks.
Who told you it was the top of the line? That would be the 2.8GHz i5 with 6770m. The 5670 is 2 gens behind and 3 feature sets below top of it's own generation. The actual top of the line will be quite a bit faster but still in no way a gaming Mac. 27" with 6970m is best for iMac gaming. Mac Pro 6-core 3.33GHz and 5870 best for gaming of all Mac's right now.
The You Tube video's probably were done on the 6970m or 6770M. Not sure without a link. The higher the number on i3, i5, i7 denotes how fast and feature rich the CPU's are then the clock speed numbers (higher is better). The GPU's are confusing though thanks to ATI/ AMD. In order or speed for Apples current desktop lineup:
5870
6970m
5770
6770M
5670M
 

Eidorian

macrumors Penryn
Mar 23, 2005
29,085
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Indianapolis
Who told you it was the top of the line? That would be the 2.8GHz i5 with 6770m. The 5670 is 2 gens behind and 3 feature sets below top of it's own generation. The actual top of the line will be quite a bit faster but still in no way a gaming Mac. 27" with 6970m is best for iMac gaming. Mac Pro 6-core 3.33GHz and 5870 best for gaming of all Mac's right now.
The You Tube video's probably were done on the 6970m or 6770M. Not sure without a link. The higher the number on i3, i5, i7 denotes how fast and feature rich the CPU's are then the clock speed numbers (higher is better). The GPU's are confusing though thanks to ATI/ AMD. In order or speed for Apples current desktop lineup:
5870
6970m
5770
6770M
5670M
And the HD 6970M would fall in just nicely next to the desktop HD 6850. ;)
 

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