World of Warcraft on base mac mini?

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  1. iTechInfo macrumors newbie

    iTechInfo

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    Hi i was just wondering if anyone had installed world of warcraft on a base model
    mac mini (2.26ghz) 2gb ram) or anything above that and if it was played and what fps you get

    Cheers
     
  2. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a

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    I've not tried it, but I believe that it should run fine.
     
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I played it on a base mac mini (1.25ghz, 256mb RAM) and if you turn down the settings, it would play well enough.

    I don't think that's what you meant though :p
     
  4. Kpjoslee macrumors regular

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    I have seen people play on white Macbook and it ran pretty good, since mini has pretty much same spec, it should be fine.
     
  5. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    i played wow on my eMac 1.42 , 2gb ram ,64mb vram
    and i average about 27fps
    so playing experience is acceptable

    so should be perfectly alright with a brandnew base model mini from
     
  6. iTechInfo thread starter macrumors newbie

    iTechInfo

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    What fps did you get with this? Im thinking of posibly even getting a 1.5ghz mac mini with 1 gb of ram
    and at this stage i run it a all settings low and im fine with that
     
  7. norbiu macrumors member

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    I played it on my early 06 MacBook (2GB RAM) and it ran pretty well. I don't think the Mini will have a problem with it :) What I worry about are the Steam games that are coming out next month.
     
  8. rigid macrumors regular

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    Get as much ram as possible, at least 2GB for wow, 4 is preferred.
     
  9. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Probably around the mid 20's in the starting zones. You've gotta understand, this was before they raised the requirements and WoW would still run on a G4 with that little RAM. The mini also had a dedicated graphics card, which helped a lot I'm sure of.

    Now a days, as long as you can give your mini 2gb of RAM, it'll be OK for general questing, but not really good for 10 or 25 man raids. That's with the settings all the way down, so it won't look very pretty, and the 9400m. The older mini's have an x3100 or even a 950, which will be even worse.

    If you're looking to switch to a mac, and continue playing WOW, you'll want to look at something with a dedicated video card. a used iMac with the ATI x1900 or 2400HD will run WOW fine on medium settings, and probably aren't much more expensive than a new mini. Otherwise, you might as well as stick in the Windows world, since Apple's are so graphically underpowered, for what you pay.
     
  10. msjones macrumors 6502

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    I have the 2.26 base model and am running WoW at 1366x768 with around 40fps outside 60+ indoors. I tweaked a few settings but mostly things are on high and vsync enabled to stop tearing.
     
  11. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    How? I have a 2.16 c2d Macbook Pro with more RAM and the x1600 in it, which is about on par with the 9400m, and it gets more like 20-40 fps...
     
  12. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a

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    I get 30+ fps 90% of the time with all settings on highest minus anistropic filtering at 1280x800. My MBP has the same specs as the mini you are looking at.
     
  13. msjones macrumors 6502

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    When I get back to my mini tomorrow ill post some screens of my settings for you, try them see if you get an fps increase.
     
  14. lostime macrumors regular

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    I'm sure some of it has to do with 677 MHz DDR2 vs 1066MHz DDR3.

    The x1600 is dedicated but the 9400m is really good for an internal.
     

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