WoW and R295 riMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by carlob, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. carlob, Dec 31, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2014

    carlob macrumors member


    Nov 23, 2014
    I think it's only badly written software, gpu temperature starts to ramp up even with wow in a post stamp sized window.

  2. Xteec, Jan 1, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2015

    Xteec macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    Just because you have a small window doesn't mean the game is rendering at the window size.

    Usually games are rendered at the resolution set in the game then the image is re-sampled to fit the window.

    You are probably double taxing the system doing that.

    I wouldn't call that "badly written software". It wouldn't be practical to write the game at every arbitrary resolution.
  3. inhalexhale1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2011
    What resolution is the game running at?
  4. vodouman macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2008
    Why don't you install Bootcamp?

    I have a partition running Windows 8.1 exclusively for gaming. I get great performance with games using my new 5k iMac.

    - Vodouman
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    The game aims to redraw as fast as it can to give you the best possible gaming experience. Resolution is only a small part of the entire picture. The entire OS and the driver stack is programmed in a way that a high-performance GPU mode is turned on when an application requests certain functionality.

    So yeah, I agree with you that your system should be able to run the game more efficiently under this scenario. However, as this scenario is far from being common (in fact, its a pathological case nobody cares about), the OS is not optimised for it.

    That said,

    Actually, it usually does.

    No, the games are rendered at the resolution of their main framebuffer, which incidentally is the window. If the game uses a different resolution internally, then it is indeed badly coded. Doing something like that would serve no purpose whatsoever and would actually require additional work from the programmer. Which would be a really silly thing to do.

    3D APIs are resolution-agnostic. If you use, say, OpenGL the way it is intended to be used, you can draw at any resolution.
  6. carlob thread starter macrumors member


    Nov 23, 2014
    I just wanted to mean that I don't think wow software is optimized for this GPU, let alone osx. Many are complaining about the 295 gpu but software is a big part of the picture. I agree that bootcamped windows is the way to go at least for wow.

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