WoW Cataclysm on i7 Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by sjones204g, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. sjones204g macrumors newbie

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    I'm a very recent (today!) Win/MS/PC convert who just bought a Mac Mini.


    Here's the specs:

    2.7Ghz Dual-Core i7
    8Gb of RAM
    500GB Serial-ATA HDD
    AMD Radeon HD 6630M w/256Mb of GDDR5 RAM

    http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html

    How do you think it will do in WoW Cataclysm raids?
     
  2. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    If you've already bought the Mini why not try it yourself ?
     
  3. sjones204g thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good question. I bought it on the Apple store so I won't get it until the 27th.
     
  4. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Well since you already bought it then you might as well wait until it arrives and try it then. I think WOW should run just fine as it's been around for a number of years and has typically worked fine on low end hardware. This being a new Mini with current technology there should be no problem. Personally I'm more interested in how newer games like Portal 2 and the upcoming Diablo III will run.
     
  5. LucasLand macrumors 6502a

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    i recently canceled wow after playing it four years and I haven't looked back. game has run its course

    I was playing it on my 2010 mini server and it ran great. new mini shouldn't have any problems
     
  6. davidcmc macrumors 6502

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    You may be able to run at max settings in places with not many models (players, npcs, mobs etc.) running around.

    Expect some slowdown when in high population areas, like Orgrimmar (depends on server) and Stormwind.
    Also, big battlegrounds (like Alterac Valley and Isle of Conquest) should have some slowdown at the initial battles (when most players are fighting together).

    I have a Radeon 5870 Mobility. It runs great, but I get some slowdowns in places with many people together (like 50).
    Everything maxed. Sunshafts = Low. Shadow quality = Low.
    AA = 1x.
    AF = 8x.
    1600x900.

    You should run well with that setup, but in low resolution (1280x1024, 1280x720).
     
  7. TheBaconKing macrumors regular

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    I would like to add to this. While I haven't played WoW in a good 2 1/2 years the last expansion (was it lich king?) ran ok on my old black MacBook with a 2.0 ghz C2D and the stock graphics. The main cities were horrible to navigate due to low fps, but everything else was fine.

    The only computer game I play anymore is civilization 4 and 5, and rarely at that.
     
  8. lilsoccakid74 macrumors 6502

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    i am curious to see what results you have, as i am looking at getting the same setup. im guessing running 1920x1080 you would see decent frame rates with the settings on "high" , maybe a couple down to "good'. Running a lower resolution should be able to run high or some ultra settings.
     
  9. wingzero1285 macrumors member

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    Please give us an indepth analysis of your results with the i7 and 6630m! I want to see how the performance is in Wow. Thanks!
     
  10. jmcgeejr macrumors 6502

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    I am running it on my 2.5 i5, I am able to run it at 1920x1080 with most settings on high, I am on the KilJ server horde, I drop down to about 25fps in org during the busy times of the day. I havent run any instances or anything yet though.
     
  11. AndCate macrumors newbie

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    +1

    very interest real fps ( 1920*1080 ) WoW , Starcraft 2 and Portal 2
     
  12. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    Me too, wondering whether to buy the i5 or i7... Mainly be using for some games, interwebs, design, etc.
     
  13. rema macrumors regular

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    If its not to much trouble could you please run geekbech and post your score.
    I think you one of the first with the i7.

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  15. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    I'm guessing Apple would be using the Intel Core i7-2620M 2.7 GHz for the BTO Mac Mini, if that's the same one as the 13" MBP then I'd expect to see it get around 6.8K on the Geekbench.

    As for the 6630M I'm thinking because Apple has added GDDR5 they'd be slightly better than stated here.

    Really if the i7 model could get 40+ fps on Starcraft on high I'd be very very happy. :cool:
     
  16. bobwhitewo3b, Jul 28, 2011
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    Geekbench score mac mini 2.7 i7

    geekbench score 6999 on 2011 Mac Mini 2.7 Ghz i7 with 8Gb memory and 750GB 7200 WD HD


    Geekbench Summary

    System Information
    Platform: Mac OS X x86 (32-bit)
    Compiler: GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Inc. build 5494)
    Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7 (Build 11A2061)
    Model: Macmini5,2
    Motherboard: Apple Inc. Mac-4BC72D62AD45599E Macmini5,2
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2620M CPU @ 2.70GHz
    Processor ID: GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
    Logical Processors: 4
    Physical Processors: 1
    Processor Frequency: 2.70 GHz
    L1 Instruction Cache: 32.0 KB
    L1 Data Cache: 32.0 KB
    L2 Cache: 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 4.00 MB
    Bus Frequency: 100.0 MHz
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Memory Type: 1333 MHz DDR3
    SIMD: 1
    BIOS: Apple Inc. MM51.88Z.0075.B00.1106271442
    Processor Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2620M CPU @ 2.70GHz
    Processor Cores: 2

    Geekbench 2 Score: 6999

    Integer Performance (Score: 5257)
    Blowfish
    single-threaded scalar -- 2167, 95.2 MB/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 7199, 295.0 MB/sec
    Text Compress
    single-threaded scalar -- 2876, 9.20 MB/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 7316, 24.0 MB/sec
    Text Decompress
    single-threaded scalar -- 3128, 12.9 MB/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 8190, 32.6 MB/sec
    Image Compress
    single-threaded scalar -- 2393, 19.8 Mpixels/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 6285, 52.9 Mpixels/sec
    Image Decompress
    single-threaded scalar -- 2422, 40.7 Mpixels/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 5646, 92.1 Mpixels/sec
    Lua
    single-threaded scalar -- 4807, 1.85 Mnodes/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 10657, 4.10 Mnodes/sec

    Floating Point Performance (Score: 9808)
    Mandelbrot
    single-threaded scalar -- 2844, 1.89 Gflops
    multi-threaded scalar -- 9846, 6.44 Gflops
    Dot Product
    single-threaded scalar -- 4507, 2.18 Gflops
    multi-threaded scalar -- 12363, 5.63 Gflops
    single-threaded vector -- 5539, 6.64 Gflops
    multi-threaded vector -- 15273, 15.9 Gflops
    LU Decomposition
    single-threaded scalar -- 1310, 1.17 Gflops
    multi-threaded scalar -- 3051, 2.68 Gflops
    Primality Test
    single-threaded scalar -- 6902, 1.03 Gflops
    multi-threaded scalar -- 13341, 2.48 Gflops
    Sharpen Image
    single-threaded scalar -- 6300, 14.7 Mpixels/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 20283, 46.7 Mpixels/sec
    Blur Image
    single-threaded scalar -- 8107, 6.42 Mpixels/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 27650, 21.7 Mpixels/sec

    Memory Performance (Score: 6073)
    Read Sequential
    single-threaded scalar -- 6700, 8.20 GB/sec
    Write Sequential
    single-threaded scalar -- 10326, 7.06 GB/sec
    Stdlib Allocate
    single-threaded scalar -- 3977, 14.8 Mallocs/sec
    Stdlib Write
    single-threaded scalar -- 3994, 8.27 GB/sec
    Stdlib Copy
    single-threaded scalar -- 5368, 5.53 GB/sec

    Stream Performance (Score: 5117)
    Stream Copy
    single-threaded scalar -- 5445, 7.45 GB/sec
    single-threaded vector -- 6443, 8.35 GB/sec
    Stream Scale
    single-threaded scalar -- 5937, 7.70 GB/sec
    single-threaded vector -- 6120, 8.26 GB/sec
    Stream Add
    single-threaded scalar -- 2425, 3.66 GB/sec
    single-threaded vector -- 6712, 9.34 GB/sec
    Stream Triad
    single-threaded scalar -- 2773, 3.83 GB/sec
    single-threaded vector -- 5082, 9.51 GB/sec
     
  17. bobwhitewo3b macrumors member

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