WoW on late 2013 imac

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  1. freshe macrumors regular

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    Just wondering can someone tell me how are they finding WoW on 27" with 775 GPU ? I'm thinking of making a move from my rMBP with Iris Pro to the 27"er. I only play WoW on a casual basis. I didn't try WoW on my 15" MBP but I used to play it on i5 with HD6970 and found it good enough in terms of quality/fps rate.

    I kind of planned to get 780GPU version but in the end of the day maybe there's not much point in paying extra for the amount of gaming I do - once a week for few hours would be max.
     
  2. GlynJones macrumors 6502

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    Hi,
    Just finished setting up my new iMac 27" Late 2013 with GTX 775M GPU and fired up WOW.

    I have it set at windowed 2440x1372 Ultra setting with everything switched on and was getting 75-95 FPS so you should be fine with the GTX 775M GPU.

    If you need any more information then please feel free to ask.
     
  3. freshe thread starter macrumors regular

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    If it works fine in the full screen 27" native res then it's fine with me. Was just thinking is it worth taking a plunge and getting the 780GPU. It should give me more life out of it - but then again I don't play that much anymore. Thanks anyway.
     
  4. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    I have the 780 and run it at native resolution windowed full screen but I do have 1-2 settings on high rather than Ultra and I can get around 70 fps average.
    I also have 2 more 27" 1080p monitors being driven at the same time.
     
  5. Makwak macrumors member

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    What drive you have there and how much memory?

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    That would be my sweet spot although I would not be using additional monitors. But because I am looking at straight swap my mbp for the imac I cant really choose the spec. I presume the 775 should be a tad faster than hd6970 on which I used to play on my late 2011 imac. Cant remember the settings but whatever theve been the quality and fps were totally to my liking.
     
  6. GlynJones macrumors 6502

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    Standard 1TB drive as I bought it as a refurb. Booting off a USB3 SSD and upgraded the memory from 8GB to 24GB.
     
  7. Makwak macrumors member

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    And how does the ext ssd work for you? Is it as quick as when its connected to sata3?
     
  8. Tanax macrumors 6502a

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    So the 780 gets less FPS than the 775 even though you have some settings lower than the guy posted his FPS with the 775? Sounds like a bad deal to me to get the 780 then.. :p
     
  9. GlynJones macrumors 6502

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    It works fine. Not as fast as direct sata connection but 3 times faster than the internal platter based hard drive.

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    I'm only running 2 monitors and WOW is windowed so that is why mmomega is running with lower frame rates.

    When I was in a section with lots of animation my frame rates did drop to 45 FPS but still no issues though.
     
  10. mmomega, Apr 24, 2014
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    Here's a screenshot with my settings.
    Windowed Fullscreen mode, so I am pushing 3 monitors at once.
    WoW on 2560x1440
    Monitor 2 on 1080p w/ iTunes, etc
    Monitor 3 on 1080p w/ Safari, Mail, etc.
     

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  11. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    You don't mind screen tearing? Vsync disabled...
     
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    mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    Never saw screen tearing on any of my iMacs.

    Not saying it isn't there, I just don't notice it or pay that close attention.
    10 years ago maybe, now, not so much.
     
  13. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    It's definitely there. Especially if you go over 60fps in low-activity areas.
     
  14. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    If its external, it is much better to use a thunderbolt connection. Not only is it faster but TRIM is supported over thunderbolt.
     
  15. Makwak macrumors member

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    Is tb enclousure still v expensive?
     
  16. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    You can get good cheap ones from $80-100. Just do a search an amazon or something similar.
     
  17. GlynJones macrumors 6502

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    The reason I went this way is because I had a 256gb Hard Drive from a MacBook Air and I put it in an OWC Envoy case as a cheap but acceptable fix.

    I'd rather use Thunderbolt but I have not seen any cases that take the MacBook Air SSD with that interface.
     
  18. ilyasdesign37 macrumors member

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    i have this model I have serious issue with gaming via bootcamp running windows 7
    fan issue, can't cope! gets too hot!

    :mad:
     
  19. GlynJones macrumors 6502

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    The only game I play is WOW and I run that on OSX.
     
  20. ilyasdesign37 macrumors member

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    Don't understand why this model can't cope with PC games :mad:
    just wanna play Batman :(
     
  21. cynics macrumors G3

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    I notice screen tearing in ESO but vsync is an incredible hit on FPS. Does the same apply in WoW?

    With all the settings maxed I get around 40-70 FPS on my iMac (store bought max, i5, 8gb ram, HDD) with vsync off. Keeping it maxed and turning on vsync I get 10-30 FPS. I can't decide if I hate the screen tearing or low graphic quality more. Lol
     
  22. athinamj macrumors member

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    I purchased this iMac 2 weeks ago with the 775M 2048mb graphics card. I play WoW and Diablo and have no problem whatsoever. My fps is around 80-100 in high settings!
     
  23. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    vsync should just limit the frame-rate to 60fps (vertical sync). So if you're getting 10-30fps, I've no idea..

    Personally, I'd just play in Windows. Gaming on Macs absolutely sucks. Diablo 3 literally runs at half the frame-rate on the Mac side than it does on the Windows side.
     
  24. reery macrumors regular

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    Go for the 780M and play in Boot Camp.

    I've got an 775M and it manages to run WoW in almost every scene at 60fps@1440p with Vsync on. It also looks quite amazing because of the vivid colors and high resolution the screen can display.

    The 780M is still 20-30% faster than the 775M, so you'll be safe for future patches. Max it out now, you can't and won't do it afterwards.

    On OS X only the OpenGL backend is active and a little bit slower than DirectX. But the major problem with OS X is its very tenacious throttling:
    When you play a game and see a less demanding scene in game, the GPU clocks drop to save power while maintaing the needed fps. Nothing bad here but... when you switch your camera to a demanding scene (like a water-scene in WoW) the GPU clocks won't go back to suit the now needed demands for a few or more seconds resulting in an annoying lag.

    You won't notice this issue in Boot Camp and if so, you can disable it in the nVidia-Settings (Power Mode).
     
  25. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    Hell, it plays fine on my 2011 27" imac. I play it windows though as I get better FPS than in OSX. With everything maxed it's pretty smooth. I imagine if I raided it wouldn't be.
     

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