Your Machine >> Your Frame Rates in WOW

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Africangecko, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Africangecko macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
    Hi all,

    I'm going to be getting a new mac machine for my graphics work I do, but I'm going to be playing WOW on it too. Could you guys post what machines you have and what frame rates you achieve in WOW? I'm trying to gauge how well the new 2.26 octo with # ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB will perform eg.

    Pentium 2.8GHz single core
    3 GB Ram
    Geforce 7700

    25fps in middle of nowhere
    6fps in Dalaran
    Experience trouble in 25man raids due to fps dropping at times/often.

    Many thanks to all who post. :)
  2. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    Macbook GMA 950 2GB ram OSX. 15FPs in dalaran 10 fps in 25 man raids on medium settings. 20FPS on Malygos and OS 3 drakes 25 man encounters at low settings.
  3. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    oh get real, that machine will be over kill.

    I can run multiple copies of wow at one time on my iMac and it only has 3gb with a 7600gt.

    I raid just fine using it... big old 2.16 c2d processor at that.
  4. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Remember, in crowded cities and in some cases raids, low FPS is caused by the way the WoW server and the client synchronises.

    2.33 C2D 17" MBP. Same frame rate full screen or not (is that right?). Anywhere from 10-20 in cities/crowded areas, 30ish elsewhere.

    You must be one lucky person to spend the money on a MP just for WoW. When/if I get mine, it'll be 8 cores dedicated to Microsoft Word, maybe if I really want to tax it, throw in some web surfing.
  5. Africangecko thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
    Sammich, you make some good points with the server/client lag. My problem however on my current PC is that when particle effects such as the flame wall on 3 drakes starts my fps drops to 1/2 for a few seconds and makes my life difficult in avoiding the flame wall. (my video settings are on the lowest possible)

    I'm not lucky enough to throw cash at a MP for WOW (if it was just for WOW I'd build my own i7 machine), I'll have to fund it through graphics/animation work I do at home. :)

    Thanks for your reply though.
  6. rjames86 macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2007
    San Francisco
    I'm running with the original intel imac and I get 50-60fps outside of major cities and around 20-25fps in Dalaran. Thats with using almost 30mb of mods and a ton of apps running in the background and the graphics turned up all the way.

    The one thing I've found that kills the fps that I do keep off is the shadow rendering.
  7. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Back when I played WoW, I regularly got framerates of 50+ inside cities on my 2.66 GHz Mac Pro w/8800 GT. You'll be fine.

    (and before you ask, this was with the latest update that killed framerates for everybody)
  8. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Early '08 MBP. 4GB RAM. 8600M GT (512MB). I run everything on full settings (even sound quality) and rarely ever see it drop below 60 fps.
  9. Staufman macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
    Using my new UMPB: 1900X1200 all graphics settings maxed out, the lowest fps' i see is 25 during heavy pvp and raids. Otherwise runs about 45 average.

  10. Maclarny macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2003
    An Octo MP with a 4870 will crush WoW at max settings. You really have nothing to worry about.
  11. fargh macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2009
    i'm also thinking of getting a mac, a 24" imac

    # 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    # 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    # 640GB Serial ATA Drive
    # ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB

    anybody using this baby? what kind of fps can i expect? i've been suffering in ulduar on my 2 year old pc - 3fps in 10s, lower in 25s :(
  12. JaHull macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2009
    That machine should play very well i am running on a 2007 MBP 2.4GHz, 2GB Ram, Nvidia 8600GT on full graphics and running around 30fps in all raids 25man and 10man and running about 8-15fps in Dalaran and 30-60fps in all old content.
  13. und3rd0g macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2009
    09 Mac Pro >> ridiculous frame rates

    Hi -

    Mac Pro 09
    2.93 GHz Quad Core
    8 GBs RAM
    4870 ATI card

    I run at 1900 X 1280, (apple ACD 24") with all the effects settings on the new ultra setting (as of 3.1).

    I had thought I would see some kind of lag in Dalaran, but no.

    Smooth as butter. Same thing with wintergrasp.

    Not sure if a 2.26 octo will show the same results, I don't know how much WoW takes advantage of multiple cores, if at all. I knew alot of my apps now are mostly single threaded, so a higher processor speed would help out more than going octo.

    WoW also has video capture capabilities built right in on OSX, instead of needing to use FRAPS or some vid capture equivalent.

    Not sure of the framerates because I have seen them in the mid 100s. I know there is a command to cap them to a set value to cut back on heat, I forget what it was. . . TBH, I don't even care about framerates as I am too blown away with WoW on the new Mac Pro.

    Good Luck

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