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Sneaky Snake

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In Topic: OpenGL / Metal / Vulkan for a (retro) gamer

07 July 2020 - 12:28 PM

I believe most of Blizzard's Mac titles support Metal so older ones like SC2 and WoW could likely be tested using OpenGL vs Metal (assuming they still have the OpenGL version available for install for older macOS versions).

In Topic: OpenGL / Metal / Vulkan for a (retro) gamer

07 July 2020 - 09:05 AM

I think you'll have to play a few more titles to get an accurate representation of Metal's performance. Tomb Raider may just be an example of a lazy Metal port. Newer GPUs that better support modern frameworks should be able to get better performance in more modern games compared to "equally" powerful older cards.

OpenGL is on version 4.1 even on Catalina.

Ex: on my gaming PC while playing COD:MW. The 2070 Super and 5700XT give much better performance (10-15%) then my GTX 1080 Ti since those newer cards have much better DX12 optimization (COD:MW is DX12 only). In DX11 titles my 1080 Ti is same performance or slightly faster then those newer cards.

In Topic: Apple Plans to Announce Move to Its Own Chips at WWDC

29 June 2020 - 07:32 PM

Looks like someone broke NDA and there is benchmarks out of the A12Z running Geekbench (via Rosetta 2) in macOS 11.


  • The Geekbench runs are done using Rosetta 2, since Geekbench in macOS is not available natively for ARM
  • The A12Z, running emulated Geekbench, outperforms the Surface Pro X, which was running a native version of Geekbench (no emulation)
  • Rosetta 2 seems to be around a 30% performance hit vs native (If you compare the macOS A12Z score with the iPad A12Z score)
  • The A12Z chip is almost certainly slower then anything that will actually be in a 'real' Mac that ships this fall (will probably have an A13X or A14X)

In Topic: Apple Plans to Announce Move to Its Own Chips at WWDC

25 June 2020 - 08:23 PM

View PostTetsuya, on 25 June 2020 - 05:34 PM, said:

Major corporate IT departments disagree with you.  IBM switched to all-Macs for their employees, because they are so much easier to support.  They estimated that the cost savings on IT costs would be over 50%.  As one example.  

IBM finding Macs to be more cost efficient can be absolutely true and it can also be absolutely true that Macs will not be optimal for other companies. Just because one major company uses Macs doesn't mean every other major company is bleeding millions of $$$ in IT budget because they are windows fanboys and refuse to swap to Mac.

View PostTetsuya, on 25 June 2020 - 05:34 PM, said:

I frequently get into this misconception on other forums i frequent.  You can get PCs that have similar specs/hardware - but not identical, not without costing as much or more.  Yeah, you can get an MSI or Gigabyte plastic slab with an i9, lts of RAM, more storage... but its not really equivalent to a Mac.  It doesn't have TB3, it doesn't have eGPU support, It doesn't weigh 4 lbs, It gets half the battery life, and it has a worse screen, especially for work (the color space on those PCs is ABYSMAL).  Now, there are -totally- comparable PCs (that are even better in some cases because of more GPU power) - the Razer Blade Pro is very Mac Like.  It also costs just as much as a Mac with similar specs, apart from the better GPU (a 2070 Max Q).  Even if you just wanted to install Windows on it, Its hard to beat Apple's hardware without spending just as much.  

There are plenty of reasons to buy a Mac other than "i like MacOS".   Hardware quality, versatility, best in the business warranty, actually reasonable prices (the "Apple Tax" isn't that high anymore when you compare to ACTUALLY spec equivalent PCs) in a lot of cases.  Much cheaper and easier to support for IT departments, etc.  

That really wasn't my point at all. My point was that in 2020 very few people need to use any specific OS.The majority of computers users could swap between Windows, Mac, and Linux and still do their job completely fine after they had learned the new OS. Earlier in this thread (or perhaps it was a different one) you mentioned just how easy it would be for you to totally drop macOS since the only reason you are using it is because it is what you are used to.

And I'm not one of the pcmr people saying that you can just replace your Mac with a $500 garbage laptop and win in every spec. There are great PC's out there that compete with Apple's build quality, performance, and warranty. Matching or beating it some of the time. The new XPS 15 and 17 from Dell for example. They offer a very compelling package of power, portability, build quality and warranty (their warranty is vastly better then Apple's). You pay roughly the same, but price was not what I was arguing. I'm simply saying that Apple's current offerings of computers aren't unicorns that you can't find any comparison to.

Apple sells really high quality systems and so do other companies. ARM has the potential to change this and allow Apple to sell really good computers that other companies can't match given a specific use case.

View PostTetsuya, on 25 June 2020 - 05:34 PM, said:

Right, like i said, im open to the possibility that they are sitting on some ARM based superchip.  But im not holding my breath.

Why does it have to be a superchip? They could just release a A13X with an active cooler and a slight clockspeed bump and it would easily compete with Intel's low wattage CPUs.

I think we are on the same side here. I'm not trying to shill PC's. I love Macs and I'm excited to see where ARM takes the Mac.

In Topic: Monitor suggestions?

25 June 2020 - 03:24 PM

The Acer VG280K might check a lot of boxes. It is a 28" 4K 60Hz screen with an IPS panel and excellent colour quality (90% DCI-P3) and is very affordable. Only downside is that you won't be able to game at 4K so you'd want to drop the resolution to 1080p while gaming. However, if you do end up picking up a PS4 Pro/XboxOneX or one of the newer consoles then they look really nice on a 4K monitor.

The 28" 4K screen would be really nice for your coding work. Just has the trade off of being not so good for gaming.

For purely gaming you probably want to stick with a 1080p IPS display.