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In Topic: Borderlands 2 strategy, tips, rants

20 August 2019 - 11:35 AM

I've never played on PC, and it's probably been 8 years or so since I played BL1, but that screenshot of BL2 you posted looks normal to me and like what I always see in the map in BL2

In Topic: 64-Bit compatibility topic

19 July 2019 - 06:35 AM

Difference between Metal and OpenGL! When I benchmarked a bunch of Metal games on Mac vs. DirectX 11/12 on Windows with my eGPU the Mac had mostly speed parity (was certainly never the case with OpenGL).

In Topic: Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

17 July 2019 - 06:28 AM

Oh man - that's a good question. Our first Mac was an LC II at the end of 1992, and I believe the first game we had on that was Price of Persia. That was a ton of fun - quite hard to get it done properly within the time window and figure out all the puzzles. Good memories :)

In Topic: Mac Upgrade path for a gamer?

21 June 2019 - 10:11 AM

Yea, the shortness and cost of Thunderbolt 3 cables is kind of crazy. This is the one I bought that was 2 meters long (and seems to be working fine to keep my eGPU on the ground and the laptop on the desk): https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Was $60, which is fairly expensive, but not completely crazy (in my opinion - the thunderbolt 2/3 adapter and the thunderbolt 2 cable I had previously bought for my old laptop were $40-50 each, so almost $100 in total).

In Topic: Mac Upgrade path for a gamer?

13 June 2019 - 03:14 PM

That will be a good setup! And it's probably what I would go with for an eGPU too. It's too bad Apple/nVidia don't get along though - I just replaced my 1070 with a Vega 56. Unfortunately the PSU in my Akitio Node wasn't enough to handle the Vega 56 (it puts out 375W but I'd get random hard eGPU shut-offs every 0.5-4 hours of heavy use) so I had to replace the PSU with a Corsair that has 600W.

In terms of benchmarks, definitely do Deus Ex Mankind Divided and Rise of the Tomb Raider if you have them. Other metal games with benchmarks include both Total War: Warhammer games, Total War: Three Kingdoms, and I think 1 or 2 of the recent DIRT games. I believe Company of Heroes 2 and HITMAN are both metal now as well, but not sure if they have benchmarks. The Heaven downloadable benchmark that uses OpenGL really sucks on AMD on Mac OS X so wouldn't read too much into that.

I'd definitely be interested in your results compared to some of the ones I posted here (http://www.insidemac...topic=48783&hl=) though. My guess is the 2018 13" MBP with Vega 56 should be reasonably similar to the Mini you just got.