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#21 bobbob

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 12:22 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on May 1st 2006, 08:56 PM, said:

The FAQ is not chiseled in stone.  Give a better answer that another can verify as accurate and I'll copy it and paste it into the existing spot.

I think it's been gone into ad nauseum before, but here goes:

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Q: Can adding a sound card improve performance?
Not on a Mac, because OSX doesn't offload sound processing (yet).

Q: But Windows does!
Yes.


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Posted 02 May 2006 - 05:01 PM

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Q: Can adding a sound card improve performance?
Not on a Mac, because OSX doesn't offload sound processing (yet).

Q: But Windows does!
Yes.
  

Any of you propeller heads out there want to verify this, smooth the text, or shoot it down?
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Posted 02 May 2006 - 06:06 PM

Can do, later when time offers. Essentially correct so far- Windows thru XP supports hardware audio acceleration. Sound cards don't automatically bring higher framerates in games/ similar performance benefits, but can. Worth noting Vista's audio stack will not support this.

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 07:31 PM

Well, OK if you really want it.

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Q: Can Mac OSX offload sound processing to make games faster?
No, but it might in the future. TechReport found that (under Windows) better sound cards can make a 15% difference over slower ones. If those chips' drivers were ported to OSX, and OSX's CoreAudio sound library started offloading sound processing, Mac games might see a similar difference.


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Posted 03 May 2006 - 09:50 AM

FAQ correction verified and updated.  It is still open for further revision if anybody cares to correct the new info or the old.  Thanks for your input guys.
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Posted 31 May 2006 - 08:22 AM

Based on these 2 threads I suggest adding a question and answer about the new MacBook as a gaming box.

http://www.insidemac...showtopic=25240

http://www.insidemac...showtopic=25616

At this point, I don't know the answer. :)

View Posttiskippy, on July 26th 2004, 04:16 PM, said:

Q. Can I put a PC video card into my G4/G5?
A. No.  The PC and Mac cards have different ROMs on them, making them incompatible.  It is possible to modify the PC Radeon 9800 Pro to work on the Mac, but it involves a lot of precise work.  See here for more details.

Plus you need to know how to speak French! (check the link). :) I guess (based on some of the IMG threads) with the new intel Macs, the issue is no longer ROMs but Drivers.

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 02:49 PM

Due to the new mouse discussion going on:

Q: I bought a new Logitech G7 mouse but the computer won't recognise any buttons on it.

A: Logitech Control Centre for Mac doesn't support the G7 mouse and somehow borks its functionality. By uninstalling the LCC, Mac OS X will take over control of the extra buttons and everything will work a lot better.
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Posted 03 June 2006 - 05:43 PM

Updated!  Thanks.
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 05:36 AM

I think this topic should be un-stickied.. It is pretty darn out of date by now..
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 05:45 AM

Could rename it to "Hardware RAQ".

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 06:47 AM

I have to concur :D A up to date version would be good but in it's absence it'd be better to unstick the current one.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 06:52 AM

Regarding the performance/sound card issue, I would hope that Mac OS X is well developed enough these days to allow sound processing to be done on an idle core. Since the lack of multicore usage is a big complaint in games, let's hope that a sound card is a waste of money for Mac gamers.

View PostWhaleman, on 06 March 2004 - 02:06 PM, said:

Q: What mac should I buy?
A: The best Powermac you can afford.
Haven't Intel Macs been out long enough that they are a better choice now? (Unless, possibly, you are focusing on playing older games.)

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 08:03 AM

View PostBernie, on 27 March 2010 - 06:52 AM, said:

Haven't Intel Macs been out long enough that they are a better choice now? (Unless, possibly, you are focusing on playing older games.)

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 09:15 AM

Unpinned it is then.
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