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#1 hyn

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 06:43 PM

So now that BootCamp is out, has anyone benchmarked their rig's gaming performance?

My guess is that they don't even compare to PC gaming performance, because of optimized/supported drivers and the utter lack of high end (X1900 XT, GF 7900 GTX) graphics cards for the Mac.

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 08:18 PM

I haven't yet but will try with some PC demoes in the coming days (and weeks).

But remember, the fact that Mac users who buy a Windows license for XP can now play with full 3D support many great games that never made it to the Mac with reasonable performance (personal interpetations od what "reasonable" is may vary) is what matters here. Want to play Pirates or Rome Total war or IL2 or Oasis (Mind Control Software) or make games with Gamemaker.nl or play battlefield 2 or EVE Online? That's what some of us are here for and they'll play mighty fine on an iMac (especially the 20" with a 256MB card).

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 08:24 PM

View PostDaveyJJ, on April 5th 2006, 07:18 PM, said:

Want to play Pirates or Rome Total war or IL2 or Oasis (Mind Control Software) or make games with Gamemaker.nl or play battlefield 2 or EVE Online? That's what some of us are here for...

Err, yeah. All good reasons to have bought a Mac. I hear IL2 runs fine on the Amiga 500 if you can get a boot disk Dave.

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 08:26 PM

I've been playing Oblivion, and it runs alright with "high" graphical settings as long as you don't put the resolution up too high (i'm running at 800x500, iirc). I imagine that if I reduced the quality slider to medium, that I could run at higher resolutions.

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 09:38 PM

downloading BattleField 2 demo know. let you know as soon as possible.

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 02:12 AM

Saw these over at the Macrumors forum:

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"Oblivion Report...
Have to run to class, but I just played about 5 minutes of the tutorial... WOW.
Ran way better than I thought it would. Extremely playable so far. Low Res (Widescreen), but HDR and every detail cranked.
Can't give you guys outdoor performance yet, but I'm gonna say that it should be able to run most Windows games fine from a bit back. CS:S included."

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MBP 2.0GHz 1GB Ram X1600: 2603 3DMark05
Pentium M 2.13GHz 1GB Ram X1600 on a PC: 2596 3DMark05

Looking good

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Ok So I just played F.E.A.R a real hog of a game. As anyone with a gaming pc will tell you.

On my P4 3ghz, 1.5gb, ATI X800XT with settings all high, antistropic 8x, AA off, Vsync off, 1024x768 I get the folllowing results

low. 25fps average. 42fps high 73fps

On my imac core duo, 2gb, 256 X1600 same settings

low. 26fps average. 45fps high 75fps

That is with version 1.0 retail. I will update to latest version tommorow, but those results are impressive nether the less.

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 04:10 AM

Existing thread here, though it should probably be moved to the Dual Booting forum (as should several others -- have fun tBC :))

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 04:32 AM

View PostTesseract, on April 6th 2006, 03:10 AM, said:

Existing thread here, though it should probably be moved to the Dual Booting forum (as should several others -- have fun tBC :))
Oops, I didn't notice that thread! :blush:

If I had I would of posted this in there, I swear! :o
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 06:51 AM

I'm here for IL2, plain and simple! If the performance is good, there is definitely an Intel tower in my future (before the end of the year!), its just a matter of deciding what to do with the old box.

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 07:12 AM

K, I've merged SPK's topic into hyn's topic because hyn posted first then moved hyn's topic into Dual Booting.
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 12:13 PM

Creme of the crop PC games to check out would be Half Life 2, Elder Scrolls 4, Rome Total War and later when they show up some MMO action- Hero's Journey, Warhammer Online, & Vanguard.

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 12:32 PM

And Titan Quest and Heart of Empire: Rome. I'll be testing as many demoes of PC games non-existant on OSX as I can in the coming days.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 10:43 PM

View PostSpace_Pirate_Killer, on April 6th 2006, 01:12 AM, said:

Saw these over at the Macrumors forum:
On my P4 3ghz, 1.5gb, ATI X800XT with settings all high, antistropic 8x, AA off, Vsync off, 1024x768 I get the folllowing results

low. 25fps average. 42fps high 73fps

On my imac core duo, 2gb, 256 X1600 same settings

low. 26fps average. 45fps high 75fps

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 11:31 PM

Doom 3 and Far Cry benchmarks here:

http://www.pcworld.c...,125325,00.asp#

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 01:58 PM

On a second note, does anyone have any benches on 128 Mb vs. 256 Mb VRAM with the Mactels?
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Posted 12 April 2006 - 11:13 AM

Call of Duty 2 Demo for Windows plays nicely.

My hardware:
iMac 1.83 Ghz Duo Core
128 MB x1600 (stock settings, not overclocked)
1 GB RAM

Key Game Settings
1280 x 768
Aspect ratio: Wide 16:10
4x Anti-aliasing
Texture Filter: Anistropic (8x by default)
Detail: Normal
zFeather Smoke: Everything
Force DirectX 7 mode: YES

I believe the x1600 supports DirectX 9 but I couldn't get ANYTHING playable or worth looking without choosing "YES" to the "Force Direct 7 mode".

Plays smoothly.  With these settings during the intense fighting on the demo levels, FPS was around 35-40 average, as low as 25 or so, as high as 50 or so.  Resolution and/or Filtering level could be lowered to increaes FPS to silky levels.

I tested these same settings at 1440 x 900 resolution and the game is still very playable but the FPS dropped a tad too bit for my pleasure.  It's not like it looks bad at 1280 x 768!  But maybe those with the 256 MB version of the card or a 2.0 GHZ + duo core can do the 1440 x 900 without any hesitation at all.

Cheers for Mac Gaming!  I hope that when Aspyr releases COD 2 for the Mac in a few weeks it will include support for multiple cores (which this demo for windows does NOT).

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 12:22 PM

View PostStecchino, on April 12th 2006, 01:13 PM, said:

Call of Duty 2 Demo for Windows plays nicely.

My hardware:
iMac 1.83 Ghz Duo Core
128 MB x1600 (stock settings, not overclocked)
1 GB RAM

Key Game Settings
1280 x 768
Aspect ratio: Wide 16:10
4x Anti-aliasing
Texture Filter: Anistropic (8x by default)
Detail: Normal
zFeather Smoke: Everything
Force DirectX 7 mode: YES

I believe the x1600 supports DirectX 9 but I couldn't get ANYTHING playable or worth looking without choosing "YES" to the "Force Direct 7 mode".

Plays smoothly.  With these settings during the intense fighting on the demo levels, FPS was around 35-40 average, as low as 25 or so, as high as 50 or so.  Resolution and/or Filtering level could be lowered to increaes FPS to silky levels.

I tested these same settings at 1440 x 900 resolution and the game is still very playable but the FPS dropped a tad too bit for my pleasure.  It's not like it looks bad at 1280 x 768!  But maybe those with the 256 MB version of the card or a 2.0 GHZ + duo core can do the 1440 x 900 without any hesitation at all.

Cheers for Mac Gaming!  I hope that when Aspyr releases COD 2 for the Mac in a few weeks it will include support for multiple cores (which this demo for windows does NOT).

I wonder if you turned the Texture Filter to Trilinear you might nudge a few more fps out of it without loss of too much quality?

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 01:02 PM

I can try it this afternoon.

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:03 PM

View PostStecchino, on April 12th 2006, 10:13 AM, said:

I believe the x1600 supports DirectX 9 but I couldn't get ANYTHING playable or worth looking without choosing "YES" to the "Force Direct 7 mode"

Did you install DirectX 9 or does it come with it? I'd just get the latest version to be sure.

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 05:04 PM

I didn't actually check but I think the BF 2 Demo installed DX 9.  I will check though, when I test the filtering settings.