474 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 4, 2005 3:45 PM by Kieran Jarrett
I'm about to do exactly the same thing.
I heard it runs world of warcraft, in the highest native resolution of 1650 x 1080 at 35 to 45 fps (frames per second). That should be nice and smooth but, that's a huge resoltion - if you drop it down I think it'd run even better.
I read on Barefeats the 2.1 iMac pulls around 29 frames per second at 1078 x 768. This isn't great, but I'm sure that some extra memory would help.
"Is the Radeon X600 XT GPU any faster than the previous model's Radeon 9600?" (Correction) These are not mobility GPUs as I first thought. The Radeon X600 XT, as I've been told, has a 53% faster core clock speed and fill rate while the core memory speed is 85% faster than the previous model's Radeon 9600. So when running OpenGL intensive apps (like Motion, iMaginator, Doom 3, etc.), it should do much better.
I copied this from Barefeats.
If it's running ok on your iMac, it should run much better on the new ones.
For a good idea of what you will get for performance, look here:
Also, I finished Doom 3 using High settings, and shadows off. Using the time demo, I got 27 frames per second. The game played well. Can't say much for the actual game play, I preferred Call of Duty.
I've got SimCity 4 on a Rev B iMac. It runs great for small to medium cites but slows down heaps once a large city is half full. I've only got 512 MB ram though which I think is the problem there. Thinking of getting a 1GB chip to add to the 512 I've got. It should run fine on the new macs as long as you add some ram.