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#1 Sep 23 2010 at 2:33 AM Rating: Decent
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Was wondering if anyone with CE is playing with an Imac?

I've read somewhere that it is possible to play ffxiv with the latest Imac but the performance is kinda slow?

#2 Sep 23 2010 at 2:39 AM Rating: Decent
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Playing games with a mac is inherently a bad idea. It can be done, but to be able to play a high end game well on a mac you need to spend 2-3x as much money as you would if you were getting a PC.
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#3 Sep 23 2010 at 2:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Have CE running on both a 27" imac and a Mac Pro tower.

Runs alright on the imac on low settings. Not stellar, but not too bad. If you're planning to purchase an imac to play FFXIV, I wouldn't suggest it. Do yourself a favor and spend it on a gaming PC.

Different story on the Mac Pro tower. It runs like a dream on it.

My primary use for these machines are for graphic related jobs, FFXIV just happens to be able to run on them.
#4 Sep 23 2010 at 3:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Traumata, when you said it runs ok on an IMac, are you referring to the latest iMac 27' i5?

I normally do my gaming on console and ffxiv is the only one that forces me to consider changing my mac for a pc ><

#5 Sep 23 2010 at 7:45 AM Rating: Good
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I was able to get the game set up on my Macbook Pro in Bootcamp using Win 7, and it seemed to be running ok on low settings. Granted I haven't had time to do much running in around in game yet (still trying to get a PS3 controler to work correctly with it) but at the least it should be usable if a little laggy. Far as I know most newer mac should run XIV provided you can boot Win7 on it, though I haven't tried with Parallels and likely won't cause the division of system resources would likely push specs below the minimum, as most of them use intel chips that should work (Core2 Duo or i series). Just need to make sure your video card and whatnot match up to the minimums as well (9600 GT or higher). Granted if you have the option of a gaming PC that would be the better choice, but if that isnt an option it should be doable. I will try and report on how well it runs soon as I get the chance for some playtime.

(By the by the specs on my Macbook Pro are 2.8 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 G Ram, Nvidia 9600m GT, running Win 7 64x through bootcamp. So mine is one of the older models it is working on.)

Edited, Sep 23rd 2010 9:56am by ZarrisRoth
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#6 Sep 23 2010 at 8:50 AM Rating: Good
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For what it's worth, I have the game "running" on a Mac Mini 2.0GHz C2D, Nvidia 9400m, 4GB RAM, Win7.

I say "running" because I only get several frames a second and have everything cranked to the absolute minimum except buffer which is at screen resolution (any less would make it visibly unplayable).

In the benchmark, I scored an awesome score in the 300's. My system will have to do until the PS3 one comes out.
#7 Sep 23 2010 at 10:02 AM Rating: Good
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yup - runs well. Fraps has the game running at 42 out of the city, and around 28 in the city and in camps.

27" iMac, i5 quad core, 4gb ram and 1gb GPU

here are my settings:

Display Mode: Windowed
Window Size: 1440x900
Multisampling: 4xMSAA
Buffer Size: Resolution
Shadow Detail: Higest

Ambient Occlusion: OFF
Depth of Field: OFF
Disable cutscene effects: ON
Enable Hardware Mouse Cursor: ON

Texture Quality: High
Texture Filtering: Highest
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#8 Sep 23 2010 at 10:36 AM Rating: Good
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Been playing on the latest 27" model iMac with the i7 processor.

Resolution: 1920x1080 (fullscreen)
Multisampling: Off
Buffer: Resolution
Shadows: Highest
Ambient Occlusion: Off
Depth of Field: Off
Disable Cutscene Effects: On
Textures: High
Texture Filtering: Highest

In-Game Config
Extended Draw: Off
Physics: Off

I get anywhere from 25 FPS in crowded spots such as Camp Blackbrush to 60 FPS in less populated spots in Ul'dah. I'd say my average sits in the upper 30s to low 40s, which is quite nice. Depth of Field and Ambient Occlusion kill your framerate for marginal improvement. Having DoF on puts my framerate to the 15-35 range, and it's just not worth it when it brings your average down to mid 20s. MSAA is too taxing at 1080p for the card inside, which is just a mobility ATI GPU to begin with. I tried 1600x900 with 2xMSAA and 4xMSAA, but despite the aliasing, I think the game looks better if you just ditch MSAA and go for the higher resolution.
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