Professor Dyrwydi wrote:
At no point can Mac hardware be considered "standard." Apple prides itself in providing above average hardware within it's "basic" models. Not going to get into a Mac over PC debate, rather just wanted to point out that 9 times out of 10 Mac's base stock systems are better, hardware wise, to base stock PCs from HP, Dell, etc.
LMFAO... really? Apple consistantly provides hardware offerings of closed systems with non-upgradable GPUs and out of date firmware/driver upgrades when it comes to GPU's even on desktops. Take a look at the 13" Mac Air's or whatever. It took me almost a week to find a hack for my friends 2011 13" to be able to play a well sclaed game like BF3 (well I'm assumin it scales well... plays good and looks ok on my wifes 6 year old PC and great on my 1.5 year old PC). Now the 15" and larger are a different story hardware wise for laptop offerings, but Mac's as a whole are generally a pain. ****, I couldn't even fix my friends hardware failure. It HAD to go to the Mac store for a new HDD. Nothing "basic: about that service.
Plain and simple, Macs are meant for tasks other than gaming until PC gaming gets dumbed down (which hopefully won't happen depending on the next gen consoles) or Mac allows personal upgrades.
I don't own any Mac products other than an iPod I won at a raffle (and I don't use, but I don't use the Zune I elsewhere either), so I don't know if this is stuff that THEY were telling me and the Mac forums said, or if it's 100% fact. But I know I couldn't just take a broken HDD (which to be fair, HDDs can come from the factory broke, it's not a Mac fault) and swap it for a larger new one. The store had to swap it 100% like for like, 3 F'N times before there were no more issues.
PS, I know you can upgrade GPUs on a Mac desktop... but only if it's supported and it can still be a major pain in the ***. You shouldn't have to jump through hoops to install a new GPU. It should be power off, remove, insert, power on, update drivers, enjoy.... not hack hack hack.
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