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Is mac going to be releasing any sort of system that is more friendly to gamers? The Mac pro is a nice system, but not really geared towards gamers with its opengl video cards. Something perhaps even with an SLI or something? Just curious I'd really love to buy a mac system, but I'd like something that I could boot and play newer games with. Either on OS X or windows but probably windows.

Perhaps the new Imac 23" will have some better video card options? :\

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the macbook pro and the mac pro both rock at gaming under windows. they can run directx....

you want awesome cards, go with the mac pro. thats the best it can get, and its better than most windows based dells or whatever.

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ehhh, sure i mean theres the quadro cards, but those aren't gaming cards and i would hardly call the 7300GT a gaming card either. not to sound like a fool as i haven't seen benchmarks comparing the mac pro to a windows pc running games with like say perhaps a Nvidia 7950. I'll have to call {censored} on your claim m8

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the mac pro is as close as youll get, my friend. thats the simple truth.

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well erm, ya that was the point of the thead :\

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You could use Mac Pro with any Nvidia card when np_ adds hardware accel. and other features in the MacVidia driver...

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the mac pro is as close as youll get, my friend. thats the simple truth.



go on then, boot your macbook pro into windows and run 3dmark5 from futuremark and see what she (x1600) does

No goading you, I'd love to see myself, and yes I know its synthetic but it gives a good indication of what frame rates you can get in the current demanding games

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forget synthetic, has anyone done side by side comparisons of a mac pro or macbook running windows playing windows games?

Really thats the only thing keeping me from buying a mac, I'd love a stable apple made system that ran OS X out of the box. Unfortunately mac game titles come few and far between. Although I'm not a huge gamer, i'm not going to spend a lot of money on a machine that i CAN'T play a game on, if or when i want to.

to be fairly honest i'm not a real gamer at all. just wouldn't want to buy a machine that wasn't capable of doing so. especially as macs aren't cheap, i could probably buy a pc with a lot more power for cheaper.

Anyway this message is just to clear up my original intent of the thread.

the real question was, does Apple plan on releasing anything with some beefier gamer video cards? :)

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the real question was, does Apple plan on releasing anything with some beefier gamer video cards? :)

If Apple doesnt we can do it on our own... thats what im saying few posts up...
Maybe i will go for Mac Pro but after we get MacVidia to do the complete job... so i can stick a 7950gx2 in :D

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ya support for the 7950gx2 would be great.

I spose really even without it, could you just throw one in anyway and it would work fine in windows for gaming?

it'd just be nice i guess to have apple's support

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I beleive thats what current reports are saying - non-Mac versions of cards are working under Windows, but not OS X. So I guess you could have one card for each OS :)

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ya support for the 7950gx2 would be great.

I spose really even without it, could you just throw one in anyway and it would work fine in windows for gaming?

it'd just be nice i guess to have apple's support


It would be nice to have apple support yes...but this will never happen, cos they want you to buy their hardware...

With MacVidia you will be able to throw any Nvidia pc card into mac pro and it will work under osx... but theres still some development to do... :)

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hrm, i just may be buying an imac 23" hrm, or maybe an imac. perhaps i'll wait til someone shows comparisons of the 2 in gaming benchmarks :)

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What about the new Core 2 duo Imacs.. they have video card upgrades I believe.





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