Mac Mini = Old gaming PC?
May 15, 2010 3:02 PM Subscribe
Mac Mini users, I need to know if a current-gen Mac Mini system is roughly equivalent to a 3 1/2 year old PC in regards to gaming.
posted by ChrisLSU to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I currently have a PC that's about 3 1/2 years old. It's got an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.40 Ghz CPU in it, with an nVidia 8800 GT video card (256 MB RAM) and 2 Gigs of 666 Mhz RAM. I'd like to know how this compares to a Mac Mini Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 Gigs RAM and the nVidia 9400M GPU.
The somewhat-long story: My wife and I used to game a lot. We each had our own systems for gaming that we bought in Dec 2006. When my wife got pregnant in early '08, she stopped gaming (she primarily plays D&D Online and Second Life). I basically stopped about a month before our child was born. A year passed, and I started doing some gaming again. Our separate systems became one as parts from each died and were replaced - the PC is her MB, CPU, and RAM, and my HD, DVD drive, and case. Now she's started gaming again and basically monopolizes the system between the time our infant goes to bed and we call it a night, about 3 hours. Not that I mind - my gaming had already tailed off considerably. I haven't played anything since January. We've talked about moving the PC to another room so she could have it to herself.
I really don't want another gaming PC and would prefer a SFF system like a Mac Mini or Dell Zino HD. I'm comfortable with both Macs and PCs but would prefer the Mini. But I'd like to do some occasional gaming on it as well. But I've been out of the loop so long that I really can't tell how the hardware in it compares to what I currently have.
Keep in mind this is a 3 1/2 year old system. I've played Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Dragon Age on it with no problems. The graphics aren't pumped to the max, but the PC has no problem handling them at medium graphics settings. How would these games look on a Mac Mini with Boot Camp + Windows 7?