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Friday, 20 August 2010 10:12

Apple forced to improve graphics

Written by Nick Farell
applesteam

The dangers of Steam comparisons
The downside of allowing Steam connections is that users were starting to notice that Apple graphics were not cutting the mustard alongside PCs. Apparently when Mac users were allowed to use the gaming hub they discovered much to their horror that their expensive hardware was not as good as cheap and cheerful PCs.

Now it seems that Apple has got the message and has provided a graphics update for OS X Snow Leopard which will it hopes will fix the problem. A Steam spokesman said that it had spent a large chunk of effort over the last few months working with Apple and their GPU vendors to close the performance gap with Windows.

Steam reckons a combination of changes to its own code and the latest graphics update available from Apple today removes a variety of software bottlenecks, resulting in significant graphics performance enhancements for Mac gamers.

Apple also removed some implementation inefficiencies which allow Steam to improve visual quality, most notably in the area of GPU occlusion queries. The gaming outfit is reporting dramatic performance improvements on iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook and MacBook Pro models. Older systems are generally already operating at the limits of the hardware.

However for years people have been saying that Macs had better graphics and yet when both machines were placed side by side it proved to be untrue. What is also interesting is that Apple could have made basic improvements to the graphics on its machines by tweaking the GPU and didn't.

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+64 #1 AndreiD 2010-08-20 11:54
I'm sure Jobs will manage to convince the apple fanboys that a mac's 5670 is better than a pc's 5850.
 
 
+25 #2 ghelyar 2010-08-20 12:17
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However for years people have been saying that Macs had better graphics


What people? Macs have never been up to PCs for graphics. For years they were using 8800 GTs etc. Even now, the best graphics you can put in a Mac Pro are a 5870. Not exactly quad SLI.
 
 
+32 #3 Regenweald 2010-08-20 13:09
For years people have been totally confused by Apple's shiney and smooth GUI and Adobe products optimized for the MAC platform. Credit to Apple. Cat's out of the bag now though.....
 
 
+24 #4 eXistential 2010-08-20 18:37
All i got to say is AHAHAHAHAHA. Ignorant fanboys..
 
 
+14 #5 Fud_u 2010-08-20 23:54
You get half of your money worth with a Mac.
 
 
+1 #6 Naterm 2010-08-21 03:20
Who in the hell said the Mac had better graphics than the PC? Anyone could have just looked at the specs on the relevant hardware and realized it usually isn't the case.

Also, people, it's Mac. MAC stands for Media Access Control. It's the globally unique, 48-bit address assigned to an ethernet port.

Furthermore, why would you want Quad SLI in a Mac Pro? It's a content creation box. You don't see three or four GTX480s in high-end workstations from HP or Dell. It's not what they're for. Now why Apple has refused to offer stock configurations with Quadro cards for the last few years, that's a valid question.
 
 
0 #7 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-22 15:44
@Naterm, mac fanboyz did say a lot of times how great the graphics are on Mac. Also, some of them like to play games... take PhillyD for example. He's a content creator using one or more macs but has an Xbox to play games. Now how fu is that!
 
 
0 #8 FistOfGod 2010-08-23 15:35
I cannot fathom what can prevent Apple from giving customers that little bit more. AFAIK ATi makes Radeon 5870m these days, so how come Apple is so horrendously stingy? I mean 5750 in a £2,5k desktop? It's offensive, if nothing else...
 
 
0 #9 Sinister213 2010-08-23 23:20
apple has always been the laughing stock of the gaming world. my friend has a $5.5k tower with dual xeons.....and i don't even know what for a graphics card. i bought him metro 2033 as a gift and lets just say it was the worst (and funniest) gift i could have gotten. How embarrassing for mac. have they even moved to the x58 set? anyway. my xps was 2500 less and is about 2500 times better. still love my iphone4 but apple will never be in a comparable position graphically. personally i dont think they care. as long as they have their niche market. can't wait to see 480's running crysis 2. apple just needs to stick to photo editing. lmao.
 
 
-3 #10 Naterm 2010-08-24 21:58
Can that XPS run Final Cut Pro? Nope, sure can't. Can it run Aperture? A lot of people that do important stuff (ie, not gaming) buy Macs because they're really good for it. Yes, Apple uses X58 and they actually got the original Nehalem Xeons before anyone else. They were kinda slow to the Westmere-EP chips, but no one really knows why.

You people just don't understand that a Mac Pro is not a gaming machine just like high-end graphics and video workstations from HP or Dell are not gaming machines.
 

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