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Old 03-24-2010, 08:54 PM   #1
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So how much faster will Mac games run natively rather than through Crossover?

Today I bought Left 4 Dead 2. I work on a Mac and use crossover games as my means to play steam games. Since TF2 ran fine on my standard Macbook I was a little disappointed by L4D2's performance. It was by no means unplayable but it did get a little annoying. I am just wondering how much of a boost in performance Mac games will get running natively versus running them through a wine program.
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:57 PM   #2
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Upgrade your graphics card. Oh wait. LOL
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:15 PM   #3
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Much faster. Crossover is emulation. This will be native.

So it would run (well, hopefully, and it should if they don't do a sloppy job) just like it would on a regular PC with the same specs
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:13 PM   #4
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Today I bought Left 4 Dead 2. I work on a Mac and use crossover games as my means to play steam games. Since TF2 ran fine on my standard Macbook I was a little disappointed by L4D2's performance. It was by no means unplayable but it did get a little annoying. I am just wondering how much of a boost in performance Mac games will get running natively versus running them through a wine program.
If you really want to make sure how it will run, try running your game in bootcamp.
What configuration do you have?
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:19 PM   #5
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Upgrade your graphics card. Oh wait. LOL
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:58 PM   #6
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Today I bought Left 4 Dead 2. I work on a Mac and use crossover games as my means to play steam games. Since TF2 ran fine on my standard Macbook I was a little disappointed by L4D2's performance. It was by no means unplayable but it did get a little annoying. I am just wondering how much of a boost in performance Mac games will get running natively versus running them through a wine program.
What mac model do you have? I have a older model with a 8600m and had no trouble playing the game on bootcamp with high settings. If they do the native port right, you should be the same performance as you do on Windows.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:36 PM   #7
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Upgrade your graphics card. Oh wait. LOL
Upgrade your graphics card on most Windows laptops. What's that, you can't? Aww, Windows sucks.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:10 AM   #8
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Upgrade your graphics card on most Windows laptops. What's that, you can't? Aww, Windows sucks.
You can't do it on a Mac either.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:22 AM   #9
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You can't do it on a Mac either.
Exactly. He has a Macbook, and someone else was making fun of Mac's not being able to be upgraded, which is just stupid, as Windows laptops can't either.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:25 AM   #10
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Crossover is emulation.
Crossover is based on WINE. Guess what WINE stands for? That's right. Wine Is Not an Emulator.
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:25 AM   #11
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What I really want to know is: How much faster is Mac version of the game, compared to the version on PC in Bootcamp on the same computer? Would I rather run the game in native Mac OSX if I had the choice between the two?
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:41 AM   #12
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What I really want to know is: How much faster is Mac version of the game, compared to the version on PC in Bootcamp on the same computer? Would I rather run the game in native Mac OSX if I had the choice between the two?
Performance in Mac OS X should be similar to Windows, but certain parts of OpenGL have been shown to be faster than Direct3D so you may see a bit better performance.

It should be much better than Crossover though. Translating the graphics calls incurs a lot of overhead.
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Old 03-25-2010, 04:01 AM   #13
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Keep in mind Mac's aren't designed with hardcore gaming necessarily in mind. They're designed for multimedia; Adobe programs, Sony Vegas, that type of processing.
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Old 03-25-2010, 04:01 AM   #14
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Remember, that also cpu has significance to performance.
(source relies mostly to cpu).
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:16 AM   #15
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Keep in mind Mac's aren't designed with hardcore gaming necessarily in mind. They're designed for multimedia; Adobe programs, Sony Vegas, that type of processing.
You know Sony Vegas is a Windows application, right? :P
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