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    Anyone play WoW on their G4 iBook?
    WoW = World of Warcraft

    I would have assumed it would run fairly well, but in another thread, from another forum, someone said the performance wasn't very good.

    The requirements are:
    MacŪ System OS X 10.3.5 OS:
    933 MHz or higher G4 or G5 processor
    512 MB RAM or higher; DDR RAM recommended
    ATI or NVIDIA video hardware with 32 MB VRAM or more
    4 GB or more of available hard drive space

    Anyone play? Your thoughts?

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    Phiber
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    I have heard the same, but unfortunatly have not had the chance to play myself. To me it would seem it should work. However, you've only got the 'minimal' system requirements (as far as the video card goes) it will not be optimal.

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    Well, those are the bare minimum requirements, I would assume that the game would run with that configuration - but only just.

    As the current iBook only barely exceeds those specs, my guess is that performance will be sluggish.

    Most games don't seem to be optimized very well on the macintosh platform, or maybe it is just the way the system handles 3D rendering, who knows...

    Fact is that most games perform better on similar PC machines...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich
    Fact is that most games perform better on similar PC machines...

    The minimum requirements for the Windows version are lower than that of the Mac version. My current PC laptop plays it pretty well, I would hate to get an iBook and then not be able to play it. Since the iBook is similar in specs to the mac mini, I bet it wouldn't be very great also. I'll just have to save for a Powermac :robot:

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    I would wait for a faster iBook then if you can...

    The nexz rev. will have better graphics cards (hopefully) as well as faster cpu's - and then they should play WOW fairly decently..

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    My experience, with PCs anyway, is to never, ever go by the minimum requirements. Every game I've been heavily involved with has had scores of posts on their forums, complaining about crappy performance with minimum requirement machines. I'm talking games like Tribes2, Planetside, Battlefield 1942, Morrowind, etc.

    From what I keep reading, I'm leaving my gaming to my Gamecube when I purchase my iBook, anyway.

    But good luck, cuz I hear WoW is amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich
    I would wait for a faster iBook then if you can...

    The nexz rev. will have better graphics cards (hopefully) as well as faster cpu's - and then they should play WOW fairly decently..
    Considering the iBook was recently revised, I doubt I will be still playing by the time the next generation comes out. I am already level 45, max level is 60.



    Quote Originally Posted by Mahone
    My experience, with PCs anyway, is to never, ever go by the minimum requirements.
    The minimum requirements for WoW on the PC side is 800mhz and 256mb ram, I have 1.3ghz and 640mb, it does good, but I wouldn't want to run it with any less.

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    Just a side note what realm are you guys playing on?, I'm in the Frostwolf realm in he guild 'True Heroes' as a lvl 35 Tauren Druid (Horde)

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    Quote Originally Posted by flonejek
    Just a side note what realm are you guys playing on?, I'm in the Frostwolf realm in he guild 'True Heroes' as a lvl 35 Tauren Druid (Horde)
    Bleeding Hollow

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    I have the a Ibook 1.33GHz G4, but the graphics have some problems on mine....

    I can see the background is being drawing then i play... On my old PC 1,8Ghz i have no problems? Maybe it is the settings on my Ibook in WOW.

    What settings are you using?

    Mark

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    On my PC everything is maxed except AA, at 1600x1200. I don't expect the iBook to be able to keep up with that though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mynameis
    On my PC everything is maxed except AA, at 1600x1200. I don't expect the iBook to be able to keep up with that though.

    I've installed and played a bit, running in Orgrimmar for about 10 minutes. Haren't really tackled much, but found for some lite WOW gaming on the road, it should suffice.
    I've been using a 12'iBook with an extra 512MB of memory (total = 768K) so that may be why I got a few more FPS out of it than some of the other fellas who have posted thus far.

    I purchased this iBook for word processing, writing, itunes, surfing and DVD watching and already have a PC lappy that can run almost anything. Yet, I was very curious as to how WOW would perform.

    When I get home, I'll try to run more extensive tests for you...

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    Ctrl + R will show you framerate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mynameis
    Ctrl + R will show you framerate.
    Just ran it for a bit, with all settings low, at native resolution, full screen and no eye candy on.

    lowest FPS in town of Xroads on a low populated server (Daggerspire) was 5FPS

    once I got out of town and ran around, even free looking and scanning the countryside while running, FPS hit as high as 30FPS with intermittant drops to about high teens to low 20s.

    In short : playable if you absolutely need to get your fix. In fact, I found with all settings low, it wasnt too bad at all - the game still looks really good. And as long as you can put up with the hella low FPS while in town, then you're set. I'd imagine with a full 1.2Gig of RAM your performance may increase a few FPS but I'm not sure...

    Hope this info helps!

    -PrimeRib

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    Can you squeeze out a few more FPS if you run at 800 x 600? Also, you mentioned that the FPS dropped as low as 5 in town, was it consistently at 5 or just here and there?

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