Can GeForce 640M handle diablo 3?

  • #1
    Can GeForce 640M on the new 2012 iMacs handle diablo 3

    Im really worried if the GPU is to weak :( the imac im considering is the lowest model.

    So... Would i be able to play on high settings if i buy this computer?

    Atm im using a laptop with Radeon 6630 graphics.
  • #2
    In my experience Macs are absolutely terrible when it comes to gaming and require way more processing power to run games at the same level as PCs. I can't tell you why that is but I'm just going off my own experiences and it may not be the case for you. But the 640M in a PC laptop will barley run D3 efficiently. On a Mac i'm afraid it would not cover it. Who knows it might work for you though. Why do you want a Mac in the first place? If you don't mind me asking?
  • #3
    Mob: what kind of Mac were you trying to game on? Your experience and my experience seem to be very different.

    I can run D3 on minimal settings with my early 2008 Macbook Pro. That means I can run D3 with an intel core duo processor and a geforce 8600m card. I can also run other games on low settings just fine (either in OSX or XP Pro)

    Thus, the simple answer is YES. You can run D3. Unfortunately I cannot tell you about high settings or whether it will be better than your current 6630. However, there are numerous graphic card comparison tools available online that should help.
  • #4
    I know I can play on i5 2500mhz, 2gb and M300 Geforce on my laptop but with less graphic details.
  • #5
    Mob: I think you oversimplify a complex issue.

    Processing power. By this I assume you actually mean graphics processing. This point is entirely dependent on the coding. Blizzard are one of the best game makers when it comes to coding to mac, whilst they do occasionally make mac specific errors they also code specifically for the platform, supporting OpenGL etc etc, and having long term influence to some extent on the platform OpenGL development within Apple. Your comment would hold some truth if you were talking about poorly ported windows games or even worse, Directx games being emulated through Transgamings Cider solution. In that case yeah there is a pretty high processing overhead.

    The second issue is specs, not all macs are made the same. I have a 6970M card in my 27" machine and it can handle pretty much anything you throw at it with ultra settings @1080P. This includes things like Battlefield 3 on bootcamp. However I hate running at 1080p and much prefer slightly or moderately lower graphics settings at 1440P. Much crisper and clearer. Blizzard games run either at ultra or very very close (SSAO on Mists of Panderia being the one problem) on native resolution on this machine. Point being that the required resolution is an important factor.

    If you are using the lower resolution screen I would think you would be able run D3 on at least mid settings. I would more careful about recommending D3 at native resolution 1440P (27") though at mid settings on that card.
  • #6
    I play on a 2012 MacMini with 2GB RAM (1 memorybank is broken) and itÅ› the cheap-ass base model, so only Intel HD3000 or something and the i5. I play perfectly fine on a FullHD 24" display.

    Yes, I have to turn off other applications to increase the experience
    No, It's not at native resolution
    Yes, it is perfectly playable. I've clocked in many hours in Act 3 on both my Monk up to 1.0.3 or something and my Barbarian in 1.0.4. Played as whirlwind for a while without much trouble and lately I've played a somewhat slower paced spec.

    You will get the occasional freezes when the game leads to another area, but that varies quite a bit. So, is it playable if you just want a mac and not shell out a ton of cash? Yes, absolutely. My machine is mostly for development, so I went with the cheapest lowest-end one there was. I play the game recreationally (as in...casual, nothing competetive of any nature whatsoever) and I'm perfectly content with what it offers to get my daily fix.

    If you want to play in native FullHD, forget it. It'll be winter in hell first.

    Edit: Oh, and since it's a "current" thing - I have no trouble whatsoever farming Uber keys and doing the Uber realms. at. all. Just thought I'd explicitly add that :)

    Edit 2: Sorry, overlooked that you asked for playing at high settings. 1 AM here and multitasking (no, work, you pervs!). Maybe the above is still helpfull to someone else.
  • #7
    Macs are not optimal for gaming, but they can do their job if necessary. If you look at the system requirements, Blizzard lists slightly higher requirements for OSX compared to windows, which probably indicates a less optimized and more resource hungry client.

    Concerning the 640m:
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-640M.71579.0.html

    I don't think you can play on highest settings in OSX. I'm not even sure if that machine could handle it on windows. The native resolution is 1980x1080 I believe, and that's quite a few pixels to take care of for the GPU.
    My monk Vin
  • #8

    Macs are not optimal for gaming, but they can do their job if necessary. If you look at the system requirements, Blizzard lists slightly higher requirements for OSX compared to windows, which probably indicates a less optimized and more resource hungry client.

    That was the case some patches ago. Back in beta, I experience DOUBLE framerate in Bootcamp compared to OS X (On a 27" 2011 iMac with a 6970M). This got better with later patches, and the game was more optimized for OS X. With 1.0.5 there is little difference in frames per second between Windows and OS X, though the game still looks crisper and runs a bit smoother in Windows, and I still boot my Mac in Bootcamp when I want to game.

    Edit: According to this article the graphics card in my iMac scores 3150 compared to your 1730. I run the game at 60 FPS (locked because of v-sync) with all details on High (shadows on regular high, no smoothing) in 1920x1080. These are the facts, the rest is up to you. :)
  • #9
    i think it would handle it just fine u can check it at thenotebookcheck website
  • #10
    Then Should i get the GeForce GT 650M?
  • #11
    Im mainly talking about the newest genration of imacs. I can choose between NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M or 650M. But i dont know if i would be able to play on this computer. Its a 21.5 inch screen surely the extra GPU power is used to power the screen?

    Right now i got a 14 inch laptop with Radeon 6630 (HP Envy 14 2070nr). All im asking really is" will i see better performance than on my laptop?"

    Thanks :)
  • #12

    Right now i got a 14 inch laptop with Radeon 6630 (HP Envy 14 2070nr). All im asking really is" will i see better performance than on my laptop?"

    Don't be lazy bro. Use google.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6630M.43963.0.html
    6630 scores an average of 999.8.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-640M-LE.72199.0.html
    640M scores and average of 1401.6
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