Are you one of the many World of Warcraft players getting tired of Microsoft products and considering switching to Mac? The truth is World of Warcraft was simultaneously developed for the Mac and Windows platforms, operable in the two versions. But if you have been playing Warcraft on Windows and decided to switch to Mac, you have to take notice of some of the system requirements.
For the minimum requirements, you should have Mac OS X 10.3.9, system memory of 512 MB RAM or higher, ATI or NVIDIA® video hardware with 32 MB VRAM or more, 6.0 available HD space, 4x CD-Rom drive, and 56k or higher Internet connection.
But for a better performance, here are the recommended system requirements as suggested by Blizzard. You should have Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer, 1024 MB RAM or higher: DDR RAM recommended, ATI or NVIDIA video hardware with 64 VRAM or more, and a broadband Internet connection. Now, how about the performance of Warcraft in G3, G4 and G5 systems of Mac?
For G3 processors, expect a relatively weak performance. But the newest version of G3’s can have a faster performance especially those with more than 800mhz, with more than 1gb of RAM. Furthermore, the settings of the graphics are extremely low. The performance with G4 processors actually vary.
You can expect a pretty decent performance with dual processor G4s at slow processor speeds. If it’s slower than 700mhz, then expect a weak performance even if it has a maximum Ram and graphics card.
The best World of Warcraft performance would definitely be with G5 systems. They can run the game well as they have the memory and processing power to do so. The only thing that can make the difference is with the graphics card. That is why it is safe to say that G5s are the ideal computers for World of Warcraft. You can even customize its graphical settings to balance eye candy with performance.
Some players with a Macbook say that Wow is very laggy when it comes to performance. They key is to have a good video card. Macbook pro has a pretty decent video card but it is almost twice the price of a regular Macbook.
So if you are searching for a ton of high end gaming, the Macbook might disappoint. However, it can run World of Warcraft just fine. It won’t be the most beautiful thing you’ve ever played but the content and the social nature of the game are what it’s all about anyway. So if you are aiming for a Macbook Pro and get rid of your PC and want to do some heavy duty gaming, Macbook will definitely satisfy you with what it can do.