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Hardware update cycle

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TheWeirdStuf Murdoch
#1 - 2017-01-12 04:21:05 UTC
I'm trying to understand the way EVE is updated in terms of graphics requirements.

I am running an old macbook and it is struggling a bit. I am due for a new computer and am trying to figure out what would be appropriate and how long would it last.

I get the impression you do not need the latest/greatest gaming PC to play this (non-4K) but if I bought a current model mac, how long would it be good for?

Bottom line, how often are you updating your graphics cards to maintain a level quality experience assuming eve is the only game you play?
#2 - 2017-01-12 07:20:49 UTC  |  Edited by: Velarra
TheWeirdStuf Murdoch wrote:
I'm trying to understand the way EVE is updated in terms of graphics requirements.

I am running an old macbook and it is struggling a bit. I am due for a new computer and am trying to figure out what would be appropriate and how long would it last.

I get the impression you do not need the latest/greatest gaming PC to play this (non-4K) but if I bought a current model mac, how long would it be good for?

Bottom line, how often are you updating your graphics cards to maintain a level quality experience assuming eve is the only game you play?


Something current and very modern as of the present moment? Preferably using Intel cpu / Nvidia discreet gfx?
Presume every 5-8 years. 10yrs if you're a willing to tweak settings a little.

Edit:
Your macbook might continue working rather well with very solid functionality with eve's audio turned completely off. Not just the slider in settings, but the tick box which turns off the eve audio system as a whole.
Gallente Federation
#3 - 2017-01-12 11:23:26 UTC  |  Edited by: Skyweir Kinnison
EvE is not too harsh on hardware requirements. I play on both my 2012 MacBook Pro, and my 2016 iMac 5k Retina. The game is fine for both, though I adjust settings to maximise performance depending on situation. For example, in big fleet fights, I will select the option for settings for Performance (known colloquially as 'potato' mode) rather than Quality - there's lots of ships on grid, and I'll be looking at them as brackets rather than zoomed in for all the snazzy effects.

As Velarra notes, turning off sound is the biggest benefit if the computer is wheezing. For a mac user, I'd would also recommend considering making Bootcamp partition, because the game works pretty well on Windows, whereas on MacOS it's running under WINE, which will consume some extra resource. But unless you want to run the game at full quality settings all the time, EvE is very playable on even an older Mac.

Caveat: I wouldn't think it would be good on a Mac with just one of the integrated graphics chips like the base MacBook. Someone might have that experience to share, but both my computers have a dedicated and separate graphics card.

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#4 - 2017-01-12 16:19:41 UTC  |  Edited by: Velarra
Skyweir Kinnison wrote:
EvE is not too harsh on hardware requirements. I play on both my 2012 MacBook Pro, and my 2016 iMac 5k Retina. The game is fine for both, though I adjust settings to maximise performance depending on situation. For example, in big fleet fights, I will select the option for settings for Performance (known colloquially as 'potato' mode) rather than Quality - there's lots of ships on grid, and I'll be looking at them as brackets rather than zoomed in for all the snazzy effects.

As Velarra notes, turning off sound is the biggest benefit if the computer is wheezing. For a mac user, I'd would also recommend considering making Bootcamp partition, because the game works pretty well on Windows, whereas on MacOS it's running under WINE, which will consume some extra resource. But unless you want to run the game at full quality settings all the time, EvE is very playable on even an older Mac.

Caveat: I wouldn't think it would be good on a Mac with just one of the integrated graphics chips like the base MacBook. Someone might have that experience to share, but both my computers have a dedicated and separate graphics card.


This reminds me, for perspective - an early 2008 15", 2.6 Ghz Penryn MacBook Pro with NVidia 8600 [512MB], running bootcamp on Windows 7 64, 4GB of RAM on a 24" external monitor...runs Eve very nicely. Turn off sound? You're set. And that's 2008. We're in 2017 currently.
TheWeirdStuf Murdoch
#5 - 2017-01-12 22:04:57 UTC
thanks all, i forgot about bootcamp. ill give that a shot!
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