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Originally Posted by ColdRush View Post
Not for the average user.



90% of mac users I've met are elitists. And I don't mean the OS, I mean the actual mac systems.
Only here would someone say that extra ram in a computer is worthless - as long as that computer is a mac.

And I have no idea what your second line is about.
 
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this is rediculous. All macs are high specced wheras pcs can be any spec you choose.
    
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Only here would someone say that extra ram in a computer is worthless - as long as that computer is a mac.

And I have no idea what your second line is about.
I can put Apple OSX on my laptop (or any computer). I have the disk. It doesn't make my system a 'mac system'. It would mean I have an HP laptop with OSX. There is a big difference.
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post #224 of 232
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Originally Posted by ColdRush View Post

90% of mac users I've met are elitists. And I don't mean the OS, I mean the actual mac systems.
So because the people you know that use Macs are "elitists" , all of them are? Its this type of thinking that gets people into alot of trouble. There are millions of Mac users across the globe, surely you dont know more than a fraction of a percent of that many people, its ignorant to assume that everyone that uses a Mac fits your stereotype purely on the small number of people you know that use them.

I know plenty of elitist snobs that use PC's, but that doesnt mean that because they are, all PC users are.

The whole article is in the OP is based off of non-personal system information, and im sure that with the number of people that play on steam a greater percentage are PC users. Most likely less than a 1/3 of those people have systems that can compare to some of the systems on this forum. Most people I know own prebuilt systems, that are often much slower than some of the Mac offerings. I would guess that the largest portion of Mac users that play on the steam network are ones that are beefier systems, and due to their smaller percentage make up for a greater average system. However the article also states that nearly 78 percent of the Mac users are running "bottom of the barrel" Gpu solutions, so I would dare to say that PC's still hold the crown for gaming. They dont go into specifics as to what subsystems were being compared between Macs and PC's and they didnt clarify how many PC users were using what OS. General statements such as the articles title is always a quick way to controversy.
post #225 of 232
Sad fact is the average Mac is in better condition than the average Windows box.

When Steam on Linux comes out, im certain that will dominate the charts.
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Sad fact is the average Mac is in better condition than the average Windows box.

When Steam on Linux comes out, im certain that will dominate the charts.
LOL, most people on linux actually use it because it's super efficient, and their computer can't handle win7 / vista... AKA laptops / netbooks.
    
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LOL, most people on linux actually use it because it's super efficient, and their computer can't handle win7 / vista... AKA laptops / netbooks.
'Most' is the wrong word. Many, maybe, but most (non-server) Linux users are just running it on their desktop. It'd likely have very similar results to windows.
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post #228 of 232
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The title is quite misleading - the proportion of Macs running Steam is a lot smaller compared to PCs.

Also remember that when Steam was released many years ago, hardware specs were a lot lower and since then a lot of people may not have upgraded their PC.

However, I don't think you'll reallly get a 4 year-old Mac running TF2 that well.

Also, I am a regular listener to Engadget podcast and those guys do seem to have an obvious bias to Apple products - you can hear salivation in their voices.
This.
My bedroom PC ran TF2 with a PD and X1300.
Then I upgraded it to a HD4550 and it ran TF2 even better.
Let's see the 4-year old Mac do that.
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the average isnt that impressive when the raw data is viewed....... the whole claim is misleading
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Don't forget: two mouse buttons.

Suck it apple users!
Last time I checked I could use 4 buttons on the mighty mouse.. A standard M$ optical only 3.

You suck it

(Granted, you could get a high end gaming mouse for the same price, if you were to buy it loose.)

Anyways, Macs might be more powerful in general, but hey, STEAM for the mac has only been out for a few months, where the PC version has been running for years. so no wonder really.

And even then it's still about the performance, and you still take about a 40-50% performance hit playing a game on OSX than running it in Windows on the exact same Mac.
(My old P4/1Gb/X850 ran HL2 better than my MacBook Pro C2D 2,23/2gb/9400M on OSX, where on Win7, the tides would be changed completely.)
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