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Joined: 06/02/09 07:49 AM
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Location:Los Santos

I really need to know what fps (frames per second) you are all getting when you play your game. To display the fps when you are playing, bring up the cheat console by holding down CTRL, SHIFT and C then type in fps on and hit Enter. A number will appear in the top right of your game window, this is the fps. If possible, please could you give me two readings, one when playing in full screen mode and one when playing in windowed mode. To switch between these modes just hold down CMD and press Enter. The number will constantly change, I need to know the highest number you are getting. If you could also tell me what OS you are running and what your Mac is that would be great too.

Thanks guys

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15"MBP, 2.6Ghz QC i7, NVIDIA 650M 1Gb, 16Gb RAM, OS 10.9

Joined: 06/07/09 05:18 PM
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The cheat didn't work for me until I did fps on.

On fullscreen my max was 20, but most of the time it was 15 or 16.
On windowed my max was 23, and most of the time it was between 18 and 20.

I have an early 2011 13" Macbook Pro 8 GB RAM, Intel HD 3000 card with 512 MB, 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 processor.


Joined: 06/07/10 08:14 PM
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MacPro 1,1; OS X 10.6.8; 2.2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel; 13 GB Memory; NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

Window mode: High was 50 (average 45 sometimes went as low as 32, but mostly around the mid forties)

Fullscreen mode: High was 46 (average 35 mid thirties, went as low as around 20 when I first switched)

Can I ask what the info is for?

Hope it helps in some way.

Edit: I re-read what you were asking for and edited accordingly.

Edit 2: Added more info about my mac

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Joined: 06/11/09 07:05 PM
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I can't remember exactly but with all EPs up to LN and one SP (Fast Lane) I got around 10-12 fps in a default EA world after several Sim weeks and around 20-25 in a vacation world. Fps then almosst doubled in basements. My fps depended on the size of the world and on how far the game had progressed. Obviously it got worse the older the game became.
Have never played in windowed mode so cannot say anything about this.
Using past tense because I gave up playing TS3 under MacOs.

My specs: MBP late 2008, 15", 2.8 Intel Core Duo, nVidia GeForce 9600M GT, 4GB RAM, MacOs 10.5.8

Joined: 08/19/11 10:10 PM
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I'm on a 2010 13" MBP. 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. 8GB Memory. NVDIA GeForce 320M 256MB.
My mac's growing old! :XD For me, at least. I really want a new one... but sigh... budget!

・Fullscreen Mode: maxed @ 21. (but averages from 14-19)
・Windowed Mode: maxed @ 24. (but averages from 16-21)

Btw, my game is on highest on Visual Effects, Lighting and Texture details. Medium on Sim Detail. 2 on Edge Smoothing. Everything else in on Low. I also have everything on top of these settings checked except Enable Object Hiding. I put these on 'coz the fps changes whenever I adjust one of these settings but these are the ones I normally play with.

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Joined: 06/02/09 07:49 AM
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Location:Los Santos


I'm wanting these specs because Transgaming claim on their website that using Cider to "wrap" the Sims 3 in a Mac OS compatible format "allows games to run with equivalent game play and performance" to that of a Windows machine. So far no one I have ever had any kind of correspondence with in the TS3 Mac community has managed to get over 30fps, compared to well over 50fps in Windows.

Playing in Boot Camp proves this is a Cider issue as running the game in it's native Windows environment, using the same Apple hardware, produces a much higher fps.

@Daiyu - Interesting that you're getting such high fps. What are your Mac Pros specs please?

@rainstormed - Thanks! I've changed the OP to the correct cheat.

15"MBP, 2.6Ghz QC i7, NVIDIA 650M 1Gb, 16Gb RAM, OS 10.9

Joined: 02/28/11 04:36 PM
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Location:Hello, I'm Caspin from the UK :)

Equivalent performance? They're self-delusional.

I will do the fps test tonight and get back to you.

Edit: later that evening ...

Here are the details of my iMac:

21.5-inch, Mid 2011
Processor 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512 MB
Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3

I don't know if it matters but I have the majority of the graphics options set to medium.

I don't have any older saves to test. I've not played Sims 3 in a while (have been playing Medieval for a change) so I had to start a new game to test this. I tried both an EA world (Sunset Valley) and a much nicer one (BlueBay Retreat) and the highest fps in both cases was 22. In BlueBay Retreat it was mostly stable at about 18-19, it varied more in Sunset Valley, hitting lows of just 8.

I didn't notice much difference in full-screen mode or windowed mode.

Anything else we can do to help, Bluebell?

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Joined: 11/20/11 04:33 AM
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Mine is mid 2011 iMac, 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5, 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3, AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2048 MB, OS X 10.7.3.

Fullscreen: 53 (20-50+)
Window: 64 (30-60+)

My Safari stays open in background and I play without login. I don't know if it'll affect fps or not. Hope this helps

Edit: Info on iMac

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Joined: 06/07/10 08:14 PM
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Updated the info in my first post with my mac info. Hopefully I didn't miss anything out!

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