Can My Mac Run It?

100+ Mac gaming benchmarks

By Ric Molina | Updated Aug 14, 2019

You probably got a Mac for reasons completely unrelated to gaming. Perhaps you needed one for work or school, or perhaps you just couldn’t stand Windows anymore. Or maybe you fell in love with their incredible design.

In any case, if you’re here, it’s because you’re wondering: Can my Mac run games?

We test some of the best games on several Macs, ranging from powerful iMacs to older MacBooks, to help you figure it out.

Ever wondered if your Mac can run Fortnite, Civ 6, or WoW? This Can My Mac Run It guide is for you.

Contents

Part 1: Gaming Macs benchmarked: Our results from 50+ different Macs

Part 2: Can I run it for Mac: Our results from 60+ different games

PS: Are you buying a new Mac? We compare the best Macs of 2019 here.

Gaming Macs, benchmarked

With the help of the Mac gaming community, we benchmarked over 50 different Mac models using Unigine’s Valley benchmarking tool:

ModelRangeYearSpecificationsGraphics CardVideo RAMValley FPS
11-inch Macbook Air 2013MacBook Air20131.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 5000 (1.5 GB)Intel HD Graphics 50001.5 GB8.9

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Air 2013MacBook Air20131.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 5000 (1.5 GB)Intel HD Graphics 50001.5 GB8.8

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Air 2017MacBook Air20171.8 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 6000 (1.5 GB)Intel HD Graphics 60001.5 GB14.4

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Air 2018MacBook Air20181.6 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 617 (1.5 GB)Intel UHD Graphics 6171.5 GB16.6

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Pro 2012MacBook Pro20122.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000 (0.5 GB)Intel HD Graphics 40001.5 GB7.0

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Pro 2013MacBook Pro20132.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100 (1.5 GB)Intel Iris 51001.5 GB9.3

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Pro 2015MacBook Pro20152.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 6100 (1.5 GB)Intel Iris Graphics 61001.5 GB17.5

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Pro 2016MacBook Pro20163.1 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 550 (1.5 GB)Intel Iris Graphics 5501.5 GB33.5

Borderline

13-inch Macbook Pro 2016MacBook Pro20162.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 (1.5 GB)Intel Iris Graphics 5401.5 GB30.0

Borderline

13-inch Macbook Pro 2018MacBook Pro20182.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (1.5 GB)Intel Iris Graphics 6551.5 GB36.1

Borderline

15-inch Macbook Pro 2010MacBook Pro20102.66 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M (0.5 GB)NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M0.5 GB8.6

Unplayable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2013MacBook Pro20132.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M (2 GB)NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M2 GB34.6

Borderline

15-inch Macbook Pro 2013MacBook Pro20132 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200 (1.5 GB)Intel Iris Pro 52001.5 GB15.2

Unplayable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2014MacBook Pro20142.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M (2 GB)NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M2 GB36.2

Borderline

15-inch Macbook Pro 2015MacBook Pro20152.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200 (1.5 GB)Intel Iris Pro 52001.5 GB17.5

Unplayable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2016MacBook Pro20162.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 450 (2 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 4502 GB46.2

Playable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2017MacBook Pro20173.1 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560 (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 5604 GB58.5

Playable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2017MacBook Pro20172.9 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560 (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 5604 GB51.8

Playable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2018MacBook Pro20182.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560X (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 560X4 GB65.0

Playable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2018MacBook Pro20182.2 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560X (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 560X4 GB64.3

Playable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2018MacBook Pro20182.9 GHz Intel Core i9, 32 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro Vega 204 GB97.0

Playable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2018MacBook Pro20182.9 GHz Intel Core i9, 32 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560X (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 560X4 GB66.6

Playable

17-inch Macbook Pro 2010MacBook Pro20102.53 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M (0.5 GB)NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M0.5 GB8.7

Unplayable

21.5-inch iMac 2011iMac20112.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 12 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M (0.5 GB)AMD Radeon HD 6750M0.5 GB12.1

Unplayable

21.5-inch iMac 2011iMac20112.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 24 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6770M (0.5 GB)AMD Radeon HD 6770M0.5 GB24.0

Borderline

21.5-inch iMac 2013iMac20132.9 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M (1 GB)NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M1 GB38.0

Borderline

21.5-inch iMac 2013iMac20132.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200 (1.5 GB)Intel Iris Pro 52001.5 GB17.2

Unplayable

21.5-inch iMac 2017iMac20173.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560 (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 5604 GB60.4

Playable

21.5-inch iMac 2017iMac20173 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 555 (2 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 5552 GB49.4

Playable

24-inch iMac 2008iMac20083.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 (0.5 GB)NVIDIA GeForce 88000.5 GB13.2

Unplayable

27-inch iMac 2011iMac20113.4 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6970M (2 GB)AMD Radeon HD 6970M2 GB47.8

Playable

27-inch iMac 2012iMac20123.4 GHz Intel Core i7, 24 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX (2 GB)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX2 GB65.2

Playable

27-inch iMac 2013iMac20133.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M (2 GB)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M2 GB79.2

Playable

27-inch iMac 2014iMac20144 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M295X (4 GB)AMD Radeon R9 M295X4 GB86.1

Playable

27-inch iMac 2014iMac20143.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M290X (2 GB)AMD Radeon R9 M290X2 GB80.5

Playable

27-inch iMac 2015iMac20153.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 24 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M395 (2 GB)AMD Radeon R9 M3952 GB82.9

Playable

27-inch iMac 2015iMac20154 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M395X (4 GB)AMD Radeon R9 M395X4 GB89.5

Playable

27-inch iMac 2017iMac20173.8 GHz Intel Core i5, 40 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 580 (8 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 5808 GB95.4

Playable

27-inch iMac 2017iMac20173.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 24 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 570 (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 5704 GB96.4

Playable

13-inch Macbook Pro 2018 + eGPUMacBook Pro20182.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB)AMD Radeon RX 5808 GB71.8

Playable

21.5-inch iMac 2017 + eGPUiMac20173.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 5808 GB85.5

Playable

Mac Mini 2012Mac Mini20122.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000 (1.5 GB)Intel HD Graphics 40001.5 GB7.0

Unplayable

Mac Mini 2012Mac Mini20122.8 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100 (1.5 GB)Intel Iris 51001.5 GB11.4

Unplayable

Mac Pro 2009Mac Pro20092 x 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 64 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 7970 (3 GB)AMD Radeon HD 79703 GB52.5

Playable

Mac Pro 2009Mac Pro20092 x 3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 48 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB)AMD Radeon RX 5808 GB62.1

Playable

Mac Pro 2009Mac Pro20092 x 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 34 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 4870 (0.5 GB)AMD Radeon HD 48700.5 GB51.1

Playable

Mac Pro 2010Mac Pro20102 x 3.46 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 48 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10808 GB55.9

Playable

Mac Pro 2013Mac Pro20133.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5, 16 GB RAM, AMD FirePro D700 (6 GB)AMD FirePro D7006 GB74.7

Playable

Mac Mini 2011Mac Mini20112.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630M (0.25 GB)AMD Radeon HD 6630M0.25 GB9.1

Unplayable

Mac Mini 2018Mac Mini20183 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 630 (1.5 GB)Intel UHD Graphics 6301.5 GB25.0

Borderline

Mac Mini 2018 + eGPUMac Mini20183 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 580 (4 GB)AMD Radeon RX 5804 GB89.1

Playable

27-inch iMac 2017iMac20173.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 24 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 575 (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 5754 GB103.2

Playable

27-inch iMac 2019iMac20193.6 GHz Intel Core i9, 72 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 580X (8 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 580X8 GB109.5

Playable

27-inch iMac 2019iMac20193 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 570X (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 570X4 GB105.0

Playable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2017MacBook Pro20172.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 555 (2 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 5222 GB51.8

Playable

13-inch Macbook Pro 2018 + eGPUMacBook Pro20182.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (8 GB)AMD Radeon RX Vega 568 GB85.4

Playable

27-inch iMac Pro 2017iMac20173.2 GHz Intel Xeon W, 22 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 (8 GB)AMD Radeon Pro Vega 568 GB85.9

Playable

Mac Mini 2018 + eGPUMac Mini20183 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 570 (8 GB)AMD Radeon RX 5708 GB83.5

Playable

15-inch Macbook Pro 2015MacBook Pro20152.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200 (1.5 GB)AMD Radeon R9 M370X2 GB37.6

Borderline

21.5-inch iMac 2019iMac20193 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560X (4 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 560X4 GB65.6

Playable

13-inch Macbook Pro 2018MacBook Pro20182.7 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (1.5 GB)Intel Iris Graphics 6551.5 GB35.6

Borderline

13-inch Macbook Pro 2016 + eGPUMacBook Pro20163.3 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 580 (8 GB)AMD Radeon Pro 5808 GB68.4

Playable

Want to help out? Benchmark your Mac and share your result with us! It’s easy and free. You can read this page for detailed step-by-step instructions.

Understanding these results

In case you’re a little lost with these FPS (frames per second) results, this is how we interpret them:

< 20

FPS

Poor gaming performance: Unfortunately, your Mac will be limited to games with low requirements (such as retro-looking or older games).

20 – 40

FPS

Average gaming performance: Your Mac should be able to run most games on medium settings and modest resolutions (around 720p).

> 40

FPS

Good gaming performance: Your Mac should be able to run anything you throw at it, including graphically demanding games.

Can I run it for Mac: The Games

These are all our official results so far (you can also find the specs of the Macs used below the table). To truly get the most out of it, though, make sure you check out the “Read More” links for all the juicy details:

GameGameGenreRequirements"Old Mac" Performance*MacBook Performance*See all results
World of Warcraft Mac artWorld of WarcraftWorld of WarcraftMMORPG✅ Low35.5 FPS

Playable

78.4 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Total War Three Kingdoms Mac artTotal War: Three KingdomsTotal War: Three KingdomsStrategy⚠ Medium15.2 FPS

Unplayable

37.9 FPS

Playable

Read more
Fortnite Mac artFortniteFortniteShooter⚠ Medium23.4 FPS

Borderline

47.1 FPS

Playable

Read more
Rise of the Tomb Raider Mac art NEWRise of the Tomb RaiderRise of the Tomb RaiderAdventure⛔ High0 FPS

Unplayable

16.5 FPS

Borderline

Read more
Civilization 6 Mac artCivilization 6Civilization 6Strategy⛔ HighUn7.2 FPS

Unplayable

9.5 FPS

Unplayable

Read more
Dirt Rally best mac for gamingDirt RallyDirt RallyRacing✅ Low38.5 FPS

Smooth

Smooth,53.9 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Pillars of Eternity 2 Mac artPillars of Eternity 2Pillars of Eternity 2RPG⚠ Medium17.4 FPS

Borderline

23.7 FPS

Borderline

Read more
Into the Breach Mac artInto the BreachInto the BreachStrategy✅ Low54.7 FPS

Smooth

59.9 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Total War Warhammer Mac artTotal War: WarhammerTotal War: WarhammerStrategy⛔ High9.6 FPS

Unplayable

14.8 FPS

Unplayable

Read more
F1 2017 Mac artF1 2017F1 2017Racing⛔ High0 FPS

Unplayable

25 FPS

Borderline

Read more
Total War Sagas Thrones of Britannia Mac art NEWTotal War: Thrones of BritanniaTotal War: Thrones of BritanniaStrategy⚠ Medium13.5 FPS

Unplayable

25.8 FPS

Borderline

Read more
Company of Heroes 2 Mac artCompany of Heroes 2Company of Heroes 2Strategy⛔ High15.8 FPS

Unplayable

47.9 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Life is Strange Before the Storm Mac artLife is Strange: Before the StormLife is Strange: Before the StormAdventure✅ Low22.2 FPS

Borderline

38.7 FPS

Playable

Read more
Deus Ex Mankind Divided Mac artDeus Ex: Mankind DividedDeus Ex: Mankind DividedShooter⛔ High0 FPS

Unplayable

0 FPS

Unplayable

Read more
Ark Survival Evolved Mac artArk: Survival EvolvedArk: Survival EvolvedShooter⛔ High8 FPS

Unplayable

19 FPS

Unplayable

Read more
Cities Skylines Mac artCities: SkylinesCities: SkylinesSimulation⚠ Medium12 FPS

Unplayable

17.4 FPS

Unplayable

Read more
Borderlands 2 Mac art V5Borderlands 2Borderlands 2Shooter✅ Low32.3 FPS

Smooth

59.6 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Elder Scrolls Online Mac artElder Scrolls OnlineElder Scrolls OnlineMMORPG✅ Low38 FPS

Smooth

50.9 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Life is Strange Mac artLife is StrangeLife is StrangeAdventure✅ Low24.6 FPS

Borderline

43.4 FPS

Playable

Read more
Rocket League Mac artRocket LeagueRocket LeagueSports✅ Low28.5 FPS

Smooth

48.5 FPS

Smooth

Read more
StarCraft 2 Mac artStarcraft 2Starcraft 2Strategy✅ Low33.8 FPS

Smooth

70.1 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Guild Wars 2 Mac artGuild Wars 2Guild Wars 2MMORPG✅ Low42.9 FPS

Smooth

52.8 FPS

Smooth

Read more
The Sims 4 Mac artThe Sims 4The Sims 4Simulation✅ Low45.4 FPS

Smooth

54.9 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Tomb Raider Mac artTomb RaiderTomb RaiderAventure✅ Low26.3 FPS

Borderline

43.8 FPS

Playable

Read more
Paladins Mac art NEWPaladinsPaladinsShooter⚠ Medium25.9 FPS

Borderline

50 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Dying Light Mac artDying LightDying LightShooter⚠ Medium17.1 FPS

Unplayable

36.3 FPS

Playable

Read more
Insurgency Mac artInsurgencyInsurgencyShooter⚠ Medium34.7 FPS

Smooth

53.5 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Metro 2033 Redux Mac art Metro 2033 ReduxMetro 2033 ReduxShooter✅ Low29.8 FPS

Smooth

49.6 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Left 4 Dead 2 Mac artLeft 4 Dead 2Left 4 Dead 2Shooter✅ Low69.9 FPS

Smooth

115.6 FPS

Smooth

Read more
CS GO Mac artCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveCounter Strike: Global OffensiveShooter✅ Low37 FPS

Smooth

82.6 FPS

Smooth

Read more
BioShock Infinite Mac artBioShock InfiniteBioShock InfiniteShooter⚠ Medium24.9 FPS

Borderline

47.8 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Team Fortress 2 Mac artTeam Fortress 2Team Fortress 2Shooter✅ Low35.3 FPS

Smooth

74.1 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Superhot Mac artSUPERHOTSUPERHOTShooter✅ Low31.5 FPS

Smooth

60 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Homeworld Remastered Mac artHomeworld RemasteredHomeworld RemasteredStrategy⚠ Medium27.4 FPS

Borderline

35.1 FPS

Playable

Read more
Hearthstone Mac artHearthstoneHearthstoneStrategy✅ Low30 FPS

Playable

30 FPS

Playable

Read more
Northgard Mac artNorthgardNorthgardStrategy⚠ Medium20.6 FPS

Borderline

42 FPS

Playable

Read more
Europa Universalis 4 Mac artEuropa Universalis 4Europa Universalis 4Strategy⚠ Medium25.9 FPS

Borderline

36.4 FPS

Playable

Read more
XCOM 2 Mac artXCOM 2XCOM 2Strategy⛔ High8.4 FPS

Unplayable

17.9 FPS

Unplayable

Read more
Total War Warhammer 2 Mac artTotal War: Warhammer 2Total War: Warhammer 2Strategy⛔ High8.7 FPS

Unplayable

18.3 FPS

Unplayable

Read more
Final Fantasy 14 Mac artFinal Fantasy 14 OnlineFinal Fantasy 14 OnlineMMORPG⚠ Medium20.5 FPS

Borderline

40.8 FPS

Playable

Read more
Lord of the Rings Online Mac artLord of the Rings OnlineLord of the Rings OnlineMMORPG✅ Low48 FPS

Smooth

80.8 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Road Redemption Mac art 2Road RedemptionRoad RedemptionRacing⚠ Medium27.1 FPS

Borderline

52.3 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Race the Sun Mac artRace The SunRace The SunRacing✅ Low60 FPS

Smooth

60 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Distance Mac artDistanceDistanceRacing⚠ Medium27.9 FPS

Playable

54.2 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Sonic All-Star Racing Mac artSonic All-Star RacingSonic All-Star RacingRacing✅ Low39.3 FPS

Playable

51.6 FPS

Smooth

Read more
AudioSurf 2 Mac artAudiosurf 2AudioSurf 2Racing✅ Low52.6 FPS

Smooth

114.6 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Stardew Valley Mac artStardew ValleyStardew ValleySimulation✅ Low60 FPS

Smooth

60 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Prison Architect Mac artPrison ArchitectPrison ArchitectSimulation✅ Low51.2 FPS

Smooth

115.7 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Civilization 5 Mac artCivilization 5Civilization 5Strategy✅ Low62.8 FPS

Smooth

99.5 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Dead Cells Mac artDead CellsDead CellsAction✅ Low60 FPS

Smooth

60 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Can My Mac Run It? 100+ Mac gaming benchmarks 1RimWorldRimWorldSimulation✅ Low60 FPS

Smooth

60 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Minecraft Mac artMinecraftMinecraftAdventure✅ Low56.7 FPS

Smooth

58 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Portal 2 Mac artPortal 2Portal 2Shooter✅ Low82.1 FPS

Smooth

157.8 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Cuphead Mac artCupheadCupheadAction✅ Low56.7 FPS

Smooth

60 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Darkest Dungeon Mac artDarkest DungeonDarkest DungeonRPG✅ Low58.1 FPS

Smooth

60 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Undertale Mac artUndertaleUndertaleRPG✅ Low30 FPS

Smooth

30 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Soma Mac artSOMASOMAHorror✅ Low22.2 FPS

Borderline

36.6 FPS

Playable

Read more
BioShock Remaster Mac artBioShock RemasteredBioShock RemasteredHorror✅ Low32.7 FPS

Playable

66 FPS

Smooth

Read more
Outlast Mac artOutlastOutlastHorror⚠ Medium47.2 FPS

Playable

Read more
Layers of Fear Mac artLayers of FearLayers of FearHorror⚠ Medium33.4 FPS

Playable

Read more
Alien Isolation Mac artAlien: IsolationAlien: IsolationHorror⚠ Medium34.1 FPS

Playable

Read more
Observer Mac artObserverObserverHorror⛔ High0 FPS

Unplayable

0 FPS

Unplayable

Read more

* These are the two models used for all tests presented in this table:

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2013)

2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100 (1.5GB)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016):

2.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 (1.5GB)

Is your Mac good for gaming?

These results are great to have but they’re only part of the answer. In order to effectively figure out what games your Mac can run, you should:

1. Download Valley and perform this same test (we explain the entire process in detail here).

➜ That result will be your reference point.

2. Look for the game you want to play from our Can my Mac Run it section.

3. From the machines used to test that game, pick the one that resembles your Mac the most.

➜ Use the results from that machine as a comparison point.

As an example, we’ve used the same 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro and 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro for every one of our Mac Performance Reviews. This is how they run some of the most popular Mac games right now:

Game2013 MBP2016 MBP
Valley benchmark tool9.3 FPS30 FPS
Fortnite23.4 FPS47.1 FPS
Rise of the Tomb Raider0 FPS16.5 FPS
DiRT Rally38.5 FPS53.9 FPS

Armed with a Valley result of your own, you can have a more accurate idea of what performance to expect from these games.

For example, if your Valley result is 45 FPS, you can expect significantly better performance than our 2016 MBP (which scored 30 FPS). If your Valley result is 20 FPS, you can expect gaming performance somewhere between our two MBPs above.

Do keep in mind that correlation between Valley and games is not linear and will differ from game to game. This method should only be used to give you an educated guess of what to expect from games.

Can you run it: MacBook and older Mac owners, beware!

Chances are you have a Mac that isn’t particularly good for gaming, at leat on paper. Namely a MacBook or any other Mac without a dedicated graphics card.

Most will tell you gaming is impossible on a MacBook but the results speak for themselves:

Can your old Mac run it Results

Demanding games will be out of your reach, that’s a fact. But slightly older games or modern indies will do just fine. To give you a better idea of what can be possible on an entry-level MacBook (in this case, my 2013 13-inch MacBook), all the games that are above the “unplayable” grey area should play fine on older Macs with integrated graphics.

Keep an eye on the MacBook and Old Mac performance section to have a better idea of whether your MacBook or older Mac will be able to do.

What if you’re looking for a new Mac?

If you’re actually looking for a new Mac to buy and gaming happens to be important for you, you should definitely check out our Best Mac for gaming guide for which we tested two real-world games on every single Mac currently on sale:

Best Mac for Gaming

While it was easy to find the fastest Mac, and hence “best for gaming”, we actually focused on the machines that offered the most value for money. Spoiler alert, it’s the 27-inch iMac (or 15-inch MacBook Pro if you need a laptop).

Testing conditions

Can my Mac run it results:

We went to great lengths to ensure all tests were performed under the same testing conditions (settings, resolution and, gameplay).

All of the games featured here were tested on at least our 3 in-house models below (although several other machines were tested thanks to other members of the Mac Gamer HQ team):

iMac (5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)

3.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M290X (2GB)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2013)

2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100 (1.5GB)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016):

2.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 (1.5GB)

For all available results and details involving the machines that were used, make sure you visit our “Read more” links.

Gaming Macs Valley results

While most websites use Geekbench and Cinebench R15, we decided to go with a more specialized tool.

Geekbench is extremely popular and already benefits from a massive database of results but it only focuses on CPU performance and disregards graphics performance, which is critical for gaming.

Cinebench R15 does have a dedicated graphics performance benchmark, but it’s so old and outdated, it’s no longer relevant to modern video gaming.

Unigine’s Valley, on the other hand, mainly focuses on stress-testing graphics performance and features:

  • GPU temperature and clock monitoring
  • 64 000 000 square meters of extremely detailed, seamless terrain
  • Procedural content generation and placement
  • User-controlled dynamic weather

In an effort to keep these results as accurate as possible, we asked every contributor to use the same benchmarking tool under the same testing conditions:

  • Using Unigine’s Valley basic preset.
  • Closing all other open applications while running the test.
  • Maintaining the machine plugged at all times (low battery affects performance).

Released in 2013, Valley is slightly old and it’s also a shame it still relies on OpenGL, but after testing several other tools, Valley offers the closest testing conditions to modern games.

Want to help us make this an even more useful resource? Benchmark your Mac and share your results with us! It’s easy and should take less than 10 minutes. You can find our easy to follow how-to page here.

Wrapping Up

With that, we hope you now have a better idea of what your Mac is capable of.

Granted, Macs aren’t designed with gaming in mind, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still do a great job! As we continue doing performance reviews and Best of guides, we’ll continue to add all of our results here. This is a page you might want to bookmark 

Would you like us to test a particular game or Mac model? Let us know in the comments section. If enough people ask for a game, we will be forced to test it!

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