Fortnite on Mac – Running on a 5K iMac!?

Fortnite on Mac – Running on a 5K iMac!?


– Oh, I actually hit him. I’ve been playing Fortnite
on this 2015, 5K iMac, and, it is completely and
utterly playable, but, how playable can it be? Well, let’s find out shall we? Where’d he go? (melodic beats) So, what has it been like
playing Fortnite on this 5k iMac: to be honest, it’s been pretty good, which shouldn’t be surprising; this is a pretty high-end machine. It’s not on par with,
obviously, a Windows gaming PC. It is probably on par with a
Playstation 4, or an Xbox One, but before we get into the
performance of the game let’s have a look at the
specs of this 5K iMac. So obviously this is an iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch from late 2015. It’s processor is a four
gigahertz Intel Core i7. It’s memory is 24 gigabytes, which I actually upgraded, it originally had eight gigabytes, and it’s graphics are
an AMD Radeon R9 M395X, with 4096 megabytes of VRAM. So yeah, those are the
specs of this 5K iMac. They’re still pretty good,
even by today’s standard, which is only three years old. This is what I play all my games on, and, for the most part, they work damn well. I was running the game under macOS, and then Windows 10 via Boot Camp, and then under GeForce Now. So, lets talk about macOS first. (machine gun fire) I’m playing the game at a resolution of 1920 by 1080, and my windowed
mode is set to fullscreen. My frame rate limit is set to 60 FPS, my 3D resolution is on 75.7%, view distance is far, shadows is medium, anti-aliasing is high, textures is high, effects is medium,
post-processing is high, VSync is on, motion blur is on, yada-yada. So those are the settings
that I used in order to hit a, for the most part, consistent 60 FPS. I couldn’t go above that at all. I mean I could put it all
on medium and get 60 FPS, but I really wanted textures at epic. But, my FPS when inside
would always be 60FPS, when outside it would be that 48 to 55FPS. Sometimes it would drop down to low 40’s, but not very regularily. However, I did notice
on the very odd occasion a few little lag spikes that
would last for one second. It used to be a lot worse and would sometimes last five seconds, but Epic Games seemed to
have fixed that issue, which is fantastic. And also, the fans here
get very, very, very loud, but that is completely normal
for machines like this. You don’t really have to worry about that, unless, it’s getting hot,
but, it’s not hot, at all. It’s normal for this
machine to get loud fans when they’re doing intensive work. However, interestingly,
I wanted to try the game at it’s max resolution of 5K, otherwise known as 5120 by 2880. I then decided I
definitely won’t get 60FPS so I locked the frame rate to 30, I put everything at high,
and I got 30FPS consistently. And then I put everything to epic, and got 30FPS, consistently. So I was kinda surprised there, that at 5K I was able to get 30FPS. (gun shots) So then I tested the game under
Windows 10, via Boot Camp. You can install Windows 10,
on Macs after 2012, for free. The performance was exactly the same, my settings entirely the same. So, I saw no improvement whatsoever. For a lot of lower-end Macs, installing Windows 10 to play games is a much better option because, well obviously, you have
more games to play, and, Windows is better optimized,
and you get better performance. But for higher end machines
it probably won’t make that much of a difference,
unless you just want to play lots of different games, that aren’t under macOS, then obviously install Windows 10. Also, when I was under Windows
10 I would notice crashes, sometimes, and I would just
completely crash to the desktop. So I don’t know what that
was about; I tried to fix it by doing everything
possible and I couldn’t. Next I tried GeForce
Now, here in Australia, and if you’re wondering how did he get GeForce Now here in Australia? Well, I won a give-away,
luckily, on Reddit, and I got a code, and
was able to just play it. If you sign up here in Australia you won’t get in anytime soon, as our Internet is complete garbage. So, I was very interested to
see how it would work here, and, luckily, I can
play the game at 1080p, have everything at epic,
and get a consistent 60FPS. That is GeForce Now.
It’s awesome. (air whooshing) So yeah, that is Fortnite
running on this 5K iMac, and it works fine. This is my main machine to play games. I bought this back in 2015, and it cost me 4000 Australian dollars, and yes, I bought this
machine to play games and I’m not afraid to say that. However, when I do say that:
my job is playing Mac games. Okay, I share the latest Mac
games, so obviously I am- my purpose of buying a
Mac for gaming is fine. But the average person shouldn’t go out and get this to play
games, or to play Fortnite. If you really want to play Fortnite, you can play it on your newer
console, a Switch, an iPhone, a Windows PC; there are many
other options out there, the game is free, and, you don’t have to
spend this much money. That would be silly. But if you have one of
these go ahead and play it, because it works fine. But, yeah, that’s Fortnite
here on this machine. Let me know your thoughts, overall, what you thought of this video, and, yeah. Anyways thank you guys for watching, I’ll see you in the next video
which will be whenever I can. Bye.

100 thoughts to “Fortnite on Mac – Running on a 5K iMac!?”

  1. Buying a Mac to play games… IM CRYING!!! 😀 Join The PC Master race Peasant (im only joking of course everyone can do whatever they want but PC is the Best)

  2. I have got a budget of around 1.5 k newzealand dollars. For a gaming pc. And I am confused if I should buy a prebuilt or build my own. If so, what prebuilt one or what parts?

  3. i got my ps4 with fifa 19 and with with 1 tb on saturday when it was my birthday. It is really smooth really good graphic, and i got a big tv so i can see everything pretty much. I recommend to buy ps4 if u got a big tv

  4. My windows computer is a really good computer but you can’t even run Fortnite on without lagging so bad were you pixels make you look distorted

  5. I have the newest iMac and it can’t run Fortnite I get like 20 seconds of where I just freeze
    I was gonna get GeForce now but… I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA

  6. you can play fortnite on mac really good. you just need to download windows bootcamp because macOS just isnt good for gaming at all for some reason

  7. My İMac is 27.5 ,İnch ,5K ,8GB Ram ,İntel i-5, 2 TB Fusion Drive and Radeon Pro 580. But when i make 60 FPS LIMIT, it get 15 fps. but i make unlimited, it got 70-75 FPS. ( I MAKED V-SYNC OFF AND I GOT 100 FPS)

  8. Hi I was wondering if you can review the performance difference between TW Rome 2 and TW Thrones of Britania. to me it seems that Rome is the older game but because Thrones has been built with Mac in mind (I assume) it runs miles better than the older games. I just thought that might be a good topic for a video, game age vs proper optimisation and the difference that makes. I know that just knowing that concept would have saved me a lot of sweat and tears when I was new to mac.

  9. I’m thinking about switching to pc, but I don’t know a thing about gaming pc’s (I’ve been on console my whole life) tips?

  10. Ive been looking at every video on YouTube to run fortnite on my Mac os 2015 but Everytime I play it's laggy and on low fps I even put all the settings to low and nothing ever works :'(

  11. I know this is back in season 5, but you should've had it on 144Hz (the one above 60fps) and had all settings on low except view distance

  12. Haven’t seen the whole video I need help connecting Xbox controller to this Because it connects to Bluetooth but the Buttons don’t work with it can u help

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