Many of the readers on my blog have been asking about improving Mac game performance for World of Warcraft so I thought instead of replying to each of the messages individually I would create an article for the benefit of all. If WoW is running slowly on your Mac here is my recommendation on how to fix or at least improve Mac game performance.
The first thing we Mac users need to understand is that we represent only about 10% of the computer users in the world and that game developers seldom put as much work into the Mac version as they do for Windows. Honestly for most game developers a Mac version is usually an after thought and is only available to generate a little more income. That's the cold honest truth.
One way that you can improve Mac game performance for games with Windows as their native environment (WoW) is to run them in boot camp or other Windows emulation software.
Mac game performance can sometimes be improved with more RAM. While this may improve the performance is not a guaranteed fix, but you can never have enough RAM.
WoW seems to run better on some driver versions than others. Since video drivers change regularly and thus the best drivers change, I suggest that you consult the WoW official site and the forums to find out from players what is working the best currently.
All video cards are not created equally. My advice here is to purchase the best video card that you can afford, preferably with DDR5.
Mac® OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.x (latest version):
2 GB RAM or higher
25.0 GB available HD space
4X DVD-ROM Drive
Broadband Internet connection
*Note: Due to potential programming changes, the Minimum System Requirements for this game may change over time.
In addition to those above
Intel® Core 2 Duo processor - NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 4670 or better
4 GB system RAM
Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel
One thing that most people over look in improving Mac game performance is good housekeeping. Most computers are absolutely loaded with useless junk.
Clean the desktop - too many icons can impede graphics performance
Clean the Hard Disk - clean out unnecessary files, mp3s, and graphics.
Optimize Your System - set up your system to shut down unnecessary processes to improve Mac game performance.
There are a number of utilities that automate the process of cleaning and optimization of your computer, but the one that I recommend is MacKeeper. It's a great tool filled with 16 must have utilities, and best of all you can try before you buy with a trial edition. Gaming is an important part of the life of many computer users regardless of they type of operating system. Use the simple tips in this article to improve Mac game performance and your enjoyment of World of Warcraft.