Do Mac gamers using Steam have better systems than PC fraggers?

Summary:The Steam online gaming platform has recently been launched for Mac users, but already it seems that the average gamer using an Apple computer has a superior system than his or her PC brethren, though not everywhere that it counts.According to Valve's Steam Hardware Survey for May, the average Mac has more RAM (4GB to 2GB) and is more likely to have a dual-core processor running at 2.

The Steam online gaming platform has recently been launched for Mac users, but already it seems that the average gamer using an Apple computer has a superior system than his or her PC brethren, though not everywhere that it counts.

According to Valve's Steam Hardware Survey for May, the average Mac has more RAM (4GB to 2GB) and is more likely to have a dual-core processor running at 2.3GHz-2.69GHz or higher. Mac systems using Steam are also more likely to have an Internet connection speed of 2Mbps or higher than PCs.

One important area where PCs still lead is in terms of graphics memory, with Macs more likely to have 256MB of video RAM and PCs more likely to have 512MB. Of course, that may be more an effect of Apple's meager selection of graphics cards than what a Mac user would want in his or her system.

What can be gleaned from these survey results? It seems like many PC gamers are still getting by with older, single-core systems, but the more refreshed Mac hardware could stand for a graphics boost. Though with Nvidia and Apple on the outs, who knows when Mac fanboys will see some more options.

Are you using Steam? If so, what are your specs? Let us know in the Comments section.

[Via Engadget]

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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