I'm a little addicted to playing Civilisation 5. However I find once I increase the number of opponents above 5 or 6, along with the standard map size it becomes nearly unusable.

Currently i'm reducing the graphics settings as low as possible in the game menu, turning off any animations (like the combat ones) and even switching to strategic 2D view and zooming in as far as I can before ending my turn. Makes the gameplay far less enjoyable as you can imagine and still doesn't solve the problem, just shaves a few seconds off.

A lot of time seems to be taken with the other computer players making decisions and taking their turns. It can take several minutes of waiting per turn when you get 50% through the game. I'm not entirely sure if this is CPU or GPU bound, but in either case it's just too much.

Doing some googling, it seems to be a common issue especially with this game, and some people put the issue down to a badly conversion from the original Windows to Mac. Given there's plenty of online videos showing smooth and fast gameplay on Windows, that does sound like a potential explanation.

I'm currently toying with the idea of installing Windows 10 on my MacBook via Bootcamp so I can use the Windows version. But then i'm also toying with the idea of just building a Windows Box and a KVM switch just for gaming.


System Spec:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
  • Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048 MB | Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB

Whilst not exactly the latest and greatest hardware, it's still a relatively well resourced machine (i think?) and should be capable of playing a game from 2010.


Just ask your question already!

Could anyone tell me... Is running Windows on Mac via Bootcamp exactly the same as a standalone windows pc (assuming the same hardware was used in that pc), or is there still some Apple/Mac stuff going on under the hood (i'm assuming bootcamp doesn't virtualise windows for example?)


Hope this is OK to post here, it seemed the most suitable place to me on the SE network.


To all intents & purposes, Boot Camp is a Windows PC.

You will have an Intel 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 with 16GB RAM & an Nvidia GT 750M 2048 MB with Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB... running Windows.

It is not virtualisation, it is running right at the core of the machine just as it would on a 'real PC'.

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