We all know that gaming on a computer is fun, but it can be really tough to get the best performance out of your system. If you’re struggling to get high frame rates or smooth gameplay, there are a few steps you can take to optimize your Mac for gaming. These tips will help you boost performance without sacrificing stability and may even save you some money!

Optimize for Gaming

The first step to optimizing your Mac for gaming is simple: make sure you have enough RAM. 8GB of RAM is the bare minimum and 16GB should be more than plenty for most games.

Next, choose a graphics card that will suit your needs. The one you need depends on what type of games you’re playing. If you want to play 3D games with high-definition graphics at high frame rates, a powerful GPU will help you do so. On the other hand, if you just want to play 2D games like Plants vs. Zombies or Minecraft in fullscreen at higher resolutions, a cheaper GPU can still get the job done with limited settings and resolution.

Reduce Input Lag

Input lag is the time it takes for a computer to process input. The less input lag your system has, the better your game will run.

Improve Frame Rates

One of the most important things to improve your frame rates is your graphics card. When it comes to gaming, the graphics card is what makes or breaks your system. A dedicated graphics card will usually run much smoother than a standard one and will let you enjoy the latest and greatest games without crashing.

Reduce GPU Usage

Gaming is a resource-intensive process. The graphics card (GPU) is the most important part of your system for gaming as it handles rendering and processing all of the colors, textures, and other visual effects that are used in games. It’s easy to overwork your GPU with an application that requires too much power or one that’s poorly optimized. Luckily, you can limit GPU usage for particular applications by adjusting how CPU cores are shared with the GPU.

Reduce Disk Quota

The first thing you should do is reduce the disk quota of your Mac. To do this, go to the  menu at the top left corner and select  > System Preferences. Then click on Security & Privacy. Next, click on the Privacy tab and look for Limit Disk Quota in the list of options. You can set a disk quota as low as 10 GB or as high as 50 GB (the upper limit is recommended).

Disable Game Overlay

Game Overlay is an amazing feature that allows you to see your game action on the screen while you play. However, Game Overlay can be a huge performance drain because it’s constantly redrawing the entire screen to display what’s happening.

To disable Game Overlay, open System Preferences and go to the Displays tab. Next, click on the ‘Look at My Computer’ drop-down menu and select ‘Off’.


Q: How do I change my Mac’s graphics card?

A: You will need to open your Mac’s System Preferences, click on the “Graphics” icon, and then select the “Displays” tab. From there you can change which graphics card is used by clicking on the “Change” button under 3D Acceleration.


You can’t beat PC performance, but you can optimize your Mac to get a surprisingly good gaming experience.

1. Optimize for Gaming: You can’t beat PC performance, but you can optimize your Mac to get an unexpectedly good gaming experience.

2. Reduce Input Lag: You can reduce input lag by playing on an external display or by installing a game controller.

3. Improve Frame Rates: You can improve frame rates by overclocking your CPU and/or GPU.

4. Reduce GPU Usage: You can reduce GPU usage by lowering your resolution and/or turning off HDR and/or anti-aliasing.

5. Reduce Disk Quota: You can reduce disk usage by uninstalling apps that aren’t used often and backing up your data to an external hard drive.