More Graphics Comparisons


It’s the turn of Gamespot AU to put Diablo 3’s graphics through the benchmarking test with another graphics comparison piece. The article looks at the different settings to find out how low the settings can go on a variety of different graphics cards and PCs. They conclude by saying:

In practice, only the weakest computers will need to have their graphical settings adjusted. Any modern computer built in the past two years will be able to run the Diablo III beta with everything maxed out, and at extremely high resolutions, provided it doesn’t have onboard graphics or a bargain-bin video card. In our performance tests, we could still run with maximum settings, although at slightly lower resolutions, on four-year-old computers outfitted with the slowest of Core 2 Duos and a middling-for-its-time GeForce 8600 GTS.

Thanks to Rhyno for the tip.

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  1. So…still looks good on all, but shadows are still the main difference.  And people were worried?

  2. I am still worried it wont run well on my E2180 CPU. My GPU is more then up to the task since its a GTS250.

  3. I have an integrated graphics card, so it won’t run on high settings? I’m confused about how dedicated and integrated works. I’m not going to have anything that needs VRAM run on my Mac while I play D3

    • Nice to hear that you can still run everything at max with the slowest core2 duo’s. I have the e6300, which is THE lowest core 2 duo. 🙂 So, no need to spend any money upgrading my pc, since all I’ll be using it for is D3.

  4. I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t test some notebooks. The majority of questions I’ve seen on the forums are people worried it won’t work on their notebook. The graphics chips in those are very different than the desktop versions. It’s cool that they at least tried a few computers but their performance graph at the end isn’t that useful. Anyway I hope we will see more in-dept benchmarks in the future.

  5. Any modern computer built in the past two years will be able to run the Diablo III beta with everything maxed out, and at extremely high resolutions, provided it doesn’t have onboard graphics or a bargain-bin video card.

    How about those who don’t buy new computers every 3-4 years and can’t afford good video cards. I trust Blizzard to accommodate those as well with a playable game. That is one of the reasons their games have done well in the past, a lot of people, including people who don’t have computers built for games, can run their games.

    • well, then you won’t run at ‘max settings’ and you won’t play at an ‘extremely high resolution’. remember, past 2 years for everything maxed, not to play period. so i’m pretty sure you’re fine.

  6. Does anyone have any clue of how well the game might plav with a GeForce 8600M GT and a 2gb RAM? Would be nice to be able to play on my over 4 year old mac book pro 😉

  7. Good to know.  @nodulologist thanks for the MacBook Air video.

  8. Thanks so much for this post! i have an nvidia 8800 GT graphics card, so im glad to already know that i wont be needing to upgrade for diablo 3!!! 8)

    just looked at the site with my intel core 2 duo and 8800 GT (they tested almost my exact specs but my core2 duo is a little better).
    There chart shows me gunnabe at 60 FPS in high quality.. diggin it.

  9. i have one 8600GTS and the only game i can’t play today is Battlefield 3 beta. thanks for the tip

  10. WAT?  I thought minimum specs was a 2.3gig dual core processor.  I have a 2 gig athlon 64×2, my vid card is a GT240.  Am I to believe that I *don’t* have to upgrade now?

    • The GPU is the most important, your CPU should be able to handle it anyway. I’m pretty sure you will be able to play at high settings, the only thing that might be affected by your slow CPU are the physics, but even with them on you should be fine.

  11. “In our performance tests, we could still run with maximum settings, although at slightly lower resolutions, on four-year-old computers outfitted with the slowest of Core 2 Duos and a middling-for-its-time GeForce 8600 GTS.” Sweet! That’s my computer. 😀

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