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  1. Arkardo

    Arkardo Diabloii.Net Member

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    Video card not meeting minimum requirements - what now?

    So yeah, I recently bought a new laptop, and I blindly assumed that it should be able to run D3 with no problems at all, maybe even at higher graphic settings. But then I checked my video card versus the minimum video card needed for SC2 on http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/:
    My Mobility Radeon HD 4330: 232 G3D Rating
    GeForce 6600 GT: 250 G3D Rating

    The other video card mentioned in the minimum requirements is even better.

    The rest of my system is pretty good, though:
    2x 2.3 GHz processor (Intel Pentium Dual Core T4500, has 64 bit support)
    2x 2 GB RAM
    64 bit Windows 7

    So my questions are:
    • Will a game run with a lower video card than listed in the requirements at all?
    • If so, can good specs compensate anything for a low-end videocard?

    I'll be happy if D3 runs at all, on a decent frame rate. :scratchchin:
     
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    Re: Video card not meeting minimum requirements - what now?

    Unfortunately the ATI mobility series run pretty hot so that removes most overclocking capability.

    The card is aimed at smoother HD playback rather than 3d performance so I guess all you can do is cross your fingers and wait.
     
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    Aw... well, guess you're right. I'll have to wait. Sucks that there isn't a SC2 demo or something; that should've given some indication. Thanks for your reply!
     
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    Re: Video card not meeting minimum requirements - what now?

    The cpu may help you push through and be able to play even if your vieo is below minimum.
    Try and find another game with simular minimum specs, Dragon age is about the same but a bit large (20 gig)

    Some actual FPS benchmarks that may give you a little more hope.
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-4330.13973.0.html
    and for a list of games that are possibly playable
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html
    Just put 4330 in the box and click restrict to remove all other cards

    Edit: Apparently SC2 got 50 fps on low settings on a ATI Radeon HD 4250 which is further down the rankings so there is some hope yet.
     
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    Re: Video card not meeting minimum requirements - what now?

    your using a very low end psu that in my opinion should not even be able to be sold anylonger.

    if the graphic card is below minimum req it might be playable might because lets face it minimum reqs are there to show if you can even start the game. Add to that the fact that many games dont have support for mobile gpu cards at all i for one would not get my hopes up to high.

    That said you could always try blizzard has always keep their games playable on the lowest hardware around
     
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    Re: Video card not meeting minimum requirements - what now?

    Alright, I guess I have some hope... well, I don't have any comparable game, so I'll have to wait. Maybe I'll buy a cheap desktop that can run it at decent settings. ^^
     
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    Im not sure what your prices for parts are over there but here is a cheap below 400 euro build which would easilly play d3. Assuming you have a retailer with simular prices (not that rare.)
    [​IMG]
     
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    Looks pretty good, something like that would do. I think prices here in the Netherlands are a little higher, though. Anyway, I'll try to wait for as long as possible with buying a new computer; the laptop I have now plays every game I have at the moment. Thanks for looking around for me!
     

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