KarlHungis the Stupendous wrote:
I'm curious how that would run with shadows and weather on. As I understand it, Ambient Occlusion and Depth of Field are huge resource hogs, and IMO they don't add much, if anything.
Not sure, but she scored an 800sumthin on low res in the FFXIV bench, so I'm happy/surprised she's able to play at all. Not only is she able to play, but it looks decent and is playable... at least solo. A 15-player raid with waves of mobs swarming might be a different story.
Personally, I don't like depth of field. Also, I cannot tell a difference between ambient occlusion on or off aside from a huge FPS difference... but maybe I'm just dumb.
Interesting... sort of makes me question the validity of SE's minimum requirements and their metrics for the benchmark software. Sub-1500 is not supposed to be able to play the game (if it can run at all it should look and play like total garbage according to their charts)
PROTIP: The numbers on the benchmark interpretation chart a pretty much pulled out of SE's ****.
The benchmark score is just a glorified frame counter. Your score goes up by 1 for every fourth frame rendered over the 5 1/2 minutes of active rendering shown - or in other words, the score is roughly 80 times your average FPS during that scene.
So a score of 1500, what they consider the bare minimum requirement, averages about 18 fps (which is definitely playable for the genre) during the benchmark scene - which runs with depth-of-field and shadows on, and with window-sized frame buffer
. And SE's absolutely garbage depth-of-field in particular is a major frame-rate hit, given that it requires rendering the geometry 3 times every frame (though this does not at all mean that turning it off will triple your frame rate).
In theory, even GPUs that benchmark as low as the 500s may be able to eke out a playable frame rate with all settings at low and at lower resolutions, at least in solo and small-group play. Standard disclaimer: "Playable" of course varies from person to person. Which should not be taken as a recommendation to go out and buy any old cheapo graphics card
- if you go out and buy, say, an HD 4350 just so you can play this game, you're only going to wind up hating yourself. But if you already have a PC that has one of these lower-end cards, it might be a good idea to at least see how the game runs on it before deciding to upgrade. GPU prices are only going to go down in the future - there's no need to act now (unless, of course, you find some absolutely ridiculous discounts).