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#1 Oct 05 2010 at 8:15 AM Rating: Default
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Hey everyone! I'm trying to run FFXIV on my system (which is probably pretty stupid in the first place) and I'm below the requirements. My comp. is pretty low-end...I've got an Acer Aspire 6920 laptop (with the Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family), but I'd like to see if it is at all possible to make it work. I've been exploring some options and came across some software called 3-D Analyze which can supposedly use some of your CPU power to emulate a more powerful GPU...sounds pretty cool. Anyone have any experience with this software? Think its possible to make it work? I'd greatly appreciate any advice/suggestions...

P.S. My computer-tech savvy is average at best, but I'm looking to improve it!
#2 Oct 05 2010 at 8:37 AM Rating: Good
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Uhm, no. I wouldn't. You probably won't be happy with the results if it does work.

Most people's CPU's run around 40-55% usage just with the game running as it is, so adding some graphics processing to the mix probably would do more harm than good.

Get a new computer, or play something else.
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#3 Oct 05 2010 at 9:01 AM Rating: Good
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All 3D Analyze does is emulate hardware texture and lighting calculations.

No graphics chip that lacks hardware T&L is suitable for modern PC games, especially not FFXIV.

So, short answer, no.
#4 Oct 05 2010 at 10:00 AM Rating: Good
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I'm sorry to say, but I see no way that it would be possible. Even if you could theoretically emulate a GPU with the ability to run FFXIV, typically, emulation requires a platform with more oomph than the original. I'm guessing you're running a Core 2 Duo right around the minimum requirements, so even if it could be done, you don't have anywhere near the CPU power to make it work. Turn around the question - if inexpensive CPUs could adequately emulate good GPUs, do you think people would still pay money for good GPUs?

Given the newness and the technological requirements for FFXIV, you're pretty much looking at the Project Triangle: Fast, Good, Cheap, pick two. If you want to play FFXIV good and quickly, you're going to have to pay for a new computer. Good and cheap, you're going to have to wait a year or two. Fast and cheap (relatively speaking), you could probably cobble together and build something that plays it on low settings for 500 or so, but you're going to be on minimum settings.
#5 Oct 05 2010 at 12:51 PM Rating: Decent
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"Turn around the question - if inexpensive CPUs could adequately emulate good GPUs, do you think people would still pay money for good GPUs?"

Ha...Yes, the concept did seem a little too good to be true...not that I was really banking on 'adequately' running the game or anything. I've been planning on upgrading soon anyway, just looking for something to get me by till then. oh well. Thanks for the replies gents (and/or ladies) :)
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