TechSpot: StarCraft II Wings of Liberty GPU & CPU Performance

It's been more than a decade since the original StarCraft was released, but unlike a wide majority of the titles released in this time frame, the game never really faded away throughout the years and remained the benchmark of what a well-conceived real-time strategy game should be.

For that reason StarCraft II needs no introduction. This sequel has been in the making for what seems like forever, although it was only officially announced in 2007. One way or another, the delays do not seem to have discouraged anyone from wanting to play the game, and if anything, it has made us more desperate to get a taste of it.

On usual TechSpot fashion, now with the game out in stores we are taking an in-depth look at how your gaming system will handle StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. We have tested a huge range of graphics cards using three different resolutions and an equal number of visual quality presets. In addition, we have evaluated CPU scaling testing AMD and Intel CPUs of current and previous generations.

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Lexcyn said,
Well that sucks, I have an older Q8200, I wonder how that is going to effect me.

Time to upgrade I suppose.

it plays on my laptop superbly on minimum(c2d 2.4ghz, GTS9500m)didnt try anything higher, my Q6600 in my pc equaly plays great with the 4670 on high graphics

Midgetman said,

it plays on my laptop superbly on minimum(c2d 2.4ghz, GTS9500m)didnt try anything higher, my Q6600 in my pc equaly plays great with the 4670 on high graphics

That is reassuring. Especially since I have a 5850 with 1GB of RAM. Hopefully I can try Ultra settings.

Midgetman said,

it plays on my laptop superbly on minimum(c2d 2.4ghz, GTS9500m)didnt try anything higher, my Q6600 in my pc equaly plays great with the 4670 on high graphics

I'm running a C2D E8500, 4GB DDR2, and a 4870. I can play the game with every setting on Ultra (1920x1080) and not a single bit of lag, ever.

That review fails, it only looks at high-end systems. I'm sitting here playing Starcraft 2 on an Intel Atom (Dual Core) with an Nvidia Ion, I've managed Medium settings at 1080p for single player, and low settings again at 1080p for multiplayer and I've been playing fine... You don't need a stupidly powerful PC to play this.

As a diehard LAN player, I'm just lovin the quote "Finally, on a more personal note, I would like to say that Blizzard's move to eliminate LAN support is not very intelligent and has potentially ruined a fun aspect of the game."

As the owner of an AMD tri-core CPU, I'm glad I can devote 2 cores to SC2, and have a spare for the OS.... that's if I ever get the game. No LAN play, plus the fact that it's so similar to SC1 make me wonder how it's possibly worth 60x3 = $180.

Most desktops that where sold in the last 3 or 4 years can play SC2. A lot of the
new PC games that have been release in the last 18 months have been poorly
programmed and they need to optimized better. I know that the hardware is getting
better, but programmers need to write their code better ...

One thing i found weird is that i cant change rez above 1680x1050 (which is my screen rez).Is there any way to raise it to anything above it?

qdave said,
One thing i found weird is that i cant change rez above 1680x1050 (which is my screen rez).Is there any way to raise it to anything above it?

You would not see any advantage in doing so. Most games use Windows to detect the max resolution of the monitor and in your case, neither will let you set a higher resolution than your max.

Another useless benchmark from techspot--thanks guys. Completely worthless. You have people with Quad Cores questioning their ability to play the game--when I can play with every setting on Ultra on a C2D E8500 and 4870.

Hell, I can tell SC2 to only use one core and I still don't get lag. I have a mate on a 6 year old Dell laptop (P4) and he can run the game just fine on medium-low.

ascendant123 said,
Another useless benchmark from techspot--thanks guys. Completely worthless. You have people with Quad Cores questioning their ability to play the game--when I can play with every setting on Ultra on a C2D E8500 and 4870.

Hell, I can tell SC2 to only use one core and I still don't get lag. I have a mate on a 6 year old Dell laptop (P4) and he can run the game just fine on medium-low.

They did say it would run on almost anything from the current decade. I'm glad they came through on it.

Let me relieve some of this tension... I run a Intel C(something) that is only 1 core, stock 1.8ghz, OC'ed to 2.5ghz, processor. Forget the model number, but it is basically what their C2D are, but only 1 core lol. I have 2 gigs of ram, windows xp, and a Nvidia 8800gts 512mb. I run this just fine at 1440x900 rez, Textures set to Medium, and everything else is on Low. I have not messed with any settings really, as the game still looks good, doesn't lag or stutter or anything, and game play is still better than what it used to be in sc1.
Don't worry, if your computer is a tad better then mine, you will have no problem at all lol.

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