How much GPU power does Commander Shepard need to save the galaxy?
March 28, 2012 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP set out to see just how much you can get from Mass Effect 3 with a powerful GPU. On the test bench from AMD was an HD 7970 and a 7950 while from NVIDIA a GTX 580 and 570 were tested. All were tested at 2560x1600 with FXAA, 16X AF and Dynamic Shadows, with MLA enabled on the AMD cards and every single card provided more than adequate performance. Since that went so well, they dropped down to an HD 7870, 7850 and 7770 from AMD and a GTX 560 Ti with only the HD 7770 having to reduce settings at 2560x1600. Obviously this game was designed by the Anti-Bay; with the emphasis on story and not pretty explosions.
"The final instalment in the Mass Effect saga has arrived to give gamers their sci-fi war and romance fixes. But does the game offer hardware enthusiasts anything? Does it have any cutting edge technology to make our high-dollar video cards worthwhile? Does it make us glad we spent our hard-earned dollars upgrading or does it leave us flat?"
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