Well, a few weeks back, I showed you how well Diablo III worked on a variety of HP PCs with the beta build of the game. I even broke down how to get the best experience from a couple different HP PCs. Now that the game is out, I wanted to challenge the extremes a little more. I wanted to see how the game would work on an HP Ultrabook, a high-end gamer-ready ENVY 17….and some ridiculous stuff that you could only find in a lab. Yeah, I’m that guy. What you’re going to find below, in short form, is a quick breakdown of a couple different machines I tested and what in-game settings I’d recommend for each.
Onto the test results. First off, I grabbed an original ENVY 14 Spectre (that’s a 2nd Generation Intel Core Processor with onboard Intel graphics) Ultrabook. Of course, I’m doing these “tests” in the office, so I threw in an extra wrinkle for the Spectre. I had Outlook running in the background so that I could jump out and look like I was completely on top of my emails. Which I was, of course…:
Video: Intel HD Integrated Graphics Memory: 4GB Native Resolution: 1600 by 900
Recommended Game Settings: 1280 by 720; Texture Quality set to high; Shadow Quality set to medium; Physics Quality set to low (consider toggling “Low FX” mode). Now, mind you, this is using the 2nd-Gen Intel Core processor. It fares even better with the new 3rd-Gen Intel Core-based Ultrabook options (like, say the SpectreXT or ENVY 6).
And here’s a couple other systems I recently had laying around the office (and the results I got)
Recommended Game Settings: 1920 by 1080 resolution; Texture Quality set to high; Shadow Quality set to high; Physics Quality set to high à Translation: Set everything to “Ludicrous” speed. It looks awesome.
Video: AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT Memory: 8GB Native Resolution: 1920 by 1080
Recommended Game Settings: 1920 by 1080 resolution; Texture Quality set to high; Shadow Quality set to high; Physics Quality set to high. If there is any sign of funkiness (unlikely), drop the Physics Quality a notch and it’ll run fine.
Processor: Intel Core i7 Q720 @ 1.6GHz Video: ATI Radeon HD 5650 (New machines have 6630) Memory: 8GB RAM Resolution:1366 by 768 Recommended Game Settings: 1366 x 768 resolution (maybe even drop it a notch if you notice hiccups); Texture Quality set to high; Shadow Quality set to high; Physics Quality set to low.
In short, each of these machines have the chops to play Diablo III. Regardless of the resolution, Diablo III still looks pretty. It’s a testament to the art style used by the team at Blizzard.