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Developer Bioware (Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate) upgraded Epic's middle-ware with elements typical for roll playing games, like character interaction, a detailed inventory or a plot told as a story. Modules like the renderer or the physics remained untouched. Therefore hardware requirements are at a moderate level - if Unreal Tournament 3 is running well on your system, then there is no need to upgrade it for Mass Effect.

A Dual Core processor is recommended, a Quad Core isn't providing any real benefits. Mass Effect is also frugal concerning the graphics card: a 8800 GT is capable of displaying 1,280x1,024 with all the details, as long as you don't exaggerate it with anisotropic filtering.

In 1,280x1,024 the Radeon HD 3870 is taking the lead, the Geforce 9800 GX2 and the Radeon HD 3870 X2 seem to have some efficiency problems. In 1,680x1,050 it is a whole different story, since the HD 3870 X2 is on the first place with the Geforce 9800 GX2 directly behind it. Older cards like the X1950 Pro or the Geforce 7900 GT can't keep the pace and drop below 20 average fps.



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post #2 of 16
what the hell, ati usually gets killed once you start putting on AA
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nice to see some ati ownage.
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Wow! Way to go ATI!

I wonder if someone got paid, or if ATI has some friends at the studio?

edit: Actually, probably since the X360 gpu is ATI... probably was optimized to certain aspects of the general architecture.
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Very impressive - that Unreal 3 engine really works those older cards.

Nice find.
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9800GTX gets "owned" by 8800GTS 512MB. Hmmm...
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I'm almost certainly getting this for the 360 as the price is extremely low at the moment near me. But just in case i would ever get it for PC would i be able to play max at 1440x900?

The GTS only pulls 37fps @ a lower resolution and that is the only real comparable card to the 2900XT.

Rep + for any decent answers. Curious whether i need to upgrade my GPU or not.
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Bwahaha! Finally a Non-Nvidia bais game where an ATI card can finally show it's true power

Can't wait for the game to release.
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Originally Posted by i_ame_killer_2 View Post
9800GTX gets "owned" by 8800GTS 512MB. Hmmm...
There's something seriously wonky going on there. On the first graph the 9800GTX gets owned by the 9600GT
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+rep awesome find, thanks marin
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