I believe in 2004, I had a Pentium III 800MHz, 384MB SDRAM, GeForce 4 Ti4200 w/AGP8x 64MB, and Windows XP (all in a Dell Dimension 4100), so no, I couldn't. That may have met lower tier requirements for Half-life 2 on the older Source engine, but I didn't have/try it. Doom 3 wasn't a go, however.
I first played Doom 3 proper on a Pentium 4 Northwood 2.8GHz w/Hyper-threading, 1GB of DDR 400MHz in dual channel (remember when we still added that "it's in dual channel"?), and a GeForce 6800 GS AGP (unlocked/overclocked into an Ultra, essentially), of which it ran fantastically on, as did Far Cry (to a lesser extent though). That was in a Dell OptiPlex GX270, no less.
Admittedly, I didn't try Half-life 2 until early to the middle of 2008, when I first got Steam and bought the Valve Complete pack 2007 edition (because I wanted Portal). That was on a Core 2 Duo E8400 (just came out), 4GB of DDR2 800MHz, and a GeForce 8800GT OC, of which it ran superbly on, of course.
Originally Posted by pbasil1
I had a 6800GS unlocked and clocked to Ultra speeds, but it was bottle necked by my P4 @3.8ghz. So no, i didnt max HL2 or doom 3 out
But i still had great frame rates on mostly high settings.
Wait, what? I had a Pentium 4 at 1GHz less the speed with the same GPU (unlocked/clocked the same and all, coincidentally enough), and I recall that Doom 3 ran flawlessly for me at "High" settings at 1280x960.
Edit: Oh, technically that wasn't "maximum", but "Ultra" needed 512MB VRAM, and the difference was very minute.
Originally Posted by Zippy476
Wasn't Doom 3 launched with the first 512mb video cards as well?
There may have been a few (read as, next to none) out, but in whole, no, it was made ahead of time, for the future. The "Ultra" setting wanted 512MB VRAM. It was mostly 128MB and 256MB GPUs that sill dominated around then.Edited by Princess Garnet - 4/5/11 at 9:36pm