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Diablo III Beta - Performance Review

Diablo III Beta - Performance Review


Diablo III Beta – Performance Review

It's been a long, four year wait since Blizzard first announced Diablo III, but now, finally the beta is here! Utilizing a new in-house, custom built 3D engine, Diablo III looks better than ever, but can your system handle it in all of its dark, fantasy glory? We have a quick try to find out..

System Requirements

Here are the minimum specs listed on Blizzard’s support page:

Minimum System Requirements
PC Mac
  • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 (Latest Service Packs) with DirectX 9.0c or better
  • Processor: Intel Pentium D 2.8GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT or ATI Radeon X1950 Pro or better
  • OS: Mac® OS X 10.6.8 or newer
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better
Common Requirements to All Platforms
  • Hard Drive Space: 12GB available for installation
  • Memory: 1GB RAM (1.5GB required for Windows Vista / Windows 7 users, 2GB for Mac users)
  • Drive: DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet: broadband internet connection
  • Display: 1024x768 pixels minimum display resolution

Overall, the system requirements seem fitting enough for a modern game and you can see with even minimum specification requirements, the game required a mid-range class modern GPU (or a high-end one from a system of a few years ago) at least. But the burning question is, what kind of game play can you expect with those specs? We quickly set up three test machines - entry level, mid-range, and high-end – to see how the game ran at the max graphics quality settings. 


Test Setup

Since this is just a beta version of the game for now, please take whatever we report with a pinch of salt. The actual numbers may yet vary in the final build. So naturally, we quickly identified thee systems in our lab of various specs to get this comparison going. From an entry-level Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 with a GeForce 8600 GTS, to a Core i7 with dual Radeon HD 6970 cards in a CrossFire setup. Here's the full specs list of the test machines.

Entry Level Test Machine

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (dual-core, 1.86GHz)
  • Shuttle XPC SD39P2 (Intel 975X)
  • 2GB DDR2-533 RAM
  • Sparkle GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Maxtor DiamondMax 10, 200GB SATA (7200 RPM)

Mid-range Test Machine

  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (2.66GHz, quad-core)
  • Intel DP35DP motherboard
  • 4 x 1GB DDR2-800
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
  • Hitachi 320GB SATA (7200 RPM)

High-end Test Machine

  • Intel Core i7-975 @ 3.33GHz
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill RAM in triple-channel mode
  • ATI Radeon HD 6970 CrossFire Setup
  • Seagate 7200.10,  200GB SATA (7200 RPM)

Take note that in the interest of time and that the game is still in beta, we've chosen to go with one main game setup configuration where we pushed the graphics quality setting to the maximum and testing only at the resolution of 1900x1200 pixels resolution.