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Intel Pentium 4 2.8Ghz with Diablo 3

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June 25, 2012 4:05:03 PM

Will a Intel Pentium 4 2.8Ghz processor run Diablo 3 with a proper graphics card and enough memory?
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June 25, 2012 4:49:01 PM

It will most likely run, the bigger question is how well.

If your PC has AGP, "proper graphics" might be a problem.
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June 25, 2012 4:56:07 PM

Yes I would skip on trying to run any modern gaming on an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor. Heck, there are games out there that I wouldnt want to run on most of the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo's.

While the processor isn't the most important part of a gaming system there is still a minimal level of performance that is needed to run todays games and Intel Pentium 4 and Intel Pentium D's wouldnt fit those requirements today.
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June 25, 2012 5:15:22 PM

It's not even worth trying. The Pentium 4 is a single core processor that runs very slow and very hot. Even if it did actually run you would get horrible performance.
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June 25, 2012 6:55:44 PM

rds1220 said:
Even if it did actually run you would get horrible performance.

D3 runs reasonably well on my C2D-E8400 even with lots of CPU-intensive stuff in the background so it would most likely be playable on a P4 provided it has enough RAM and a not-too-horribly-old GPU.

Now I have an itch to dust off my P4 and see what happens...
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June 25, 2012 7:43:11 PM

InvalidError said:
Now I have an itch to dust off my P4 and see what happens...



Isn't it a little hot to bring out a space heater?

I wouldnt want to try to run D3 on my old Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz which I would match up against any of the Intel® Pentium® 4 processors.
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June 25, 2012 7:57:26 PM

If I had a Pentium 4 I would put a small pan on top it and use it to fry an egg.
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June 25, 2012 8:22:07 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Isn't it a little hot to bring out a space heater?

I have a 3GHz Northwood so it isn't that bad... and it is only 20C outside today, a little heat won't hurt.

Well, I booted it, time to start copying files...
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June 25, 2012 8:31:15 PM

lets stop comparing C2d's with P4's... most C2d's can still hang. P4 no...
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June 25, 2012 8:49:06 PM

I don't think any modern game will run on 1 core, when I tested D3 I ran it on 1 core on my phenom II and it was horribly laggy. Would be much worse on a p4.
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June 25, 2012 9:38:23 PM

Well, after copying the game to my P4 and trying to start it, the launcher tells me my P4's GPU (X700) is on the "will not run" list so it is not even giving me the option of running the game anyway and see how far it goes.
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June 25, 2012 10:22:09 PM

InvalidError said:
D3 runs reasonably well on my C2D-E8400 even with lots of CPU-intensive stuff in the background so it would most likely be playable on a P4 provided it has enough RAM and a not-too-horribly-old GPU.

Now I have an itch to dust off my P4 and see what happens...


Yea so..That’s a Core 2 Duo and this is a Pentium 4. They are two completely different CPU's. The Core 2 Duo is a lot faster, cooler and more efficient than the Pentium 4. You're comparing apples to oranges. I also don't expect his Pentium 4 to be able to play BF3 crysis or alot of the other really demanding games today. I remember years ago trying to play Call of Duty UO on a Dell with a Pentium 4 and it could hardly handle that game and UO is no where near as demanding as BF.
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June 25, 2012 10:47:34 PM

rds1220 said:
Yea so..That’s a Core 2 Duo and this is a Pentium 4.

As I said in my post, my C2D is heavily loaded by other stuff, which should give it a fair handicap vs P4 not running anything else.

But this is moot since most GPUs from the AGP-PCIe transition era are on D3's "will not run" list and the launcher is simply refusing to start the game with those GPUs.
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August 6, 2012 5:46:38 PM

I just ran D3 on my alt pc.. here are the specs

Intel Pentium 4 640 @ 3.0GHz
4GB DDR3 ram @ 800MHz (limit due to processor)
ASUS Rampage Extreme (latest bios)
ASUS HD4870 DK 1GB GDDR5 (Stock Speeds)


Ran D3 decently ~19-28fps in areas not crowded by much... once i started hitting areas with about 5 monsters... things got so laggy ~3-5fps lol


anywaysss, im replacing that P4 with my old Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 , OCing to 3.2GHz. That processor is currently on my GFs bros system which is getting an upgrade, and im taking the CPU to upgrade this one :) .
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August 6, 2012 8:31:56 PM

InvalidError said:
As I said in my post, my C2D is heavily loaded by other stuff, which should give it a fair handicap vs P4 not running anything else.


Not really. A single core of a C2D is FAR more efficient then a Pentium 4.
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