Diablo III Performance, Benchmarked

Modest System Requirements Mean More People Will Enjoy Diablo III

After running the benchmarks, it's clear that Diablo III doesn’t require a very powerful PC. Nevertheless, the game does demand a certain level of graphics performance in order to run smoothly, particularly at its most demanding settings.

At the lowest detail level, a GeForce 210 can't cut it. But a Radeon HD 6450 will take you to 1680x1050. A GeForce GT 440 GDDR5 or Radeon HD 6670 DDR3 easily handles 1080p at those same lowest graphics settings.

A Radeon HD 6670 DDR3 delivers at least 30 FPS minimum at 1920x1080 using the highest quality settings, and a better card gets you over 40 FPS. Even at 2560x1600, a Radeon HD 6770 or GeForce GTX 460 192-bit card maintains minimum frame rates above 35 FPS.

Once you've determined where your graphics card gets you in Diablo III, there's very little to worry about with regard to platform performance. Operating at 2560x1600 and using the highest detail settings, a dual-core Phenom II at 3 GHz manages at least 75 FPS.

Don't be surprised. Diablo III doesn’t exactly offer sophisticated AI. The undead simply walk towards you and attack without much in the way of strategy.

What does that say about the game itself? Despite its simplicity, playing Diablo III is just as addictive as it was the last time around. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to enjoy another Diablo click-fest, but Blizzard’s mastery of the simple and timeless isometric RPG has me looking forward to buying a copy on the day it's released.

One final note: we learned from a blue post on Battle.net that AMD's Catalyst 12.4 driver won't be supported in Diablo III. According to a follow-up response at PC Perspective from AMD representative Robert Hallock, some of the older Radeon models (specifically the HD 2400, 2600, 2900, 3400, 3600, and 4500) may suffer visual artifacts when this version is installed. The issue doesn't affect Radeon HD 5000, 6000, and 7000 users though, which explains why none of our benchmarks were affected. If you have an older Radeon card, you're advised to revert back to Catalyst 12.3 for Diablo III until a fix is available.

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  • Formata
    Oh yes... The epic armageddon of all click-fest's is upon us! In 6 months time I'll bench 100kg with my index finger.
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  • Murissokah
    So the CPU won't keep us from enjoying the game... nor the GPU... only the calendar then.
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  • trace_87
    "Like the originals, the isometric view remains locked in place, and zooming in is not an option."

    Push Z
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  • dodger_nzl
    Nice to see my GF460 should play it at max settings.
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  • Formata
    Oh yes... The epic armageddon of all click-fest's is upon us! In 6 months time I'll bench 100kg with my index finger.
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  • Murissokah
    So the CPU won't keep us from enjoying the game... nor the GPU... only the calendar then.
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  • sharpiedpanda
    The calendar and your finger stamina :p
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  • JoeMomma
    i'm luvin it!
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  • trace_87
    "Like the originals, the isometric view remains locked in place, and zooming in is not an option."

    Push Z
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  • cinergy
    HD7870 is on par with GTX580! Now I understand why he didn't even take HD7970 into test. That would have been too embarrassing for nvidia.
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  • borden5
    Note that amd 12.4 artifacts doesn't only apply for Diablo 3 alone I got artifact in any game with my 3650 so I have to revert to 12.3
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  • Anonymous
    so can anyone recommend a good laptop that can play this no lag for under 800?
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  • Darkerson
    I had a lot of fun with it in the beta. I still cant say Im going to be a fan of the RMT Auction House, but other then that, its a fun game. Between this and Guild Wars 2, Im gonna have a very unproductive summer :D
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  • Zero_
    I would have liked to see a HD7750 in there, as that would be the easiest upgrade for someone who wanted a cheap card with low power draw. It's a bit hard to predict where it'll end up because the HD6850/HD6770 anomaly.
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  • geotek
    Were any large fights present in the FPS recording? Because of the computers ive tested ive noticed computers with slower CPUs, especially dual cores, would get quite choppy during large fights and all the ragdolls flying everywhere. This problem seemed to either vanish or greatly diminish when physics were changed from high to low. Perhaps the physics are handled by the cpu? If so, this means the cpu testing results may not be a good measure of real world use of the game.
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  • rantoc
    cinergyHD7870 is on par with GTX580! Now I understand why he didn't even take HD7970 into test. That would have been too embarrassing for nvidia.


    Hardly, Nvidia is the only party that provides extra gfx quality via ambient occlusion for this title and with all thoose monster cards available today i rather use that extra power to get better quality than let it go wasted. So even if i dont get 500+ fps in 2560x1600 with 2x680 sli i do get ambient occlusion as well as insanly good AA making the title look nice. I play the game to enjoy it, not benchmark it!
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  • Anonymous
    I still use a 9600GT, anyone have any idea how it would work with that?
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  • whysobluepandabear
    "At 1080p, the Radeon HD 6540 might be considered playable,"

    Don't you mean the 6450?
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  • blazorthon
    gnookergiI still use a 9600GT, anyone have any idea how it would work with that?


    Not well, if it works at all (which I doubt).
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  • blazorthon
    courtlandbso can anyone recommend a good laptop that can play this no lag for under 800?


    A laptop with an A6 or A8 and a 7470 in CF or something similar should do it very well. I know that HP sells those for under $650 and depending on whether or not it's on sale, even cheaper. You could probably get something similar even cheaper elsewhere (HP isn't known for being the cheapest, not even among other OEMs).
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  • trace_87
    This article will need another go once the game comes out. You have to have something a bit more taxing than this.
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  • Gman450
    I've got a GTS450. Maybe I should be looking somewhere between the HD 6670 and GTX 550Ti..
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  • Gman450
    gnookergiI still use a 9600GT, anyone have any idea how it would work with that?

    Well you can perhaps look somewhere around the GT440 or the HD 6670 but don't expect the same FPS.
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