Benchmark Results: Ultra Quality
Ultra quality kicks the details up a notch, and as we've mentioned previously, the most obvious advantage is soft shadow edges. Let's see how much more taxing this setting is on the graphics subsystem:
At the ultra detail setting, the bottleneck shifts from the CPU to the graphics card, and we can see some performance differentiation even at 1280x1024. However, it's not all bad news. As mentioned, this is an RTS, and we can live with much lower frame rates than we could if it were an FPS. A minimum of 20 FPS is very playable here, and using this guideline, all of the graphics cards deliver modest performance at 1920x1200, except the Radeon HD 5570. However, once we hit 2560x1600, only the GeForce GTS 250 and more powerful models are capable of delivering smooth gameplay.