Dead Space: Performance Analyzed

Benchmark Results: Medium Detail

Medium Detail is the lowest setting at which the game can probably be enjoyed, so these numbers will tell us a lot as far as our minimum requirements for Dead Space go:

Starting at 1280x1024, every card is achieving over 100 FPS on average at this resolution and detail setting except for the Radeon HD 4650. And we can also see right off the bat that this game highly favors GeForce architecture, as the Radeon cards are barely keeping up with their Nvidia foes that are at a whole price tier below.

This is bad news for the Radeon HD 4650, which can only deliver Medium Detail performance with a minimum frame rate of 30 FPS at 1280x1024. But see how the GeForce 9600 GT is flying by at this resolution with an average of 135 FPS? This bodes well for GeForce owners with slower cards like the GeForce 9500 GT. We didn't have one available for testing, unfortunately.

At 1680x1050, nothing changes much–all of the cards continue to deliver over 100 FPS average except for the Radeon HD 4650, which can only muster an average 39 FPS and a minimum 22 FPS. It might be playable at this setting, but it's far from smooth.

At 1920x1200, the Radeon HD 4650 has been shut down as a viable option with a minimum frame rate of 17 FPS. Every other card we tested is still charging ahead with very fast frame rates. Will 2560x1600 remove any more contenders?

The monster 2560x1600 resolution brings a lot of cards slower, but even the GeForce 9600 GT, Radeon HD 4830, and Radeon HD 4770 can still muster average frame rates over 50 FPS and minimum frame rates at the 30 FPS level.

What we've learned is that the GeForces have a pretty notable advantage in this title, but it doesn't make much of a difference unless you're dealing with a Radeon HD 4650 or a lower-end Radeon card. Even the Radeon HD 4770 and Radeon HD 4830 can handle the highest available resolution without too much trouble.

Now that we've tested Medium Detail, let's see how these cards fare with the High Detail setting.

  • anamaniac
    "Mushkin PC3-10700
    3x 2,048 MB, DDR3-1066, CL 8-8-8-19
    at 1.8 V"

    This is a mistake, right?
  • anamaniac
    Interesting article.

    Deadspace does seem like a decent game, but it was too much for me.
    Tried sitting down to play it a few times, but I just couldn't take it.

    And yeah, the game can play on some junk hardware.
    800x600 res, minimum settings.

    First time I saw one of those creatures, I just wasted ammo. WTF WAS THAT!?!?!
    Pentium D 2.8GHz, 1GB DDR2 533, Nvidia 7500LE 256MB.
    It played. Average framerate was bad, but the minimums were kinda bad, yet still possible.

    Nice to see what I may be able to crank it up to now with my 4670, though a couple gigs of ddr2 800 will be a nice bonus if I find the will to spend my rent money...
  • Andraxxus
    It can play fairly well even on a E6300@1.86Ghz with 1GB DDR2 667 and Nvidia 7600GT but I never finished it.
  • tacoslave
    im ashamed to say this but i jumped when one of those things came at me out of nowhere...
  • axilon
    One of the few games that sucked me in. I do NOT recommend playing it at 3am, the dreams I had....
  • microdots
    9600gt plays this game great
    awesome game regardless tho. everything is very well done, its easy to tell that the developers took great time in perfecting every portion in the levels and environment. as from what i remember it defiantly lived up to its hype. i still haven't beaten it either along with being super cool its also pretty difficult but totally worth the money; a true gaming experience.
  • Ciuy
    so in the end AO = bad. Unless u got to much fps .
  • Kill@dor
    I don't blame you for being scared to try this game out...its really something else ^_^ Very well made game in my opinion
  • rags_20
    I was thinking of trying it. Is it really that scary? I mean, if you turn down the volume, it shouldn't be as scary.
  • Roffey123
    It was the soundscape in the game that got me, I'm used to the monsters and such, but the ambience really got to me - so I never really got far. Perhaps I should summon the courage up for it again.