Results: Medium Quality, 5760x1080
The Cryptic engine supports multi-monitor resolutions, so we continue our exploration of the medium detail settings at 5760x1080 using three 1920x1080 panels side by side. All multi-GPU results are captured using our FCAT tools, so drops and runt frames are removed from the analysis.
The sheer number of pixels we're rendering shifts the bottleneck from our platform back to the CPU. That is, until we arm our machine with higher-end hardware like the Radeon HD 7950 and GeForce GTX 690. The GeForce GTX 680 does relatively poorly compared to the Radeons, but the GeForce GTX Titan takes a slim lead over its competition. Two Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire should be faster. However, a low minimum frame rate, drops, and runt frames all contribute to a second-place finish.
Once again, you can see the platform bottleneck manifest at the upper end of our frame rate over time chart.
Only the Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire setup is hampered by a worrisome degree of frame time variance.
It's running a 3317u w/HD4000 4GB RAM on Win8 @ 1600x900 & it runs w/o issues on minimum settings (100% scale, 50% hi-res character draw distance).
No exact numbers to report, but I can run around the main city (which with it being the central congregation point for everyone tends to be one of the laggier spots) without issues. Sure it doesn't look the best my any stretch, but it's workable without a doubt in a pinch.
i could believe fx8350 sinking itself to core i3 level performance (it's kinda fx8350's routine) but hd4000 significantly outperforming radeon 7660g in min., avg., and frame time variance? with dual core i5 vs quadcore a10 even...
how would an overclocked i5 3550 or 3570k or fx6300 would fare in this game?
A good measure of how badly the 4600M is limiting performance would be to give the 5800K a run with its integrated graphics - there's a significant clock speed difference.
You obviously missed where they said it is unrelated to Neverwinter Nights - different studio, totally different game. Neverwinter is merely a place in the Forgotten Realms. So bringing up 'waaaahhh, I want NWN3' is rather pointless here.
And I don't see how an MMO based on the Forgotten Realms ruins everything. Why can't you have both this AND NWN3? Just don't play this one, and play what you want... :)
I'm sorry, but this comparison is ABSOLUTELY WRONG. Yes, it's easier to trade for pay-to-play content in neverwinter, but you then say that this is far better to DDO, where you can't...
Except that you can. Playing even a little bit will give you favor with certain patrons. As you get more of this favor, you are AUTOMATICALLY given "turbine points" which is the currency you buy with money. You can earn everything in the game just by playing; sure, it'll take a little while, but I'm sure that neverwinters' solution will too.
So don't make a claim that's completely wrong, please. The "review" parts on the game felt so biased it's not even funny.