Star Trek Online: Game Performance Analyzed And Benchmarked

Benchmark Results: Low Detail

First, let's have a look at the low-detail benchmarks. These were taken at the game’s generic low setting, although we did increase the World Detail Distance option to 100%, so that we could see objects in the distance. This did not seem to have an appreciable effect on performance.

There are a few points of interest here. The first is a huge disparity between the low-end Radeon HD 4650 and higher-end cards. The good news is that this isn't a traditional twitch game, like a FPS. So even though there is a real-time element to space combat, the lowly Radeon HD 4650 is comfortably playable at 1680x1050.

It is also notable that the Radeon HD 5770 looks like it suffers a disadvantage here. Perhaps it is due to the relatively young drivers. In any case, the Radeon HD 5770 can handle 2560x1600, so it remains playable at this detail level.

The GeForce cards look to perform a little better than their similarly-priced Radeon counterparts in this game, although at this detail level, we're not wholly concerned about the discrepancy.

Note that the minimum FPS is extremely close to the average across the board, which suggests this part of the game is limited by graphics card performance and not the CPU. We'll dig into this a little deeper in the CPU benchmarks later.

  • Silmarunya
    jdh64Admit it TOMS......Geforce rules this games as well as others.......quit being ATI fanbois......Wait till the new series of cards comes out....then whatcha gunna do...cry!!!!
    Not really. This is just about the only benchmark where a Geforce card beats a comparable 5000-series one, so there's still a nice lead for the 5000 cards. With a driver update, this result can change in favor of the 5000, which would give them back every game tested here...

    And nobody should be very concerned about the GTX 300, at least not for the first year and a half. The initial mammoth chip will be expensive, hot, noisy and more powerful than useful for gaming. By the time it scaled down properly, ATI will have refreshed cards in the market for a while, probably offering better performance, lower power consumption and more features for a similar price tag.

  • gilbertfh
    This game looks interesting and could be a good diversion once in a while but I can't really see it replacing the games I am playing now. I have played other cryptic studios games and they really didn't engage me for long. If I buy it I will at least play it for the included month before purchasing a subscription.
  • toxxel
    If your interested in playing this game give it 6 months or so. Currently there is no content at max level, and it takes less than a week to hit max rank. Klingons only have pvp content but more is promised for both factions. Server instability and downtime have plagued launch mostly for the overwhelming player base and not being prepared.

    I for one would wonder how this and Champions Online run since ST:O runs on a modified CO engine.
  • footsoldier
    Sh*t game. Sh*t graphics. But, good article. Geforce do weirdly beats 5000s tho, maybe some driver updates will fix it.
  • JeanLuc
    How does such an ugly game mange to tax state of the art video cards?
  • notty22
    Star Trek and Nvidia ROCK, thats not news to people in the Know. I feel sorry for ati***s scared of Fermi.:)
  • jennyh
    I guess Nvidia leaned on Don after this months "Best gaming graphics card".

    Batman AA was the last one of these reviews I believe. Either way, twice in the past 4 months you've managed to review games that go quite wildly against the norm in terms of the gtx260's actual potency.
  • cypeq
    it is a shameless advertisment...
  • cypeq
    notty22I feel sorry for ati***s scared of Fermi.
    I feel sorry for nVidia now becouse roles on marked turned and now nVidia is on position where it needs to chatch up.
  • Onus
    Subscription-based? Pass.