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Low End PC Performance Guide: Tomb Raider

Video Card Performance


Beginning at Low Preset, the GPU usage and memory begin to rise as you switch to a more demanding preset. Ultra and ultimate preset will use 100% of your GPU’s processing power and you will need more than 1GB of video memory.

 

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You can play the game up to high preset on AMD 7750 and only with normal preset at 1366×768 on nVidia 9600GT.  Also notice that you don’t have access to ultra and ultimate preset if you are using nvidia 9600GT since it is not a DX11 capable video card.

 

CPU Performance

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The game doesn’t utilize the 100% of the CPU, but having lower clock speed than minimum, which is 2.1GHz, will not give you a satisfying experience. Also, having only 1 core of the CPU, even at 2.6GHz, will make the game too slow to play.

 

Memory Performance


 

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Having more system memory will improve the overall performance of the game – higher frames per second, faster game launching and faster loading level.

 

Operating System Performance

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Windows 7 and 8 performed equally on frame per second. When loading a level, Windows 7 is faster by 5 seconds but Windows 8 is faster when launching the game.

 

Summary

The game looks really good and alive even at normal preset. The developers provided us a detailed and customizable settings to cover almost every type of gaming PC. The HD 7750 performed very well with normal and custom preset at 1920×1080 resolution while the nVidia 9600GT performed well with low preset. Low budget processors are also capable of playing the game even at lower clocks. What I delighted the most is its memory performance. Performances, on frames per second and on loading and launch time, are getting better with bigger system memory.

Overall, Tomb Raider doesn’t need a monster setup to play and enjoy the game. It is truly a wonderful game from the story, gameplay, presentation, and graphics. If the game is really a great game, bad graphics won’t make it a bad game.


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