Splinter Cell: Conviction GPU/CPU Performance Review

By on May 14, 2010, 4:04 AM
After years in the making, Ubisoft finally released the latest installment in the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series, known as Conviction. Some of you may be wondering why we are posting our in-depth performance analysis of this game two weeks after release. As it turns out, the PC version of SC: Conviction hit shelves with so many bugs that we quickly lost count. Reviewers also took notice and complained about this, comparing it to the Xbox 360 version that has received raving scores for the most part. The good news for us and for PC gamers is that one week after release Ubisoft released a patch that fixed many of these glaring issues. In total we tested 18 graphics card configurations using both ATI and Nvidia chips that ranged from the uber expensive models to budget-minded offerings.
Completing our arsenal of tests, we looked at CPU scaling by down-clocking a Core i7 920 to see what kind of impact this had on performance. Additionally, we have also run tests comparing the Core i5 750, Core i3 540, Core 2 Quad Q6600, Core 2 Duo E8500 Phenom II X6 1090T, Phenom II X4 965, Phenom II X2 555 and Athlon II X4 635 processors. Read the complete article.




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Guest said:

Last known position is not a new feature by any means. The AI in Far Cry used the exact same search patterns on the player; Ubisoft has merely made this planned behaviour apparent to the player by using a sillhouette. Let's not pat developers on the back just because they say so.

Guest said:

SCC is not "demanding" as this very forgiving review states. The technical aspect of the game is just sloppy; poor use of CrossFire/SLI, poor use of multi-core CPUs, poor or unstable performance immediately upon release.

That's not demanding at all, it's just ****. That's the problem.

Guest said:

They said Last known position is new to the Splinter Cell series read the review correctly, they didn't say it was new to the gaming industry. Also look at those single Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce GTX 480 results, how could they not conclude that it was demanding?

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

@Guest, we meant it's a new feature for the series.

@Guest #2, we can't blame you for thinking that. It's not as bad as we've seen on other console ports, which this is not, but as mentioned SC: Conviction's game engine has been optimized for the Xbox 360 as the number 1 priority and yes, the game still needs some polish on the PC front.

williamcoxx said:

I think it is a great game, especially with friends. I played through the story twice, and the story is good. Short granted, but the co-op story is pretty good too.

Guest said:

Am I the only that thinks that this game does not deserve a review? And its not really that demanding so... Oh well...

The game is good overall. But it's so repetitive, that the enjoyment dissapears halfway trough the game.

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Steve Steve said:

Am I the only that thinks that this game does not deserve a review? And its not really that demanding so... Oh well...

The game is good overall. But it's so repetitive, that the enjoyment dissapears halfway trough the game.

Move along

shoeseat said:

i though 9800gt is powerful than 5670?but what the hell is going on?5670 beating 9800gt with those huge frame rates.is this game optimized for ATI or the ATI driver is updated for this game?i am furious how my 9800gt won't be able to play this game at medium setting @30fps.

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Steve Steve said:

i though 9800gt is powerful than 5670?but what the hell is going on?5670 beating 9800gt with those huge frame rates.is this game optimized for ATI or the ATI driver is updated for this game?i am furious how my 9800gt won't be able to play this game at medium setting @30fps.

They are usually quite close. For example in our last two performance articles covering Bioshock 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 they delivered pretty much the same performance.

Guest said:

When I run SCC appears the following message: Nvidia gtx580 does not support by SCC... How I can resolve this?

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Steve Steve said:

Have you installed the latest drivers? I have never seen this message when running SCC with the GTX 580.

Guest said:

I am getting fps drops to 35 fps in open spaces on overclocked GeForce GTX 670 in 1920x1080. Same drops with FSAA 2x and 8x. How badly optimized is this game?

Simplex

Guest said:

I am getting fps drops to 35 fps in open spaces on overclocked GeForce GTX 670 in 1920x1080. Same drops with FSAA 2x and 8x. How badly optimized is this game?

Simplex

Yeah, it's really bad. Using a GPU usage monitoring tool; you can see its usage is min. With a game engine that is actually optimized; your GPU usage should be 100%.

Guest said:

....with vsync turned off, of course

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