Dragon Age II GPU & CPU Performance Test

By Julio Franco ยท 32 replies
Mar 15, 2011
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  1. Dragon Age II GPU & CPU Performance Test

    Fans of the original game are no doubt excited about the recent release of Dragon Age II. A spiritual successor to the Baldur's Gate series, Dragon Age: Origins was the first game of its franchise. Unlike many others, BioWare was wildly successful in bringing this role-playing game to realization as a true multi-platform endeavor, spanning releases on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac, and of course, the PC.

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  2. Very nice game, although it's demanding on GPU power. However I would like see how it runs on my 3-year old 9800GTX, Damn that's one old beauty isn't she :D
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,668   +988

    The 9800GTX will likely run the game just fine but will be limited to DX9. In this particular game it makes more of a difference visually than many other so-called DX11 games. That doesn't mean you won't be able to enjoy it anyway.
  4. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    Interesting. I have GTX 460, runs fine at 1920x1080, but I was quite surprised how crazy the fan on the card was spinning. Apparently that level of the load is nVidia specific... Well, will wait for an update.
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Well I think proves once and for all that the HD 5850 is the greatest card of our time :rolleyes:
    Nice review as always Steve.
  6. A broken crappy game proves that the 5850 is the greatest card of our time? How did you reach such a conclusion?
  7. Has anyone with an AMD card tried enabling Morphological Anti-aliasing (MLAA) through Catalyst Control Center? Using same settings as in this review, I got similar baseline FPS on High, but enabling MLAA I immediately took a 20 fps hit on performance. I just purchased a AMD 6950, so I haven't tried any other games besides Dragon Age yet to see if the effect is the same. Though I thought MLAA was a post-processing filter that doesn't demand much overhead? Is it more CPU-dependent? Mine is aging a bit (Phenom II X4 920 @ 2.8 GHz).
  8. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    My pair of 4830's handles it just fine (@50fps 1680x1050 - high) sometimes they get some lag, but that might be because each one has 512 gddr3... And of course i haven't install the high res pack! Anyways, DA2 is not a system changer for me... Waiting for Battlefield 3 :)
  9. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    I'm very disappointed with the poor Nvidia performance. Ruins my day.
  10. tacobfm

    tacobfm TS Rookie Posts: 59

    This is why you need multi gpu solutions.
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,274   +458

    The nVidia thing will be fixed - I'm sure. No way they would let it stay like this. Now to see what the 590 has in store for us.
  12. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Street price for a Radeon HD 6970 is about $340.
    While the street price for a Radeon HD 6950 is $240.

    For the lack of 4 FPS, but still quite playable at the savings of $100, I think I'd pick the Radeon HD 6950.
  13. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    Try to get down the AA mode and then in game put the AA in 2x and the AF in 8x, It will give you more performance with the same Image Quality, and will get more frames that the same config here. ( Put in-game setting on high but dow the AA and AF) and tha`s it. My HD 5770 get some Frames with that with an Athlon X3 @ 3.6.
  14. Too bad you didn't wait till today- new drivers for 550ti (which can be installed on every other nv card by modifying disp.ini) 267.59, seem to really boost performance.
  15. Shame the ATI HD 5970 with 2GB wasn't reviewed. :\
  16. I got SLI working in the demo version by using a simple trick I read on a forum...
    What I did is just do the old rename trick... changed the name to metro2033.exe (it has to be a DX11 game to get DX11 they said).
    And voila, my fps went from low 20's to constant 60 fps (vsync) on my 460 GTX SLI rig...

    TRY IT!
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I will be more careful to clearly label sarcasm in subsequent post's guest....oh yes, what I just said was was sarcasm.:rolleyes:
  18. Funny seeing people bend over backwards making apologies for Nvidia's performance.
    This is an AMD game and you won't see huge performance improvements from Nvidia unless they start cheating by dropping frames (which is what those drivers that "improve" performance actually do. The game stutters like crazy with them) because the hardware can't handle High Def Ambient Occlusion. Whoever said the new drivers improve performance read this: http://pcformat.techradar.com/blog-entry/amd-vs-nvidia-dragon-age-2-14-03-11
    Someone already tested them and he ended up swapping in a HD5850 over the GTX570 he was using.

    This is most likely AMD finally being forced to counter Nvidia's TWIMTBP program which was nothing more than a payola to developers and publishers to optimize the game for their hardware, and it will only get worse from here on out. Have you ever seen game patches for Nvidia sponsored games to improve AMD performance? Didn't think so.
  19. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    We always planned to update the results if Nviida came through with the goods so please sit back and relax while I look into it.
  20. boybrushdred

    boybrushdred TS Member Posts: 26

    i hope mass effect 3 will not be as demanding as da2
  21. What a silly thing to say ... I hope its more demanding. After all those with slower GPUs can just scale back the quality settings as they would with DA2. It just means those with powerful rigs get to enjoy it more.
  22. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,274   +458

    Wow - for once I agree with a guest ^^ - maybe not enjoy it more, but probably appreciate it more.
  23. DA2 isn't demanding as much as it's not all that optimized. I get terrible framerates in some places for no reason during cutscenes (the elven alienage is a good example) despite having two 5850's in crossfire mode. Everything else is silky smooth even in the most crowded fights. Mass Effect 2 had similar issues, but not nearly as bad as this.

    It's a fun game and while I'm not going to rage because it's different than DA:O, DA2 really shouldn't be thought of as a game that pushes the graphical envelope.
  24. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    While I personally don't have DA2 as I'm still happy with Origins, I'm curious to know how good the eye-candy is with those rather demanding looking benchmarks. Many gameplay reviews were rather critical of the 'rush job' feel to different aspects of DA2, which likely translates to them not spending enough time optimizing this game as well. So for those who own it, does it warrant a performance hit for the eye-candy trade-off?
  25. I thought it might be useful for people to know that this game is very playable on the following mobile hardware;
    1600 x 900, high settings, no AA, High Res textures disabled, DX 11

    Win7 64-Bit
    i7 720QM (Quad-core + HT, 1.6GHz)
    8Gb DDR3
    AMD Radeon Mobility 5650 1Gb
    500 Gb, 16Mb Cache SATA II 7200 RPM HDD

    I'd say that this game looks fantastic & is very playable on limited hardware, sure, it takes a bit of a beast to run everything maxxed but it scales down impressively.

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