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SimCity Tested, Benchmarked

By Julio Franco ยท 28 replies
Mar 19, 2013
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  1. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Maniac Posts: 350   +112

    Great review Steve! Looks like this is top of my "most wanted" game list.
  2. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 345   +105

    Thorough as always Steve. This game is way more demanding than I thought it would be.
  3. compact

    compact TS Rookie

    Steve how 560ti medium qyality 1200p that become or are faster 580/670 than iand the same as the 680?
  4. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Maniac Posts: 350   +112

    Good question. He's trying to say "How is it that the 560ti performs better than the 580 and 670 and the same as the 680 at 1200p medium quality"
    compact likes this.
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    Sorry guys very minor copy and paste error which showed the GTX 560 Ti being 2fps faster than it really was. The 2560x1600 results probably look more like what you would expect as there are less CPU limitations here.
  6. compact

    compact TS Rookie

    :D Hahahaha!!:D
  7. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    Nice test! Was hoping we would see some sort of benchmark for Simcity 5. I remember 4 killing my comp back when it came out.

    Oh and Simoleons is technically the sim currency not simcity citizens iirc
  8. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 535   +210

    Yeah, the memory lane. I think I saw for the first time SC2000 in the PS of an uncle and then looked for it to play in my PC, short after I sticked a long time with SC3000; tryed SC 4 and didn't like it.

    Yeah, those were the days. It looks fine, but I would prefer totally single player as it used to be; but didn't imagine it was quite demanding.
  9. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Thanks Steve.
  10. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,710   +869

    With games like this so reliant on calculation frequency it would be nice to see a CPU chart with all the chips at or near the same clock speed. Personally I would love to see how the 920 at 3.5Ghz stacks up against the 3770k.
    SantistaUSA likes this.
  11. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    I would love to see how my 5 year old Q6600 clocked at 3.7ghz would fair. I am holding out as long as possible until the wheels fall off on this one. the Q6600 has got to be the best investment for CPU ever, clocked at 3.7~4ghz served me for 5+ years and ate every game I threw at it, now it's starting to show its age.
  12. You guys need to start using frame latency testing as that tells a much more accurate story than fps numbers.
  13. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    We do include frame latency testing in our GPU reviews, just not the game performance articles as there is way too much testing involved and displaying that much data just isn't possible.
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    This game is almost as unoptimized as the gameplay lol.
    It isnt demanding, it is just badly optimised. The frame rates barely nudge from 1920x1200 to 2560x1600.
  15. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    Wow that's some terrible fps. I wouldn't be surprised if the bottleneck is the server.

    You could be waiting on the calculations, bottlenecked by the other players... or even a form of "onLive' streaming wouldn't surprise me.
    spydercanopus and Jad Chaar like this.
  16. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah why would they all be constant? That seems right.
  17. I play this on my laptop (using intel core i5 2.30GHz, 6 GB ram and nVidia GEFORCE GT540M with 1 GB) and it works fine... my settings are all on high but loading times are a bit slow.
  18. "Meanwhile seriously old GPUs such as the Radeon HD 5870 or GeForce GTX 460 will work as well."

    What about us gamers with "seriously even older" cards like the 8800GT 512? I wish your benchmark testing was more inclusive to those with older PCs. We are the ones that need to know whether we can run it, and at what quality.

  19. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    That would be too depressing to include in modern benchmarks... plus you'd quickly run into memory limitations.
  20. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    You really expect us to include 6 year old hardware? I really thought including some 3 year old cards was stretch. Our advice for any one trying to game with a GeForce 8 series, 9 series or 200 series graphics card is to upgrade.
  21. Phr3d

    Phr3d TS Guru Posts: 382   +77

    I am always pleasantly surprised when you include the older hardware and I thank you for that.
    My PITA comment is please include a cast iron I-5 2500K @ 3.8GHz-ish (min OC), simply because it sold a million-billion copies and qualifies as a good baseline to compare the newer CPUs.
    just an opinion, please don't get mad.
  22. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    Oh MAN you made me SO MAD right now! :mad:

  23. scitmonr

    scitmonr TS Rookie

    I tried the game with my 8800GT and Q6600. I didn't switch AA on and lowered some shadow settings. I was getting 15-20fps on smallish citys, perfectly playable for this type of game. I have no idea how it would have coped with cities of 500,000 tho. I've done a modest upgrade to a 7750 now.
  24. To me the most bang for buck *platform* is any 970 mobo and an FX-4k Vishera! Any board allows u to OC unlike Intel and paired with a HD 7850 it makes for a low cost Sim5 gaming rig!


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