Resident Evil 5: Demo Performance Analyzed


We have learned some interesting tidbits of information from this little adventure.

The good news is that Resident Evil 5 is a gorgeous game, but is still very playable on a large range of hardware. While the game engine prefers at least a triple-core CPU and a GeForce 9600 GT or better for high-detail and high-resolution play, you can have playable performance at 1680x1050 at attractive medium settings with a lowly Radeon HD 4650 and a dual-core processor.

Perhaps the most interesting result of our investigation is the revelation that the DirectX 10 option does not offer any enhanced visuals whatsoever, even though it cripples Radeon cards and slows the GeForces a bit. Now that we know that DirectX 10 mode is associated with Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision glasses, it makes sense that the setting doesn't work well on the Radeon cards and is something that only GeForce owners with the stereoscopic technology would ever want to use.

There's a lesson to be learned here: just because DirectX 10 sounds more advanced doesn't mean us gamers should automatically assume it will look better. Unless you have Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision LCD glasses, there is no reason whatsoever to enable the DirectX 10 mode of the game and suffer the associated performance hit.

In any case, it's good to know the game looks poised to perform well on the average gaming system, and we look forward to playing it in all of its glory when the title is released later this week.

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  • Anonymous
    I got a 10FPS or 17% improvement in windows 7 x64 RTM by disabling Desktop Window Manager Session Manager Service with this demo.
  • wild9
    Well researched and written article. Nice to see a subjectuve take on the i7 vs. Q6600 results.
  • wild9
    While the game engine prefers at least a triple-core CPU and a GeForce 9600 GT or better for high-detail and high-resolution play, ..

    Wouldn't mind seeing the results using an AMD Phenom II x3.
  • mi1ez
    Interesting to see the CPU comparison at the end. Do we think the i7 was so much quicker due to architecture, HT, or both? and weighted how?
  • chovav
    Extremely good article guys! I think you've just about covered any computer worth covering.
    Anything higher is going to be playable at any resolution or settings, so definatly not worth the time testing.

    keep up the good work! and great tip about the DX10!
  • praetorianguard
    A helpful article, as far as gaming graphics is concerned. However, it doesn't mention that the PC version still behaves exactly like it does on a console; even on a widescreen monitor you'll have trouble seeing what is around you and the controls are shockingly inadequate. There is no fluidity to the way you control the character making for a frustrating game. That's not to say that the game is jerky. I've run it on my Q6600 with a GeForce 295 GTX and the game averages over 60fps at 1920x1200 at even the highest graphics settings. It looks lovely. Pity it doesn't play the same. I love the Resident Evil series. I've played almost all of them. But this one should have stayed on the console, where it belongs.
  • Anonymous
    Q6600 is a 2.66 not 1.86
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting about there being no difference between DX9c and DX10 in game. I was running the game with DX10, and thinking it looked great, but now switched to DX9 and it does indeed look just as good.

    One useful tip I've discovered elsewhere is that you cannot set all game options from within the game's menu. Instead, by going to Documents/CAPCOM/RESIDENT EVIL 5/config.ini and opening that file in notepad you can change and enable more settings.

    Of most use is for those with Crossfire or SLI setups as there is an option to enable it by changing from SLI=NO to SLI=YES. It is also reported by some people to also greatly improve dual cards such as the 4870x2 and GTX295.

    And for those of you running a 64bit OS, you can switch the game into 64bit mode by changing the HDR from HDR=LOW to HDR=HIGH. Definitely worth doing if you do.

    On my system, which is a Q6600, 8GB RAM, XFX 4870 1GB, Vista Ultimate 64bit, I'm running the game at 1280x1024 with everything set to high, and HDR set to high. And using DX9c. It runs very nicely at over 70fps in all the benchmark tests. With an overall average of 77.3fps.