Diablo III Performance, Benchmarked

Minimum Detail Benchmarks

In the following minimum-detail benchmarks, we turned every setting down as low as it'd go except for texture quality, which we left at high.

The only card that struggles at 1280x1024 is the GeForce 210 DDR3. AMD's Radeon HD 6450 manages to keep its minimum frame rate above 30. All of the other cards push minimum frame rates above 60.

At 1680x1050, the Radeon HD 6450 drops below a 30 FPS minimum. But in an isometric RPG like Diablo III, that's still quite playable. The rest of the cards manage to maintain minimum frame rates above 40 FPS, indicating an excellent level of performance.

At 1080p, the Radeon HD 6540 might be considered playable, but it'll undoubtedly run into trouble in more demanding situations. As for the rest of the cards, minimum frame rates are around 40 FPS or better, suggesting a playable experience.

Clearly, Diablo III doesn’t require a beefy system in order to push its minimum detail levels (though you'll want a Radeon HD 6450, at least, to play at 1680x1050).

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  • mi1ez
    I can see happy lappy gaming here...
  • grahm
    What I would like to know is whether it runs on i5-3570K (with Intel's HD 4000) without discrete graphics. I don't mind 1024x768 and low everything.
  • jrtolson
    will it run on my 386?

    Diablo 3 is what dungeon seige 3 should have been, this game will sell by the bucket load, why? because Blizzard understand that a great game like diablo brand should be respected, not a dumbed down console game with silly control's, crap loot, boring plot, cut features (aka DS3)
  • jrtolson
    one thing to note tho, is that for game testing there should be a legacy system for a basis comparison,

    what i mean by this is, my rig is an amd fx60 duel core, 4gig ram, amd 4870 agp card and i duel boot both win xp (32bit) and win7 (64bit) for dx10 only games, i tend to stick to xp for just about everything..

    however even tho it will play and run all latest dx10 titles pretty well under win7 it does suffer from driver issues (tdr's etc) under xp it works flawlessly...

    this article does not say wot version of direct x it uses if it is 9, then i would have no problem with this game it is 10 then i may or may not have issues...

    however it would be nice to see a legacy AGP rig included in all benchmarks... :-)
  • Steveymoo
    Interesting to see that the gtx 460 SLI set up, is actually more than twice as fast as a single gtx 460. Blizzard have clearly found a way to bend space and time.