Diablo III Performance, Benchmarked

Maximum Detail Benchmarks

In the following benchmarks, all of the detail settings are turned up as high as they'll go, and anti-aliasing is enabled.

At 1280x1024, only the GeForce GT 440 GDDR5 drops under 30 FPS. But all of the options we tested are playable. As you can see, the high-end cards and dual-card configurations push astronomical frame rates.

Note that the Radeon HD 6770 beats AMD's Radeon HD 6850. We tested and re-tested these cards to make sure this wasn’t a mistake. For some reason, the Radeon HD 6770 gets exceptionally high performance at the highest detail levels and lower resolutions. We're not sure why, but the board's performance drops relative to the 6850 as resolution increases.

At 1680x1050, the GeForce GT 440 GDDR5 is pushed below 30 FPS, but most of other cards manage to maintain frame rates above 60 FPS minimum.

Even the Radeon HD 6670 DDR3 keeps a 30+ FPS rate at 1080p. Everything faster runs smoothly.

At 2560x1600, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is quite playable, even though it dips slightly below 30 FPS. Every other graphics card option on the chart delivers great game play with minimum frame rates over 35 FPS.

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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.