Installed currently I have the following gear as my main PC...
- i5-720 OC'd to 3.6GHz on air
- ATI 4890 1GB model video card
- 4 GB DDR3-1600
- Western Digital 32mb Cache 640GB 2 platter hard drives (2)
- SB X-Fi PCI-Express sound card
As well, in the house I have...
- E8400 OC'd to 3.2
- Nvidia GTX 260 896mb
- 4 Gigs DDR3 1333
- E7300 2.66Ghz
- ATI 4870 512mb
- 4 Gigs DDR2 1066
So, a variety of systems.
As we all know, Age of Conan really runs like a dog at times, and at other times runs very well. My plan is to find out what sweet spots for settings work for each of these PC's. Several use different resolutions due to monitors (system 1 is on a 42" TV at 1360x768, 2nd system at 1650x1200 and 3rd at 1440x900), so I will also take that into account as well as drivers and more.
As a final note, released today, is the new ATI 5870 1GB card, and I have one on order. This may change the layout here a bit, so only time will tell in that respect...but, overall I wish to see how performance goes at various settings with that unit as well. Does the GPU make a difference?
The CPU does for sure...
(As a side note, here is a listing of how the various video cards are ranking with specs on the 5870 in comparison to other cards..and WOW it is nice..(Source)
I have found several "harsh" spots of the game that bring the framerates to their knees (and believe it or not...it is NOT in raids.) and I will be using those for my comparisons. Over the next few days I will post screens of FPS counters in game and what settings we are using here.
As a last bit of info, I want to also track how much these systems would cost for the regular player. I will be back with a post on how much these parts can be obtained for so that you can track if it is really worth it to purchase new parts and what you would need to be satisfied with AoC performance.
Hold tight as this will get interesting.