The Sims 3: CPU benchmarks and new quality comparison
The Sims 3 is coming this week. PC Games Hardware provides first CPU benchmarks and offers new comparison pictures which show the different quality settings.
The Sims 3 official release is on Thursday, June 4, 2009. Unfortunately an illegal version of the game has already been leaked to the internet. All available previews of the game show that the simulation has its capabilities.
The Sims 3: New engine
The Sims 3 is not only fun to play but the graphics has been overhauled as well for the Sims3 Engine. In comparison to The Sims 2 the new engine offers characters with rather detailed faces, less polygonal objects, a higher level of detail and above all dynamic illumination - the visual comparison of The Sims 3 with the predecessor makes this clear.
Below you can see the difference between low, medium and maximal details.
The Sims 3: Benchmark sequence and results
In order to find out what CPU power is required to play The Sims 3, we record a 25 second scene with five Sims in a build at medium zoom level - this is the camera perspective you will use the most when play The Sims 3. At about half the time through the sequence we zoom out to the city view.
Although The Sims 2 was smoothly playable at maximal details on a single-core processor, this is not possible with The Sims 3 - only if you lower all details to the minimum. With an older dual-core running at the same clock speed the game is twice as fast and thus fluidly. But The Sims 3 is lagging even on high-end hardware hen you switch between zoom levels. The Sim3 Engine is optimized for multi-core system that a quad-core is about 14 percent faster than its dual-core counterpart. For smooth gameplay we recommend the older Core 2 Quad Q6600 or AMD's slightly faster Phenom II X3 720 BE. A Phenom II X4 is beating a Yorkfield based Core 2 Quad when running at the same frequency. Unfortunately we can't offer results for Intel's core i7 because our review code of The Sims 3 did not run on such a system because of unknown reasons.
As long as your CPU is fast enough, an entry level graphics card like a Radeon HD 3870 or Geforce 9600 GT is enough to run The Sims 3.