Street Fighter 4: Graphics Card Benchmarks
With Street Fighter 4 one of the most popular fighting games will hit the PC market in July. PC Games Hardware tests the performance with eleven graphics cards.
After more than 10 years Capcom doesn't just continue the legendary Street fighter series, but releases the latest game even for the PC and not only for the consoles and as arcade game. The PC version allows very high screen resolutions with Multisampling Anti Aliasing and three optional Shader effects that improve (depending on one's own taste) the graphics of Street Fighter 4.
Street Fighter 4: Introduction
Besides the Street Fighter 4 system requirements we already published a interview with Yoshinori Ono, the producer of the game, who explained the Street Fighter 4 engine in detail. Some of the notable features are Cel-Shading, Multiplex Hemisphere Lighting, Soft Shadows, HDR, Motion Blur and Soft Particles as well as Static Ambient Occlusion.
Street Fighter 4: Benchmark tool and results
The Street Fighter 4 Benchmark tool was offered for download some time ago already and is a spin-off of the game itself. Since identical fights in Street Fighter 4 are not easily reproduced, we use the benchmark tool for our tests. Unfortunately the benchmark is a time demo that, depending on the performance of the graphics card, isn't necessarily running in real time. In the game there is the option to adjust the refresh. If you set this to variable and your 3D accelerator does not constantly deliver 60 fps (Street Fighter doesn't allow more anyway; the framerate is cut off) the visualization is sometimes slowed down massively. If you lock the refresh, Street Fighter 4 is running in real-time, but due to the low fps the controls are not as handy - that is not fun to play.
For better gaming experience, lock the refresh and adjust your video options in a way that the framerate does not drop below 60 fps. This should be the case if you reach a little more than 50 fps in the benchmark - the time demo stresses the hardware harder than the game itself.
Attention: Geforce users need a driver of the 186 series for MSAA. IF you use an older driver the game is running extremely slow and suffers from massive aberrations - crashes are possible, too.
* 4x MSAA only