Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - CPU performance review
Although Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena won't be released before April, PC games Hardware already ran benchmarks with 14 CPUs.
Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena: Introduction
Assault on Dark Athena is based on the Starbreeze Engine of the successor. This OpenGL construct is still impressive and due to Post effects like Depth of Field and effective lighting. In our gallery we have more than 20 screensohts that give an impression of the visual quality of Assault on Dark Athena.
Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena: Benchmarks
Combined with a Geforce GTX 285 only the Athlon 64 4000+ delivers a framerate that isn't absolutely smooth, but the X2 5000+ is already fast enough to run Assault on Dark Athena over 40 fps. The transition form a dual- to a quad-core processor delivers an increase in performance by about 10 percent only and thus is almost negligible. Nevertheless there also is one peculiarity worth mentioning in the processor ranking: It seems like Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is so hungry for cache that the Phenom X3 720 BE is able to beat the 200 MHz faster X4 940 BE. The latter one is one the level of the Q9550 while the Q6600 and the X4 9950 BE are also equally fast. Intel's Core i7s are leading the ranking, but this isn't really significant: If you are playing with 4x MSAA and 16:1 AF you don't receive a benefit from more CPU power above an E6600 or an X2 6400+ since from there on the GTX 285 is the limiting factor.
Conclusion: The superb visualization of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena primarily requires a fast graphics cards - see Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Graphics cards benchmarks and system requirements for more details - while the processor is less important.
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