StarCraft II Put To The Test On Dozens Of CPUs, GPUs

If, like me, you're playing StarCraft II on a Mac, you have little choice in the computer hardware on which you'll play it. But if you're in the market for a new PC, you have many CPU and GPU choices.

Fortunately for you, TechSpot has put the recently released StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty through its paces, determining which video cards and CPUs handle ultra high quality graphics at ultra high resolutions best. Don't know your GeForce GTX 260s from your GeForce GTX 480s? Brush up!

The good news is that it doesn't appear that you'll need to spend much to get the most out of StarCraft II, which won't tax your octo-core CPU set up as much as you think it might.

If you're cool with your current Windows PC, let us know what your specs are.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty GPU & CPU Performance [TechSpot]


    ^-^ Currently happy with my PC. I don't plan on upgrading in the next 2 years.

    OS: Windows 7 (Home Ed x64 bit)
    M Board: Gigabyte P55A-UD3P
    CPU: Intel i7 860 2.8 Ghz
    RAM: 4GB 1600 mhz
    V Card: ATI 5870 1Gb

      Dude, that is a high end machine to me...

      (if a game can't run on your specs. then the game aint worth it!)

        Thanks, -I'm no PC enthusiast but I do like a machine that can run a game in high settings.

    will starcraft run on my ~3 year old Macbook pro?

      define 'run'...

      I would be VERY sceptical.

      like, it WILL run. but I don't know if it will at a playable framerate - even on low - when alot of zerg get on the screen...

      you almost certainly wouldn't be able to return it if it didn't either.

      I don't think it meets the minimum system requirements. you would have to tell us your specs (when did you buy it? what screen size?)

      I plan on trying it on a dell laptop very similar to a couple year old 13" mac book pro, but I would NOT bet the $80 asking price on it working...

    Nice of you to mention basically zero difference when you add SLi/Crossfire.
    Oh and you ran CPU tests in ultra quality?!?
    And a 285 is like 1FPS behind a 480?!?
    Very poorly executed benchmarks IMO.

    StarCraft II runs on my PC on Ultra settings, only experiencing SOME chug when units fill the screen. Specs are as follows:

    nVidia GTX 275
    Intel Core 2 Duo @ 3.00GHz
    4 GB GeIL DDR2 RAM

    The rig only cost me $1400 (screen/speakers not included) and it runs almost everything on at LEAST medium settings. :D

    I'm running a Q6600 quad core CPU with a Geforce 8800GT and 4GB of RAM which handles it fine on High settings.

    Looking to upgrade to an i7 930, Radeon 5870, 6GB of RAM. I'll put them in a crossfire ready board and get a second 5870 in a year or two and run them in crossfire. Maybe even overclock the 930. This way I can be sure I'll be able to play the latest games at the highest settings.

    CPU: Phenom X4 @ 3.2 GHz Black Ed.
    RAM: 4GB @ 1600MHz
    GPU: ATI 5870 1Gb

    Connected to a 32 inch screen. Also connected are my PS3 and 360. I shall take a picture one day. :P

    Everything on ultra. Basically maxes every game. I love it. :)

    Could anyone please tell me how it would fare on my XPS laptop?

    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
    Core2Duo 2.2ghz
    4gb DDR2 RAM
    Geforce 8600M GT

    I've been contemplating whether I should purchase the game or not for days, and the only thing holding me back is my laptop... :(

    Win7 Ultimate 64bit
    Q9550 @ 4.0GHz (471x8.5)
    4GB DDR2 1100MHz 5-5-5-15 @ 942MHz (1:1)
    Gigabyte 5870 UD (@ SOC speeds, 950/1250)

    I think i can handle it but i play bc2 instead ^_^

    Game runs fine on my setup

    CPU: 1050XT AMD SIX-CORE 2.8/3.2ghz
    RAM: 6GB DDR3
    GPU: ATI 5850 x 2 crossfire
    MOBO: MSI 890-FX

    HP DV7 laptop
    4gb DDR3
    Intel Core i7 -720 1.6ghz
    Nvidia GT230
    Win7 64bit

    everything on high
    runs smoothly- not awesomely
    though i am picky as i'm used to always having a high end pc, and decided for the sake of my wallet to buy a laptop and stick with it.

    Runs on my pc on lowest settings. It even mentioned that my pc is below minimum specs.

    Athlon 64 bit 2600
    1 gig ram
    128meg gti something or other (ha ha)
    Windows xp

    Game runs smoothly although there were some hiccups for the first hour or so (presumably it was unpacking files?)

    Basically my machine is about 5 years old so I'm not expecting much but it runs well even if the graphics are a bit poor.

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