Another of my (in)famous posts about all things "hardware", this pertains to the ubiquitous discrete add-in card that has been so popular the last 15-20 years or so.
Back in the "old days" of personal computers, graphics code was executed at the main processor CPU level...that is, until programs starting using more and better quality images ( which entailed more and more program code to wade through for said processor to execute ). Then IBM came along and invented the MDA and the rest is history.
For those of us that like flight simulations, REAL
graphics cards came about somewhat like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_processing_unit
It's not entirely accurate, but it will suffice. Ok, that's the end of "Graphics Cards 101", time for specifics. As I've posted previously in this thread
, Rise of Flight requires a certain "power level" to render graphics at an acceptable speed to make the sim playable...think of it in terms of "horsepower", and you'll do fine.
There are several factors that are used to determine said "horsepower", some of which include Memory Bandwidth ( nowadays expressed in terms of gigabytes per second throughput ), Texture Fill Rate, Pixel Fill Rate, FLOPs ( floating point operations ) and others not so important to this author.
Knowing from published specifications on the back of product boxes from various copies of Rise of Flight, I have arrived at a comprehensive list of cards that should
theoretically be able to run Rise of Flight from rather well to SPECTACULAR, if married to other hardware components that can feed the wee beasties sufficiently. Yes, I've posted most of this information already, but it doesn't hurt to "flesh things out" and get more specific. Nvidia: 7000 series
: 7900GTO, 7900GTX, 7900GX2, 7950GX2 (IMO these are running the ragged minimum edge of playability, people)8000 series
: 8600 ( perhaps, hard to tell ), 8600GTS ( maybe ), 8800GTS (maybe, if 640mb version), 8800GTS (512), 8800GT, 8800GTX, 8800 Ultra9000 series
: 9600GT (maybe), 9800GT, 9800GTX, 9800GTX+, 9800GX2200 series
: GT240 (DDR5)(maybe), GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 290400 series
: GT440 (DDR5) (maybe), GTS 450, GTX 460 (any version), GTX 465, GTX 470, GTX 480500 series
: GT 545 (maybe), GTX 550Ti, GTX 560 (any version), GTX 570, GTX 580, GTX 590600 series
: GTX 640 (maybe), GTX 650, GTX 650Ti, GTX 660, GTX 660Ti, GTX 670, GTX 680, GTX 690700 series
: GTX 760, GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780Ti, GTX Titan ( Duh? It could run ROF by itself
, without the rest of the computer, methinks
)AMD / ATI:X1000 series
: XT 1950 Crossfire, XT 1950GT, XT 1950GT, XT 1950 Pro, XT 1950XT, XT 1950XTX (rough and ragged here, as well)2000 series
: HD 2900 Pro, HD 2900 XT (once again, ragged edge performance especially in terms of texture fill rates)3000 series
: HD 3850 (maybe), HD 3870, HD 3870 X24000 series
: HD 4830, HD 4850, HD 4870, HD 4870 X2, HD 48905000 series
: HD 5670 (maybe), HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5830, HD 5850, HD 5870, HD 5870 X2 (ASUS Ares), HD 59706000 series
: HD 6570 (DDR5)(maybe), HD 6670 (DDR5)(maybe), HD 6750, HD 6770, HD 6790, HD 6850, HD 6870, HD 6870 X2, HD 6930, HD 6950, HD 6970, HD 6970 X2, HD 69907000 series
: HD 7750, HD 7770, HD 7850, HD 7870, HD 7950, HD 7970, HD 7990
There you have it. The above is based on theoretical specs and data throughput and does not constitute approval by Rise of Flight ( 777 Studios ), its developers, marketing or owners past, present or future.
Be advised that these cards are based on my opinion only, specific combinations of hardware such as CPU, RAM and GPU may not work according to this guide, so be prepared to shell out some cash if you have older hardware and still want to enjoy this beautiful simulation. As with all the previous information, this guide is intended for DESKTOP PC's and should not be used for mobile and laptop configurations.
* Yet another disclaimer: Lawsuits resulting from disappointment at being unable to enjoy Rise of Flight with hardware that may or may not meet minimum requirements, should be directed to the nearest roundfile.
Thank you for your attention. *
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