System Requirements and Performance for X³: Terran Conflict

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System Requirements and Performance for X³: Terran Conflict

Post by CBJ » Thu, 11. Sep 08, 13:07

What are the system requirements for X³: Terran Conflict?

Minimum Requirements
  • Microsoft ® Windows ® XP (SP-2), Vista SP1™
  • Pentium® IV or AMD® equivalent at 2.0 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 256 MB 3D DirectX 9 Compatible video card (not onboard) with Pixel Shader 1.1 support
  • Soundcard (Surround Sound support recommended)
  • 10 GB free hard disk space
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • Mouse and Keyboard or Joystick (optional support for force-feedback) or Gamepad
Recommended Configuration
  • Microsoft ® Windows ® XP (SP-2), Vista SP1™
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD® equivalent at 2.0 GHz
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 256 MB 3D DirectX 9 Compatible video card (not onboard) with Pixel Shader 3.0 support
  • Soundcard (Surround Sound support recommended)
  • 10 GB free hard disk space
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • Mouse and Keyboard or Joystick (optional support for force-feedback) or Gamepad
Which graphics cards support which pixel shader versions?

The following list shows the capabilities of the cards. It is not a list of cards specifically supported for X³: Terran Conflict. However, if your card is not on the list then there is a good chance that it won't be able to run X³: Terran Conflict. For example cards such as the GeForce4 MX series (commonly the MX440 and the MX4000) are definitely not capable of running the game.

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Make     Model               DX    VS    PS
-------  ------------------  ---   ---   ---
ATI      Radeon 8500         8.1   1.1   1.4
         Radeon 9000(M)      8.1   1.1   1.4
         Radeon 9100(M)      8.1   1.1   1.4
         Radeon 92x0(M)      8.1   1.1   1.4
         Radeon 95x0         9.0   2.0   2.0
         Radeon 9600(M)      9.0   2.0   2.0
         Radeon 9700(M)      9.0   2.0   2.0
         Radeon 9800(M)      9.0   2.0   2.0
         Radeon X300(M)      9.0   2.0   2.0
         Radeon X550         9.0   2.0   2.0
         Radeon X600(M)      9.0   2.0   2.0
         Radeon X700(M)      9.0   2.0   2.0
         Radeon X8x0(M)      9.0   2.0   2.0
         Radeon X1xx0        9.0   3.0   3.0
         Radeon HD2x00(M)   10.0   4.0   4.0
         Radeon HD3xx0(M)   10.1   4.1   4.1
         Radeon HD4xx0(M)   10.1   4.1   4.1
         Radeon HD5xxv(M)   10.1   4.1   4.1
         Radeon HD51xx(M)   10.1   4.1   4.1
         Radeon HD54x0(M)   11.0   5.0   5.0
         Radeon HD55x0(M)   11.0   5.0   5.0
         Radeon HD56x0(M)   11.0   5.0   5.0
         Radeon HD57x0(M)   11.0   5.0   5.0
         Radeon HD58x0(M)   11.0   5.0   5.0
         Radeon HD59x0(M)   11.0   5.0   5.0
         Radeon HD6xx0(M)   11.0   5.0   5.0
         Radeon HD7xx0      11.0   5.0   5.0

nVidia   GeForce4 Ti4x00(M)  8.1   1.1   1.3	
         GeForceFX 5xx0(M)   9.0   2.0   2.0
         GeForce 6xx0(M)     9.0   3.0   3.0
         GeForce 7xx0(M)     9.0   3.0   3.0
         GeForce 8x00(M)    10.0   4.0   4.0
         GeForce 9x00(M)    10.0   4.0   4.0
         GeForce Gxx 1xx(M) 10.0   4.0   4.0
         GeForce 2xx        10.1   4.1   4.1
         GeForce G 2x0(M)   10.1   4.1   4.1
         GeForce GT 2x0(M)  10.0/1 4.0/1 4.0/1
         GeForce GTS 2x0    10.0   4.0   4.0
         GeForce GTS 2x0M   10.1   4.1   4.1
         GeForce GTX 2xx(M) 10.0   4.0   4.0
         GeForce 3xx(M)     10.1   4.1   4.1
         GeForce GT 3xx(M)  10.0/1 4.0/1 4.0/1
         GeForce GTS 3x0M   10.1   4.1   4.1
         GeForce GTx 4xx(M) 11.0   5.0   5.0
         GeForce GTx 5xx(M) 11.0   5.0   5.0

Matrox   Parhelia            8.1   1.1   1.3

XGI      Volari V3XT         9.0   2.0   2.0
         Volari V5           9.0   2.0   2.0
         Volari V8           9.0   2.0   2.0
         Volari 8300(M)      9.0   2.0   2.0

S3       DeltaChrome Sx      9.0   2.0   2.0
         DeltaChrome F1      9.0   2.0   2.0
         GammaChrome Sxx     9.0   2.0   2.0
         Chrome S2x          9.0   2.0   2.0
         Chrome 2300(M)      9.0   4.1   4.1
         Chrome 4300(M)     10.1   4.1   4.1
         Chrome 43x(M)      10.1   4.1   4.1
         Chrome 440(M)      10.1   4.1   4.1
         Chrome 530         10.1   4.1   4.1

SiS      Xabre II            9.0   2.0   2.0
         Mirage 3+           9.0   2.0   2.0

Intel    GMA 900             9.0   2.0*  2.0
         GMA 950             9.0   3.0*  2.0
         GMA 3xx0            9.0   3.0*  2.0
         GMA X3000           9.0   3.0   3.0
         GMA X3100(M)        10.0  4.0   4.0
         GMA X3500           10.0  4.0   4.0
         GMA 4500            10.0  4.0   4.0
         GMA X4500           10.0  4.0   4.0
         GMA 500             10.1  4.1   4.1
         GMA HD              10.1  4.1   4.1
         HD 2000             10.1  4.1   4.1
         HD 3000             10.1  4.1   4.1
         HD P3000            10.1  4.1   4.1

* Partial support
Cards with an (M) after their description have one or more mobile variants for laptops with similar capabilities.

Will my PC be able to play X³: Terran Conflict?

This is an impossible question to give definitive answers to, for several reasons:
  • Every PC is different and there are far too many different hardware/software combinations and hidden variables to be able to say with any certainty how well a particular game will perform on a particular PC.
  • Performance is far more subjective than people realise. What you personally consider "good" performance may be mediocre for someone else or vice versa. A statement along the lines of "it will run well" or "it won't run well" is therefore meaningless.
The best bet for anyone wondering about their current systems, is to look at the preliminary requirements that have been published, compare their PC and components to those listed, and work out roughly where they stand. Ultimately, however, the only real test will be the game itself, so if you want to get a truly accurate picture of your system's performance with the game then you will just have to try it yourself.

Note: In the light of the above, please do not post "how well will my PC be able to run X³: Terran Conflict?" questions in this Technical Support forum. If you want to discuss the merits of different components to buy for X³ then please do so in the Off Topic forum.

How can I get the best performance out of my system in X³: Terran Conflict?

X³: Terran Conflict will stress your system in three primary ways: CPU, memory and graphics.

Optimising for CPU:
  • Avoid running other applications at the same time as X³: Terran Conflict.
  • Switch off background tasks such as instant messaging or file sharing tools.
  • With a processor close to the minimum, consider installing a separate sound card rather than using an on-board sound chipset.
Optimising for Memory:
  • Avoid running other applications at the same time as X³: Terran Conflict.
  • Switch off background tasks such as instant messaging or file sharing tools.
  • If you have less than 2GB, consider installing some additional memory.
Optimising for graphics:
  • Before you do anything else, try setting the Shader Quality to Medium in the X³: Terran Conflict Graphics Settings screen.
  • Only adjust the other graphics settings down if this doesn't have the desired effect.
  • If you have a card that only supports shader model 1.x, consider upgrading to one that supports shader model 2.0 or higher.

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