Originally Posted by Mackie
I think I'll continue working with the mission to finish it up with voices and everything.
You spoil us!
I recently downloaded all those PUKF (and other Brit) mods and have been waiting for a decent mission to try them out in.
Originally Posted by MonsterZero
LOL, we know it's the ultimate simulator but it's also the ultimate PC resource hog. A lot of people purchased new crates just to play this game.
With my current configuration shown below, I'd be getting like 5 FPS
Pentium 4 3.4 GHz
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 400MHz
512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Windows XP Home Edition
Sound Blaster Live!
Actually, these days it's not as much of a hog as people seem to think. As i explained in another thread (or earlier on in this one) the early versions required insanely fast read/write speeds in order to constantly have all the data (units/island/terrain etc..) streamed from your directory. So no matter if you spent $500 or $5,000 on your system, it wouldn't run flawlessly unless you were using an SSD or RAMdisk to store the game directory.
With the introduction of LAA (Large Address Aware) those with 64-bit OS can finally make use of their extra RAM. Add to that the file cache size being increased (again only a increase for those with 4gb+ of ram) and people are now running A2 as if it were CoD.
There's also a handful of other stutter-removing and AI improving features, but i won't go into rant mode. (too late?)
Of course there is still room for improvement, and many of these features should of been standard when the game was released. But the old saying "Gameplay over graphics" is very appropriate for a game like Arma.
You can reduce the graphics to the point that it will run even on basic laptops. It won't look all that pretty, but in the heat of battle you'll be ducking and diving too much to notice the scenery.
The engine is "smarter" than most expect too. I recently learnt that the processing of AI is tied to your CPU power. What this means is, if your CPU isn't capable of running Chernarus with 100+ AI units, it will reduce their "intelligence" and devote less CPU time to the handling of AI. Which would mean your system isn't going to take a massive hit when you take it to/beyond the limit...But the enemies won't be much of a challenge..
At the end of the day, when i look at all that Arma provides, i don't consider the requirements to be exceptionally high - All you really need is a PC that can out perform a 5 year old console.