REAL FO3 System Requirements?

Discussion in 'Fallout 3 Gameplay & Tech' started by Ausdoerrt, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    Off the official site:

    I have:

    Windows Vista
    2GB System RAM
    2.0 Ghz Core 2 Duo
    NVidia 8400M

    The game lags on minimal gfx settings, and forces me to run the game at 1024x768

    I mean, seriously?
     
  2. superstartran

    superstartran First time out of the vault

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    Oct 30, 2008
    I did a stress test with my laptop, which is a 2.4 GHZ Duo Core, 2GB Ram, and a Nvidia Geforce GO 7150M Integrated Graphics. It actually runs at the lowest settings at 800 x 600, much better then Oblivion.


    Fallout 3 is far more optimized then you make it out to be. It was actually at playable speeds on that laptop.
     
  3. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    Hmm, maybe I should try to run it on XP and see what happens. It's kind of frustrating though, I expected it to run at medium settings by looking at the minimum requirements.
     
  4. superstartran

    superstartran First time out of the vault

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    Oct 30, 2008

    Your processor is the bottleneck. You actually have a video card superior to mine, yet are getting worse performance. I average around 40 FPS inside and about 20-30 outside depending on how many enemies, etc.



    Of course, I also did some tweaking in the ini files, so that might have helped abit. Look up Oblivion graphic ini tweaks, it's essentially the same.
     
  5. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    Thanks, I'll try that. It's really annoying, since I've had little issues running Witcher or DMC4 on this laptop.
     
  6. Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude

    Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jul 9, 2004
    Hahaha, no.

    Go run around in the metro station or any indoor area with heavy fog, then tell me it's optimized.


    You don't know what you're talking about.

    Gamebryo's multicore support is a joke, so swapping out a mid-range c2d for a higher end cpu isn't going to improve shit.
     
  7. superstartran

    superstartran First time out of the vault

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    Oct 30, 2008

    That's why you disable fog in the ini. Or did you not know that?



    His bottleneck IS the CPU. I'm getting much better performance then he is with a much worse video card that doesn't even meet the requirements. The only difference is that my processor is slightly faster and I did some extra tweaks in the ini file.



    GameBryo's multicore support was a joke in Oblivion, not in Fallout 3. Fallout 3's dual core support is much better.



    I did the stress test as I'm doing a write-up on Fallout 3's performance range. You can actually fall below the required video card requirements and still run it at playable speeds. Do tweaks and you're fine.


    BTW, since you have a duo core, go into your ini file in the My Game \ Fallout 3 folder, and then wherever you see thread, change 0 to 1. This will increase your performance slightly to moderate, depending on your system. It allows the engine to make better use of the duo core system, rather then just act like crap.
     
  8. frosty_theaussie

    frosty_theaussie Still Mildly Glowing

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    Nov 22, 2003
    So if you're struggling with that setup, how will I fare with a Athlon XP 3200+ and X800XT?

    DAANG
     
  9. Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude

    Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jul 9, 2004
    You proved my point. The engine is NOT optimized if you need to cut out features to get it running at a playable framerate on a system that exceeds the recommended requirements, and absolutely crushes games with non terrible engines (Far Cry 2) that look worlds better.

    And you're absolutely sure of this?

    I can lock Fallout to a single core, and not lose a single frame (This is with every threaded variable enabled). This is telling me that it isn't making very good use of my CPU (x2 6000+), which was the same case with oblivion.

    No. It's broken, and it always has been. The only thing they improved with the engine was how much shit they could squeeze on-screen in the exterior cells.
     
  10. ByX

    ByX First time out of the vault

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    Apr 30, 2008
    i got an barthon 3000+ with a 6600GT & 2GO mem and it works perfectly in low.

    i'm impressed, i wanted to buy an xbox but in fact no :)
     
  11. beverageleverage

    beverageleverage It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    May 28, 2008
    This is your problem. Look from the hundreds place downwards when comparing nvidia video cards from different generations. AMD now adds in 50 and 70 to make it a little trickier for you. :roll:
     
  12. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    ^ You kidding me? The system reqs say it's supposed to run on the video cards two generations below.

    I think it IS probably the multicore support fail, the ini tweaks improved it to reasonable speeds, but the inside of buildings still lags quite often.
     
  13. Buxbaum666

    Buxbaum666 Heterostructured Nanorod oTO Orderite

    Dec 5, 2003
    The 8400M (what kind, GS, I guess?) is a notebook video card. A low-end notebook video card. It is not capable of handling more than minimum settings in current games. It does run, doesn't it?
     
  14. Lexx

    Lexx Background Radiant
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    Apr 24, 2005
    I have a GeForce 8800GT, Intel Dual Core (6400), 2GB ram and use Windows XP with SP2 - on maximum graphic settings the game lags often when I change the view/ look into the wide wastelands and so on.
     
  15. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    Mhm, yes, but I suppose "minimum system requirements" means that game runs without lag at minimal settings. And the 8400M can handle more than minimum settings for Unreal 3 or DMC 4 without much trouble.

    I'm just ranting at the system requirements description. I got the game to run fine with the ini tweaks for multi-thread processing.
     
  16. Pope Viper

    Pope Viper This ghoul has seen it all
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    Dec 9, 2003
    I'm running it on a Intel 8400, 4Gb RAM, and NVIDIA 280.

    Runs pretty decent, but I also have noticed a few lags.
     
  17. thedarkhorse

    thedarkhorse First time out of the vault

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    Oct 4, 2008
    seriously?
    an 8400 is a lower range gpu, and it's a mobile version so it's even less powerful than the desktop 8400.
    I wouldn't expect better than 1024x768.

    And there's a reason they call it minimum requirements, because you'll be playing at minimum settings at minimum resolution.
     
  18. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    ...yes, expecting good performance for those settings, right? Not to mention that my system is ABOVE minimum requirements, yet I have to ini-tweak it to get it working properly.
     
  19. Riptides99

    Riptides99 First time out of the vault

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    Oct 30, 2008
    Intel Q6600 @ 3.2Ghz
    4GB DDR1066
    ATi HD4870
    Vista64

    All video settings set as high as they will go @ 1280x1024
    No problems with lag/stuttering of any sort

    Current price of this rig is around $700 (if you already have a compatible case, psu, SataII hdd, monitor) which almost makes it a budget build these days.
     
  20. felis

    felis First time out of the vault

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    Oct 15, 2008
    My system is:

    Intel c2d 8500@3.1GHz
    4Gb 1066 RAM
    ATI 4850 512M
    XP

    It runs wonderfully with Ultra High@1620x1050, smoke, fog, whatever.