We tested StarCraft II by playing back a recording of an epic 30-minute, eight-player match that we found online and capturing frame rates with Fraps. Thanks to the relatively long time window involved, we decided not to repeat this test multiple times, like we usually do when testing games in this fashion.
Interesting. Even with the aid of a GeForce GTX 460 (albeit via only four PCIe lanes), the E-350 and Atom D525 can't handle SC2 at these detail levels. We have several crackpot theories about why, involving things like the number of PCIe lanes going to the graphics card and the CPU overhead required just to drive a fast GPU. Still, we can't avoid the obvious interpretation. The Pentium EE 840 also struggles in this game, and it has a full 16 PCIe lanes available to it. The Atom and E-350 are typically slower than the Pentium EE 840. Ergo, ouch.
|Friday night topic: what are you giving for Christmas?||77|
|Notes from TR's next-gen storage testing||21|
|Today's Steam deals include AC Unity, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel||25|
|Deal of the week: A Radeon R9 290X for $280, a 960GB SSD for $339, and more||1|
|RRAM breakthrough could lead to 1Tb chips built on 28-nm tech||19|
|The TR Podcast 167.5 bonus edition: You guys ask us stuff!||3|
|AC Unity season pass holders can now redeem their free game||13|
|Our bonus TR live stream is up right now!||3|