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Anno 1404 tested: The first graphics cards and CPU benchmarks

Anno 1404, which is also known as Dawn of Discovery, is one of the most anxiously awaited real-time strategy games. PC Games Hardware already got processor and graphics cards benchmarks.
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In Europe Anno 1404 is scheduled to hit the markets on June 25, but PC Games Hardware already got a test version of the real-time strategy game. Below you can find the first benchmarks with several processors and graphics cards. A full benchmark review will follow as soon as time permits.

The benchmarks have been made with a PCGH exclusive test version of Anno 1404 that delivers almost final performance and has been given to us by Related Designs.

Anno 1404 tested: CPU benchmarks
The "RD3DEngine2” of Anno 1404 has been optimized for multi-core CPUs from the very first moment. No matter if you use a Core 2 Quad, a Phenom II X4 or a Core i7 - all available cores are utilized.





Anno 1404 tested: Graphics cards benchmarks
Besides DirectX 10 support Anno 1404 also offers more up-to-date rendering features like adaptive Depth of Field, HDR or Parallax Mapping. The correlative graphics can be found on many screenshots in the gallery below.



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Author: Marc Sauter (May 11, 2009)






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harshahorizon Re: Anno 1404 tested: The first graphics cards and CPU benchmarks
Senior Member
12.05.2009 17:42
Quote: (Originally Posted by ruyven_macaran)
utilizing cores is one (easy to achieve) thing.
maxing cores out is the trick. It won't give you any advantage, that loads are distributed on cores 4 to 8, if the workload reduces to less then 20% each - the 4th core alone could have handled this all by himself just as well.
(if they are this far anyway. With current games you are lucky, if the supply load for more then one additional core beside the 100%-core0 mainthread, that ultimately defines all performance.



Depends on your point of view. Coming from Tekken IV its nearly the same, looking from a c&c perspektive, the Anno-series (so far 3 titles - you're sure that you never heard of them?) is a long way behind AoE and puts in quite a lot Settler-like elements.
This means, that most of your time is spend of building up an economy - starting with agriculture (requiering expedition&expansion, as you can't grow everything on every island) and going up to mining, blacksmiths or expensive luxury-items like silk an jewlery. And obviously trading all of these items, if your production don't matches your requierments. (havent played for a while, but for example in the original Anno1602 the ressource "tools" was extremely important, as you needed them for every major construction but producing them yourself requiered one of the longest production-chains in the game)
Actually when doing a free game, fighting&weaponary is not even possible for several hours (well - you start out with an armed ship, but risking your only vessel in battle is a realy bad idea) and you can completely skip it, if you like.



umm - I think you answered yourself :ugly:
You sometimes find benchmarks on the sites of game-magazines or on general Hardware-related sites like tomshardware (computerbase.de, if you don't mind the article being in german), but I don't know any second magazine, that strictly addresses the "gaming" aspect from the hardware-point-of-view.



thanks replying u r very helpful.thx man
ruyven_macaran Re: Anno 1404 tested: The first graphics cards and CPU benchmarks
Super Moderator
12.05.2009 12:26
Quote: (Originally Posted by harshahorizon)
oh my god this game utilize no amtter how many cores cpu have .i should better upgrade to a core I7 soon has possible


utilizing cores is one (easy to achieve) thing.
maxing cores out is the trick. It won't give you any advantage, that loads are distributed on cores 4 to 8, if the workload reduces to less then 20% each - the 4th core alone could have handled this all by himself just as well.
(if they are this far anyway. With current games you are lucky, if the supply load for more then one additional core beside the 100%-core0 mainthread, that ultimately defines all performance.

Quote: (Originally Posted by Yapa)
Regarding the game.... I've heard of it only briefly... is it like Age of Empires?


Depends on your point of view. Coming from Tekken IV its nearly the same, looking from a c&c perspektive, the Anno-series (so far 3 titles - you're sure that you never heard of them?) is a long way behind AoE and puts in quite a lot Settler-like elements.
This means, that most of your time is spend of building up an economy - starting with agriculture (requiering expedition&expansion, as you can't grow everything on every island) and going up to mining, blacksmiths or expensive luxury-items like silk an jewlery. And obviously trading all of these items, if your production don't matches your requierments. (havent played for a while, but for example in the original Anno1602 the ressource "tools" was extremely important, as you needed them for every major construction but producing them yourself requiered one of the longest production-chains in the game)
Actually when doing a free game, fighting&weaponary is not even possible for several hours (well - you start out with an armed ship, but risking your only vessel in battle is a realy bad idea) and you can completely skip it, if you like.

Quote: (Originally Posted by harshahorizon)
do u guy know any good web sites to check game benchmarks like PCGH.bye the way PCGH is the best of the best.


umm - I think you answered yourself :ugly:
You sometimes find benchmarks on the sites of game-magazines or on general Hardware-related sites like tomshardware (computerbase.de, if you don't mind the article being in german), but I don't know any second magazine, that strictly addresses the "gaming" aspect from the hardware-point-of-view.
Yapa Re: Anno 1404 tested: The first graphics cards and CPU benchmarks
Senior Member
12.05.2009 07:32
Can you guys do some test with a 2core and 4core CPU at the same mhz, say E8600 @ 3.6ghz and Q9650 @ 3.6ghz to see how much extra performance can be gained with the 3rd and 4th core working!

Regarding the game.... I've heard of it only briefly... is it like Age of Empires?

Yapa

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