Dragon Age Inquisition PC Technical Review



Company: EA
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Sean Ridgeley
Date: November 21st, 2014

Introduction, setup, requirements

Dragon Age: Origins launched in 2009, marking a major jump in production and technology for developer Bioware, along with 2007's Mass Effect. The then new Eclipse engine allowed BioWare to showcase its RPG talents better than ever, and it did with high-end visuals, great writing, massive scope, and extremely satisfying gameplay.

The studio followed it up with the rushed Dragon Age II in 2011, which benefited from another jump in technology, but featured radically different combat and art design from that of its predecessor, as well as a considerably smaller scope, all of which upset many fans.

Now, Dragon Age: Inquisition is here, and features not only the old style of combat fans loved from Origins, but great art design that seems to blend what we saw in Origins and II, plus an open world and heaps of new, fun mechanics, all courtesy of DICE's impressive Frostbite 3 engine.

If you're curious on how the game fares in terms of PC features and performance, read on for a light technical analysis.

Test Setup

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (Stock)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM / OCZ Agility 3 6Gb/s (Cache)
  • Video Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 680 2GB (Stock)
  • Driver: Geforce 344.75
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8.1, 64-bit
    • Processor: AMD Quad core @ 2.5 GHz / Intel Quad core @ 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Storage: 26GB
    • Video Card: Radeon HD 4870 / Geforce 8800 GT / 512 MB
  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8.1, 64-bit
    • Processor: AMD Six core @ 3.2 GHz / Intel Quad core @ 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB
    • Storage: 26GB
    • Video Card: Radeon HD 7870 or R9 270 / GeForce GTX 660 / 2GB
    • * Xbox 360 controller supported

      * 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

      * Online Authentication at time of installation