United Front Games' open world gangster game Sleeping Dogs has proved something of a surprise hit, both in terms of gameplay but also PC features, as shown in our recent review. Among the highlights: a fairly long list of tasty graphics options and effects.
If you're curious to get the best trade-off between performance and visuals with the game, read on for an analysis that should help greatly in deciding which of those options to tweak and how.
All testing was performed using the in-game benchmark, results from which are more or less in line with actual gameplay. Each set of results is based on the High preset and one runthrough, except when anomalies were observed (rarely), at which point multiple runthroughs were made.
Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz (Stock)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333mhz)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM
Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB (Stock)
Driver: 12.8, no CAP
OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or Althon X2 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 15GB HD space
Video Card: 512 MB DirectX 10 or 11 compatible Nvidia or AMD ATI card, ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
Memory: 4GB RAM
Video Card: 1 GB DirectX 11 Nvidia or AMD ATI card, Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950