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Test Drive Unlimited 2 Beta - PC performance graphics benchmarks of Graphics Cards

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Genre: Racing/Simulator/MMORPG
Year:
2010
Developer:
Eden games
Publisher:
ATARI

System requirements for maximum visualization quality in Test Drive Unlimited 2 Beta recommended by the gameGPU website:

The minimum

Operating system: Vista®, Windows 7
Processor: 2 Core Duo 3,0 GHz or AMD Phenom II X2 550
RAM: 2 GB 
Video card: DirectX®9 compatible video adapter with 512 MB RAM Radeon HD 57500 or GeForce GTs 250 
DirectX:
DirectX®9
Winchester:
8 GB free space

Effective

Operating system: Vista®, Windows 7
Processor: Core 2 Quad
2,66 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 920
Memory:
2 GB
Video card:
DirectX®9 compatible video adapter with 1024 MB RAM Radeon HD 4870 or GeForce GTX 260
DirectX:
DirectX®9
Winchester:
8 GB free space

Optimal

Operating system: Vista®, Windows 7
Processor: Core i 7 920 or  AAMD Phenom II X4 965 
RAM: 2 GB 
Video card: DirectX®9 compatible video adapter with  1024 MB RAM Radeon HD 6850 or GTX 280
DirectX:
DirectX®9
Winchester:
8 GB free space

Official description of the game

The main actions of Test Drive Unlimited 2 take place on the island of Ibiza. You are given a unique opportunity to feel like a driver living in a quiet Spanish corner called Ibiza. But don't think that the game's action will be limited to Ibiza alone. Upon reaching a certain level in the game, you can be transported back to Oahu, the island from the first part of the game. This Hawaiian corner will also delight you with its unknown and enchanting beauties.

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The game belongs to the MOOR (Massively Open Online Racing) genre - massive open online racing. Everything you could do in the single-player mode of the game also became available online. Freedom of action in the game is the main trump card of Test Drive Unlimited 2!

Review: Playability

Test Drive Unlimited 2 is a continuation of the simulator of the same name. But in fact, the sequel only adopted the name of its predecessor. The developers have made many changes and innovations while creating this brainchild. Now your character doesn’t just have a big bank account and a lot of cars in the garage. You have to immerse yourself in the image of a major, become a favorite of the “golden youth”. In the second part you will be able to meet new brands and models of cars. The game was supposed to be released this year, but the online mode required debugging, as a result of which the release date was moved to next year... Thanks to the released beta version of the game, we can get acquainted with the game in absentia and identify its hardware requirements. The game will be released in 2011 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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There are four ways to earn a new level in TDU 2: - win races; - explore the surroundings. environment; - social part (friends, gatherings, etc.); - buying/selling things, real estate, etc.; In other respects, as in the first part. The full version of TDU2 will have: - 208 cars; - 100 houses; - 195 items of clothing; - 154 types of furniture; - yachts; - 8 driving school licenses; - rating among clubs (3 stars); - rain washes away dust and dirt from the car - the weather will change from sunny to rainy, up to a storm - moving between the islands through a local airline.

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This time, the game takes place on the wonderful Spanish Riviera - Ibiza. As in the first part, you fly to the island, rent a car, buy a house, and then whatever happens. You can invite your friends to your home, on a yacht, or just to go shopping.  Damage also played an important role in the sequel. If your car is damaged, you can repair it yourself, and you can take it to a service station.

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Now, having gotten into trouble somewhere, you will not be able to drive your supercar with the same power and enchantment as before the incident - the damage will affect the handling. But this is not the only factor that will make you tighten your grip on the steering wheel. A system of weather conditions and daily turnover was introduced into the game. The behavior of the car can be unpredictable on wet asphalt, much worse off-road. In addition to “asphalt consumption” cars, you can find so-called “SUVs” and real SUVs. There will be three main types of surfaces in the game: asphalt (city roads and highways), off-road (roadsides and country roads) and off-road (field of plowed earth). As for your life and prosperity, you will be able to decorate your homes yourself, namely, buy furniture that suits your taste, and there will be more than 150 types of furniture in the game.

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We invite you to evaluate part of the game walkthrough of Test Drive Unlimited 2 Beta, where you can see for yourself the quality of this product:

 But we will have all this wealth in full in the full version of the game. And at the moment we were able to evaluate the game graphics, online competitions, shops, a small number of sports cars presented  and the huge game world of the island of Ibiza. The work done by the developers is really impressive and at this stage the game looks really great. Let's not rush things and wait for the full version of the game, which will be released next year.

Review: Game Graphics

Test Drive Unlimited 2 Beta pleased with its visual component. Test Drive Unlimited 2  has been redesigned graphically. According to the developers, they had to re-write the engine. One of the main reasons is changing weather conditions and daily turnover. The dynamics and physics of cars have also been redesigned. The developers really did their best, and the game looks head and shoulders above its predecessor. The daily mode is really impressive, and we can see all the beauty of the game world, both during the day and at night. And coupled with changing weather conditions, this gives the game even more realism and significantly distinguishes it from other competitors.

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Models of cars in the series  Test Drive was always at its best, so Unlimited 2 was no exception. All cars in the game are licensed, so they are exact copies of their “live” prototypes. Based on the fleet of vehicles that was available in the beta version, we had very pleasant impressions of the game and we hope that the developers will not let you down with the rest of the car models. The surroundings are huge, beautiful and simply magnificent - in a word, it is a must see. The only drawback, as in Arkania, is the quality of the water surface, although here, perhaps, the water looks much better. As before, as in the first part, we can go however we want and wherever we want - off-road in Test Drive Unlimited is not an obstacle.... TestDrive2_2010-10-30_12-38-33-44

The physics engine used is Havok Physics (better known simply as Havok), a physics engine developed by the Irish company Havok. The engine creates a real-time simulation of physical interaction, which makes the game world more alive and realistic. Of course, you won’t be able to smash the cars into “trash,” but more or less appropriate physical behavior of the cars, light dents on them, scratches and selective destructibility of the game environment are quite acceptable. TestDrive2_2010-10-30_12-57-36-21

The graphical menu is more expanded than its predecessor, so Eden Games is preparing more than just a console port for PC owners... Along with improved graphics, the system requirements for the game have also increased. And if at the time of release  Test Drive Unlimited had a powerful single-core processor and video cards of the GeForce 7900GS level, but now the appetite for the game has increased significantly...

 Review: Resource-intensive game

For Test Drive Unlimited 2 Beta you will need a Core 2 Quad 2,66 GHz processor or AMD Phenom II X4 920 and 2 gigabytes of RAM. The game is perfectly designed for  Multi-threading and two cores may not be enough for a game at some moments, so anyone who wants to avoid FPS drops needs to have a quad-core “on board”.

Hardware configuration

Processors

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550@ 4.25 GHz cache L2 12 MB

Intel® Core™ i7-930@4.2 GHz cache L3 8 MB

Intel® Core™ i7-860@4.2 GHz cache L3 8 MB

motherboards

MSI P45 Platinum 7512 socket LGA775

MSI X58 Pro socket LGA1366 product provided by the company MSI

MSI P55-GD55 socket LGA1156 product provided by the company MSI

Memory

GOODRAM PLAY 1600MHz (8-8-8-24) product provided by the company GOODRAM

GOODRAM Pro 2000MHz (8-8-8-29) product provided by the company GOODRAM

Video Cards

GeForce 8800 GTS 640 MB
GeForce 8800 GS 386 MB
GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB
GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB
GeForce 8800 GTX 768 MB
GeForce 9600 GSO 768 MB
GeForce 9600 GSO (G94) 512 MB
GeForce 9600 GT 512 MB
GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB
GeForce 9800 GTX 512 MB
GeForce GT 220 1024 MB
GeForce GTS 250 1024 MB
GeForce GTX 260 896 MB
GeForce GTX 260 core 216
GeForce GTX 280 1024 MB
GeForce GTX 275 896 MB
GeForce GTX 285 1024 MB
GeForce GT 430 1024 MB
GeForce GTX 460 768 MB
GeForce GTX 460 1024 MB
GeForce GTX 465 1024 MB
Zotac GeForce GTX 470 1280 MB 
product provided by the company Zotac
Zotac GeForce GTX 480 1536 MB
product provided by the company Zotac
Radeon HD 2900 GT 512 MB
Radeon HD 2900 PRO 512 MB
Radeon HD 2900 XT 1024 MB
Radeon HD 3690 512 MB
Radeon HD 3850 512 MB
Radeon HD 3870 512 MB
Radeon HD 4450 512 MB
Radeon HD 4470 512 MB
Radeon HD 4550 512 MB
Radeon HD 4650 512 MB
Radeon HD 4670 512 MB
Radeon HD 4750 512 MB
Radeon HD 4770 512 MB
Radeon HD 4830 512 MB
Radeon HD 4850 1024 MB
MSI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB product provided by the company MSI
Radeon HD 4890 1024 MB
Radeon HD 5670 1024 MB
Radeon HD 5750 1024 MB
MSI Radeon HD 5770 HAWK 1024 MB
product provided by the company MSI
Radeon HD 5830 1024 MB
Radeon HD 5850 1024 MB
Radeon HD 5870 1024 MB
Radeon HD 6850 1024 MB
Radeon HD 6870 1024 MB

Hard disks

3x2 RAID0 Western Digital Caivar WD2500GL 250 GB, 7200 rpm, SATA 3 Gbit/s

Power Supplies

FSP GROUP EVEREST 800W

2xSeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W product provided by the company SeaSonic

System software and drivers 

Operating system

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64

DirectX

DirectX 11

Platform Driver

Intel INF Chipset Update Utility 9.1.0.1012

Graphics driver

Nvidia GeForce/ION Driver Release 260.99

ATI Catalyst 10.10

 All video cards were tested at maximum graphics quality by the Fraps program in the most resource-intensive part of the game. Less productive video cards are tested based on the Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor, and more productive ones are tested based on Core™ i7 processors. TestDrive2_2010-10-30_09-56-24-95

 Our video cards are tested generally in two different screen sizes - 1280x1024 and 1920x1080, where you can evaluate how your video card behaves relative to other modern solutions in almost all gaming screen sizes. The video cards were tested in two graphics modes - at medium and maximum settings. We will conduct a more comprehensive performance test when the full version of the game is released...

Testing at medium quality settings 1280x1024 

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 So, with medium quality settings, at a resolution of 1280x1024, players will need video cards of the Radeon HD 4830 or GeForce 8800 GT level.

Testing at medium quality settings 1920x1080

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 When the resolution increases to 1920x1080, the load on the video system increases slightly, and for a comfortable game you will need video cards of the Radeon HD 5750 or GeForce GTS 250 level. But to ensure a stable frame rate of at least 25 FPS, at least a Radeon HD 4870 or GeForce will be required GTX 260 and higher.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1280x1024 

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 As the level of picture quality increases, the load on video accelerators increases proportionally. As a result, at a resolution of 1280x1024 with maximum quality graphics settings, the game will require at least a Radeon HD 4870 or GeForce GTX 260 video card. But again, for a comfortable game you need a configuration no weaker than the Radeon HD 5830 or GeForce GTX 280 and higher, which practically meets the stated requirements.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080

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 And finally, with an HD resolution of 1920x1080, video cards of the Radeon HD 6850 or GeForce GTX 280 level will already be required. But again, only Radeon HD 5870 or GeForce GTX 465 and higher can provide “Non-sag” FPS. Nvidia video cards are more preferable, especially when switching to maximum graphics settings...

Hack and predictor Aviator:The beta version of the game gave us quite positive emotions. It's immediately clear that the game will be one of the best in its series. But it is worth noting the very high system requirements, for which it will be necessary to make a large-scale upgrade...

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