Oblivion is being shipped to stores today!!! Yey! Hopefully EBGames is also shipping my copy out today… so if it’s anything like last time, UPS will deliver it overnight. Bwahaha. Though I ordered 3-day shipping, so I can’t get mad if it’s not, hah.
So I’ve been reading the webboards and I found a website that tests your computer against recent, popular games. (Myst 5 is, shockingly, included in the list.) Using IE or Firefox (wow) it’ll either download ActiveX or Java Applet (respectively) and make a quick scan of your computer components.
This is what I scored with my laptop on Oblivion:
Not as well as I’d hoped. But the killer was that my Pentium M is only 2ghz. (Hey. That was fastest at the time!) …and due to personal testing, which compliments what I’ve heard, but really isn’t official, Pentium Ms are faster and more efficient for their announced clockspeed compared to Pentium 4s. I rendered a hi-res scene. Same settings, same resolution… on both laptop and desktop.
Desktop is Pentium 4 3.0ghz with Hyperthreading, and laptop is Pentium M 2.0ghz. They both rendered at the exact same speed… laptop just a hair faster. But, like I said, it was one render and I’m sure the different system environments had something to do with it. Like a severe lack of RAM on the desktop. (It only has 512 compared to laptop’s 2048, bwahaha.)
But I ran this same Oblivion performance test on the desktop just now, too, and it registers the same rating. Which is mostly in reference to my RAM, of course… But it sees my processor as two, and rates 2 Pentium 4s as LOWER than 1 Pentium M. Video card on laptop passed with flying colors, desktop video card isn’t so hot.
Both OSes are XP, one is Pro, one is Home… they both don’t register passing as 100%. All “Windows is never 100%” jokes aside, that’s odd… because there’s nothing more qualified to run Oblivion than XP. It did raise a matter to my attention that I haven’t thought about since Uru Live was actually being officially updated so long ago… videocard and soundcard drivers. It’s yelling at me to update them. So update them I shall while I toil through this day and feverishly watch for when EBGames ships.