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Fallout: New Vegas: PC Performance Benchmarks for Graphics Cards and Processors


Year of release: 2010
RPG / 3D / 1st Person
Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher in Russia:

System requirements for maximum visual quality in Fallout: New Vegas recommended by the gameGPU website :


Operating system : Vista®, Windows 7
Processor : Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or Athlon 64 x2 4800+ RAM : 2 GB  Video card: DirectX®9 compatible video card with 512 MB RAM Radeon HD 4670  or GeForce 9600 GSO DirectX: DirectX® 9 Winchester: 7 GB of free space



Operating system: Vista®, Windows 7
Processor: Core 2 Duo
2.83 GHz or   AMD Phenom II X2 540 RAM: 2 GB Video card: DirectX®9 compatible video card with 512 MB RAM Radeon HD 2900 or GeForce GT 220 DirectX: DirectX® 9 Winchester: 7 GB of free space   


Operating system : Vista®, Windows 7
Processor : Core 2 Duo 3.16 GHz or   AMD Phenom II X2 550  RAM : 2 GB  Video card: DirectX®9 compatible video adapter with   1024 MB RAM Radeon HD 5570 or GeForce 9600 GT DirectX: DirectX® 9 Winchester: 7 GB of free space  

 Official description of the game

The new chapter of the cult role-playing series, which takes place in a world that has survived a nuclear war. Welcome to New Vegas - the city of dreamers and fortune hunters. Three factions are fighting relentlessly for control of this oasis in the post-apocalyptic desert. Those who are well armed and know what they want will quickly become famous here, but at the same time they will make many enemies.


Make a difficult journey through the hot Mojave Wasteland, get to the Hoover Dam, walk along the sparkling neon streets of Vegas. As you travel, you will meet many colorful personalities, take part in skirmishes between power-hungry factions, and also fight mutants of all stripes and sizes and test weapons of unprecedented power.
Decide who will be your ally, or, choosing the path of a lone hero, become the sole king of New Vegas.

Game features:
- Hot Vegas. Explore vast expanses - from the backwater towns scattered across the Mojave Wasteland to the magnificent shining lights of the streets of New Vegas.
- Your word. The war between rival factions will forever change the lives of the inhabitants of the city. Everything depends on which side you take in this conflict: with whom you will have to meet and communicate, who will become a true ally, and who will become a sworn enemy, and of course, the final struggle for power.
- Fresh ideas. New system of communication with companions; reputation system - remember: how it comes around, it will respond; "Hardcore" mode - for those who are not looking for easy ways; special hand-to-hand combat techniques.
- To arms! An arsenal twice as large as that presented in Fallout 3: now you have more than enough funds to adequately respond to any threat. In addition, Vault-Tec engineers have developed a new weapon configuration system that will allow you to repair and modify any dangerous "toys" anywhere at any time.
- Complete chaos. Before you is a huge world, you are free to choose your own path in it. Travel and see the sights, fight side by side with those who you think are worth it, or become a lone hero - this is your world, this is your game!


Overview: Playability

The game takes place in 2280, 3 years after the events of Fallout 3 in the former Las Vegas, which managed to safely survive the Great War and the subsequent dark ages. The game unfolds a conflict between the natives of New Vegas, the army of the New Californian Republic and the slave-owning Legion of Caesar, where each of the parties is trying to take over the Hoover Dam - a giant hydroelectric power plant on the Colorado River that feeds New Vegas with electricity.


The main character - a courier who has nothing to do with the Vaults - delivering another package, is ambushed by an unknown person and, without a package, is left to die in a shallow grave. There he is found and dug up by the telerobot Victor, after which he takes the hero to the town of Goodsprings to his master, Dr. Mitchell. Doc heals the hero, conducts a couple of tests (including the Rorschach test), gives him a Pip-Boy and Vault 21 Jumpsuit and sends him on a good journey to the wasteland. One of his primary tasks is to find out what was in this package and who tried to kill the hero.


The number of factions in the game prompted the developers to bring back the reputation system that was missing from Fallout 3. Reputation will affect the degree of loyalty of each faction towards the player. Each choice is reflected in the behavior of NPCs and situations in the game world. Options for continuing the dialogue depend on karma and reputation. Skills can also have a greater impact on dialogues. Success or failure depends on the experience of the player, and not luck, as it was in Fallout 3. Fallout: New Vegas will introduce new types of weapons and a system for modifying them. The weapon modification system will allow you to install optical sights, change the rate of fire and the size of the store.


A hardcore mode was introduced into the game, which made the game more difficult and therefore players will have to come up with new strategies, be careful with wasting resources. Below we have summarized the main features of the hardcore mode:

-Health, replenished by healing items, arrives gradually
-Damaged limbs cannot be cured with simple first-aid kits. For treatment, you will need a doctor or a set of medical instruments.
-Ammunition has weight
-You must drink water regularly. There is a threat of dehydration and death from it
- You need to eat and sleep daily


We bring to your attention to evaluate a part of the Fallout: New Vegas game walkthrough, where you can see for yourself the quality of this product:

The game was designed mainly for ardent fans and fans of Fallout 3. If you briefly ran through the third part, or went through it forcing yourself just to reach the end, then buying Fallout: New Vegas is simply pointless. Fallout: New Vegas is like two drops of water similar to Fallout 3, and the outdated graphics and gameplay component spoil the impression of the game even more. So, with a bit of a stretch, and given the large number of fans of the game, we put it at 65% in terms of playability.


Review: Game Graphics

Fallout: New Vegas is based on the GameBryo Element engine, known to us since The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Fallout 3 in 2008 could still afford such graphics, and then, at that time, it was considered obsolete. And if in 2006 he amazed us with his super-technological and stunning beauty, then today he is already both morally and technologically outdated.


GameBryo Element is a cross-platform 3D computer game engine written in C++ for game developers. GameBryo Element is a game engine created by Numerical Design Limited (NDL) that is the successor to the NetImmerse engine. Before NDL was taken over by Emergent Game Technologies, the engine was simply called GameBryo.


Unsightly character models, simple and uncomplicated environments, mediocre physics and detail - all this is a little repulsive and spoils the overall impression of the game. According to the schedule, we set Fallout: New Vegas 50%.


 Review: Game resource intensive

 Fallout: New Vegas requires a 2.83GHz Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom II X2 540 processor and 2GB of RAM. When we first launched the game, we found that it was using only one CPU core, resulting in a rather low FPS on our far from weak configurations. Having gone through the forums, we found that the d3d9.dll file should be placed in the game folder , which could significantly improve the performance in the game and more evenly distribute the load between the cores. But even in this case, we did not succeed in fully unlocking the potential of video cards, apparently the game engine has technologically exhausted itself, and it is difficult for it to handle multithreading. 

Hardware configuration


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

Intel® Core™ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 8MB L3 Cache

Intel® Core™ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 8MB L3 Cache


MSI P45 Platinum 7512 socket LGA775

MSI X58 Pro socket LGA1366 product provided by MSI

MSI P55-GD55 socket LGA1156 product provided by MSI


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

GOODRAM Pro 2000MHz (8-8-8-29) product provided by  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 512MB
GeForce GT 220 1024MB
GeForce GTS 250 1024MB
GeForce GTX 260 896MB
GeForce GTX 260 core 216
GeForce GTX 280 1024MB
GeForce GTX 275 896MB GeForce
GTX 285 1024MB
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
GeForce GTX 460 1024 MB
GeForce GTX 465 1024 MB
Zotac GeForce GTX 470 1280 MB  
product provided by  Zotac
Zotac GeForce GTX 480 1536 MB
provided by  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
4770 512 MB
Radeon HD 4830 512 MB
Radeon HD 4850 1024 MB
MSI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB product provided by M SI Radeon HD 4890 1024 MB Radeon HD 5670 1024 MB Radeon HD 5750 1024 MB

MSI Radeon HD 5770 HAWK 1024 MB
provided by MSI Radeon HD 5830 1024 MB Radeon HD 5850 1024 MB Radeon HD 5870 1024 MB

Hard disks

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

Power supplies


2xSeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850 W  product provided by SeaSonic

System software and drivers 

operating system

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64


DirectX 11

Platform driver

Intel INF Chipset Update Utility

Graphics driver

Nvidia GeForce/ION Driver Release 260.63

ATI Catalyst 10.9

 All video cards were tested at maximum graphics quality by the Fraps program in the most resource-intensive part of the game. Lower performance graphics cards are tested based on the Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor, while higher performing graphics cards are based on the Core™ i7 processors.


Our video cards are tested in general at all resolutions, and you can evaluate how your video card behaves relative to other modern solutions in almost all gaming resolutions. The performance of video cards rested on the CPU, so the minimum FPS did not exceed 75 frames, and the average was 98 ...

Testing at maximum quality settings 1024x768


So, at the lowest playable resolution to date, the average gamer will need the weakest gaming card, namely the Radeon HD 4650 or GeForce 9600 GSO and higher. None of the tested Fallout: New Vegas video cards could lower below the limit of 25 frames, but remembering that there are other products on the market, we set a symbolic 1% in terms of resource intensity.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1280x1024 


The resolution of 1280x1024 managed to find its "victims" and the allowable minimum rises to cards of the level of Radeon HD 2900 Pro or GeForce GT 220 and higher.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1680x1050


Increasing the resolution to 1680x1050 practically does not raise the bar for video card performance, and it is at the level of the Radeon HD 2900 Pro or GeForce 8800 GS and higher.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080


 HD resolution of 1920x1080 requires not the most technologically advanced video cards today, namely   the Radeon HD 5570 or GeForce 9600 GT. Note that the ATI/AMD cards show a slightly higher performance than similar competitors from the Nvidia camp, but this does not matter, since all video cards in the game show excellent performance.