AMD Fusion A8-3850 Platform Review - Just Cause 2, Mafia II, Metro 2033 & Shogun 2

Submitted by skipclarke on 24 November, 2011 - 03:59

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Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 is the wildly popular sequal to the wildly popular Just Cause. You take control of protagonist Rico Rodriquez and rain down over the top destruction across a small desert island. The game is a free roaming title that offers literally limitless options to wreck havoc with your "hook shot" grappling device.

While the benchmark tool in the demo doesn't offer anything in the way of explosions or destruction, it does offer some beautiful scenery that is still quite demanding on multi-monitor environments. The A8 gets close to playable at max settings, but does fall short.


Mafia II

Mafia II is an open world "crime" title from 2K Games. It is the second game in the Mafia series. The demo comes with a built-in benchmark tool that offers both indoor and outdoor environments, various lighting effects and fire. Mafia II is quite demanding and none of the Mainstream cards approach 30fps.


Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is a nice canned demo with some detailed geometry and eye candy. It pushes even modern cards to their limit.


Total War: Shogun 2

While most of our benchmarks are done at completely "max settings", that wasn't possible with Shogun 2. I am testing at "Very High" settings, with 2xAA and the DX11 options (Soft Shadows, SSAO, etc.) turned on. I couldn't up the basic graphics settings beyond Very High, or attempt to use 4xAA. If I tried, the benchmark would fail to run at 1600x900 or 1080p on a 1GB card. Even at these settings, the benchmark fails to run on a 512MB card. This is our first benchmark that requires a 1GB card for a single widescreen.