Diablo 3 And Your Graphics Card. Is Your Video Card Enough?

Today I stumbled across an interesting find at diablo.incgamers.com wherein one enterprising individual allegedly rummaged through the files of the beta build of Diablo 3 and found some system spec information. […]

Today I stumbled across an interesting find at diablo.incgamers.com wherein one enterprising individual allegedly rummaged through the files of the beta build of Diablo 3 and found some system spec information.  Now, the OP (Original Poster) of the forum post, didn’t feel comfortable vouching for the accuracy of the list, but after looking it over I’d have to say it’s pretty accurate.

Considering the history of Blizzard, they’ve always geared their games for the masses.  Which means below mainstream gfx cards and not even *thinking* about enthusiast cards.  Naturally, beefy cards still work (and can crank out max settings without breaking a sweat), but they are usually overkill in Blizzard games.

So with that in mind, it really isn’t a stretch to believe that a Geforce 6/Radeon x series graphics card is on the “slow” list. These cards are around seven years old now. But they still mean business to designers at places like Clash Graphics of Atlanta. Six generations of hardware have passed and Diablo 3 runs to varying degrees with this equipment.  Even though I will copy/paste the list found from the link above, I thought I would condense the info to something that might make more sense to everyone.

ONLY the latest iterations of integrated graphics which you can find on this budget graphics card reviews, will be able to run Diablo 3 and at low settings, such as Intel Sandy Bridge (iCore3/5/7 with HD x000) or AMD HDx000 gfx.  UPDATE: Since I’ve been able to test the game on a few different configurations, I can vouch for how well they will run on a few different machines.  AMD’s HD4xxx and under integrated gfx are not enough to run Diablo 3.  You’re going to have fusion integrated graphics to run at medium settings.  ION netbooks (I.E. Intel Atom + Nvidia 9xxxm GPUs) run terrible as well.  Even with my Atom N270 overclocked to 2.1 Ghz I was only getting as high as 22FPS in low action scenes and it would go as low as 8FPS during high action scenes.

I can confirm that Intel Sandy Bridge HD 3000 integrated gpu can run Diablo 3 at the lowest settings, which is 1024×768 and no effects.  Generally speaking, Intel’s HD 3000 series should be considered the absolute minimum specs.  

If you bought a gaming PC in the past three years, you should be able to run on high at 1080p.  And older and then you will start sacrificing resolution for effects.  Like a five year old gaming machine could run with effects maxed out at a 720p resolution.

The neat thing looks like some of the last gen netbooks with Nvidia ion might be able to run at low-medium settings at that 1024×600 (Correction: minimum resolution is 1024×768) resolution.

Either way, have faith that Blizzard generally caters to the low end market as much as they can, however, with that in mind, the higher end graphics cards will make the game look nice still.


Below is the list copied from diablo.incgamers.com

Unsupported GeForce 6150
Unsupported GeForce 6200
Unsupported GeForce 6200 A-LE
Unsupported GeForce 6200 LE
Unsupported GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM)
Unsupported GeForce 6200SE TurboCache(TM)
Unsupported GeForce 6250
Unsupported GeForce 6500
Unsupported GeForce 7800 GS
Unsupported GeForce FX 5200
Unsupported GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
Unsupported GeForce FX 5200LE
Unsupported GeForce FX 5500
Unsupported GeForce FX 5600
Unsupported GeForce FX 5600 Ultra
Unsupported GeForce FX 5600XT
Unsupported GeForce FX 5700
Unsupported GeForce FX 5700 Ultra
Unsupported GeForce FX 5700LE
Unsupported GeForce FX 5700VE
Unsupported GeForce FX 5800
Unsupported GeForce FX 5800 Ultra
Unsupported GeForce FX 5900
Unsupported GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
Unsupported GeForce FX 5950 Ultra
Unsupported GeForce FX Go5200 64M
Unsupported GeForce FX Go5600
Unsupported GeForce FX Go5700
Unsupported GeForce Go 6200/6400
Unsupported GeForce MX 4000
Unsupported GeForce PCX 5750
Unsupported GeForce PCX 5900
Unsupported GeForce2 MX200
Unsupported GeForce2 MX/MX 400
Unsupported GeForce3
Unsupported GeForce3 Ti200
Unsupported GeForce3 Ti500
Unsupported GeForce4 MX 420
Unsupported GeForce4 MX 440
Unsupported GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X
Unsupported GeForce4 MX 440-SE
Unsupported GeForce4 MX 460
Unsupported GeForce4 Ti 4200
Unsupported GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X
Unsupported GeForce4 Ti 4400
Unsupported GeForce4 Ti 4600
Unsupported GeForce4 Ti 4800
Unsupported GeForce4 Ti 4800SE
Unsupported Quadro DCC
Unsupported Quadro FX 1000
Unsupported Quadro FX 1100
Unsupported Quadro FX 1300
Unsupported Quadro FX 1400
Unsupported Quadro FX 540
Unsupported Quadro FX 540 M
Unsupported Quadro FX 500/FX 600
Unsupported Quadro FX 700
Unsupported Quadro FX Go1000
Unsupported Quadro FX Go1400
Unsupported Quadro FX Go700
Unsupported Quadro NVS 280 PCI
Unsupported Quadro NVS 285
Unsupported Quadro NVS with AGP8X
Unsupported Quadro2 MXR/EX
Unsupported Quadro NVS
Unsupported Quadro4 380 XGL
Unsupported Quadro4 550 XGL
Unsupported Quadro4 580 XGL
Unsupported Quadro4 700 XGL
Unsupported Quadro4 750 XGL
Unsupported Quadro4 900 XGL
Unsupported Quadro4 980 XGL
Unsupported Quadro4 Go700
Unsupported NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 430
Unsupported NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405
Unsupported NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 400
Unsupported NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE
Unsupported NVIDIA GeForce 6100
Unsupported NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 420
Unsupported NVIDIA GeForce 6600
Unsupported NVIDIA Quadro NVS 210S / NVIDIA GeForce 6150LE
Unsupported NVIDIA Quadro FX 350
Unsupported NVIDIA Quadro FX 370
Unsupported Quadro FX 560
Unsupported NVIDIA Quadro FX 570
Unsupported Quadro NVS 290
Unsupported Quadro FX 370 LP
Unsupported Quadro NVS 440
Unsupported Quadro FX 550
Unsupported nForce 730a
Unsupported nForce 780a SLI
Unsupported nForce 750a SLI
Unsupported Radeon X800 CrossFire Edition
Unsupported Radeon X850 CrossFire Edition
Unsupported Radeon X550/X700 Series
Unsupported ATI FireGL T2
Unsupported ATI FireGL V3100
Unsupported ATI FireGL V3200
Unsupported ATI FireGL V3300
Unsupported ATI FireGL V3350
Unsupported ATI FireGL V3400
Unsupported ATI FireGL V5000
Unsupported ATI FireGL V5100
Unsupported ATI FireGL V5200
Unsupported ATI FireGL V5300
Unsupported ATI FireGL V7100
Unsupported ATI FireGL V7200
Unsupported ATI FireGL V7300
Unsupported ATI FireGL V7350
Unsupported ATI FireGL X1
Unsupported ATI FireGL X2-256/X2-256t
Unsupported ATI FireGL X3-256
Unsupported ATI FireGL Z1
Unsupported ATI FireMV 2200
Unsupported ATI FireMV 2250
Unsupported ATI FireMV 2400
Unsupported ATI FireStream 2U
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY FIRE GL 7800
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY FireGL V3100
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY FireGL V3200
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY FireGL V5000
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY FireGL V5100
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY FireGL V5200
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY FireGL V5250
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY FireGL V7100
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY FireGL V7200
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY RADEON 7500
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9500
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9550
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9600/9700 Series
Unsupported ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9800
Unsupported ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
Unsupported ATI Mobility Radeon X1350
Unsupported ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
Unsupported ATI Mobility Radeon X1450
Unsupported ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
Unsupported ATI Mobility Radeon X1700
Unsupported ATI Mobility Radeon X1700 XT
Unsupported ATI Mobility Radeon X1800
Unsupported ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 XT
Unsupported ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
Unsupported ATI Radeon 9550/X1050 Series
Unsupported ATI RADEON 9600 Series
Unsupported ATI Radeon HD 2350
Unsupported ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro
Unsupported ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro AGP
Unsupported ATI Radeon HD 2400 LE
Unsupported ATI Radeon X1200 Series
Unsupported ATI RADEON X800 GT
Unsupported ATI RADEON X800 XL
Unsupported ATI RADEON X850 PRO
Unsupported ATI RADEON X850 Consumer
Unsupported ATI RADEON X850 SE
Unsupported ATI RADEON X850 XT
Unsupported ATI RADEON X850 XT Platinum Edition
Unsupported ATI RADEON X850 XT Secondary
Unsupported ATI Radeon Xpress 1200 Series
Unsupported ATI Radeon Xpress Series
Unsupported Radeon 9500
Unsupported Radeon 9500 PRO / 9700
Unsupported Radeon 9600 TX
Unsupported Radeon 9600TX
Unsupported Radeon 9700 PRO
Unsupported Radeon 9800
Unsupported Radeon 9800 PRO
Unsupported Radeon 9800 SE
Unsupported Radeon 9800 XT
Unsupported Radeon X1300 / X1550 Series
Unsupported Radeon X1300 Series
Unsupported Radeon X1300/X1550 Series
Unsupported Radeon X1550 64-bit
Unsupported Radeon X1550 Series
Unsupported Radeon X1600 Pro / Radeon X1300 XT
Unsupported Radeon X1600 Series
Unsupported Radeon X1800 Series
Unsupported Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series
Unsupported Radeon X600 Series
Unsupported Radeon X600/X550 Series
Unsupported Radeon X700
Unsupported Radeon X700 PRO
Unsupported Radeon X700 SE
Unsupported Radeon X700 XT
Unsupported Radeon X700/X550 Series
Unsupported Radeon X800 GT
Unsupported Radeon X800 GTO
Unsupported Radeon X800 PRO
Unsupported Radeon X800 SE
Unsupported Radeon X800 Series
Unsupported Radeon X800 VE
Unsupported Radeon X800 XT
Unsupported Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition
Unsupported Radeon X850 XT
Unsupported Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition
Unsupported GMA 500
Unsupported GMA 900
Unsupported GMA 950
Unsupported GMA 3000
Unsupported GMA 3100
Unsupported GMA X3000
Unsupported GMA X3100
Unsupported GMA X3500
Unsupported GMA 4500MHD
Unsupported GMA 4500
Unsupported GMA X4500
Slow GeForce 6600
Slow GeForce 6600 GT
Slow GeForce 6600 LE
Slow GeForce 6600 VE
Slow GeForce 6610 XL
Slow GeForce 6700 XL
Slow GeForce 6800
Slow GeForce 6800 LE
Slow GeForce 6800 GT
Slow GeForce 6800 GS
Slow GeForce 6800 GS/XT
Slow GeForce 6800 Ultra
Slow GeForce 6800 Series GPU
Slow GeForce 6800 XE
Slow GeForce 6800 Xt
Slow GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a
Slow GeForce 7025 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a
Slow GeForce 7150 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630i
Slow GeForce 7100 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630i
Slow GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630i
Slow GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 610i
Slow GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 620i
Slow GeForce 7100 GS
Slow GeForce 7300 GS
Slow GeForce 7300 GT
Slow GeForce 7300 LE
Slow GeForce 7300 SE/7200 GS
Slow GeForce 7350 LE
Slow GeForce 7500 LE
Slow GeForce 7600 GS
Slow GeForce 7650 GS
Slow GeForce 7600 GT
Slow GeForce 7600 LE
Slow GeForce 7800 GS
Slow GeForce Go 6600
Slow GeForce Go 6800
Slow GeForce Go 6800 Ultra
Slow Radeon X1650 Series
Slow Radeon X1900 Series
low GeForce 7800 GT
low GeForce 7800 GTX
low GeForce 7800 SLI
low GeForce 7900 GS
low GeForce 7900 GT/GTO
low GeForce 7900 GTX
low GeForce 7950 GX2
low GeForce 7950 GT
low GeForce Go 7800
low GeForce Go 7800 GTX
low GeForce Go 7900 GS
low GeForce Go 7900 GTX
low Quadro FX 2000
low Quadro FX 3000
low Quadro FX 4000
low Quadro FX 3450/4000 SDI
low Quadro FX 3400/4400
low Quadro FX 4500
low Quadro FX 4500 X2
low Quadro NVS 120M
low Quadro PCI-E Series
low NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT
low Quadro FX 1500
low NVIDIA Quadro FX 1700
low Quadro FX 3500
low NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500
low NVIDIA GeForce 8400
low NVIDIA GeForce 8400 SE
low NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
low NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
low NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
low NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GS
low NVIDIA GeForce 8300 GS
low GeForce 8200
low GeForce 8300
low GeForce 8100 / nForce720a
low NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
low NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
low NVIDIA GeForce 9300 GE
low Nvidia GeForce 9500M GS
low Nvidia Geforce 9500M G
low NVIDIA GeForce 9300 GS
low NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT
low NVIDIA GeForce 9400 M
low NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
low NVIDIA GeForce GT 130
low NVIDIA GeForce GT 140
low NVIDIA GeForce GT 320
low Nvidia GeForce GT 520
low NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
low Nvidia GeForce G210
low Nvidia GeForce GT 220
low NVIDIA GeForce 210
low NVIDIA GeForce 315
low NVIDIA GeForce 310
low Nvidia GeForce 210M
low Nvidia GeForce 310M
low Tesla C870
low Radeon X1950 XTX Uber -Limited Edition
low ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300
low ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400
low ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT
low ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
low ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT
low ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 X2 Series
low ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
low ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
low ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
low ATI Radeon HD 2400
low ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro
low ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series
low ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro AGP
low ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro XT
low ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro LE
low ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
low ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT AGP
low ATI Radeon 3650 HD
low ATI Radeon X1950 GT
low Radeon X1950 Series
low ATI Radeon HD 2100
low ATI Radeon E2400
low ATI Radeon HD 3100 Graphics
low ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
low ATI Radeon HD 3430
low ATI Radeon HD 3450
low ATI Radeon HD 3470
low ATI Radeon 3600 Series
low ATI Radeon 3650 AGP
low ATI Radeon 4350
low ATI Radeon 4550
low ATI Radeon HD 5450
low ATI Radeon HD 6450
low ATI Radeon HD 6490
low ATI FirePro 3D V3700
low ATI FirePro 3D V3750
low ATI FirePro 3D V5700
low ATI FirePro 3D V7750
low Intel HD Graphics 1000
low Intel HD Graphics 2000
low Intel HD Graphics 3000
medium NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
medium NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600
medium NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra
medium NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
medium NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
medium NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512
medium NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
medium NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS
medium NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS
medium NVIDIA GeForce 9600M
medium NVIDIA GeForce 9800M
medium Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS
medium Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX
medium NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO
medium NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
medium NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GS
medium NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
medium NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2
medium NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+
medium NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
medium Nvidia GeForce GTS 250
medium Nvidia Geforce 320M
medium GeForce GTS 450 (GTX 450)
medium NVIDIA GeForce GT 330
medium NVIDIA GeForce GT 240
medium NVIDIA GeForce GT 340
medium Nvidia GeForce GT 530
medium Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M
medium Nvidia GeForce GT 330M
medium Nvidia GeForce GTS 240
medium Nvidia GeForce GT 230M
medium Nvidia GeForce GT 240M
medium Nvidia GeForce GT 260M
medium Nvidia GeForce GT 250M
medium Quadro FX 3700
medium Quadro FX 4800
medium ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
medium ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
medium ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT
medium ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO
medium ATI Radeon HD 2900 GT
medium ATI Radeon 3870 HD
medium ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
medium ATI Radeon 4670 HD
medium ATI Radeon 3830
medium ATI Radeon 3850
medium ATI Radeon 3850 AGP
medium ATI Radeon 3850 X2
medium ATI Radeon 3870
medium ATI Radeon 3870 X2
medium ATI Radeon 4600 Series
medium ATI Radeon 4670
medium ATI Radeon 4770
medium ATI Radeon HD 4650
medium ATI Radeon HD 5570
medium ATI Radeon HD 5670
medium ATI Radeon HD 6570
medium ATI Radeon HD 6670
medium ATI FireGL V7600
medium ATI FireGL V7700
medium ATI FireGL V8600
medium ATI FireGL V8650
medium ATI FirePro 3D V3800
medium ATI FireStream 9170
high NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
high NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
high NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
high NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
high NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295
high Nvidia Geforce GTX 280M
high GeForce GTX 460
high GeForce GTX 465
high GeForce GTX 470
high GeForce GTX 480
high GeForce GTX 550 ti
high Geforce GTX 560 ti
high GeForce GTX 570
high GeForce GTX 580
high GeForce GTX 590
high Nvidia GeForce GTS 360M
high Quadro FX 5800
high ATI Radeon 4800 HD
high ATI Radeon 4850 HD
high ATI Radeon 4870 HD
high ATI Radeon 4800 Series
high ATI Radeon 4850 X2
high ATI Radeon 4870 X2
high ATI Radeon HD 5770
high ATI Radeon HD 5750
high ATI Radeon HD 5870
high ATI Radeon HD 5830
high ATI Radeon HD 5850
high ATI Radeon HD 5970
high ATI Radeon HD 6750
high ATI Radeon HD 6770
high ATI Radeon HD 6790
high ATI Radeon HD 6850
high ATI Radeon HD 6870
high ATI Radeon HD 6950
high ATI Radeon HD 6970
high ATI Radeon HD 6990
high ATI FirePro 3D V8700
high ATI FirePro 3D V8700 Duo
high ATI FirePro 3D V8750
high ATI FireStream 9250
high ATI FireStream 9270



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