The guys from Game-debate sure know how to put in the hours. One of the latest games to get booked in their benchmark archives is the newly released survival horror, Alien: Isolation. “Jerry”, the old gaming rig from game-debate was thrown in the terrifying world of the game in a mission to extract some Alien: Isolation benchmark figures, in order to see how this title would handle itself on not so “gifted” gaming rigs. For starters, it has to be said that the game showcases an incredible graphics detail that will probably cause some rattles in many low-end PCs, that is if you can get it running. Will it be so? Let’s find out. This particular GD rig, houses an AMD FX 6100 six-core 3.3Ghz CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an old AMD Radeon HD 6670.
The Alien: Isolation benchmark test kicked off in lower SMAA levels, SMAA TX1 and afterwards SMAA TX2, with HDAO disabled, given the fact that the HD 6670 is no longer a spring chicken. Still, the card will be running surprisingly well all through the Low and nearly Maximum settings, at 720p, 900p and 1080p resolutions. Take a look at the graph below, and make your own assessments:
Perhaps the Radeon HD 6670 does not deliver the highest and most stable frame rates, as it sits just above the minimum graphics requirements of the game, but all things considered, it does a pretty damn good job. This is good news for gamers who do not have such powerful rigs, as on 720p the game will perform well, about as well as it will on a PS3 console. Probably, this is the best option if you want to get the best out of Alien: Isolation on a lower-end graphics card. However, when playing on an 1080p native monitor, the 900p resolution and low graphics settings would be the best way to go.
Alien: Isolation is nevertheless a smart looker, even on 720p or 900p low graphics level. The gameplay should be pretty good, with a low percentage of frame rate drops thanks to the slow pace of the game. Perhaps the only time when you will experience significant frame loss is in those stages of the game when the Alien or android gets a hold of you, but this will not have any effect on gameplay because usually you will not be in control in those instances. Creative Assembly’s Alien baby is without a doubt a highly optimized game that will be playable on many low-end machines. Hope your copy of Alien: Isolation plays well too, regardless of your machine specs.