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Getting Ready To Play Mafia II in Stereoscopic 3D Mode

August 24th, 2010 · 13 Comments · Stereo 3D Games


While waiting for the game Mafia II to arrive very soon I took the time to make sure that the Green Reactor 3D Test PC using water cooling for the processor and the video card(s) is ready to take on the challenge head on. The system now has two GTX 480 video cards working together in SLI, of course water cooled as well as the CPU in order to ensure quiet operation and very high performance… plus some overclocking of course. The good news is that the two 480s are enough to handle the game in 1920×1080 resolution, with maximum details, AA enabled, PhysX set to High and in stereo 3D mode on top of all that with an average framerate of a bit over 30 fps at any time according to the benchmark available in the demo. That is of course with the Core i5 750 CPU running on default frequency along with the two GTX 480s also running on default frequencies, and with a bit of overclocking for all of them like 4 GHz for the CPU and 840 MHz for the GPU and 4468 MHz for the GPU things are looking much better with an average framerate of almost 40 fps. And hopefully the final game will be even more optimized and perform even better than the heavy benchmark built inside the recently released game demo, and I’m not going to have to wait much longer in order to be able to confirm that. Meanwhile, are you ready for the Mafia II challenge on your hardware in order to play it with max details, PhysX and in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision of course… did anyone actually get a dedicated video card for the PhysX?

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 arnold schwartz // Aug 24, 2010 at 23:40

    its not really that demanding
    ive been able to run it with physx set to medium on a single 470 in 1080p@120, but it did get slow in some areas, so i set physx to medium and its been smooth forever

  • 2 arnold schwartz // Aug 24, 2010 at 23:41

    physx set to high in the first part*

  • 3 Bloody // Aug 25, 2010 at 00:12

    I was also able to try it with a single GTX 470 with everything on High, AA enabled and PhysX to Medium in S3D mode and it was comfortably playable… but the benchmark results weren’t great.

  • 4 Shaft // Aug 25, 2010 at 02:00

    I run fine the with settings on high including PhysX on Hig too, with a single gtx480 on 3D Vision :)

    The game is amazing!!!

  • 5 josh // Aug 25, 2010 at 06:49

    i tried the mafia 2 demo, currently downloading deluxe edition of steam. i have a single 480 gtx and recently installed a evga 9800Gt 1gb video card for phys-x. i ran the batman arkham asylum maxed out , 3d-off, and my average fps went from 57fps to with no 9800gt to 71fps with the 9800gt. so i can certainly come to the conclusion that the phys-x card helped. hopefully it helps mafia 2.

  • 6 Dannyboy // Aug 25, 2010 at 10:41

    Yes I will be installing my old 8800GT 1Gb Graficard to run phys, hopfully set to maximum with my primary GTX470 card. I will be running it in 1280x720p on my Acer h5360 with 3D Vision.

  • 7 Thomasjn // Aug 25, 2010 at 17:57

    Mafia 2 sounds like a demanding game, i fear my GTX480 allready is getting outdated :)
    Dedicated physX card and a minor overclock for the GTX 480 should do the trick, hopefully :)

    By the way Bloody, Is the cylinder shaped reservoir noisy? Is the water splashing?
    Ill be building my own watercooling system soon(you helped me in a thread), but not sure if i should get a reservoir like yours, or search for an alternative :)

  • 8 Helifax // Aug 26, 2010 at 22:55

    To be honest. Mafia 2 on one single GTX295 (a little overclocked) in 3D and all settings to maximum gave me around 35-40 fps@ 1680×1050(max resolution). So is not that demanding. Then again the Gtx 295 is a SLI GPU and it’s one of the best GPUs to date. I’ll let you draw the conclusions.

  • 9 josh // Aug 27, 2010 at 04:24

    Thomasjn with my 480 gtx and a 9800gt 1gb i can max the game out with fps ranging from 55fps-70fps with 3d on i get around 30-35 fps. however if i turn physX to medium , lower antiscopic filter a little(whatever its called) , and turn shadows to medium, the game still looks great and runs even better. these results are with fraps running. one of the best looking games i have ever seen. also the environment / atmosphere is incredible.

  • 10 Peter // Aug 27, 2010 at 09:00

    After adding my 8600GT for PhysiX i had a drop of Framerate by 20% compared to running the demo just with single GTX480. Very strange :-(

  • 11 Petri Lehtinen // Aug 27, 2010 at 14:03

    Article request:

    Would be nice to see how for example that game scales in 3d with different nvidia cards. Say like few cards in various families, like one from 2xx, one from 4xx series etc.

    Most benchmarks and card reviews doesn’t tell you that.

  • 12 josh // Aug 28, 2010 at 06:52

    Peter- i have been told in various forums that actually adding a card lower than the 9800 or 8800 can actually lower your framerate. the 480gtx is the best nvidia card currently it deserves to also work with some of best or previously top notch nvidia cards. like i said before adding a 9800gt to my 480 gtx helped physx/ framerate noticeably. overall i guess the nvidia 8600gt is just too shitty to hang with the 480

  • 13 Kupo // Aug 30, 2010 at 13:03

    Just finished the game, and I must admit that I turned off stereoscopic 3D for that !

    I run it on a GTX460(1Go)SLI, overclocked at 800MHz (air cooling but my i7 930 is running at 4,2GHZ under watercooling).
    My PC runs the game with all maxed out at 1080p (except for physX that run in “medium”) at a constant and smooth framerate, but it fails to run it in S3D smoothly, even in 720p and no physx at all :(

    It works, but the framerate dropping is unacceptable in S3D in my opinion.

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