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December 12th, 2013, 13:37
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
I would ignore SirJames in this case.

SP2 would be more than sufficient for a game like Fallen Enchantress in terms of performance. It's turn based - and I bet it would run reasonably smooth on medium settings. However, I don't know about general compatibility - and I wouldn't be surprised if the default touch-screen/DPI setup could cause issues in certain games. But that should be fixable with some tweaking.

Just be sure to use a mouse and not the touch screen
Well, let us consider if the SP2 would be "more than sufficient" for a game like Fallen Enchantress!

Here are the minimum requirements for Fallen Enchantress:
Originally Posted by Steam store page
OS: Windows 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
Processor: 2.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c Compliant Video Card w/Pixel Shader 2.0 (Radeon x1600 / GeForce 6800)

The Surface Pro 2 features a "1.6 GHz fourth generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor". According to Intel, this is a 2 core CPU with 3mb cashe ~1.6GHz. Right away we see that the awful i5-4200U is under the minimum CPU requirement. http://ark.intel.com/products/75459/

Fun facts!Did you know my 4 year old desktop CPU has 4 cores and 8MB cashe at ~3.5GHz, which makes the 4200u "low tech" even by 4 year old standards?

The Surface Pro 2 features Intels HD graphics 4400 with uses 200MHz from your 1.6GHz dual core as its GPU. In other words, it has no dedicated graphics card at all! Not recommended for gaming in 2013!

So, lets see how the SP2 performs in a few benchmarks!

Here http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?….60GHz&id=1947 we see, while horrible value money: performance wise, the 4200u actually manages to perform around about as well as a first generation core2duo underclocked by 1GHz, making it pretty decent 7 years ago, but still awful today. It might be able to rival a modern mobile phone, but I wouldn't bet on it.

And here http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gp…D+4400&id=2643 we see the HD 4400 graphics "solution" score absolutely dismally. Let's all take a moment to laugh at this benchmark.

In conclusion, I'd like to say it's been proven that
a) SP2 is not suitable for gaming and shows no sign gaming was even considered for it. You should be able to run your Facebook apps on it just fine, however.
b) SP2 does not meet the minimum requirements for Fallen Enchantress and is therefore not suitable for playing it.
c) DA is in love with me.
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