STO review on Tom's Hardware Guide
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Join Date: Dec 2007
03-02-2010, 02:10 PM
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At this moment in time, my recommendation for top performing systems is an Intel/AMD mix, Intel CPU (i5/i7) with AMD 5800 series GPU.
Just did exactly this. My old system was a Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 on an Asus P5Q Pro motherboard, modestly overclocked to 2.8GHz, and a nVidia 8800GT video card. Whenever I fired up STO the fan on the nVidia kicked in at full speed which made for a loud system as well as 20-25fps performance.
Over the weekend I overhauled my system and installed a Core i7-860, Asus P7P55D EVO mobo, and ATI Radeon 5850HD overclocked to 765MHz - WOW, what a difference. Now running STO in 1920x1200 fullscreen with all graphics settings maxed out and getting 80+ fps, AND the fan on the video card still runs at idle...