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System Diagnostic Utility

Discussion in 'Games' started by chrisbeery, Nov 11, 2002.

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  1. chrisbeery

    chrisbeery Thread Starter

    Feb 5, 2002
    Is there a way to gauge a PC system's gaming ability?

    Since video cards and add-on programs (Direct X, etc) are so fundamental to game play, if would be nice to have a utility that would give a yes or no on the question "Will this game work on my computer?"

    Bottom line is I don't know if my PC is 3D, GL rendering or what anymore since video card evolution is non-stop. A utility program to scan the computer's capability would help.

    3 year old PC:
    Pentium 3 533mz Katmai
    383 mb RDRAM
    32mb Nvidia geForce 4X AGP Graphics Card
  2. RandyG


    Jun 26, 2000
    That's actually built into Directx.

    Go to Start, Run type in dxdiag and hit enter.

    If that doesn't work, then do a search on your system for dxdiag and open it when you find it.
  3. Stos


    Nov 11, 2002
    Also, you can go to http://www.3dmark.com/ its run by Madonion.com They have free and pay software that you can use to see how fast your graphics card is and maybe get a feel of the best settings to use. You can also compare your 'scores' to others with your same card to see if you're getting the performance you should be.
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