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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Gaming Graphics Performance Tweak Guide

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Gaming Graphics Performance Tweak Guide
We show you the many graphics options in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen and how they affect gaming image quality and performance.
By: Sean Ridgeley | Guides | Posted: Feb 4, 2016 6:40 pm





New IP is rare in the gaming industry, but Capcom pulled it off again in 2012 with Dragon's Dogma in 2012, a now beloved fantasy action RPG. They followed it up in 2013 with an even better version in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen containing more content and gameplay tweaks.


Dark Arisen is the version that has at last been brought to PC to the appreciation of the always enthusiastic CRPG crowd, but with some PC-specific enhancements and accommodations: better visuals, up to 150 FPS, 4K support, a mostly proper keyboard and mouse control scheme, and more.



The game includes a reasonably long list of graphics options for PC players. In this guide, I'll go through them all to show you what altering each of them does exactly, both in terms of visuals and performance.



Test Setup and System Requirements


Maximum settings were used as the baseline while testing with this guide, including +15 FOV. Although it is enhanced visually, this is still a six-year-old game, so it's not especially demanding. As such, to acquire useful benchmarks, we forwent the usual 1920x1080 resolution and instead enabled Virtual Super Resolution through Radeon Settings and used 3800x1200 resolution instead.



Our Test System


  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (Stock)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM
  • Video Card: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X 4GB (Stock)
  • Driver: Catalyst 15.2
  • Resolution: 3200x1800
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse, G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 Mechanical Keyboard



System Requirements




  • OS: Windows Vista or newer (32 or 64 bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 660 CPU or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon HD 5870 or equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space




  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K or equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 40 GB available space

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