Company of Heroes Hardware Performance Guide

Having trouble running Company Of Heroes? Check out this guide to see how you can improve the game's performance.

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Company of Heroes is the type of game hardware manufacturers absolutely adore. The game offers beautiful graphics, smart gameplay, and it attacks system performance from all three major fronts: CPU, video card, and memory. More importantly, the game is a hit with reviewers and offers online multiplayer gameplay, which means (1) a lot of people will buy the game, and (2) they'll be playing it for a very long time. All those hours spent in multiplayer will encourage players to upgrade their systems to get a performance edge.

We used the game's built-in system-performance test as our default benchmark. The level of detail in the game is amazing. You can go from an overhead real-time strategy view all the way to a ground-level, close-up view and have the textures scale accordingly. It's hard to resist taking breaks in the game to zoom in on the action and see how the game renders vehicles, buildings, and troop models up close.

Game Settings
If you don't have the best hardware, you can whip Company of Heroes into a playable state by adjusting a few settings. We tested all the options to find out how much each setting affected frame-rate performance.

Graphics
Bigger, faster, and more expensive. Those are the rules of the game when it comes to feeding Company of Heroes' insatiable need for pixel-pushing power. We tested nearly 20 video cards to help you decide if a video card upgrade is necessary.

CPU
Give this game a better CPU, and it'll reward you with better frame rates. We tested the game up and down the clock-speed ladder on our Intel Core 2 Duo and AMD Athlon 64 CPU-based systems.

Memory
Moving up from 512MB to 1GB of system memory will help improve performance in most PC games, but Company of Heroes is one of the few games we've seen that will also benefit from upgrading to 2GB of memory.

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Settings

We didn’t have enough time to iterate through all the possible setting combinations, but we did run through two sets of numbers that help to show how much each setting affects performance. The first set of tests shows how Company of Heroes performs with only one setting maximized at a time. Frame rates are higher in these these tests since almost all of the settings are disabled.

The second set of numbers show how the game performs with all settings maxed out. From there, we disabled one setting at a time while leaving all the other settings at maximum to see how much each individual setting affected performance levels with everything enabled. If you disable Model and Shader Quality you will see enormous performance gains, but image quality will suffer greatly because the game won't let you turn on many other settings. The Post Processing, Reflections, and Effects Fidelity settings all seemed to erode performance to a large degree. You also might want to keep an eye on the texture settings if you have a weak graphics card.

System Setup: AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 CPU @ 2.8GHz, Asus A8N32 SLI Deluxe, 1GB (512MB x 2) Corsair XMS Memory, 160GB Seagate 7200.7 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows XP Professional SP2. Graphics Cards: GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB. Graphics Drivers: Nvidia Forceware 91.47.

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Ultra Textures vs. High Textures


High Textures vs. Medium Textures


Medium Textures vs. Low Textures


Ultra Textures vs. Low Textures


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High Terrain Detail vs Low Terrain Detail


High Model Quality vs. Low Model Quality


High Shader Quality vs. Low Shader Quality


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Graphics

Company of Heroes scales well with graphics hardware. Faster cards will get you higher frame rates, but you might want to hold off on that dual-card SLI or CrossFire upgrade. Company of Heroes had severe issues with running in SLI and Crossfire modes at launch. Relic promptly released a patch that helped improve compatibility, but multi-GPU performance still isn't very impressive.

System Setup: AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 CPU @ 2.8GHz, Intel Core2 Extreme 2.93Ghz, Asus A8N32 SLI Deluxe, Intel 975X, 2GB (512MB x 2) Corsair XMS Memory, 160GB Seagate 7200.7 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows XP Professional SP2. Graphics Cards: GeForce 7950 GX2 1GB , GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB, GeForce 7900 GT 256MB, GeForce 7600 GT 256MB, GeForce 7300 LE, GeForce 6800 GS 256MB, GeForce 6600GT 128MB, GeForce 6200 TC 64MB, Radeon X1950 XTX 512MB, Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB, Radeon X1900 XT 256MB, Radeon X1800 GTO 256MB, Radeon X1600 XT 256MB, Radeon X1300 Pro 256MB, Radeon X800 XT 256MB, Radeon X300 SE 128MB. Graphics Drivers: ATI Catalyst beta 8-282-060802a-035384E, ATI Catalyst 6.9, Nvidia Forceware 91.47.

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CPU

The type of CPU you have will affect performance more than the CPU's clock speed. The Intel Core 2 Duo consistently outperformed our Athlon 64 FX in our game tests. Clock speeds didn’t seem to matter as much--performance hardly budged at all when we downclocked each chip, which suggests that the CPU is rarely the bottleneck.

Memory

Most of the time, our memory tests tell the same Goldilocks story: 512MB is horrid, 2GB is overkill, and 1GB is just right. With Company of Heroes, the story is very different. 512MB of RAM is still definitely horrid. Having 1GB of RAM provides decent performance, but be prepared to lose a few frames if you're looking to crank up the quality settings. Company of Heroes is the first game we’ve seen that can post a 60 percent increase in performance going from 512MB to 2GB of memory. Overall, we suggest you get at least 2GB of memory if you already have a powerful video card and plan on running the game with "Ultra" quality graphics.

System Setup: AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 CPU @ 2.8GHz, Intel Core2 Extreme 2.93GHz, Asus A8N32 SLI Deluxe, Intel 975X, 512MB Corsair XMS Memory, 1GB (512MB x 2) Corsair XMS Memory, 2GB Corsair XMS Memory (1GB x 2), 160GB Seagate 7200.7 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows XP Professional SP2. Graphics Cards: GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB. Graphics Drivers: Nvidia Forceware 91.47 .

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Discussion

473 comments
gign_spe
gign_spe

i got a GeForce 9600 4GB ram, Intel Pentium D CPU 2.82GHz and im running CoH on EVERYTHING low at 4.92fps... i still get the message saying settings are too high, even tough they are at their lowest, this sucks, i changed to windows 7, when i had XP it worked properly, and thats not the only game its not running at decent speeds, my monitor is 1280x1024

TheReproducer
TheReproducer

Your graphics card is a budget model and your CPU is low clock?

zaebsexy
zaebsexy

GTS 450 1GB, PHENOM X4 @2.3, 4GB DDR2 @1066, NFORCE 520LE and game runs very bad maxed out. What is wrong with this stupid game? I monitor PC activity while i play and this is what i get: 4v4 MAP - GPU USAGE 50-70% - GPU MEM USAGE 1GB - CPU USAGE 50-70% - RAM NOT IMPORTANT - FPS 20-35. Is something wrong with PC? Mobo to weak maybe or CPU?

zaebsexy
zaebsexy

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xiras
xiras

MarkEWoods1958 Get coh tov i had the same problem but when i installed tov it let me install coh op

MarkEWoods1958
MarkEWoods1958

I downloaded the COH Opposing Fronts Game, because I have COH the original game and love it, but I cannot get the game to install. I keep getting a message that I need some missing files. No matter what I do I can't fix the problem. I need some help.

teddyrob
teddyrob

Q6600 8800GT 4GB RAM, Averaging 103FPS at 1600x1200 Ultra quality + AA . Never drops below 56FPS. Awesome

kojinto
kojinto

I am currently using a PC that I had custom built. As of now I am using a Pentium Dual Core @ 3.2Ghz, and a NVidia 8500GT, with 4 gigs of 1066 mhz RAM. I have trouble running this game on Medium settings, the performance test showed that it had 28 fps average on 1280 x 720. I plan on upgrading to the E8400 Wolfdale 3.0 Core 2 Duo, and a 1gig Radeon 4850 HD. I'm 100% positive my new gaming experience will be 100% awesome!! XD

ViperCanel
ViperCanel

I couldn't play on DirectX10 because the game was uncompatible with my GPU (ZOTAC 8800GT AMP). I was using driver 175.19 then. The new one, 177.92, solved Dx10 compatibility, but ultra settings are still laggy (for example soldiers teleport few milimeters while running or camera lag while panning, these occur randomly, I mean no specific problem for the whole game, but no fps drop down). I can play other Dx10 games with maximum settings and no performance loss. Seeing what can 7900GTX can do above, I am sure now it is a compatibility issue with the game. And I must point out that my RAM (2GB) and CPU (Core 2 Duo 2.40 Ghz) are enough for ultra settings. The most important thing showing it isn't my PC is FPS never drops down below 30-40. I hope Nvidia's future drivers wipe out my problems completely.

DamageIncM
DamageIncM

By the way, if you could at least describe all the settings next time please. -_-' I know what most of them do, but some are like "OK, what do those exactly do?...". If not, I'll ask it anyway, if someone knows a website or anything that describes that, please let me know, send a message or something. :)

DamageIncM
DamageIncM

This game will already be happy with a nice to good GeForce 7. COH is running in the background right now! :P Mine is a 7900GS (with 512MB even on AGP), but it's running together with a P4 at 2GHz. And that's because my P4 HT at 3GHz recently broke down, so I bought another one and am waiting until it comes in. It will just smooth out all the slight kinks, but it's not even bad at the moment. That's with Medium to High settings by the way.

wmgk
wmgk

well i look at these post and with most i see super systems unless your just complaning my pc was 1yr/14days old when the game came out and in july 08 ipurachased the gold edition and guess what it won't run. at least wic runs yes world in conflict runs on this but coh won't that is **** up! cant upgrade pc though 1 word MOM! according to someone most parents are retarted when it comes to games or pc's

ATFNeOpHyTe
ATFNeOpHyTe

core 2 quad 6700 (2,67ghz), 4 gb ocz reaper @ 800 mhz, nvidea 9600 gt xxx runs it at maxed wth 1600x1050 highest fps 55 avg 41 lowest 17 so im pretty happy with my system

coolghosty
coolghosty

My "rig" has a AMD Sempron Processor 3000+ 1.8 GHz , Asus a9550 and 1,5 GB RAM and goes very good with the game 30 FPS at LOW SETTINGS (P.M. I finished the game 3 times).

giang271291
giang271291

I play this game on a P4 3.0 ghz, 1GB DDR, Geforce 6600 LE system with medium texture, shadows and terrain, post processing off, the rest at max and still feel like seeing real Normandy beach over 60 years ago. Just concern about the 4 settings above and u'll go through this "hardware panzer" without a problem !

kikorburronegro
kikorburronegro

My Rig is EVGA 8800GT Superclocked, E8400 Wolfdale, 4Gb 800Mhz Ocz's Reaper Edition, Windows Vita SP1 ultimate, and I'm trying COH Oppsing Fronts, and it just can't make it... My average on ultra, it's about 40FPS, I've slown down to High, but it's still slow, How can I get good Frame rates?

chaoscougar1
chaoscougar1

im so devo, my comp would run games at a somewhat of a decent level if my gcard wasnt so awful. got 2 gigs ram, p4 3ghz and then my pride and joy, and X300SE :'(

gah468
gah468

i can run the demo (not beta) fast as long as i keep shader quality low and texture not on ultra cuz then it crashes can you guess my system?

misomiso
misomiso

I have a Nvidia 8800GT ("alpha dog") with 512MB, 2GB ram, with only a 1.86GHz dual core and I have yet to get any homogenous errors, or serious drops in frame rate (lowest is 29fps which is impossible to notice) in game play

G-XperT
G-XperT

i havent played it yet :D i got the cd.....but im doubtful if my system will run it my system is... 512 mb ram ati radeon x300 se...128 mb ram i think 3.0 ghz...i think athlon? i think i could run it with supppper low settings :D but i got far cry and hl2 installed, hl2 i run on high (with little lag) and far cry on med and high my pc sucks :)) thats why im gettin a xbox :P i find upgrading pcs.....money consuming :P

Owyns
Owyns

The system requirements aren't too much for playing. Thank you GameSpot...

Angry-jf
Angry-jf

i can play this with fps 13 (all low or off,800x600) with geforce 6200 256mb 758mb ram and amd sempron 3000+ so...dont try it with something worse then that..

patsy-cline
patsy-cline

crapfullycrap, i think thats there slogan because its on the boxes of cod 2, bf2, bf2142 but yeah, i see your point. lol

foddle
foddle

Ok for anyone wondering about graphics cards there are 3 options nvidia 8800gts (512mb version) more expensive (£200-250 ) nvidia 8800gt (512mb) this is slower than the gts by about 10-20%, but is probably better value for your money (£170-220) or Ati 3870 , which is generally cheaper but isnt quite in the same class as the two nvidia cards. oh, and you could always get the 8800ultra if money is no object.

patsy-cline
patsy-cline

murso they released the game at the end of 2006 and they had direct x 10 on it for later graphic cards, we were getting hyped up about the 8800 gts and gtx at that time and thats what it was built for Nvidia.

Sala7_adin
Sala7_adin

the 8800gt GPU gigabyte is the best tested graphics card and in pc magazines it got the best performer in many mags because of its FPS but in some games for better performance you would need to put a second similar graphics card to boost the performance (not an available feature for all mother boards)

KiMcHiMaN
KiMcHiMaN

oops my bad, its ATI SAPHIRE RADEON but i cant remember the number....its sad, i should know it

KiMcHiMaN
KiMcHiMaN

IM THE KIMCHI MAN anyway, intel core pentium 4 would be the lowest proccesser for company of heroes and ull need at least 1gig of mem to run it ok. ATI or NVidia GeForce, prob NVidia GeForce 8800 GTX would be the best. the one i have is the ATI 8400 (i think) and it ran slow and there is some problem, like when im playing the game, its like im in those 70 light shows... so i replaced with NVidia GeForce 8800 GTX and it ran good. alienware or xps is the best choice for this game

alphazoom
alphazoom

Tmarsh, look into the 8800GT if you want to run it flawlessly with all settings high. They run about $260-290 US prices. I went with Asus.

tmarsh12toe
tmarsh12toe

what kind of video card would be best to get if i want to run this game?? i have been looking all over and dont know what to pick?? any advice?? and prices??

alphazoom
alphazoom

People that are getting 2 fps with 7950's....re-install windows or something because I needed a serious upgrade after my P4 3.4 EE and 7800GS were not cutting games anymore. Plus....my P4S800-E took a dump. Replaced with ePower 520XP PSU Gigabyte P35-DS3L E6750 @ 2.66 2 gigs G.Skill DDR2 800 Asus 8800GT 512 throw that in with my old hard drives with a repair of windows and the game runs at frame rates too high for me to even play with for some reason. The games like running on hyper speed. I'm not used to it at all. The game never even hiccups or slows down EVER. I think more of the trouble was with Windows because COH ran better than OF did with the same setup. After my re-install, same programs installed though, everything just runs better anyways. My setup was very old. The only thing that was new was the P4 3.4 EE and 7800 GS. They did not help as much as they should have. I was playing on medium too, no high and some things off.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Murso24, when they wrote this article I'm pretty sure the 8800GTX and the 8800 Ultra were not available yet.

Murso24
Murso24

everything execpt tree detail maxed.. on Windows XP Pro SP2 i dont get why they didnt test an 8800 GTX on the "ultra" area..its WAY better than the 7900.

Murso24
Murso24

with my setup here i get basicly perfect frame rates..EXTREMELY playable on maxed with this setup Intel Core 2 Quad QX6800 overclocked to 3.2ghz (stock at 2.93 so its safe) 2 gb pc6400 800mhz Corsair Dual channel XMS RAM NVidia GeForce 8800 GTX 320gb 7200rpm 16mb cache HD 22in Samsung Hi-Res monitor (2ms response) yeah..im enjoying it

deaconmon
deaconmon

Intel Q6850 @ 3.00 ghz, 4mb Corsair Dominator 8500 1066Mhz Ram, 2X XFX Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX in SLI, playing on a HPw2207 display (22inch widescreen 2ms refresh), Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit reported framerates with CoH in-game performance tool Without SLI enabled - 1600x1050 - rated as "Good" ave 41.1 max 62.0 lo 9.9 Without SLI enabled - 1280x800 - rated as "Great" ave 51.1 max 61.8 lo 11.0 With SLI enabled - 1600x1050 - rated as "Good" ave 41.3 max 61.2 lo 10.8 With SLI enabled - 1280x800 - rated as "Great" ave 51.0 max 61.8 lo 11.9 All default graphic settings from game

makah21
makah21

i run 1.6 sempron 2800+ ,1.5 gigs of ddr ,bfg's 7950gt runs pretty good could use more processor maybe a 2.6 athlon another gig of ddr new motherboard that runs ddr and sli express next year. runs at high with average of 30 to 50 frames again my processor is a horrible bottleneck.

SYdoggXxX
SYdoggXxX

@edgewalker16: That setup will run COH with no problems at all on High settings. Don't worry about that, your laptop is good enough to play it. As for upgrading a graphics chip in a laptop, that's very tricky and while I'm not an expert in the subject, in most cases it can't be done, at least not by yourself. If you contact your system manufacturer you could get a better answer.

edgewalker16
edgewalker16

So I've been really looking into this game and if I can only scrounge up the money then I'd get it with no questions asked. My only hitch is not knowing whether or not my PC is good enough to run it. That said, I need some advice. Can I run the game? Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 2.16 GHz 2GB Dual Channel 667MHz 256GB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS Also, is it possible to upgrade my graphics card if all of this is in a laptop? A Dell M1710 to be exact? Thanks.

Maftei
Maftei

Quad Core 2.4 ghz 1 gb ddr2 ram at 800 mhz 8800 GTX 768 mb Vista I can play the game at 1440 res with max settings but the only issue i get is that when there are cut scenes or movie intros it happens to chop down on teh frame rate...Ex: the plane on fire falling down or when the guy starts getting shot by machine gun

weetbix13
weetbix13

Quad Core - 2.4ghz 4gb RAM 8800gts xxx graphics Vista Home Premium no issues; max settings.

MxAa
MxAa

i cant even get the game to run on my sli 7950 setup.... something is wrong because I hear birds chirping 3/4 through loading and then it just runs at 2 fps (yes 2 fps) when its done loading. Any ideas would be helpful....

Bennycal
Bennycal

I got it runnin on all high, only thing not on max is texture detail (on high instead of ultra) at 1280x1024 with 4AA on this rig: Core 2 Duo E4400 2GB DDR RAM X1950Pro :p Silky smooth, no slowdown at all.

larrythecat101
larrythecat101

can i play this game on every setting low! i have.. pentium 4 processer 2.41 ghz 1.00 gb ddr ram nvidia geforce fx 5200 128 mb agp..128 bit evga 19 inch widescreen acer! so can i play it?

stock8907
stock8907

how would a dell vostro 1500 get on? with this spec: T7250 2.0Ghz 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x1024 Nvidia 8600M GT 160GB 5400 Vista Business (going to change to home premium or xp)

IMP_ACT
IMP_ACT

audioe said: "AMD Athlon 64 x2 5600 2.8GHz Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTS 320MB 4GB DDR2 800Mhz Vista Home Premium With this spec, I can't run the game on Full Quality, which was a bit gutting cos games like Bioshock, CnC3, Supreme Commander all work as Smooth as anything on Full spec. In Conclusion, you'll need to buy the best of the best in order to get this game running with 60FPS+" ------------------------------- Well, I'm running an AMD x2 3800+, 2gb 800mz, 8800gts 320mb and I'm running the game at 1680x1050 all on ultra. No slowdown at all for me. The only difference is that I'm using XP (dx9) & youre using Vista & presumably dx10.

jared3164
jared3164

How would this run on a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo 1.5 ghz, 1 GB RAM, and a nvidia 8600M GT 256mb?

tcarruth
tcarruth

For all those laptop owners. A mobile core 2 duo T7400 with 2GB RAM and a 7950GTX runs the game silky smooth 30+fps 1600x1200 under ultra settings.

reze-daniel
reze-daniel

@ Rhipz I dont think so, unless you're 8600GT is a model with 512Mb's of video ram then you're gonna have to put textures on high instead of ultra. But give it a go anyway...