Mafia II Hardware Performance Guide

Is the mob shaking you down? Check out our Mafia II Hardware Performance Guide to see what you need to do to get those frames back.

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The mob, for once, doesn't extract a high price. Mafia II runs surprisingly well on very little hardware. However, if you want to see the game in its full glory, expect to upgrade to video cards--plural. You'll need two fairly beefy Nvidia GPUs in order to take advantage of Apex PhysX, the setting that enables destructible environments and fluid clothing for the characters.

We used the game's built-in benchmark to test performance. It can be found at the bottom of the Extras tab in the main menu. The benchmark truly pushes the game to its limits, and just about every second of it involves gunfire and explosions. The results are likely to be more taxing than the actual game and represent more of a worst-case scenario. We found that results in the mid-20s were more than playable when we went into the game.

Game Settings
Mafia II has a few settings, but there are only two you have to worry about if you want to reclaim performance.

Graphics
The base graphics card requirements start in the GeForce 8600 class of GPUs. The GeForce 8600 GTS runs the game with surprisingly decent frame rates and graphics quality settings. Although, prepare to wander into the deep end of the pool if you want to enable Apex PhysX settings.

CPU
Mafia II requires at least a dual-core CPU to run well. After that, you won't need much more to get the game running well.

Memory
The game ran well with the required 2GB of RAM. We went ahead and tested it with 4GB and 6GB.

Systems


We put together a few sample systems to show how the game performed using real-world computers. Our slowest machine, a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo paired with a GeForce 8600 GTS, which is actually slightly better than the base required machine, ran the game well with moderate graphics quality. Our midrange system, outfitted with a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo and a GeForce 9800 GTX, took us right to the top with high-quality settings and at a resolution of 1920x1200. Our high-end system, a Core i7-980x paired with the GeForce 480 GTX, ran the game with excellent performance and had power left over for Apex PhysX and 3D Vision.

System Setup:

High-End System: Intel i7-980x, Intel DX58S0, 6GB OCZ PC12800 DDR3, 750GB Seagate 7200.11 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows 7 64-bit. Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 480, Forceware 258.96.

Recommended System:

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.60GHz, eVGA 680SLI, 4GB Corsair XMS Memory, 750GB Seagate 7200.11 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows 7 64-bit. Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX, Forceware 258.96.

Minimum Requirements System:

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, eVGA 680SLI, 2GB Corsair XMS Memory , 750GB Seagate 7200.11 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows 7 64-bit. Graphics Card: GeForce 8600 GTS, Nvidia ForceWare 258.96.

Settings

Wandering onto the settings page, you can find a few settings to tweak, but there's only one you need to worry about, outside of Apex PhysX (which we'll discuss on the video cards page). Ambient occlusion takes a decent chunk out of frame rates, and it should be the first thing to go in your hunt for more performance. We'd look to shadows and resolution after that.

System Setup: Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, eVGA 680 SLI, 4GB DDR2, 750GB Seagate 7200.10 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows 7 64-bit. Graphics Card: GeForce 8600 GTS, Nvidia ForceWare 258.96.

Image Quality Comparison

Graphic Presets
High Medium Low

Ambient Occlusion

Enabled Disabled

Apex PhysX

High Medium Disabled

Video Cards

You don't need much of a video card to run at high-quality settings. Even our heavily aged GeForce 8600 GTS, which is the base spec video card required to run the game, outputted more-than-playable frame rates.

Apex PhysX is really where the action is at for this game. The requirements are steep, but you'll be treated to debris and fluid clothing like never before. From our tests, ATI Radeon owners need not apply. Nvidia bought out Ageia, the company that pioneered PhysX, and therefore the setting is pretty much theirs. Even so, we wouldn't recommend enabling it unless you have some serious horsepower. 2KGames suggests running at least a GeForce GTX 470 at the bare minimum. They aren't lying. Apex PhysX will murder performance if you don't meet these requirements, and it still exacts a large toll even if you do.

Apex PhysX Medium Settings: GeForce GTX 260 + GeForce 9800 GTX or GeForce GTX 470

Apex PhysX High Settings: GeForce GTX 470 + GeForce 9800 GTX or GeForce GTX 480 + GeForce GTX 285

System Setup: Intel Core i7 980x, Intel DX58S0, 6GB DDR3 OCZ, 750GB Seagate 7200.11 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows 7 64-bit. Graphics Drivers: Nvidia ForceWare 258.96, ATI Catalyst 10.8.

CPU

Older CPU architectures run Mafia 2 well enough, but you’ll have to watch out if the processor is on slower side. Dual-core CPUs are more than enough to run the game well, as a Core i7 980x literally offers nothing over the lowly Core i3 530. Although, that last statement deserves a caveat- once you enable Apex Physx, the Core i3 gets a solid thrashing. But at that point you’re much better off dropping in an older Nvidia video card to handle the Physx calculations than upgrading the CPU to compensate for the extra load.

Our AMD testbed continues to be on the fritz, hopefully to be remedied soon.

System Setup: Above CPUs + Intel DX58S0, eVGA 680i SLI, 6GB OCZ PC3 12800 DDR3, 4GB Corsair XMS Memory DDR2, 750GB Seagate 7200.11 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows 7 64-bit. Graphics Card: GeForce 480 GTX, Forceware 258.96

Memory

The minimum amount of RAM required to run Mafia II is 2GB. Upgrading to 4GB, and even 6GB, does nothing to improve performance.

System Setup: Intel Core i7-980x, Intel DX58S0, 750GB Seagate 7200.11 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows 7 64-bit. Graphics Card: GeForce 480 GTX, Forceware 258.96

Discussion

91 comments
Granpire
Granpire

@manu97416 RAM is overrated nowadays. 2GB will only affect load times, not in-game performance. The problem is your video card, which is a mid-range laptop card. Your laptop should be able to run the game with low to midrange settings, try turning off ambient occlusion, and MOST DEFINITELY turn off PhysX! The only advantage to having TWO(not one, but two Nvidia cards) is that you can run PhysX on one card while the other processes your graphics. This can be achieved using modified ATI drivers, but either way, this is unattainable on a laptop.

RockmasteR-_-
RockmasteR-_-

My system: Dual Core E2200 @ 2.2 Ghz 3 Gig RAM Geforce 9600 GT 1 Gb All settings on high (Ambient Occlusion off) 30 to 50 fps (depends on the game scenes)

69GamerKid69
69GamerKid69

@simarsaini006 Don't worry dude, just install the Directx and PhysX software that came with the game and your good to go.

simarsaini006
simarsaini006

i have high end machine with core 2 extreme cpu but mafia still not run in it.while starting the mafia icon appears and exits.

Kriminalac
Kriminalac

I have Core 2 Duo 2,93 GHz,4GB DDR 3 RAM,Nvidia 9500GT 1GB DDR 3 VRAM and Windows XP 32-bit.Will game work fine?

Ateeb33
Ateeb33

Does Windows 7 is really important?

adam-a
adam-a

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adam-a
adam-a

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AdamK47
AdamK47

[QUOTE="Gamespot"] more-than-playable frame rates[/Quote]

Travis_Odell
Travis_Odell

Playing this game maxed out on my HP laptop vista 64, 8200m graphics card,3gigs of ram...it's all about teh power.

chingolofire
chingolofire

Reading some coments looks like this is the place where a bunch of little boys who put something like "playing all settings super ultra high at 700 fps in my new computer".

CamRaiD
CamRaiD

This game is awesome with 3d Vision.

JimmyJumpy
JimmyJumpy

Dunno what the fuss is all about this PhysX stuff. Would like to see the diff between my rigs and one with a beefy NVidia card. Anyway, the game runs just fine on both my comps. One has the i7-860, Asus Maximus III Gene mobo, Asus Matrix 5870 2GB Platinum GPU, 4GB KHX RAM and Win 7 Ultimate 64-Bits... Other has an i5-750, Gigabyte P55M-UD2 mobo, 2x Sapphire 5770 VaporX in crossfire, 4GB Team Elie RAM and Win 7 Ultimate 64-Bits... Got an 'old' Asus EN8800GTS 512Top somewhere. Maybe I'll plug it into the Asus mobo and see what gives...

Praviux
Praviux

The reason why they are not using ATI here in this article is because they are talking about Physx and Nvidia cards are the only cards that support this because it is an Nvidia technology... (was bought by Nvidia). You used to be able to use an ATI card for your primary graphics card and an Nvidia card as a physx card but to my knowledge Nvidia with it's latest drivers have put a stop to this. Assuming you can still use a backdated driver to get this to work however. But to answer your question, that's why they didn't test with ATI cards. On a side note with my Sapphire Vapor-x 5870 I am getting an average of 60fps slight OC on the GPU with Physx turned off and 16xaa and AF

manu97416
manu97416

i think my pc would be allot better for games if it just had a 4gb ram i have 2gb ram core i5 750 ati 5700 hd 1 tb hard drive excelent system except for the ram

manu97416
manu97416

does it work as well with ati?

rrcp1us
rrcp1us

Why don't you guys ever use Ati cards in your setups? Even after the disappointing reviews the new Nvidia card got you refuse to use Ati cards in your high end setup?

Avatar_RAQ
Avatar_RAQ

Hey..I've registered at GS few years ago but this is the first time I post here. I just wanted to say that I finished this game on my eyefinity setup (rezo: 5992x1080), PhysX high, AA off, everything else maxed out and the game was very smooth and playable with the average benchmark FPS is ~28!! Running single 5870 with one 8800GT for physX.

lucreti
lucreti

Running it on maximum settings (including PhysX), and i only have a core 2 duo 3.00ghz, geforce 9600gt and 4gb ram (no lags ofc) Can't see this high-end setup as correct...

Fable_Lord
Fable_Lord

playing this game on verry high settings. with my new core i7 PC

zaphodbblbrox
zaphodbblbrox

The benchmark in this game is deceiving though, I've run it several times with all sorts of settings and I get mixed results no matter what. I am currently using a gtx 460 and I can run this on all high minus aa with full physx and it will run just fine. Sometimes I have to start the game, then run the benchmark a few times before I get the desired results (without changing settings.) I bet a dedicated physx card wouldn't hurt, but it's not necessary.

lostmyfate
lostmyfate

wrks gr8 wid my 250 gts wid physx medium

eric1000
eric1000

This game runs smoothly on my rig with all the bells and whistles turned up to full, including the physx. My rig runs with a single GeForce 8800 GTX so the above review is misleading. Rest of rig: Intel QX9700 quad core 8Gb ram DDR2 Gigabyte X48-DQ6 motherboard Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

yashech
yashech

this is why people dont make great games anymore. because of all these C*nts like you all who want to see pretty gfx. F*ck Apex Physx I Say... I mean seriously if any of you have played Mafia, you would be disappointed by this piece of crap game. I have played it from the end to the beginning and this is starting to get as bad as the Godfather sequel, well not that bad but you get my point. stop b*tching about gfx who cares about gfx, I trade in Mafia2 for Mafia, MW2 for MW1, Resident Evil 5 for RE4... and the list continues...

sgtdrog
sgtdrog

That does seem a little steep for Physx. I will have to get it just to see how my three 260's hold up. Also, most "enthusiast" who prefer ati usually run a 9800 (or other nvidia card) for dedicated Physx anyways... Would actually have made a nice test to throw in a 5570 + 9800 or a 5870 + 9800 to compare. O, well... Cant wait to play! ^_^

SPBoss
SPBoss

This surprises me, because i run everything maxed at 1920x1080 on a dual core phenom and a gtx 260

igorcepro
igorcepro

I've finished story mode too. My PC: AMD 7750+@3,1GHz clocked, 4GB DDR2@1066MHz, GA9600GT 1GB heatpipe(not clocked), Audigy 4, on Windows 7 Pro 64 bit and Forceware 258.96. Apex PhysX at High, shadows at low, all other settings at high, AA on, AF 2x at res. 1280x720 working about 23-30fps, I know it's not perfect, but I am very pleased. Must say, better graphic then this I don't need. I was simply thrilled with graphic quality! P.S. Apex PhysX RULES!!!!!

marcio_rm
marcio_rm

Just finished Story Mode. Great game, I've actually managed to get it running in a single 8400gt. It was a bit lagged and I had to use the crappyest video config (nVidea Physx OFF). Still the same, I've enjoyed every minute. thx.

TheJamin
TheJamin

@Wickedude2010 no problems because you're not using physx.

TheJamin
TheJamin

Nvidia have said not to mix the 4 series with an older series GPU for physx as it will actually slow it down. i dont know how much truth is in that! However, i get the same fps with a GTX295 paired with a 8800GTX as there gulftown rig! and i'm only on a q9550 @ 4ghz

Shadow_zone
Shadow_zone

AAAAHH!! Only just got my PC 6 months ago and its got no SLi support. Didnt think you'd need it for an essential visual effect like physx just yet. Well, atleast my machine might meet its match when I decide to give this game a go. Dont really wanna fork out for a new mobo and graphics card just yet, maybe next year.

turokpooria
turokpooria

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Wickedude2010
Wickedude2010

Im runnung an i7 quad core, 6gb ram, ATI4890 hehe... No probs at all

shark033
shark033

I have i7 quad core with GTX 295s running in SLI, 12 GB RAM, with 2B dedicated to Physx... problems??? I don have no steenkin problems! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

daymoss
daymoss

Well i have C2D E4300 running @ 2.8GHz with 9800gtx+ and all settings including Physx Maxed out (without AA). Game is running great. How do i do this ? There is a tweak for disabling physx effects for clothes on other characters but yours (Vito). They are really unnoticable most of the game and making major performance hit. Check this http://physxinfo.com/news/3628/mafia-ii-demo-tweaking-physx-performance/.

noob64
noob64

@ hesham_eraqi The game runs well (30 fps avg) with Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512MB , AMD Athlon 2 250+ , and 2 GB RAM at 1920x1200 without any physics turned on high shadows , medium geometry and no AA , for me the High-End System here is too great for this game , with my spec I ran the game with no problem.

ecee04
ecee04

I ran the Mafia 2 demo today, several times at differnt settings. It looked great maxed out. Is the demo represenitave of the retail game? If I can get great results with the demo, cab I do the same with the game?

talekbombano
talekbombano

how does it works with a AMD phenomII x4 995 3.2ghz cpu?

DigitallyInsane
DigitallyInsane

Great work selling nVidia products, GameSpot. Very shallow 'performance review'. You should stick to hyping paid-for titles, you'll use less Vaseline that way.

Andy1945
Andy1945

@turokpooria Is that relevant to the post? No... Thank you for spam however. Strange, I have PRETTY much the recommended system, and mine is fluid ALL the time... usually there are slight glimbs.

turokpooria
turokpooria

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Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

Although.... after reading a couple comments, maybe I should try Win7 before I upgrade anything else on my system... I forgot about the inherent performance boost you get with the Win7 OS for gaming...

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

Looks like I'll have to do better than a GTX 260 for full game performance and the physx options.Was thinking about getting another card this christmas anyways but damn, Physx takes alot to power.... I get excellent frames without it in Mafia II but I'm one of those guys that if it has a cool option, I want it on =P And it's kinda funny but I have a mobo with a onboard 8300 chipset that can be used for dedicated Physx support, too bad Physx even on low-med just crushes it. Looks like I might go the same route as Vandaman and have my 260 as the dedi Physx card....

vandaman123
vandaman123

I have recently upgraded to a gtx480 and dropped my previous card to a dedicated physx "gtx 260". Game runs smooth with 80+fps, my amd 965 be @ 4hz get a hell of a work out at peaks of 80\90%, gtx 480 holds 80% usage plus while gtx 260 may get 30% use tops what an awesome game, game is pretty linear and am alrerady waiting on dlc content hope its soon!! The physx sure r pretty just like your mouth lol

Kulcan
Kulcan

No AMD processors again? ...

RazgriezOne
RazgriezOne

I'm running two 9800 gtxs with a phenom ii x4 and 16gb ram . This game runs great with very little lag, only on the benchmark. I'm wondering where the ATI love is too. I can't wait to get my 5870!!!

Gameraddict14
Gameraddict14

Ya i wish my 9500 GT could run a little bit better physX... I can run it, but not that fast. Im getting a new processor soon so now i will finally be able to actually run games like these.