Rise of the Triad PC Technical Review

Company: Apogee Software
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Sean Ridgeley
Date: July 31st, 2013

Introduction, setup, requirements

Way back in the 90s, shooters from Apogee and id Software were exploding in the PC space: Wolfenstein, Duke Nukem, and other big names raked in the cash for both studios, thanks mostly to quality, fun gameplay. Rise of the Triad was among them, and though it never quite achieved the same status as its brethren, it was worthy of the subculture at the time.

Rise of the Triad is releasing for a second time (third if you count the digital re-releases) as of this week, though as a reboot of the cult classic. Developed by new studio Interceptor Entertianment, it features modern visuals, audio, and controls, updating just enough to be palatable today while retaining the classic-style gameplay that made it popular in the first place.

If you're curious on how the game fares in terms of PC features, performance, and more, read on for a light technical analysis.

Test Setup

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333 mhZ)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM / OCZ Agility 3 6Gb/s (Cache)
  • Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 2GB (Stock)
  • Driver: 326.41
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows XP or Vista 32-bit
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor or Better
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Storage: 5GB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT

  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core Processor or Better
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Storage: 5GB
    • Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6950 / NVIDIA GTX 560