Testing Mantle and TrueAudio in Thief

Company: AMD
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Sean Ridgeley
Date: March 20th, 2014

Introduction, setup, requirements

Square Enix, Eidos Interactive, and Eidos-Montreal together resurrected the Thief series with the simply named Thief late last month.

The PC release is especially strong, thanks to a partnership between AMD and Square Enix, and more great work from PC specialists Nixxes, resulting in great optimization for the game on AMD cards (see our tech review here if you haven't yet). Courtesy of a game patch and AMD beta drivers released this week, Thief also sports extra features in the form of AMD's Mantle and TrueAudio technology. Today I'll be testing both and reporting impressions.

Test Setup

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM / OCZ Agility 3 6Gb/s (Cache)
  • Video Card: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 4GB (Stock)
  • Driver: Catalyst 14.3 Beta V1.0
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard
  • Audio: Corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 Gaming Headset

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows Vista with Platform Update for Windows Vista
    • Processor: High-Performance Dual Core CPU or Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Storage: 20GB
    • Video Card: AMD Radeon 4800 series / Nvidia GTS 250

  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: AMD FX 8000 series or better / Intel Quad i7 Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Storage: 15GB
    • Video Card: AMD Radeon HD R9 series or better / Nvdia GTX 660 series or better