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ASRock Core HT HTPC (Sandybridge) Review

Shogun 2 is set in 16th-century feudal Japan, in the aftermath of the Ōnin War. The country is fractured into rival clans led by local warlords, each fighting for control. The player takes on the role of one of these warlords, with the goal of dominating other factions and claiming his rule over Japan. The standard edition of the game will feature a total of eight factions (plus a ninth faction for the tutorial), each with a unique starting position and different political and military strengths.


We used the built in Shogun 2 benchmark, and set it to ‘balanced’ in Direct X 9. We can see that this intensive engine just proves too much for the Intel HD onboard graphics solution. We tried playing the game at very low image quality settings, and the frame rate rarely crept into double figures.

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