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AMD's Answer for a Sub-$1K Battlefield 1 Gaming PC

By: Steven Bassiri | Editorials in Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 14, 2016 2:08 pm
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Battlefield 1 Results

 

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I decided to test at 2160p (4K), 1440p (2K), and 1080p with three different quality levels (medium, high, and ultra) both at stock and with a CPU/GPU overclock. Overclocked results are on the right.

 

 

At Ultra/4K at stock, the game isn't very playable, at least not without FreeSync, which we will talk about later. Taking down the resolution really helps a lot at Ultra. Overclocking increased our numbers somewhat, the CPU overclock helped almost as equally as the GPU overclock, and we will compare those numbers later.

 

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I then took the numbers and bunched them differently, scaling by detail rather than resolution so that we can see the impact of detail changes to playability. Lowering detail from Ultra to High only improves things by a few percent, but going from High to Medium helps a lot, and the game still looks great.

 

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Comparing the stock and overclocked results shows very little increases in FPS in regards to minimum frame rates, but definite improvements when looking at average FPS.

 

Overclocking helps increase average FPS a lot more at 1440p and 1080p but gets things into the 60FPS range when at 4K/Medium settings, allowing you to play at 4K without FreeSync.

 

 

Personal Notes and FreeSync

 

It is no secret that FreeSync monitors are outselling G-Sync monitors even though NVIDIA has more GPU market share. The reason is that FreeSync does not add much to the cost of the product like G-Sync does, making it much more affordable. Now, on my 4K monitor without FreeSync, I was not able to get satisfying frame rates at 4K at High and Ultra settings, even Medium was barely passable, low would be playable.

 

However, when I switched to my 1440p monitor with FreeSync, down-clocked the GPU and CPU to reduce frame rates down to the 40s minimum and 50s average, I was able to play the game without much annoyance. FreeSync really makes 45FPS look like 60FPS, and if I had it on my 4K monitor, I would venture a guess that High quality would be possible at 4K resolution with this setup overclocked.

 

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The image above is of Battlefield 1 at 4K with Medium settings, and as you can see, it looks great. It is playable, but frame rates could be higher.

 

You really can build a great AMD PC for under $1000 that can play Battlefield 1 at 1080p and 1440p at the highest quality levels. If you want 4K, you are going to either buy a monitor with FreeSync, add in another RX 480, or upgrade to a Fury X.

 

Our configuration shows that AMD has a lot to offer in a sub-$1000 Battlefield gaming PC, and you can probably build it even better with some time and thought.

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