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Far Cry: Primal PC Performance Analysis with various AMD + NVIDIA GPUs

By: Jeff Williams | Guides | Posted: Mar 1, 2016 9:49 pm

How fast can we ride a sabertooth tiger?

 

To test Far Cry: Primal, we ended up taking a walk through a highly dense area near the beginning. It's typical, and there are your share of animals running around in the background and a lot of foliage and other effects. This was done during a sunny day, and we repeated it with every card to help give actual in-game performance. Obviously, with more action going on around the screen, the lower your framerate will be. This should still be representative of around 70% or so of the game.

 

First, we'll take a look at 1080p, the easiest of resolutions to drive. No stuttering was apparent, and it seems to run quite well on nearly all GPU's. Take a look.

 

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There's a nice linear line of performance from the top all the way to the bottom. The game does just as we would expect. The more expensive and powerful cards tend to do quite well, easily making for a gorgeous and fluid experience.

 

Even 1080p is great to look at with this type of dynamic environment. But what about at higher resolutions?

 

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At 1440p, we had to lower the preset to Very High instead of Ultra, owing to the fact that we're now asking a lot of our GPU's. It's not the RAM that's struggling, necessarily, but the ability to process and render the gorgeous effects. No stuttering was present at these settings, and it was fluid on all but the lowly R7 370 and GTX 960. But what of 4K?

 

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At 4K, we're seeing a much larger impact that's likely due to the massive increase in resource size, among other things. We had to lower the preset once more to be able to have a smooth experience, setting it to High this time. And doing so results in smooth performance.

 

Even the slower R7 370 can keep a smooth framerate, despite being incredibly low. Here we see that the Fury X does surprisingly well, inching ahead, if only slightly. Performance is consistent across the board, however, with a linear dip as resolution decreases.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

It's really refreshing to see a game that's mostly optimized. And by that, I mean that we're seeing great performance on a level that we expect for both brands. AMD and NVIDIA are strong performers here, with NVIDIA taking a slight lead all the way until we get to 4K. And even then, performance is solid and very encouraging. Dunia 2 might be resource heavy when you adjust everything to the max, but even a small decrease in preset results in a still good looking game.

 

If you look at the results, AMD is ahead by all accounts, but it can also be inferred that a 980 Ti (absent from my own collection of test cards) could do very well, up to the level of the Titan X, and even beyond if one of the overclocked variety.

 

Unlike a lot of recent releases, and certainly on a different level than the outsourced PC port of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Far Cry: Primal works well on the PC. It looks better than the console version, and it's actually kind of fun to play.

 

Be sure to let us know how your system runs.

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