This setting should alter the quality, resolution, and maximum number of effects, such as those for explosions. However, examples of it are difficult to find in game, so this setting has been left out of our testing.
Post Process Quality
Controls the quality of various post processing effects in a given scene. Typically, this includes things like shaders, HDR, and/or depth of field. In Catalyst, it's difficult to observe in action, regardless of the scene.
The benchmark reveals this setting has significant impact on performance at High and above; no definitive impact is observed between Low and Medium. Given how difficult it was to observe the visual effect of this setting across many different scenes, most should be good to employ the Low or Medium setting with little penalty and major reward.
Affects the presence and quality of various elements in a given scene (in this case, mesh fencing, scaffolding, etc.). Each setting offers subtly and steadily improved visual quality; lower settings aren't quite an eyesore, but lack that finishing touch.
The benchmark shows only the Hyper setting has any real performance hit, and it is major. While the added graphical fidelity it brings is appreciated, anyone needing an extra 20 FPS will be much better served by switching to Ultra.
This setting alters the sharpness of textures, namely when they are viewed from a distance or an angle. In Catalyst, it's very difficult if not impossible to notice, however (the differences in the screenshots here are due to dynamic lighting changes caused by a video screen, not anisotropic filtering).
In contrast to the lack of visual differences, Anistropic Filter has a very small but steady performance hit as this setting is increased. Feel free to lower it to 1X for a few extra frames at little to no cost to graphics.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Testing Setup, & System Requirements]
- Page 2 [Field of View, Resolution, Fullscreen Mode, & Resolution Scale]
- Page 3 [Overall Quality, Texture Quality, Lighting Quality, & Reflection Quality]
- Page 4 [Effects Quality, Post Process Quality, Mesh Quality, & Anisotropic Filter]
- Page 5 [Ambient Occlusion, Motion Blur, & Final Thoughts]
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