Fallout 4 - AMD vs Nvidia Performance Review

Update - Optimized AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 Drivers

Fallout 4 - AMD vs Nvidia Performance Review

Update - Optimized AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 Drivers

For PC gamers driver updates are very important, especially for new releases, they can fix bugs, provide more performance and typically give a superior gaming experience if you are using the latest drivers.  Sometimes new drivers can add new bugs, though this is something that had became much rarer in recent years. 

AMD today released new Catalyst 15.11.1 drivers, a beta driver which includes game optimizations for Fallout 4, Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Star Wars Battlefront. Since AMD has had performance issues with this game, which were primarily due to Godrays, we decided to retest Fallout 4 with these new drivers, hoping that AMD have been able to address the issue, which thankfully they have. 

When compared to their old drivers the difference is night and day, with the new drivers we see minimums leap to almost where AMD's averages were and have seen AMD's average framerate rise up to become very competitive with Nvidia. Now at 4K the performance is almost identical, but with a higher minimum framerate I'd actually say that AMD has the lead now. 

Moving down to lower resolutions we find Nvidia's GTX 980Ti continue to be the performance leader, but now it is not to anywhere near the same extent. 

 

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Godrays- On or Off

When we have tested AMD's new drivers with Godrays on and off, we found that the performance gains when Godrays were turned off didn't have anywhere near the same performance benefit as we saw when they were maxed out, showing that this is where AMD has worked hardest to improve the games performance. 

Now with Godrays off we again see AMD's minimum framerate go higher than Nvidia's minimum at 4K, but Nvidia still have the largest average framerate. 

 

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11-11-2015, 10:34:35

RickPlaysWarr
Hi

I installed the Nvidia update and went with the recommended settings which were "Ultra" on my GTX 980. I really appreciate your article and photos. I got a couple hours into the game and at 1440P on Ultra it was very smooth for me.

I really am going to go in and make the changes to low quality and turn god rays off eventually. Right now i wish I had a vacation day available to actually play today

Loving it so far

--Rick--Quote

11-11-2015, 11:12:51

Permafrost
awesome review Mark, lots of info to read up on for those who are not yet playing the game.

it would be awesome if you could add in sli/crossfire scaling for people still rocking older hardware and maybe if you got time to add in i5 vs i7?

only if you got timeQuote

11-11-2015, 13:27:09

NeverBackDown
Am I the only one who's not seeing the article/and link in the OP?

Nice write up WYP, although it would be interesting to see some i5 vs i7 comparisons. Someone in a different thread reported a website benchmarking both and there were big differences between them.Quote

11-11-2015, 13:54:33

SPS
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Am I the only one who's not seeing the article/and link in the OP?

Nice write up WYP, although it would be interesting to see some i5 vs i7 comparisons. Someone in a different thread reported a website benchmarking both and there were big differences between them.
It's not there, I've added something to the OP.Quote

11-11-2015, 17:14:28

Zoot
I'm finding the performance to be pretty good thus far. I'm getting a steady 60fps pretty much everywhere, with the very occasional drop into the 40's kind of like the way Skyrim was.

That's at 1080p with an i7-6700k and GTX 780 where neither are overclocked.Quote
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