Fallout 4 - AMD vs Nvidia Performance Review

Conclusion

Fallout 4 - AMD vs Nvidia Performance Review

Conclusion

Fallout 4 is one of the biggest game launches of this year, making it's performance a great point of contention between hardware enthusiasts everywhere. Nvidia have the clear advantage on the high end GPUs we have tested today, but after you disable Godrays you can achieve very good performance on either vendors GPUs.

From low to ultra settings this game looks great, but that does not mean that there is no benefit from cranking the settings up. While this game is not as graphically impressive as games like the Witcher 3 or other recent titles it is still very visually appealing and certainly leaves a lot of room for modders to improve upon in the future. 

Being an Nvidia branded game it was almost clear from the get-go that Nvidia would be the performance leaders, but looking at our comparison screenshots is is clear that Nvidia have not been getting their extra performance from turning down the games visuals, so their victory here is legitimate to say the least. 

The two big sticking points that myself and many other enthusiasts will have is with the games framerate cap and it's use of Godrays, which will no doubt fuel a lot of arguments over the coming weeks and months.  Bethesda in the past have been slammed for their capped framerates in the past in Skyrim and it is clear that in the 5 years since that they have not done much to address this. Hacks in the .ini files will allow gamers to play at framerates above 60, but this will result in physics related issues, which will no doubt harm gameplay significantly. We do not recommend that users even try to play the game above 60FPS, which is a real shame for all those high refresh rate junkies out there.  

The options menu of the game gives players a lot of things to tinker with, but it is not without it's issues, firstly there is the Godrays bug, which forces players to have the effect on unless you use a specific method, which is a massive oversight given the performance impact of this setting.  We recommend that gamers turn this off if they need a higher framerate, especially if you are using an AMD GPU. This effect has been found to have a greater impact that any other, and on AMD GPUs the performance impact is much more severe than on Nvidia.

During my time playing the game I only experienced one crash, which considering the fact that I have been playing the game for most of a day on a wide range of hardware is not exactly much for a Bethesda game on day one, that being said I still had a crash and many of those who have reviewed the game have reported a lot of issues in the game, so keep that in mind. 

To conclude Fallout 4 offers great visuals, but nothing that really pushes the boundaries of modern graphics and performs well on modern hardware but has several settings, like Godrays, which give gamers a severe performance hit for very little in terms of visual fidelity.   

 

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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

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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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