Fallout 4 - AMD vs Nvidia Performance Review

Godrays - On vs Off Ultra benchmarks

Fallout 4 - AMD vs Nvidia Performance Review

Godrays - On vs Off Ultra benchmarks

When we turn off Nvidia's Godray visual effect we can see a huge leap in game performance from both sides, though the leap from AMD's R9 Fury X is simply astounding. While AMD are still behind Nvidia in performance without Godrays, they become much more evenly matched, to a point where their average framerate is only 3FPS apart.

AMD's gain in average framerate is approximately 18FPS, whereas Nvidia gains only 12FPS. AMD gains 50% more frames than Nvidia when Godrays are turned off, which is a very large difference in performance gain, especially when you consider the fact that AMD's framerate was lower to begin with. 

When I first pondered the possibility that Nvidia's Godrays could have a larger performance impact on AMD I really hoped that we would not be seeing a repeat of the HairWorks fiasco, where we would see fanboys from both sides argue about this Nvidia technology endlessly resulting in a flame war across the internet.

It is clear that AMD needs to work on improving their GPUs tessellation in future GPUs, so that such vast differences in performance impact will not be seen in the future. On the other hand I also believe that Nvidia will also need to be more open in regard to their technology and work so that it functions well and is optimised all hardware, not just their own. This issue is a complex one, so placing blame on a single side is pointless. 

 

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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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