Just Cause 3 - AMD VS Nvidia Performance Review

Conclusion

Just Cause 3 Performance Review

Conclusion

When a game is as highly anticipated and popular as Just Cause 3 comes to PC we always expect that it will be made to work well on GPUs from both vendors, but it is clear with Just Cause 3 that there is something in this game that is severely harming the ability of AMD GPUs to deliver a constant high framerate, especially while driving at high speeds.

At the games highest settings AMD and Nvidia's performance is pretty much on par, but when we try to get a higher framerate by lowering the settings something simply preventing AMD from getting a constant stable 60FPS+ framerate. Nvidia has a much better time achieving high framerates in this game, which can be seen clearly by how large the performance gap is between AMD and Nvidia as we lower the settings.   

The game offers a wide range of graphical options to change, but unless you are using an Nvidia GPU your framerate improvements will be very limited.  During typical gameplay AMD and Nvidia do perform very similarly, but when a lot of stuff starts happening AMD's performance can tank hard, which is something that AMD and Avalanche Studios will really need to look into. 

When I first started playing this game I really thought that this game had done a great job with it's PC version, but where Avalanche Studios has done well with rebind-able PC controls, a detailed options menu and creating a game which is playable at max setting at 4K on modern hardware they have failed when it comes to getting the game to run well on GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. 

The problems with AMD are not unique to the R9 Fury X alone, as the same results were seen when using AMD's lower end R9 380 at 1080p. Hopefully AMD will be able to fix this issue with a future driver, but until then this game simply just prefers Nvidia.  

At both low and high settings this game look great, with the higher game setting mostly improving the distant details, with all close areas of the game looking great at both low and high settings. 

If you are looking for a game that is full of crazy, fun times this game is it,  but if you cannot stand playing a game unless it is playing at a steady 60+ FPS you will run into issues if you are using an AMD GPU when playing certain sections of the game. 

 

You can join the discussion on Just Cause 3's PC performance on the OC3D Forums.

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01-12-2015, 12:21:32

TPC
concerning the performance of the game, did you notice any memory clock decreases while playing? I mate of mine has this peculiar problem where his 980 only runs at 3.300mhz instead of his 3.500mhz.Quote

01-12-2015, 12:36:44

WYP
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Originally Posted by TPC View Post
concerning the performance of the game, did you notice any memory clock decreases while playing? I mate of mine has this peculiar problem where his 980 only runs at 3.300mhz instead of his 3.500mhz.
I did have GPUz open while playing and when I checked it the clock speeds of all the GPUs were as normal.Quote

01-12-2015, 12:47:54

Permafrost
i'm really starting to like these "PC performance" reviewsQuote

01-12-2015, 14:17:22

Mysterae
"Upon booting up the game alarm bells began ringing, once i saw the Nvidia's GameWorks logo appear I recoiled like a vampire to a cross, but hoped that perhaps this time things will be a little bit different.

Really? You shouldn't have such biased preconceptions when testing.

Good review though, and the predisposition implied above didn't go any further, in at least proved that performance is better on Nvidia hardware. Why even mention the accusation of implied competitor borking?

I would like more game reviews to state if they are SLI or Crossfire compatible upon release (a rarity these days) and if ultra widescreen (3440x1440) is natively supported or a hack is required. Some scores at the resolution would be nice too - go as TTL for some more hardware for your reviews !Quote

02-12-2015, 00:01:38

jimma47
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Originally Posted by Mysterae View Post
"Upon booting up the game alarm bells began ringing, once i saw the Nvidia's GameWorks logo appear I recoiled like a vampire to a cross, but hoped that perhaps this time things will be a little bit different.

Really? You shouldn't have such biased preconceptions when testing.

Good review though, and the predisposition implied above didn't go any further, in at least proved that performance is better on Nvidia hardware. Why even mention the accusation of implied competitor borking?

I would like more game reviews to state if they are SLI or Crossfire compatible upon release (a rarity these days) and if ultra widescreen (3440x1440) is natively supported or a hack is required. Some scores at the resolution would be nice too - go as TTL for some more hardware for your reviews !
Plus one for the Sli or Crossfire support and Ultrawide compatibility desirability.

Of course I understand that without two of each of the cards in your possession it's not easy to comment aside from whether the game purports to work or not.

Maybe if you have a couple of lower tier cards donated you can at least see whether it works or not, regardless of performance you would be able to ascertain whether both cards are working and if there's an improvement. The cost of course would be that it would take additional testing however you wouldn't need to run it at every resolution.

Whether that would be worth the time and expense or not is up to you. I'd like to see it but I understand the limitations. Still a very good review.

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Originally Posted by Permafrost View Post
i'm really starting to like these "PC performance" reviews
Agreed I'm really liking these comparisons. Despite not having the game it's nice to see how they compare and I was happy to see how there was such little difference at all but the most demanding resolutions.
I think you could probably put this down to the fact that if it's a gameworks title then NVidia would have certainly had input and early access to write the drivers for it.

Any chance on an update once AMD release their driver? Once again it could be just at max resolution to measure the improvement.

One last thing:

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Clearly there is a significant difference. Team Red changed the colour of the car. Or maybe it's just coincidence Quote
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