Just Cause 3 - AMD VS Nvidia Performance Review

Graphical Options and Settings

Just Cause 3 Performance Review

Graphical Options and Settings

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.

In the past Nvidia's GameWorks has had a very bad reputation for being used to harm AMD's performance, but in reality a lot of the time AMD's performance defect in these games have often be fixed by using post launch game optimized drivers, so it will be very interesting to see if this time that is the case.   

 

Just Cause 3 Performance Review

 

The games option menu offers plenty of of options for PC gamers to increase their performance, with the option of FXAA and SMAA for Anti-Aliasing and a wide range of toggle-able features, like Bokeh depth of field, motion blur, global illumination, edge fade and SSAO. 

These toggle-able options will be where the bulk of extra game performance can be gained when turning your settings down, as these options are much more demanding than the Texture quality, water detail, LOD factor and shadow quality options, which can be turned from low all the way to very high. 

 

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The controls of the game are entirely user configurable, allowing the game to be controlled exactly the way you want it to, regardless of whether you are using a mouse and keyboard or a controller, which is something that far too many games forget about. 

 

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Without a set of pre-defined game options to look at we have had to create our own settings to benchmark this game with, all of which are included below. 

We decided to separate the graphical options with low to very high options and the toggle-able options, only toggling these on/off options when we are maxing the game out. 

 

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Maximum Settings (Left), Very High settings (Right)

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High Settings (Left), Medium settings (Right)

Just Cause 3 Performance Review

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Most Recent Comments

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
Quote:
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
Quote:
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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