Just Cause 3 - AMD VS Nvidia Performance Review

GTX 960 VS R9 380 - Low, Medium, High, Very high and Max at 1080p

Just Cause 3 Performance Review

GTX 960 VS R9 380 - Low, Medium, High, Very high and Max at 1080p

 

When finding a area to benchmark in a game you need to look at two things, firstly where is the most demanding location that you can find within the game and a way to go through that kind of area in a repeatable way which provides us with the same framerate time after time.

What I quickly found when playing the game was that when inside a car the framerate usually took a large hit, a larger hit in framerate to that of being in combat while on foot, which made a driving section of the game just perfect for a demanding, yet repeatable benchmarking run. 

Typical gameplay in Just Cause 3 will have higher avarage and minimum framerates, but when benchmarking you must always look at the worse case scenario.

At maximum settings both the GTX 960 and the R9 380 perform almost identically, but as you lower the settings we can see that Nvidia's GTX 960 quickly gains an advantage, which was something that became very apparent during our demanding car chase benchmark section.   

Average gameplay while on foot is very similar between both of these GPUs, but here when the going gets tough our AMD GPU takes the back seat, which is a real shame. 

 

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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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