Overwatch Open Beta PC Performance Review

Overwatch Open Beta PC Performance Review

Introduction  

Blizzard has been designing great games for years, with many of their newer titles like Hearthstone and Starcraft II gaining much more popularity than many have even considered possible in today’s gaming landscape. 

When Overwatch was announced at Blizzcon 2014 there was an instant fanbase for its cast of lovable characters and it’s Pixar-esque aesthetic, so much so that the series already has a large selection of comics and short movies about many of the Heroes and Villains in the Overwatch universe. This is a feat that is practically unheard of for a multiplayer only game, nevermind a brand new IP.   

Being one of the first Blizzard games that will be coming to both PC and Consoles many of Blizzards Loyal PC fanbase have been concerned that the PC version of the game will not perform as well as we would expect from the typically PC-centric company.

Right now the game runs very well on PC, so much so that I would say that it sets a new standard for how multiplayer games should perform on PC. Let’s have a look at how well Overwatch performs on PC. 

 

 

Drivers 

For this game, we will be using the newest drivers that were available when the game released, which is Nvidia’s Game Ready Geforce 365.10 driver and AMD’s 16.5.1 driver, both of which are the most recent GPU drivers for either company. 

 

Test Setup  

We will be testing this game on our dedicated GPU test rig using the current flagship GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. Both GPUs will be the reference design and will be running at stock settings. 

 

AMD R9 Fury X & Nvidia GTX 980Ti
Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.7GHz
ASUS Maximus VIII Hero
G.Skill Ripjaws 4x4GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair HX1200i
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 

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Nvidia GTX 980Ti (Left), AMD R9 Fury X (Right)

 

To represent AMD and Nvidia’s Mid-range GPU offerings we have decided to use the AMD R9 380 and the Nvidia GTX 960. Both of these GPUs will be the ASUS Strix models

Both of these GPUs offer very similar performance in most scenarios and come in at very similar price points, so it will be very interesting to see which GPU will come out on top. 

 

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Nvidia GTX 960(Left), AMD R9 380(Right)