Overwatch Open Beta PC Performance Review

Introduction

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)

 

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Most Recent Comments

06-05-2016, 14:24:46

AverageNinja
Seems like it's a very well optimized game, hitting 60 FPS on 4K with ultra settings on the flagship cards with ease. Good going, Blizzard. Nice, in-depth article too, Mark! I enjoyed reading it.Quote

06-05-2016, 14:53:47

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
Seems like it's a very well optimized game, hitting 60 FPS on 4K with ultra settings on the flagship cards with ease. Good going, Blizzard. Nice, in-depth article too, Mark! I enjoyed reading it.
Cheers dude, takes a lot of energy to do.

Lots of sites think that it's fine to just do max settings at each res, but I like to do all the presets to give some wider coverage.

It would be nice to cover some more GPUs, or perhaps try some CPU stuff by locking down cores or hyperthreading on the CPU. Sadly then it becomes a massive time sink.Quote

07-05-2016, 05:00:24

AverageNinja
Quote:
Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Cheers dude, takes a lot of energy to do.

Lots of sites think that it's fine to just do max settings at each res, but I like to do all the presets to give some wider coverage.

It would be nice to cover some more GPUs, or perhaps try some CPU stuff by locking down cores or hyperthreading on the CPU. Sadly then it becomes a massive time sink.
Aye, I can imagine it takes a lot of time. The work's appreciated though, it's a good read.

Of course more GPUs would be nice, like something in between the 960 / 380 and the Fury / 980 Ti (perhaps an R9 390(x) / GTX 970), but I can understand that that would take way too much time.Quote

07-05-2016, 13:48:36

AngryGoldfish
Another excellent performance review. It's great to see a PC game work so seemingly well. It makes me smile. I love gaming so much, and I hate to see it fail so miserably as it does too often these days.Quote

10-05-2016, 09:45:42

Julia2607
Awesome!Quote
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