Borderlands 3 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Borderlands 3 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

PC System Requirements

Borderlands 3 promises to run well on most modern gaming PCs, even those that pre-date the current generation of consoles. AMD’s HD 7970 and Nvidia’s GTX 680 released in late 2011 and early 2012 respectively, showcasing that Borderlands 3 is designed to run well on old hardware, albeit at low in-game settings. That said, this game is also designed to scale to much higher-end hardware. 

We will see how this game performs later in our analysis.    

Minimum Recommended
OS: Windows 7/10 (latest service pack) OS: Windows 7/10 (latest service pack)
Processor: AMD FX-8350 (Intel i5-3570) Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (Intel i7-4770)
RAM: 6GB RAM: 16GB 
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7970 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB) Graphics Card: AMD Radeon RX 590 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB)
HDD: 75 GB HDD: 75 GB

Borderlands 3 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide  

Graphics Options 

Borderlands 3 features a large number of graphics options on PC, though we are disappointed that the game is missing one of Unreal Engine 4’s killer new features. Support for Variable Resolutions Scaling. This feature allows the game to vary its internal resolution to meet specific framerate targets and was used to great effect in Gears 5 but remains missing on Borderlands 3. Such a feature would be very useful in this game. 

Even so, Borderlands 3 features more than enough options to allow PC gamers to scale this game to run on both low-end and cutting-edge PC hardware configurations. On page 7 of this review, we will detail which graphical options will have the largest impact on game performance. 

  Very Low Low Medium High Ultra Badass
Anti Aliasing None FXAA FXAA Temporal Temporal Temporal 
FidelityFX Sharpening Off Off Off On On On
Camera Motion Blur Off Off Off Off On On
Object Motion Blur Off Off Off Off On On
Texture Streaming Low Medium High Ultra Ultra Ultra
Anisotropic Filtering Trilinear 2x 4x 8x 16x 16x
Material Complexity Low Medium High High Ultra Ultra
Shadows Low Medium Medium High Ultra Ultra
Draw Distance Low Low Medium High Ultra Ultra
Environment Detail Low Low Medium High Ultra Ultra
Terrain Detail Low Medium Medium High Ultra Ultra
Foliage Low Low Medium High Ultra Ultra
Character Detail Low Low Medium High Ultra Ultra
Ambient Occlusion Off Low Medium High Ultra Ultra
Volumetric Fog Off Off Medium High High Ultra
Screen Space Reflections Off Off Medium High High Ultra

 

Borderlands 3 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide