Hogwarts Legacy PC Performance Review & Settings Guide

CPU Performance - Hogwarts Legacy is surprisingly demanding

Hogwarts Legacy PC Performance Review & Settings Guide

CPU Performance - This game is hard to run

Hogwarts Legacy puts a lot of strain on our old Zen 2 based games test rig, so much so that this game have 5th percentile framerates that are below 60 FPS at Ultra settings. Hogwarts Legacy can be fully CPU limited in demanding sections of the game, especially in demanding areas like Hogsmeade. 

In our testing, we benchmarked Hogwarts Legacy by running though Hogsmeade during the day when a large number of NPCs are around. This allows us to keep both CPU and GPU loads high for testing, and these tests showcased the limits of our test hardware. 

Moving Hogwarts Legacy down to Low settings did result in a notable boost to performance, but 5th percentile framerates remained low. As such, we decided to move to a newer CPU for the rest of our Hogwarts Legacy testing.

Hogwarts Legacy PC Performance Review & Settings Guide

A Zen 3 upgrade

To move on with Hogwarts Legacy testing as quickly as possible, and to save us the time of building an entirely new PC, we decided to switch out our Ryzen 9 3950X with a Ryzen 9 5950X. This is a simple Zen 2 to Zen 3 upgrade, and this upgrade rewarded us with average framerates that are 21.8% higher than before and 5th percentile framerates that are almost 25% higher than before.

Let's be clear, if you want higher framerates in Hogwarts Legacy at Ultra, you will need a higher-end CPU, or something like Nvidia Frame Generation (DLSS 3). Hogwarts Legacy is very CPU limited, even at 4K with today's high-end GPUs.  

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Most Recent Comments

10-02-2023, 18:50:52

How are you able to measure fps? Are you using an external tool like Fraps?Quote

11-02-2023, 20:08:18

Great work on this, OC3D team. First game to see a real benefit of using DLSS3.Quote

11-02-2023, 21:50:31

Very good work. Very throughout and detailed.

It's nice to find a game that really pushes hardware.

I am interested to see if AMDs 3D cache CPUs will significantly benefit this game since they will be able to store far more data on die rather than constantly fetch from memory.Quote

11-02-2023, 21:59:04

Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
Great work on this, OC3D team. First game to see a real benefit of using DLSS3.

From what I've read a fair few people even with a 4090 are still seeing GPU usage dipping down to 80% which means DLSS3 isn't working like it should.Quote

11-02-2023, 23:24:49

I feel sorry for the people missing out on a great gameQuote

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