Starfield PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Starfield PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Starfield is hard on GPUs – Most GPUs struggle to achieve 60 FPS framerates at 1080p without upscaling

Starfield’s PC system requirements are high, and for good reason. This game is demanding, so it makes sense why this game’s minimum GPUs as Nvidia’s GTX 1070 Ti and AMD’s Radeon RX 5700.

Even ultra-high-end GPUs like Nvidia’s RTX 4090 and AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 XTX are mostly GPU-limited at 1080p, and even these GPUs are not able to break 120 FPS in our benchmarking area. Many lower-end GPUs even struggle to achieve 30 FPS framerates at 1080p, explaining why FSR 2 is part of Starfield’s standard graphical pesets. For many PC gamers, upscaling in the form of FSR 2 will be a must when playing Starfield, with native resolution rendering being exclusively for users of uber-powerful gaming PCs. 

If you are using a lower-end graphics card or a older gaming GPU like Nvidia’s GTX 1070 Ti, you will likely be targeting 1080p 30 FPS when playing Starfield, and that is with lowered graphical settings and upscaling.

In general, AMD GPUs outperform their Nvidia counterparts, with AMD’s Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs performing exceedingly well. This trend will be seen at most resolutions, and in general Starfield’s PC performance appears to scale well with GPU memory bandwidth. 

Starfield PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide