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Far Cry: Third Time Is A Charm

Far Cry 3 Performance, Benchmarked

Far Cry 3 isn't the best-looking game we've ever seen on the PC, but it's definitely an attractive title. More importantly, it provides an incredibly fun single-player experience that's every bit as addictive as the Elder Scrolls series, combining open-world sandbox gameplay with impressive terrain, vehicles, weapons, and places to explore.

The natives are sleeved like convicts, but they're quite friendly.The natives are sleeved like convicts, but they're quite friendly.

Enabling modern visuals requires that you own a respectable graphics card, though. Don't even bother trying to play this game with less than a Radeon HD 6670 DDR3 or GeForce GT 630 GDDR5, and even then you're limited to 1280x720 at entry-level detail settings. If you want to step up to the Medium quality preset using 2x MSAA, a Radeon HD 7770 or GeForce GTX 650 Ti gets you moderate performance at 1680x1050. Increase that to 1920x1080, though, and you'll need a Radeon HD 7870 or GeForce GTX 660 to get more than a 40 FPS minimum.

Virtual funeral. I accidentally drove over him. Awkward!Virtual funeral. I accidentally drove over him. Awkward!

Finally, cranking this title up to its highest details with 4x MSAA requires a GeForce GTX 660 Ti or Radeon HD 7950 with Boost. If you'd like a little more headroom for demanding sequences, the GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7970 are better choices.

As far as 5760x1080 goes, forget about playing at Ultra quality with 4x MSAA. We're not sure that there's a rig out there able to deliver perfectly playable performance without some sort of compromise on detail settings.

Stuck on the beach? The easier to skin you, my dear!Stuck on the beach? The easier to skin you, my dear!

Not that we're disappointed. Even the Medium preset looks good in Far Cry 3. We think you'll be too busy enjoying this immersive title to notice the difference.

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