Results: Higher Resolutions And Bottom Line
At higher resolutions, the TAA performs noticeably better and the game looks sharper. Aside from stepping up to QHD, we're using the same settings you saw at FHD (so there's no need for another set of menu screenshots).
AMD's Radeon R9 390 is the lowest-end board (if you want to call it that) able to deliver average frame rates significantly above 50, and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 sets the boundary for "definitely playable". Anything under that line depends on what you consider a minimum for enjoyable gaming.
Ultra HD marks the end of the line for pretty much every graphics card. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Titan X are the only boards able to provide any kind of playable experience. AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury X is probably hamstrung by an unoptimized driver, and the rest of the field watches from the bench.
Overall, Fallout 4 is well-balanced and can be played reasonably well on lower-end hardware if its quality settings are adjusted down accordingly. The game's graphics aren't without flaws, though. The following pictures demonstrate nicely how clipping shouldn't work.
This really wouldn't be so bad, but there's more. Unfortunately, we've repeatedly gotten stuck in tight places, and once even got wedged between two floors after a jump. At least saving the game and reloading it freed us, so no progress was lost.
So, what's the bottom line? Fallout 4 is full of compelling content, driven by appealing graphics that could have been better. Truth be told, we've been Fallout fans for a very long time, which means we'll forgive less-than-stellar visuals when the game play is good. It's a little like real life in that way. When you meet someone who's smart and has a great personality, then it doesn't hurt if they're beautiful as well. But you can't build your life around looks, which are subjective anyway. Like many of you, we're just having a blast playing Fallout 4!