For Honor Performance Review

CPU & RAM Resources, And Conclusion

Processor Usage, Intel Core i5-6500

We noticed that For Honor reports higher CPU utilization on a GeForce than the Radeons, even more so when shifting down from Extreme quality to High.

System Memory Usage

The game also seems to tie up more system memory on GeForce cards. Strangely, the High preset is more RAM-intensive than Extreme, and this applies to AMD and Nvidia cards alike.

Note that our tally counts total system memory, so you have to subtract what the OS and other services use as well. When we do that, For Honor appears quite thrifty with its RAM utilization.

Video Memory Usage

At 1080p, For Honor doesn't come close to utilizing all of the GDDR5 memory these two cards offer. In fact, the AnvilNext 2.0 engine only monopolizes about one-third of it during our benchmark sequence.

While selecting graphics options, the game estimates how much memory it'll need, and those values were only slightly higher than our observations.


Although it's visually pleasing and seems like it'd be pretty demanding, For Honor proves to be playable at 1920x1080 using the Extreme quality preset on mid-range graphics cards. To achieve truly smooth frame rates on lower-end hardware, though, you'll need to make some sacrifices on the detail settings front, particularly if you own a Radeon RX 470 or GeForce GTX 970.

The AnvilNext 2.0 engine does a great job, but we are even more excited about the next version with DirectX 12 support.

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