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Star Wars Battlefront II Performance Review

DirectX 11.1 vs DirectX 12

The previous page's results were all collected under DirectX 11. We found it particularly interesting that CPU utilization varied wildly depending on whether a GeForce or Radeon card was installed. Would the same be true under DirectX 12? We re-tested to find out.

Processor Utilization Comparison

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Moving from one surprise to the next, Frostbite 3 does a better job with threading under DirectX 12 when we have our Radeon card installed. Meanwhile, utilization drops a bunch moving from DirectX 11 to DirectX 12 with a GeForce in our test platform. Threading is managed well there, too. No one core is overloaded compared to the rest.

Performance

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Unfortunately, improved CPU resource management under DirectX 12 does not translate to higher frame rates. In fact, the opposite is true. Whether we look at GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 580 8GB, the average drops compared to DirectX 11 mode. Frame time variance is also worse under DirectX 12 (though this doesn't seem too noticeable when it comes to perceived smoothness).


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Star Wars Battlefront II - PCView Deal
  • AgentLozen
    The screen shots make this game look terrific. If EA would rethink it's micro transaction policies, this game be could terrific as a whole.

    EA owns so many popular IPs but they take this aggressively toxic approach to charging for bits and pieces of the game that should be part of the whole experience from the start. Their fingers poison everything they touch. Imagine the beautiful garden they could cultivate if they only turned the steering wheel a little bit. EA could be an American Nintendo.
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  • Yuka
    MP tests? MP tests! MP TESTS!!!

    Also, weird thing about the core distribution. It would be interesting to hear what the devs have to say about it, specially with the Radeons performing right on par with the GeForces.

    Nice findings, as usual. Keep up the great work.

    Cheers!
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  • Som1_
    These benchmarks only test gpu, if you have anything lower than a 6600k all the way to an i5-46** with a 1060/rx570 you WILL run the game at a smooth 60 fps.
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  • Mike2015
    Just curious, but would this game still run (be playable) running on a system with 8 GB RAM, an Intel i3 6100 (dual core) and a GTX 750 Ti 2GB GPU with the detail settings turned down to say medium or low? I'm considering this option for my Son who's very interested in the game. Don't want to have to upgrade the CPU just for this game if I don't have to.
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  • Derren001
    I do wish the game used SLI. I end up with one GPU running at 99% and the second at 1%.
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  • derekullo
    20458376 said:
    These benchmarks only test gpu, if you have anything lower than a 6600k all the way to an i5-46** with a 1060/rx570 you WILL run the game at a smooth 60 fps.

    Did you skip "Page 7: Multi-Core Performance"?

    They even tested a ryzen brought down to 2 threads

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  • spdragoo
    20458485 said:
    Just curious, but would this game still run (be playable) running on a system with 8 GB RAM, an Intel i3 6100 (dual core) and a GTX 750 Ti 2GB GPU with the detail settings turned down to say medium or low? I'm considering this option for my Son who's very interested in the game. Don't want to have to upgrade the CPU just for this game if I don't have to.

    Based on the multi-core testing they did, 2C/4T CPUs should do OK (almost no difference in testing on their Ryzen CPU from 6C/12 all the way down to 2C/4T; it was only when they dipped to 2C/2T that they saw a drop).

    GPU-wise, you're kind of on the edge. The 750TI is just behind the 660 or 7850 in performance (the minimum GPUs listed). Given that the 1050 & RX 460/560 (themselves a step up from minimum) were below 50FPS on Ultra, I think you should plan on turning it down to Medium on the quality settings (or turning the resolution down).
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  • phobicsq
    It's really a shame that they didn't use a newer engine for this. These games are becoming so expensive yet the R&D is a joke. Using old engines for these huge titles is stupid.
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  • redgarl
    CPU/GPU goes to the RX 580 while your benches is saying the contrary.

    I will check on another site then...
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  • matthew_258
    So no 1080ti, 1070ti or 1080? 4k? no...no lemon pledge...
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