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Far Cry 4 Game Performance Review

A Demanding Engine That Scales Well

It's no surprise that Far Cry 4 will tax your PC hardware, particularly considering its predecessor. However, if you're not gaming on a high-resolution monitor, you can muster an enjoyable experience from Nvidia's sub-$100 GeForce GT 730 GDDR5 at 720p. Even a lowly Radeon R7 240 provides passable frame rates, if that's all you can afford.

A Radeon R7 250X or GeForce GTX 750 should be considered the minimum for a nice experience at 1080p using low-quality detail settings, and the demands quickly escalate as resolution and fidelity are increased. Medium-detail at 1080p calls for a GeForce GTX 750 or Radeon R7 260X, and ultra detail at the same resolution requires a Radeon R9 285 to keep the minimum frame rate around 30 FPS. Playing at 2560x1440 necessitates Radeon R9 290X- or GeForce GTX 970-class performance. Finally, at 4K with ultra details enabled, only the Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 980 maintain close to the 30 FPS minimum goal.

AMD's dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 doesn't yield an advantage over the 290X at this point, hinting that the driver isn't optimized for this game yet. And unfortunately, we couldn't get SLI working with cards from different brands, so we'll have to wait to see how Nvidia's multi-GPU solution pans out. What we can say is that GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon R9 290X owners probably want to step down the detail level if they're driving a 4K monitor to get the smoothest frame rates.

As far as your CPU goes, the Dunia 2 engine scales well with increasing core count. Still, a lowly Core i3-3220 or FX-4170 can push more than 40 FPS minimum at 1080p with the highest details enabled. It's unlikely that you'll see a bottleneck from your platform unless you're running an old dual-core processor that isn't Hyper-Threaded.

For those of you interested in our thoughts on the game, there's not much to say beyond my first-page summary: If you loved playing Far Cry 3, I can pretty much guarantee you will love Far Cry 4. Kyrat offers a wide breadth of enjoyable experiences, despite the deja-vu, in a slicker package than its predecessor.

  • gamebrigada
    Which drivers were you using on the AMD graphics side?
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  • damric
    How much AA was used and what kind? None?
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  • Ellis_D
    14935116 said:
    How much AA was used and what kind? None?

    I'm assuming none since with my GTX 970 and i7 4790k, I was regularly bottoming out into the low-40s/upper-30s with SMAA enabled.
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  • johnnyb105
    Kinda wondering why are they using a fx4170 and a 6300 WHEN THERE IS A FX 4350 AND 6350 CPU AND WHERE THE HECK IS THE 8350 AT???
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  • stoned_ritual
    I have a gtx780 reference and an i5 4670k, I get BETTER framrates with SMAA enabled at 1080p than with 2xMSAA or the game-suggested level of 2xTXAA. I play this game on ultra. I do get fps drops in highly vegetated areas. The biggest performance gain is seen when I disable god rays.
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  • Onus
    Hmmm, I got this game free with a 500GB Samsung 840 EVO. It will be the first shooter I've tried in years. I'm thinking my i5-3570K and HD7970 ought to manage "very high" reasonably well.
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  • magic couch
    The AMD drivers used were the 14.9 Omega drivers, but the omega drivers are 14.12, not 14.9. Is it supposed to say 14.12 or were the 14.9 drivers used?
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  • airborn824
    I am so BIASED. sigh what is this world coming to when we can trust nothing and no one for good info. I wanna see FX8350 with 290x with updated drivers and i5 4690 with GTX 9802 newest drivers so all of us can compare somewhat lol
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  • Cryio
    @ Johnny: FX 4170 for old gen high clocked quad.

    6300, 6350, same thing mostly.

    You can OC an 8350 to that level of performance, so you can approximate.
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  • airborn824
    THis game was so badly made. Why would there be such a difference in the CPU FPS? Sigh and very suprised such low FPS on the 295x2 which is the best money can buy these days. Very badly made game, glad i got it for FREE i would never buy it at its point now.
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