Saturday, March 3, 2018

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition: Tested In 4K With A NVIDIA GTX 1080

On March 6 will arrive on PC a highly anticipated title and that has had a great success on consoles. We are talking about Final Fantasy XV , which with the arrival on computer changes slightly name and adds the suffix " Windows Edition ". Not only a change of name, but also a large graphic update compared to the console counterpart, possible thanks to the collaboration with NVIDIA , which closely followed the project. The final result of this work we will analyze it better in the review, but today we can start to get an idea of ​​how the title turns on a high-end RIG, thanks to the widespread benchmark in the past hours from Square-Enix, a very useful tool to understand if your PC is ready to welcome the adventures of Noctis and companions.

It is certainly not the first time that the release of a PC game is anticipated by a benchmark to test its potential and technical requirements. In this case, however, the approach chosen by Square-Enix is different from the usual. Rather than through the frame rate, the score reached by a PC is expressed through a numerical score, to then be applied to a table that provides a more detailed feedback on the hardware requests. As we will see, these values ​​should be taken a bit with pliers, unless your goal is to make the game run at the highest level in 4Kalways at 60 fps. Object very difficult to judge from our tests, but with some minor compromise, more in the frame rate that in detail, we are confident that PC players will enjoy the title in the best in Ultra HD.

But let's go in order and see the requirements for playing Final Fantasy XV on PC. The minimum ones include an Intel i5-2500 or FX-6100 from AMD, along with a GTX 760-1050 graphics card or an AMD R9 280, 8 GB of RAM and 100 GB of disk space. Definitely more balanced the recommended requirements, which include an i7 3770 or an AMD FX-8350, an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 6 GB of RAM or a Radeon RX 480, all with 16 GB of RAM. A configuration that should ensure good performance in Full HD, but if you focus on the 4K is much more. In this case, the CPU rises to an i7 7700 or a Ryzen 1600X , while Square indicates the GTX 1080 Ti to fully enjoy the high resolution, all seasoned with 16 GB of RAM and 155 GB of disk space. A high-end gaming machine, in fact, today very expensive due to the increase in GPU and RAM memory.

In any case, to understand if the indicated requirements are plausible, we tested the benchmark of the game with well-bodied PC, whose configuration includes an Intel i7 7820X processor , Asus Prime X299-A motherboard, NVME M.2 disk from 480 GB, 16 GB of RAM at 2400 GHz and a GTX 1080 licensed MSI.

As we anticipated, the Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition benchmarkreturns a numeric value instead of frames per second averages as a final result. To understand the meaning of this value you can refer to the table that you find in this article. If the test returns a value from 0 to 1999 then it means that the minimum requirements are not met. Between 2000 and 2499 instead it is possible to start the title but with strong limitations; however, playing with resolution and graphics settings everything should be at least usable. Same thing, but with fewer limits, between 2500 and 2999. If instead your score is in a range from 3000 to 4499 means that you can play safely, but do not push the settings as much as possible. This increases up to scores above 12,000, which allow uncompromising use. Compromise that, needless to say,they are also necessary for a machine like the one used for the test.

The 4K gaming on PC requires many computational resources to be managed, thanks to the large amount of pixels on the screen, in a much higher number compared to Full HD. Regardless of the numbers indicated by Square-Enix, is it really possible to play in 4K with a test setup? The answer is yes, since the benchmarks we have done have returned in any case a sufficient frame rate, with some compromise, but without too obvious drops. All this without the possibility of fine tuning of the graphic parameters, which will only come with the complete title. In this case the only available settings concern only the resolution and the " High " presets , "Standard "and" Lite ", nothing more.

The first test took place in Full HD resolution and with settings on "High", returning a score of 7696. This value, according to the comparison table, indicates that the title should run well and with high details, which actually happened. The frame rate has never dropped below 60 fps, remaining for most of the benchmark above 70 fps, with peaks of 90. No problem in Full HD , but then the 1080 is a GPU designed for higher resolutions. In 4K the scenario changes, but the final result is still appreciable. With the settings on " Lite " the benchmark returns a score of 5765, for a frame rate that has never dropped below 50 fps, maintaining an average close to 60 fps, but with peaks of 75 fps.

On ""the drop is noticeable, it goes to an average of about 37 fps during the demo, with the negative peak that reached 34 fps. In this case the score assigned by the benchmark is 4162, described by the comparative tebella with a simple " You can expect performance in the media ." Finally, even with high-quality graphics on "High", the title was potentially playable, despite the score of 3396 and an average of about 30 fps, with a negative peak of 23 fps, however only a few moments during a frenetic fight.

In short, the requirements indicated by Square-Enix for its title seem plausible, and with a 1080 Ti instead of the standard 1080 used for testing the benchmark would certainly have returned a more stable average frame rate around 30 fps also in 4K and maximum detail. So if you understand how much your PC is ready for Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, this benchmark will certainly do it for you, making it a useful indication, albeit not very precise, on the final performance of the game.
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