Battlefield V Closed Alpha Benchmarks Emerge – NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti And AMD RX Vega 64 Trade Blows, Intel Core i7-8700k Reigns Supreme
Closed alpha benchmarks of Battlefield V have been popping up and show the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti trading blows with the AMD RX Vega 64 depending on the quality settings and resolution. The same goes for all of the NVIDIA and AMD lineup and this is something pretty interesting considering there is a wide performance gap between the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and the RX Vega 64 - with the latter usually behind the former.
Battlefield V (Closed Alpha) benchmarks: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 battle for the top spot
Let's start with the benchmarks that sparked the entire controversy, which come from our friends over at PCGamesN. In these we see AMD graphics cards taking a very clear lead against their NVIDIA counterparts and it begs the question whether game-specific optimizations are at play here. The reason these results raise eyebrows is because NVIDIA offerings have typically enjoyed a lead over their red counterparts (with the downside of a higher premium) and it looks like Battlefield V evens the playing field a little. These benchmarks are however limited to the middle-end spectrum only, with the likes of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 pit against the AMD RX 580.
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Once we start digging away, however, we find that at higher settings and higher resolutions the crown shuffles between AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. In fact, there is so much variance that multiple publications with the exact same settings are reporting different results. At 4k, Hardwareluxx found the GTX 1080 Ti falling behind the RX Vega 64, however, Sweclockers found the former still won all rounds of testing with a wide margin to spare.
Hardwareluxx also found out that at low settings, the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti manages to take the top crown once again and this is I believe one of the telling signs of the discrepancy. See at "low" settings, if your positioning is changing then it either has to do with memory bandwidth (textures) or with the CPU not being able to process optimally. Considering both the GTX 1080 Ti and RX Vega 64 have the bandwidth to spare, this seems to be an issue with the CPU side of things.
Intel leads Battlefield V Closed Alpha CPU charts which indicate a CPU bottleneck at play
This is what makes me believe that the reason for these vast differences actually has much to do with the CPU used. See, PCGamesN and Hardwareluxx were both using processors less powerful than the one used by Sweclockers. PCGamesN was using a Ryzen 2700X while Hardwareluxx used an AMD Threadripper 1950X processor - which is decidedly not clocked for gaming purposes. Sweclockers, on the other hand, used the king of all gaming CPUs: the Core i7-8700k. They even benchmarked the processors to further elaborate on this reasoning:
Image credits: Sweclockers
As you can see, the difference between the Ryzen 7 2700X (which PCGamesN used) and the Core i7-8700k is very significant. In fact, this is probably the sole reason why we see AMD cards pushing ahead of the GTX 1080 Ti against all odds and why we see the 1080 Ti maintaining a clear lead in the Sweclocker results of the same settings and same resolution. In other words, once you remove the CPU bottleneck from the equation, it looks like the GTX 1080 Ti is still king.