The Witcher 3 Benchmarks GeForce GTX 750 Ti vs Radeon R7 260X Console Level Settings
Digital Foundry has provided a benchmark for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt testing the GeForce GTX 750 Ti vs the Radeon R7 260X, with console level settings.
You can watch the benchmark video below:
It's possible to run The Witcher 3 on PC to console standards using what we'd call entry-level enthusiast hardware - specifically, a Core i3 processor and either a Radeon R7 260X or GeForce GTX 750 Ti. And here we are comparing them, running them on a Core i7 and Core i3 processor. The idea here is that we test the GPU at its highest potential performance with the i7 4790K, and also when paired with a CPU you are more likely to use with a cheap graphics card - in this case a Core i3 4130.
The results are interesting, show here in the form of lowest and average frame-rate.
Core i7/750 Ti - 25.0/32.0
Core i3/750 Ti - 25.0/32.0
Core i7/260X - 25.0/32.8
Core i3/260X - 17.0/32.5
The 260X is actually slightly faster than the 750 Ti but within the margin of error. However, note the frame-time spikes when the 260X is paired with the Core i3, particularly in the final segment in Novigrad City. CPU usage is much higher in this area and frame-rate drops with the 260X because the AMD driver uses more CPU resources than Nvidia's.
So what are console-equivalent settings in the PC game? Well, this is the closest match we could get, and this is what's tested here.
Nvidia Hairworks: Off
Number of Background Characters: Low (console actually seems lower than this)
Shadow Quality: Medium
Terrain Quality: Medium
Water Quality: High
Grass Density: Medium
Texture Quality: Ultra
Foliage Visibility Range: Medium
Detail Level: Medium
Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
All post effects on except vignetting.
A new mod for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been made available, named E3FX which as the name suggests it tries to mimic the E3 2013 trailer. You can check out and download the mod here.
CD Projekt RED has finally released the new update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with the free DLC on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4. The update includes a sexy new look for Yennefer and a new mission for Geralt.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt had the biggest UK release of the year so far, crashing Battlefield Hardline's week one sales by 53 per cent. 63% of physical sales were on the PlayStation 4, followed by 32% on the Xbox One and 5% on PC. The majority of PC sales were digital though. On top of that it seems that it managed to top both the Steam and Green Man Gaming charts as well.
The game has received another patch and the patch notes state an improvement of the texture rendering quality on High and Ultra settings.
The Witcher 3 Hunter’s Config is a nice little tool offering easy access to graphical options, and it's certainly worth a look.
As we have previously covered a few adjustments in the ini files can improve the grass quality in The Witcher 3, as well as the performance. A workaround on how to run HairWorks on AMD GPUs without crippling performance, has also been made available, enabling AMD GPU users to enjoy The Witcher 3 with HairWorks enabled, while getting better performance than GeForce users not using a Maxwell architecture Nvidia GPU.
The Witcher 3 is available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. We will bring you any new information on The Witcher 3 as soon as it becomes available.
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