The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is certainly an amazing open world RPG, but a very demanding one as well. A video benchmark testing the title with various GPU heavyweights was released by the folks over at Digital Foundry, which can be viewed below:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt benchmark runs from two cut-scenes and gameplay from one of the most CPU-intensive parts of the game, Novigrad City. The game is running maxed out on ultra, but with Nvidia HairWorks disabled.
Digital Foundry compares the two top-tier Radeons - the R9 290 and 290X - along with the top three GeForce cards, the GTX 970, 980 and Titan X. The Radeon cards are prone to frame-time spikes, either on scene changes in cut-scenes (not really a problem) or during CPU-intensive areas of gameplay.
Here are the benchmark results, in the form of lowest, then average frame-rates. Digital Foundry states that this is one of the biggest scalings they have seen from GTX 980 to Titan X on a modern game. The Witcher 3's GPU utilisation is epic.
Titan X - 65.0/84.4
GTX 980 - 49.0/65.8
GTX 970 - 41.0/56.0
290X - 34.0/50.5
290 - 33.0/46.4
Titan X - 50.0/63.3
980 - 36.0/47.5
970 - 30.0/39.2
290X - 26.0/38.2
290 - 24.0/35.3
The Witcher 3 Hunter’s Config is a great tool granting easy access to graphical options. The grass quality in The Witcher 3, as well as the performance, can be improved by a few adjustment sin the ini files. AMD has made available a workaround on how to run HairWorks on AMD GPUs without crippling performance, which enables AMD GPU users to enkoy The Witcher 3 with HairWorks enabled.
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. Be sure to check out our previous coverage for more information on The Witcher 3, here and here.