The Witcher 3 Benchmark GTX 970/980/Titan X vs R9 290/290X

Archie Paras

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.

You can check out some beautiful 4K screenshots of the PC version as well as some 4K gameplay footage, both of which demonstrate just how great The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can look.

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.

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