Gameplay and Performance
So after hours of unboxing, installing and benchmarking, this is the part I like the most, the gameplay. I am a gamer at heart, but reviewing, my day job, my family and keeping up the house does not give me much time to game. Here is my relaxing time,… I take a little more time here than I should.
The games we will be trying here are Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield One, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Overwatch and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. Sorry for the caps on that last one, that is how it is written. PB is new to me, I just got it for this review so it will be a bit different.
To start things off, we will check out Grand Theft Auto V.
So you can see, I played this game at 2560 x 1440 on DirectX 11 with most settings at Very High and the frame rates from the upper 60’s to the lower 70’s, that’s nice.
Next up is Battlefield One.
Again, I played this game at 2560 x 1440 but this time at Medium… but it still looked and played great. The game ran in the mid 80’s, yeah 80+ frames per second and she played great. The Battlefield series is one of my favorite series of games, that and Command & Conquer, but that series is dead now. One of my newer favorite games is Tom Clancy’s The Division.
Let’s check out some Division gameplay.
So in The Division, I had most of the settings at High and the resolution at 2560 x 1440 and we get the upper 50’s and lower 60’s in Frames Per Second. Since mostly it would run in the 60’s, one or two settings turned down to medium would have kept this game in the 60’s or 70’s.
Now I don’t want to keep playing all the same games for you, I want to change it up sometimes so with that, I introduce Overwatch to the Performance section.
Let’s watch some Overwatch, pun intended, I mean if you can call it a pun.
OK, so I went a little crazy on this one, I had only played once or twice before but I played this game at 4K, well UHD but close enough. I played at 3840 x 2160, sorry for the screaming, I was trying to compensate by how loud the game was, I should have lowered the audio. Even though I was in 4K and in the High presets, I was getting frame rates in the 60’s and 70’s, that’s awesome.
OK, and I got another game, just for you guys (that’s what I tell my wife and kids) is PLAYERUNKNOWN’s BATTLEGROUNDS.
I love this game, I just got it now for this review and it is very cool, here’s a link to it on Amazon if you are interested https://geni.us/6NAIJBN?0Q1y. Aside from that when I first started testing the game (the first half of the video, I was getting frame rates between the 30’s and 40’s but at the 25-minute mark I changed my resolution from 2560×1440 at Medium to 1920×1080 still at medium then my frame rate went to the upper 50’s into the 60’s. At around the 32-minute mark I changed from Medium to High settings and I remained in the 50’s and 60’s.
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUND is an early release game, so it might still be a bit buggy but I got it now because I am sure when it does get released it will get to the $60’s and I won’t want to pay for it. I wouldn’t want to pay for it not because it is not good, it is but I am cheap and I would not wan to spend that much money.
OK, so now with the constant and subtle teases, I bring you some benchmarking with the card overclocked a bit. I am not the best, and I do not claim to be the best overclocker but I did get some more juice out of this card, let’s see how it helped, I should say if it helped.
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware’s acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.