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Far Cry New Dawn PC Performance Report - GeForce and Radeon Benchmark Analysis
By Jon Sutton on February 18th, 2019 at 01:28pm - original article from game-debate

It's a new year and a new Far Cry, but does Far Cry New Dawn's performance differ all that much from its predecessor? We've put Far Cry New Dawn through a series of benchmark tests to see how performance shapes up, including a video card below its minimum specs, as well as a member of Nvidia's new GeForce RTX family.

Over the weekend we took a look at FC: New Dawn's PC graphics settings, benchmarking which Far Cry: ND graphics options are the most demanding as well as providing examples of the visual differences.

Just as with all Far Cry games, Far Cry New Dawn uses the Dunia Engine. It's the same engine used for Far Cry 5, Far Cry 4 and, well, you get the picture. The Dunia Engine allows for massive landscapes, big explosions, and plenty of physics-based carnage. 

Far Cry New Dawn Graphics Settings 

Far Cry New Dawn Video Options

  • Refresh Rate
  • Window Mode
  • Enable HDR
  • Display resolution
  • Aspect Ration
  • V-Sync
  • Framerate Lock
  • Field of View Scaling
  • Adaptive Resolution
  • Resolution Scale

Far Cry New Graphics Settings

  • Graphics Quality
  • Texture filtering
  • Shadows
  • Geometry & Vegetation
  • Environment
  • Water
  • Terrain
  • Volumetric Fog
  • Antialiasing
  • Motion Blur

Far Cry New Dawn Benchmarks

Far Cry New Dawn benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on XFX Radeon R9 370 2GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

Far Cry New Dawn XFX Radeon R9 370 2GB Benchmarks @ 720p, 1080p & 1440p

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Far Cry: New Dawn comes with a built-in benchmark tool. Unlike a lot of benchmark tools, this one is actually very representative of actual gameplay so we used this as the basis for our tests.

For our first FC: New Dawn benchmarks, we used an AMD Radeon R9 370 equipped with 2GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. This video card is of interest because it actually comes in below the minimum specs for Far Cry New Dawn, which suggest a Radeon R9 270X. There's not much in it but it is weaker than the minimum spec.

Far Cry New Dawn XFX Radeon R9 370 2GB Benchmarks @ 720p, 1080p & 1440p

  720p 1080p 1440p
Low 74 46 31
Medium 68 41 28
High 62 37 26
Ultra 53 33 23

Despite coming in below the minimum spec, we can see the Radeon R9 370 is still perfectly capable of running Far Cry New Dawn. In fact, if you're prepared to drop to 720p you can squeeze out more than 60 frames per second on High. 900p on Medium also isn't totally out of the question. However, if you're desperate for higher resolutions then a locked 30fps @ 1080p/High also sounds like a worthy route. This won't feel great with a mouse but should be if you're using a gamepad. Considering it's below FCND's minimum spec though, the Radeon R9 270 can still crank out stronger performance than the base Xbox One version.

Far Cry New Dawn benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on PNY GeForce RTX 2060 6GB XLR8 | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

Far Cry New Dawn GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Benchmarks @ 1080p & 1440p

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Far Cry New Dawn GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Benchmarks @ 1080p & 1440p

  1080p 1440p
Low 98 85
Medium 91 79
High 82 73
Ultra 76 67

Jumping up a few gears, the GeForce GTX 1070 is a previous-gen high-end video card that still packs a punch two years later. For those looking at 60fps in Far Cry New Dawn, the GTX 1070 is overkill at 1080p and can still a nearly locked 60 frames per second on Ultra @ 1440p. There were a few dips just under but nothing overly troublesome.

Far Cry New Dawn benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on PNY GeForce RTX 2060 6GB XLR8 | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

The newest arrival in our repertoire, PNY's GeForce RTX 2060 6GB XLR8 is the entry-level RTX experience. Far Cry New Dawn doesn't utilise any RTX-exclusive features so this is a great test of value for money outside of doodads like ray-tracing and DLSS.

Far Cry New Dawn PNY GeForce RTX 2060 6GB XLR8 Benchmarks @ 1080p, 1440p & 4K

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Far Cry New Dawn PNY GeForce RTX 2060 6GB XLR8 Benchmarks @ 1080p, 1440p & 4K

 

  1080p 1440p 4K
Low 95 91 53
Medium 89 85 48
High 84 77 46
Ultra 79 72 43

Unsurprisingly, the PNY RTX 2060 does a great job. Performance is roughly on par with the GTX 1070, but more on that below. A totally locked 60fps on Ultra 1440p is achievable though, as is a locked 4K 30fps experience that trumps the Xbox One X. For those gaming at 1080p the RTX 2060 really is a dream. It offers plenty of performance overheard that means it should be very comfortable at this resolution for some time, outside of the obvious ray-tracing demands which could crater performance.

Far Cry New Dawn GeForce GTX 1070 v RTX 2060 Performance

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Far Cry New Dawn PNY GeForce RTX 2060 6GB XLR8 Benchmarks @ 1080p & 1440p Far Cry New Dawn GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Benchmarks @ 1080p & 1440p

The new generation of video cards also brought about another leap in pricing. At £330 the RTX 2060 costs as much as the GeForce GTX 1070 did at its own launch in 2016. As you can see though, you're not getting a fantastic deal for your money. The RTX 2060's performance is just a few percentage points ahead of the GTX 1070 despite being two years newer and retailing for the same MSRP. The RTX 2060 does make stronger gains at 1440p though. The faster 6GB of GDDR6 memory manages to outstrip the 8GB GDDR5 found on the GTX 1070.

A major caveat to all of this is that it looks as if Far Cry New Dawn becomes extremely CPU-intensive at 1080p and it's here where the frames look as if they could be lost. The GeForce RTX 2060 is feasibly being held back by the Core i7-5820K due to its fairly low clock speed, meaning you're going to want to pair it with a modern high clock speed CPU to get the best out of the RTX 2060.

Looking at the CPU usage, Far Cry New Dawn leans heavily on a single thread for much of its processing, restricting the full capabilities of the GeForce RTX 2060.

Intel Core i7-5820K CPU Usage Far Cry New Dawn 1080p/Ultra With RTX 2060

Intel Core i7-5820K CPU Usage Far Cry New Dawn 1080p/Ultra With RTX 2060

All in all, Far Cry New Dawn, somewhat predictably, performs very similarly to last year's Far Cry 5. It's a glorified expansion pack more than anything, packing a colour palette swap rather than any major tech improvements. If you could run Far Cry 5 then you shouldn't have issues here either. And, well, if you haven't played Far Cry 5 just yet, that's also probably the better place to start.