Get ready to carve through swarms of zombies as the Open Beta for the upcoming Back 4 Blood is about to start soon. But for some lucky individuals they got to try it out early this last weekend, but how well does B4B perform? And what kind of hardware is needed to play it at its best? We take a look at the PC performance benchmarks for Back 4 Blood...
First of all, in this PC performance benchmark article for Back 4 Blood, we benchmark a range of graphics cards going from the higher-end RTX 2060; the mid-range GTX 1060 which is close to the recommended GPU; and to the lower-end R9 380.
Then we go through the FPS test results of each graphics card running at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. From there we can see the performance of the minimum and recommended system requirement graphics cards and consider how well optimized Back 4 Blood really is.
Back 4 Blood unfortunately does not include an in-game benchmarking tool, so for these benchmark results below we started out in the opening area/main hub of the game known as Fort Hope. Unfortunately, the Beta doesn't allow private game lobbies with bots, so we couldn't really perform consistent benchmarking runs in a normal map. However, we did get some results online to see how much of a difference there is between FPS performance in Fort Hope and actual in-game campaign missions.
With that in mind, let's jump into the PC performance benchmarks for Back 4 Blood...
Back 4 Blood Open Beta recommended system requirements
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
- RAM: 12GB
- GPU RAM: 4GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 590
- DX: 11
- Storage: 25GB SSD
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Back 4 Blood RTX 2060 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia PNY GeForce RTX 2060 | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB
Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in Back 4 Blood @ 1080p
Back 4 Blood Low Medium High Epic Average FPS 247.6 184.9 179.4 155.6 Min FPS 196.8 115.7 160.1 139.4 Max FPS 287.9 206.2 211.8 181.9 1% Low FPS 152.6 106 134.5 129.7 0.1% Low FPS 21.2 69.1 119.6 110.4
The FPS performance of the RTX 2060 in Back 4 Blood at 1080p resolution is really good, with performance exceeding well above 60fps even on Epic graphics settings. There are some issues with stuttering though which can be seen by the 0.1% Low FPS on Low and Medium settings. However, these can probably be down to optimization issues during the Beta.
Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in Back 4 Blood @ 1440p
Back 4 Blood Low Medium High Epic Average FPS 173.6 123 111.5 96.8 Min FPS 148.2 106.9 97.3 84.3 Max FPS 207.3 141.7 131.2 112.4 1% Low FPS 139.7 94.6 76 66.2 0.1% Low FPS 116.6 74.5 70.9 60.3
At 1440p, the FPS performance of the RTX 2060 in Back 4 Blood is still really good, achieving more than 60fps on Epic graphics settings. The RTX 2060 is then perfect for playing Back 4 Blood at 1440p on Max graphics settings.
Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in Back 4 Blood @ 4K
Back 4 Blood Low Medium High Epic Average FPS 85.5 58.8 53.5 46.8 Min FPS 72.9 50.5 46.3 40.4 Max FPS 101.7 67.1 62 54.4 1% Low FPS 58.4 37.6 32.9 29.2 0.1% Low FPS 50.3 35 31.3 25.8
Finally at 4K resolution, the RTX 2060's FPS performance is okay. Here, the only settings which achieved more than 60fps was Low graphics, though from Medium to Epic performance is still stable enough to be comfortable to play on.
Overall, looking at the results above the RTX 2060 is perfectly suitable for playing Back 4 Blood on Epic graphics settings at 1080p and 1440p resolutions. At 4K performance is okay, but is still perfectly comfortable to play at, though if you want a stable 60fps performance then you should stick to Low graphics settings at 4K.
Back 4 Blood GTX 1060 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 1060 | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB
Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Back 4 Blood @ 1080p
Back 4 Blood Low Medium High Epic Average FPS 174 125.6 112 99.2 Min FPS 150.4 109.4 91.5 86.1 Max FPS 207.3 143.7 133.4 113.3 1% Low FPS 120.9 87.5 78 67.7 0.1% Low FPS 107.5 51.9 64.2 59.4
The FPS performance of the GTX 1060 at 1080p in Back 4 Blood is really good, delivering well over 60fps performance even on Epic graphics settings. Overall, the GTX 1060 is perfect for playing Back 4 Blood at 1080p on Max graphics settings.
Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Back 4 Blood @ 1440p
Back 4 Blood Low Medium High Epic Average FPS 110.2 77.9 71 60 Min FPS 93.9 66.9 60.8 52.2 Max FPS 129.5 88.2 81.5 69.6 1% Low FPS 77.6 50.5 44.8 37 0.1% Low FPS 64.8 43.8 41.1 34.6
The GTX 1060's FPS performance at 1440p is still pretty good, mostly achieving more than 60fps on most graphics settings. On Epic settings this may ride the line a little too much and performance may dip in certain situations, but overall the GTX 1060 is perfect for playing Back 4 Blood at 1440p resolution up to High or Epic graphics settings.
Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Back 4 Blood @ 4K
Back 4 Blood Low Medium High Epic Average FPS 54.4 37.7 34.5 28.9 Min FPS 43.8 32.4 29.7 24.8 Max FPS 63.8 42.9 39.4 33.3 1% Low FPS 33.3 32.2 29.5 24.5 0.1% Low FPS 27.9 31.4 20.4 23.6
At 4K resolution the FPS performance of the GTX 1060 is not great. On Low graphics settings performance is fine, but anything above that is noticeably low. Medium and High settings are still playable at this performance, but Epic graphics settings were unplayable.
Looking over the results above the GTX 1060 is perfectly suitable for playing Back 4 Blood on Epic graphics settings at 1080p resolution, and up to High or Epic settings at 1440p depending on your preference. At 4K though performance is much lower, though still playable up to High graphics settings, though Epic is unplayable at this resolution.
Back 4 Blood R9 380 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on AMD MSI Radeon R9 380 | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB
Average FPS for AMD Radeon R9 380 in Back 4 Blood @ 1080p
Back 4 Blood Low Medium High Epic Average FPS 104.9 72.5 64.5 53.9 Min FPS 87.5 62.6 55.2 46.6 Max FPS 123.9 84.9 76.6 63.2 1% Low FPS 49.3 35 31.3 27.7 0.1% Low FPS 47.9 29.5 14.4 24.2
The R9 380's FPS performance in Back 4 Blood at 1080p is pretty good. Up to High graphics settings the performance reaches above 60fps which was very comfortable, but on Epic settings it drops below 60fps. This was still playable but not ideal. The R9 380 then is perfect for playing Back 4 Blood at 1080p up to High or Epic graphics settings depending on your preference.
Average FPS for AMD Radeon R9 380 in Back 4 Blood @ 1440p
Back 4 Blood Low Medium High Epic Average FPS 66.7 49.2 42.2 30 Min FPS 56 41.9 36.2 26.3 Max FPS 78.2 55.8 49.2 36.6 1% Low FPS 39.5 27.2 35.5 25.8 0.1% Low FPS 35.8 26.4 21.5 15
At 1440p the R9 380's FPS performance in Back 4 Blood is not great, though still playable up to High graphics settings. On Epic settings at this resolution the performance was still playable, but dips in FPS can drop below 30fps and become uncomfortable to play.
Overall, looking at the results above the R9 380 is perfectly suitable for playing Back 4 Blood at 1080p up to High or Epic graphics settings depending on your preference. At 1440p performance is still playable, but not ideal, up to High graphics settings.
Back 4 Blood Fort Hope vs Online performance comparison
As mentioned above, the Back 4 Blood Beta does not include any way to play solo with bots, and as such we weren't able to consistently test performance in an area during one of the main campaign levels.
Instead, we benched performance in the main hub area known as Fort Hope, and then compared the performance to playing online to see if there was any major differences between the Fort Hope area and the main campaign levels of the game.
In order to get the most accurate results whilst using the RTX 2060, we got the data on the Epic graphics settings preset at 4K resolution. No other settings were changed in any way. We got two separate benches, one for indoors and one for outdoors, in case there was a major difference between the two.
Back 4 Blood Fort Hope Online (indoors) Online (outdoors) Average FPS 46.8 47.3 43.5 Min FPS 40.4 34.2 24.5 Max FPS 54.4 53.9 62.5 1% Low FPS 29.2 21.1 15.2 0.1% Low FPS 25.8 12.8 8.7
As you can see above, when playing Back 4 Blood's main campaign levels you can expect to see different results depending on your area of play. For instance, whilst indoors you can expect the same performance, if not slightly better, than whilst exploring Fort Hope.
However, if you move outside then you can expect performance to drop slightly, around 10% less FPS than in Fort Hope. So looking over all the GPU benchmark results above, you should take into account that actual in-game performance might vary up to around 10% less FPS.
Overall, looking at all the results above we can see that Back 4 Blood is pretty well optimized even during the Beta. There are some issues with stuttering that can come down to possibly being technical issues during the Beta or driver optimizations. However, it seems like most modern hardware will be able to run Back 4 Blood at a decent performance.
For instance, the recommended GPU for Back 4 Blood's Open Beta is the GTX 970. In our tests with the GTX 1060, which is close to the performance of a GTX 970, FPS achieved was well over 60fps even on the Maximum graphics settings, and even up to 1440p resolution.
Even a low-end graphics card like the R9 380 was able to deliver more than 60fps performance at 1080p resolution up to High graphics settings. We currently still don't know what the minimum required specs for Back 4 Blood are, but we can imagine it will be lower than an R9 380.
We also tested the R9 380 at 4K resolution, however there were numerous visual bugs that could affect performance so we did not complete the 4K benches as many textures wouldn't load in properly for minutes at a time.
It is worth mentioning that is still a Beta and were recorded during the Early Access version before an official driver has been released by Nvidia, so performance may vary during the upcoming Open Beta and at launch.
Additionally, since the Beta didn't allow for solo campaign sessions we couldn't get a consistent benchmark run with random strangers online and so had to get performance during the main hub area known as Fort Hope. Though in our tests actual in-game performance during a campaign mission is relatively similar, but can be up to around 10% less FPS.
As always, we welcome any and all feedback from you guys as well with your experience of hardware configurations and FPS performance/quality settings. That way we can all better gauge how well our systems will be able to run Back 4 Blood.