Resident Evil 7 : PC graphics performance benchmark review

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Image quality settings and benchmark system

Image quality settings and benchmark system

For this game we use a frametime run with the maxed out presets, very high where possible where we can and very high when we hit a maximum setting. We will test a good number of cards in this D3D11 title performance wise. We flick the maximum quality settings at High and Ultra before each resolution run and disable VSYNC. Games typically should be able to run in the 40 FPS range combined with your monitor resolution. From there on-wards you can enable/disable things if you need-more performance or demand even better game rendering quality. 




The game offers PC optimized settings like HDR, your typical v-sync turned on or off, HBAO+ / SSAO support and much more. You can choose 
Anti-aliasing options albeit limited: FXAA + TAA. In the settings segment you'll find configuration options like Texture quality. We will test at the settigsn maxed out and HBAO+ and FXAA + TAA. HBAO+ has been enabled as this option is available to both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards. 

Update: after lots of weird results with graphics card that have less then 4 GB of VRAM we found out that the problematic settings is Shadow cache. If you have an up-to 4 GB graphics card, please turn off Shadow cache.

Small note the screenshot shows Interlacing enabled, it has been disabled for the tests.

The graphics cards tested

In this review we'll test the following cards at the best PC experience, a maxed out quality mode (Very high wherever possible) with VSYNC OFF. The graphics cards used in this test: 

  • GeForce GTX 960 (2GB)
  • Geforce GTX 1050 (2GB)
  • Geforce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB)
  • GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB)
  • GeForce GTX 1070 
  • GeForce GTX 1080 
  • GeForce GTX 980
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
  • GeForce Titan X (Maxwell)
  • NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal)
  • Radeon R9 390 (8GB)
  • Radeon R9 390X (8GB)
  • Radeon R9 Fury
  • Radeon R9 Fury X
  • Radeon R9 Nano
  • Radeon RX 460 (4GB)
  • Radeon RX 470 (4GB)
  • Radeon RX 480 (8GB)



Our test system is based on the eight-core Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition with Haswell-E based setup on the X99 chipset platform. This setup is running tweaked at 4.30 GHz. Next to that we have energy saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results). We use Windows 10 all patched up. Each card runs on the same PC with the same operating system clone.

The drivers are:

  • GeForce cards use the latest 378.49  driver (download drivers).
  • Radeon graphics cards we used the latest AMD Radeon Crimson 17.1.1 Driver (download drivers). 
Our test PC was outfitted with this heavy setup to prevent and remove CPU bottlenecks that could influence high-end graphics card GPU scores. Let's head on-wards to the next page where we'll look at some screenshots and then start measure several monitor resolutions in terms of relative performance versus quality settings.

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