Batman: Arkham Knight AMD vs Nvidia Performance Review
Published: 30th October 2015 | Source: OC3D | Price: |
Graphical Options and Settings
On the original release the graphical settings were almost non-existent, offering no option to edit the games Maximum Framerate and offering very little in the way of configuration. Now thankfully things have improved greatly, giving PC gamers full Texture filtering options as well as adding several new Nvidia GameWorks features.
Originally the few graphical options in the game only offered the options of low and normal, and now there are not just more options but the option to go between low, medium and high for most of them, which is a great improvement. Sadly when it comes ot Ant-aliasing there is only a simple On/Off switch, which judging from the minimal impact on framerate is FXAA or a similar low impact AA solution.
Under the Nvidia GameWorks settings there are 4 options, two of which are open to both AMD and Nvidia users and two of which are Nvidia Exclusive. The Nvidia Exclusive features, Interactive smoke/fog and Interactive paper, likely use Nvidia PhysX and have a large impact on the games Framerate, more so than moving from the games lowest setting to highest (excluding these features).
The biggest problem with the game is still the fact that the maximum framerate is always locked to either 30FPS, 60FPS or 90FPS, which while it is a great improvement over the game's original mandatory framerate cap of 30FPS it is still a framerate cap which will certainly annoy gamers who use high refresh rate monitors.
Below are the setting used in when we have been benchmarking this game. These settings we will be tested at the resolutions of 1080p, 1440p and 4K.
The 6th option in this list will be using Nvidia's exclusive Interactive smoke/fog and Interactive paper effects, which means that these settings cannot be used on any AMD GPU.
Low settings (Left), Medium Settings (Right)
High settings (Left), Very High Settings (Right)
Very High + GameWorks settings (Left), Very High + Nvidia Exclusive GameWorks Settings (Right)