Call of Duty Infinite Warfare PC Performance Review

Introduction

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare PC Performance Review

Introduction

Call of Duty is easily one of the most recognisable names in gaming, selling millions of copies a year and continually drawing bigger and bigger names to the brand. Now Call of Duty has moved beyond "Modern Warfare" and towards the stars, but with this new setting comes a game that is fairly standard for the series, making Infinite Warfare a Final Frontier in more ways than one.

If you have played any recent Call of Duty game Infinite Warfare delivers everything that you would expect from the series, offering an enjoyable campaign with some high profile actors and a multiplayer experience that is exactly what many fans expect, adding little more than a few weapons and features that match the game's space age theme and little else that is new for the series.

This release has been marked with controversy ever since it was announced, with Infinite Warfare having one of the most unpopular and controversial game trailers in history as well as a "Legacy Edition bonus" which provides owners with a free copy of Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered. 

In effect, Activision has forced fans of the series to purchase a premium edition of Infinite Warfare in order to gain access to Modern Warfare Remastered, in a move that is almost laughably anti-consumer and has left some of the series' most loyal fans bitter to the core. 

Today we will be looking at the Steam version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and how it performs on the PC platform. Will Infinite Warfare be the PC version that COD fans have been crying out for, or should be throw it out the air lock? 

 

 

Drivers 

For this game, we will be using the newest drivers that were available when the game released, which is Nvidia's Game Ready Geforce 375.76 driver and AMD's 16.11.2 driver, both of which are the most recent GPU drivers for either company. 

 

Test Setup  

We will be testing this game on our dedicated GPU test rig using both high-end and mid-range GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. 

 

Game Test Rig
Intel i7 6850K
ASUS X99 Strix
G.Skill Ripjaws 4x4GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair HX1200i
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 

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Nvidia GTX 980Ti (Left), AMD R9 Fury X (Middle) GTX 1070 Founders Edition (Right)

 

For the high-end, we will be testing AMD's R9 Fury X, the GTX 980Ti and Nvidia's new GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GPUs.  

For the Mid-range offerings, we will be testing the new RX 480 and GTX 1060, both of which will be the ASUS Strix Gaming models.

 

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ASUS GTX 1060 Strix (Left), ASUS RX 480 Strix (Right)

 

To represent AMD and Nvidia's lower-end GPU offerings we have decided to use the AMD R9 380 and the Nvidia GTX 960. Both of these GPUs will be the ASUS Strix models. 

Both of these GPUs offer very similar performance in most scenarios and come in at very similar price points, so it will be very interesting to see which GPU will come out on top. 

 

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Nvidia GTX 960(Left), AMD R9 380(Right)

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Most Recent Comments

06-11-2016, 15:46:22

NeverBackDown
480 beats a 980ti at 1440p? Well that was a shocking result to come by. Has COD always favored AMD like this?

Regarding vram consumption, many many games run like that. Use as much as possible even if it's not needed. It's faster to pull from memory than it is to reprocess something, think this is called hardware/shader/etc streaming or something like that.Quote

06-11-2016, 17:36:12

AngryGoldfish
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
480 beats a 980ti at 1440p? Well that was a shocking result to come by. Has COD always favored AMD like this?

Regarding vram consumption, many many games run like that. Use as much as possible even if it's not needed. It's faster to pull from memory than it is to reprocess something, think this is called hardware/shader/etc streaming or something like that.
I'm wondering this as well. The last COD favoured AMD as well, but I don't know whether that's true of issues going further back.

On a different note, I like that your review isn't just a slugfest of hatred. The game clearly deserves praise for its excellent performance and options, but the terrible decision (if it was indeed a 2-way decision) to split the community really puts a downer on everything. Also, I wish the graphics and level design had a little more... guts. It just looks so safe and dull at this stage.Quote

06-11-2016, 23:47:45

Kushiro
Funny how the 1070 is all the way up top like it should be, whereas the 980ti cant even beat a mid ranged gpu...Quote

07-11-2016, 00:32:43

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kushiro View Post
Funny how the 1070 is all the way up top like it should be, whereas the 980ti cant even beat a mid ranged gpu...
It's a telltale sign of how unoptimized either the game or the drivers are as an RX-480 should not be beating a 980 Ti at all at anything.Quote

08-11-2016, 02:16:33

Thunder-74
There is a problem with this test.... with a 980ti (@1480/7600) I have many more frames at 3440x1440 and all settings on max. about 80 fpsQuote
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