Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition PC Performance Review
Published: 8th March 2018 | Source: OC3D Internal Testing | Price: |
PC system requirements and Testing Methodology
Final Fantasy XV was always expected to be a demanding PC release, coming with a framerate target of 30FPS on consoles with all versions requiring dynamic resolution scaling to maintain their pre-defined framerate targets. The demanding nature of the game leaves the Xbox One version of the game aiming for a resolution of 900p, with frequent dips to lower pixel counts when the going gets tough. None of today's console can play Final Fantasy XV at a full-fat 4K, making the prospect of higher graphical settings than consoles sitting this release in "future hardware" territory of demanding.
Square Enix has delivered a detailed list of recommended PC specifications for Final Fantasy XV, with the only flaw being their lack of a framerate target, though this isn't a major issue as PC gamers can test the title's free demo for themselves.
|Minimum Spec||Recommended Specs||4K HDR Spec|
|OS||Windows 7/8.1/10 64-bit||Windows 10 64-bit Fall Creators Update|
|CPU||Intel i5 2500|
AMD FX 6100
|Intel i7 3770|
AMD FX 8350
|Intel i7 7700|
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
|Graphics Card||Nvidia GTX 760|
Nvidia GTX 1050
AMD R9 280
|Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB|
AMD RX 480
|Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti|
|Screen Resolution||720p||1080p||4K (2160p)|
|Free HDD Space||Over 100GB||Over 155GB|
|Sound Card||DirectSound® Sound Card, Windows Sonic or Dolby Atmos|
|Other||Supports Keyboard/Mouse and/or Gamepad|
OC3D is a website that is dedicated PC hardware, so you better believe that we test every game on a wide range of hardware configurations. This commitment to variety means that we will be using both Intel and AMD based testbeds as well as a range of GPU offerings from both Nvidia and Radeon.
Our primary test system is based on Intel's X99 platform, using a Core i7 6850K at a fixed clock speed of 4GHz. This testbed will use 32GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory and will be powered and cooled by an HX1200i PSU and an H110i AIO liquid cooler respectively, with everything sitting inside a Corsair 460X chassis. In this system, we are using an ASUS Strix X99 motherboard.
Game Test Rig
Intel i7 6850K @4.0 GHz
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair Vengeance LP 4x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 "Creators Update"
Secondary Ryzen Test System
Aside from our standard X99 test system we also have a testbed based on AMD's Ryzen 7 1700X CPU, which will sit at a clock speed of 4GHz be housed in an ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard. This system will use Corsair's 3200MHz Vengeance White LED memory and is contained inside another Corsair 460X chassis.
This extra system will allow us to see if any games offer a performance advantage to AMD's Ryzen or Intel's Core series processors.
AMD Ryzen Game Test Rig
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X @ 4.0GHz
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Hero
Corsair Vengeance LED 2x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair 460X System Chassis
Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
Windows 10 x64 "Creators Update"
No gaming test suite would be complete without a selection of GPUs, which in this case covers Nvidia's GTX 10-series and 9-series and AMD's RX 400 and R9 300 series graphics cards. We have plans to introduce RX Vega series GPUs to our testing at in the near future, though right now AMD's Vega series GPUs remain difficult to access.
Geforce GTX 10-series
- Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
- Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition
- ASUS GTX 1060 Strix Gaming OC
Geforce GTX 900-series
- ASUS GTX 960 Strix
AMD RX 400-series
- AMD RX 480 Strix OC
AMD GCN GPUs
- ASUS R9 380 Strix
Keyboard & Mouse
To control this setup, we will be using Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard with Cherry MX Silent keys alongside a Corsair M65 RGB mouse, matching the general theme of this RGB illuminated system.
Cherry MX Silent Keys are ideal for gaming, coming with similar characteristics as Cherry MX Red keys, but with quieter operation. This comparative silence will help keep players immersed in their games, without the distracting clicks that are present in other Cherry key switches.