Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition PC Performance Review

PC system requirements and Testing Methodology

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition PC Demo Performance Review

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 SpecRecommended Specs4K HDR Spec
OSWindows 7/8.1/10 64-bitWindows 10 64-bit Fall Creators Update
CPUIntel i5 2500
AMD FX 6100
Intel i7 3770
AMD FX 8350
Intel i7 7700
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Graphics CardNvidia GTX 760
Nvidia GTX 1050
AMD R9 280
Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB
AMD RX 480
Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti
Main Memory8GB16GB
Screen Resolution720p1080p4K (2160p)
Free HDD SpaceOver 100GBOver 155GB
Sound CardDirectSound® Sound Card, Windows Sonic or Dolby Atmos
DirectXDirectX 11
OtherSupports Keyboard/Mouse and/or Gamepad



Testing Methodology


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 HX1200i
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
Corsair RMi650
Corsair H115i
Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
Windows 10 x64 "Creators Update"

 

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GPU Selection

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 

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AMD RX 400-series

- AMD RX 480 Strix OC


AMD GCN GPUs

- ASUS R9 380 Strix

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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.  

 

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Most Recent Comments

08-03-2018, 15:43:39

Gambit2K
We already know this game is heavily promoted by nVidia and they have helped alot in it's developement. So for me personally this test isn't that interesting with the very limited GPU selection available. RX580 4 and 8 GB, Vega 64 and 56 is a must, otherwise I see no point in even looking.Quote

08-03-2018, 15:52:17

WYP
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Originally Posted by Gambit2K View Post
We already know this game is heavily promoted by nVidia and they have helped alot in it's developement. So for me personally this test isn't that interesting with the very limited GPU selection available. RX580 4 and 8 GB, Vega 64 and 56 is a must, otherwise I see no point in even looking.
We are working to get a Vega 56 on site for games test, big problem here is Denuvo, which will lock people out after a certain number of hardware changes, which is a real pain. This is why not many places do CPU testing as well as GPU testing.

The RX 580 is basically a higher clocked 480, the perf gap is relatively small there, as our RX 480 is a factory overclocked Strix model. As is the difference between the 4GB and 8GB versions, only VRM capacity and in some cases VRAM clocks are changes, so differences only occur when capacity limited or bandwidth limited.

Thanks for the input.Quote

08-03-2018, 16:17:30

Dicehunter
The game is pretty but from the few hours I've played so far I don't think it should command such a performance hit, A few optimisation patches are needed me thinks.Quote

08-03-2018, 17:22:58

WYP
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
The game is pretty but from the few hours I've played so far I don't think it should command such a performance hit, A few optimisation patches are needed me thinks.
In densely forested areas the game can look phenomenal, though I do agree that some areas could have looked a lot better.Quote

08-03-2018, 19:31:58

RedSymphony
On page 4 in the (High vs Highest) comparison, it says 'Average Preset' in the top left and 'High Preset' in the top right of the slider image. Had me confused for a bit.Quote
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