Halo Reach PC Performance Review with AMD Ryzen APU Testing

How good is Halo Reach's PC version?

Halo Reach PC Performance Review with AMD Ryzen APU Testing

Halo Reach PC Performance Review with AMD Ryzen APU Testing - Introduction

It has been twelve years since the last Halo FPS released on PC, placing Halo's PC fans in a difficult position. During the Xbox 360 generation, you either had to buy an Xbox, or not play any new Halo game. 

Thankfully, things have changed since then, the shortcomings of the Xbox One has forced Microsoft to widen its approach to Xbox, forming an Xbox ecosystem that spans both Xbox series consoles and PC. Starting with the Xbox "Play Anywhere" program, Xbox exclusive titles started to appear on PC, with Halo Wars and Halo Wars 2 arriving on PC. 

Now, Halo: The Master Chief Collection has arrived on PC, starting with Halo: Reach, the earliest point in the Halo FPS timeline. With this PC release come enhanced visuals, 60FPS support, an unlocked framerate option and full keyboard/mouse controls, promising PC gamers the best Halo Reach gameplay experience to date.  

In this analysis, we will be looking at Halo Reach's performance, gameplay and port quality. See the contents section below for links to each page of this piece. 

Halo Reach PC Performance Review with AMD Ryzen APU Testing  

Contents


- PC System Requirements and Graphical Settings
- FOV adjustment - It doesn't work on all vehicles...
- Performance, Original and Enhanced - What does each presets look like?
- Halo: Reach on Integrated Graphics - AMD Ryzen 2200G, 2400G and 3400G testing
- Performance Scaling - Performance, Original and Enhanced
- 1080p Performance
- 1440p Performance
- 4K Performance
- Conclusion

GPU drivers

When testing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's PC version, we opted to use the newest drivers from both the Radeon and Geforce camps. These drivers are AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.12.1 driver as well as Nvidia's Geforce 441.41 driver.

Testing Methodology

OC3D is a website that is dedicated to 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 uses Intel's X99 platform, containing an Intel 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.

The system below will be used to conduct the majority of our game testing. This system will be used in this review unless otherwise stated.

 


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 "May 2019" Update

 

GPU Selection

No gaming test suite would be complete without a large selection of GPUs. At OC3D out current test suite covers Nvidia's RTX 20-series and GTX 10-series alongside AMD's RX Vega and RX 500 series graphics cards.

Starting with Metro Exodus, we began testing new PC games with Nvidia's latest RTX series of graphics cards. In our testing, we currently use the mid-range RTX 2060 and uber high-end RTX 2080 Ti entering our graphics card lineup. In time we hope to have a Radeon RX 5700 graphics card for RTX 2060 VS RX 5700 comparisons. 


Radeon RX 5700 Series - Navi (RDNA)

- Powercolor Radeon RX 5700 Red Devil

PowerColor Red Devil RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT LE Cooler

Geforce RTX 20-Series


- Nvidia RTX 2060 Founders Edition

nVidia RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti ReviewnVidia RTX 2060 Review


Geforce GTX 10-series

- ASUS GTX 1060 Strix Gaming OC

 

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AMD RX 500 Series

- AMD RX 580 Strix OC  

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Most Recent Comments

06-12-2019, 03:53:15

Warchild
I strongly recommend you guys get this via Xbox game pass.

So far I have found this service the best one available. Just when you think PC titles are worth it, you only have to jump on your xbox to see the library open up even further.

Halo MCC
Outer World
Gear/4/5

etc

Reach has horrid fps when unlocked as mentioned already in the article (good job mark!), but my god these games are just amazing. First person shooter in their simplicity and yet so good.

I need to look at the FoV myself, i did not notice the same limitations you had, but perhaps that is something skewed from the start for me since I use a widescreen at 3440 x 1440Quote

06-12-2019, 06:38:29

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
I strongly recommend you guys get this via Xbox game pass.

So far I have found this service the best one available. Just when you think PC titles are worth it, you only have to jump on your xbox to see the library open up even further.

Halo MCC
Outer World
Gear/4/5

etc

Reach has horrid fps when unlocked as mentioned already in the article (good job mark!), but my god these games are just amazing. First person shooter in their simplicity and yet so good.

I need to look at the FoV myself, i did not notice the same limitations you had, but perhaps that is something skewed from the start for me since I use a widescreen at 3440 x 1440
The problem I had was only for that one vehicle, but it could be a simple bug. I don't have an ultrawide screen to test here to see what difference it makes.

Yeah, Game Pass is great, especially for the money that you pay for it right now. The value of Game pass alone will help Xbox a lot next-gen.

I'm surprised how well Reach holds up at high resolutions. Great models for all the main characters, well, at least for their armour (The Faces!!!!!!!! Ugh). Lots of detail that isn't really seen on the old Xbox 360 versions. Not bad for such an old game.Quote
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