Halo Reach PC Performance Review with AMD Ryzen APU Testing

Performance Scaling - Performance, Original and Enhanced

Halo Reach PC Performance Review with AMD Ryzen APU Testing

Performance Scaling - Performance, Original and Enhanced

Halo: Reach's graphical settings are a strange beast, likely due to the fact that Bungie didn't design this game with PC in mind. LODs are cut back in performance mode and extended in Enhanced mode, it's that simple, and as a result, the performance impact changes on an area-by-area and a GPU-by-GPU basis.

Below we can see that these presets do to our PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 Red Devil graphics card, where we can see a notable boost in 99th percentile framerates when using the game's Original settings over High, but a much lower increase when using the game's Performance mode. 

Our recommendation is to lock Halo: Reach's maximum framerate at 60FPS, as this prevents framerate instability and game instability. We have run into animation issues, stutters and strange glitches when the framerate is unlocked, making 60FPS the best way to play Halo: Reach at the time of writing. 

Another thing to note is that Halo Reach appeared to offer reduced input lag when locked to 60FPS, though this is based on our experience with the game and not formal testing. The game felt more responsive at 60FPS than it did when the game was sitting at 120-140FPS unlocked.   
  

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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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