Mass Effect Andromeda PC Performance Review

4K Performance

Mass Effect Andromeda PC Performance Review

4K Performance

At 4K we can see that all GPUs tested are unable to achieve a constant 30+ FPS during standard gameplay, though that being said the GTX 1080 does do a great job at maintaining 30+ FPS under most gameplay situations at Ultra.  

Cutscenes present a huge issue for players who play the standard game at 30FPS, with the game's cutscenes being much more demanding than combat, requiring a resolution downgrade on both the PS4 and Xbox One to achieve the same framerates.  Sadly PC has no such variable resolution option for cutscenes and gameplay, making cutscenes a lot more demanding than standard gameplay. 

While cutscenes require a lot less user interaction, those playing at lower framerates, like the GTX 1080 at 4K Ultra (30-ish FPS), will see framerates dip into the low 20s, which results in choppy animations and a sub-par viewing experience.  

During out testing at 4K Ultra in our GTX 1080 we found that the game was still very playable during standard gameplay and combat, despite the huge framerate dips during cutscenes. We would advise that 4K users lower their graphical settings and/or reduce their resolution scale slightly for a more consistent framerate.    

4K Ultra 60FPS gameplay is something that is simply too much for existing GPUs in Mass Effect Andromeda's PC verison, even when considering the GTX 1080 Ti, which typically offers 20-40% more performance than the GTX 1080. PC gamers will need to look into SLI or Crossfire setups if they want to play this game at 4K 60+FPS, though that being said, the game still looks great with reduced graphical settings.    

 

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19-03-2017, 06:51:32

Thelosouvlakia
wow, when 4GB of vram isn't enough for 1080p anymoreQuote

19-03-2017, 07:37:33

WYP
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Originally Posted by Thelosouvlakia View Post
wow, when 4GB of vram isn't enough for 1080p anymore
Not exactly, at 1080p there is a minimal VRAM overspend, which will likely not affect 4GB GPU users.

Remember that a game will always fill as much of the buffer as it can, which means that it often uses more than it needs on large GPUs. In this case 4GB is enough, but only barely.Quote

21-03-2017, 07:15:05

TheF34RChannel
Thanks a million Mark! I've been waiting to read your results. I should, seemingly, be disappointed by the lacklustre story judging by the euro gamer review, and equally dull and repetitive gameplay. Which would be a shame! What's your and everyone's experience with the story?Quote

21-03-2017, 07:27:14

WYP
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Originally Posted by The F34R Channel View Post
Thanks a million Mark! I've been waiting to read your results. I should, seemingly, be disappointed by the lacklustre story judging by the euro gamer review, and equally dull and repetitive gameplay. Which would be a shame! What's your and everyone's experience with the story?
The problem is that it is a Mass Effect game without any of the nostalgia, which means that everything is new while feeling very similar at the same time.

To be honest, it isn't like Mass Effect 1, where I was amazed at the Citadel, but that is because I had already seen a lot of the same things in Mass Effect 1.

I am really enjoying the game, the changes to the movement system with the jump pack really improves combat and adds a lot of verticality to the levels.

A lot of people are complaining about the animations, though IMHO they are no worse that what I have seen in other RPGs. The rest of the game looks so good it just makes the animations more noticeable.

A lot of the complaints that I have seen could have been aimed at any Mass Effect game, like repetitive gameplay, bad animations and occasionally wooden dialogue. I have not played the whole game, so I cannot comment fully on the story.Quote

21-03-2017, 12:37:38

TheF34RChannel
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
The problem is that it is a Mass Effect game without any of the nostalgia, which means that everything is new while feeling very similar at the same time.

To be honest, it isn't like Mass Effect 1, where I was amazed at the Citadel, but that is because I had already seen a lot of the same things in Mass Effect 1.

I am really enjoying the game, the changes to the movement system with the jump pack really improves combat and adds a lot of verticality to the levels.

A lot of people are complaining about the animations, though IMHO they are no worse that what I have seen in other RPGs. The rest of the game looks so good it just makes the animations more noticeable.

A lot of the complaints that I have seen could have been aimed at any Mass Effect game, like repetitive gameplay, bad animations and occasionally wooden dialogue. I have not played the whole game, so I cannot comment fully on the story.
Good post! I've decided to watch some gameplay videos, which I hadn't yet, and see for myself. I'm not disappointed at all so I'll give it a go in the future.

How would you rank the game so far as compared to 2 and 3?Quote
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