NieR Replicant PC Port Report and Performance Review

Better than Automata, but far from perfect...

NieR Replicant PC Performance Review & Optimisation Guide

NieR Replicant PC Port Report

NieR Automata's PC version was infamously bad, so much so that the game still requires user-created mods to get the game to run well on PC. Even then, the game still has bugs and performance issues. 

While an "upgrade patch" is now in the works for NieR Automata, PC fans of the series were rightly concerned about the potential state of NieR Replicant's (ver.1.22474487139) PC version, the remastered edition of the Automata's predecessor. Sadly, we can confirm that NieR Replicant has a lot of issues on PC, but thankfully many of these problems can be addressed through some basic modding.  

Let's be clear here, as it stands, the PC version of NieR Replicant is poor but workable. While fan fixes will get the game running today, Square Enix needs to address the game's many issues with patches. This article will look at NieR Replicant's PC performance, how PC gamers can achieve more stable framerates, and what hardware is required to achieve a solid 60 FPS framerate at 1080p 1440p, and 4K. 

Please note that future patches and future updates to Special K may make some of the information in this analysis out of date. At the time of writing, this data is accurate. 

 
Contents

- Fixing NieR Replicant - Special K
- 1080p Performance
- 1440p Performance
- 4K Performance - Strange performance issues...
- Conclusion - Square Enix needs to fix this...

NieR Replicant PC Performance Review & Optimisation Guide  

Testing Methodology - Our New Test System

With NieR Replicant's PC version, we will be using our new Games and Graphics Card test system, which is powered by AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X processor and PCIe 4.0 storage. 

More information about this system is available here, where we have detailed why we have moved to Ryzen for our GPU and games testing. 

CPU & Motherboard - AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Formula

There is a lot to consider when building a new games testing system. Will this system stand up to the test of time. Does this system contain the features that new games will require, and are we choosing the right CPU platform for the job? 

With the next generation of consoles coming with Zen 2 processors and support for PCIe 4.0 storage, it was logical to choose a Ryzen-based test platform. Intel's current offerings do not offer PCIe 4.0 support, and we cannot build a new test system knowing that it will be outdated as soon as games start to utilise faster storage mediums. 

With ASUS' ROG X570 Crosshair VII Formula, we know that we have a motherboard that has capable VRMs to withstand the punishments that a hardware test system must face. With X570, we also know that we can upgrade to Zen 3/Ryzen 4000 should we ever need to.   

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Memory - Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 @ 3600MHz


Having chosen a Ryzen processor for our new test systems, we needed capable memory modules which offered clock speed that would allow us to get the most out of our Ryzen processor.

3600MHz memory is the "sweet-spot" for Ryzen 3000 series processors, offering high levels of memory bandwidth while settings AMD's Infinity Fabric speeds to optimal levels. With this speed in mind, we decided to opt for Corsair's Dominator Platinum RGB series of DDR4 modules, as it offers us a great aesthetic, has modules that offer our optimal memory speeds and has relatively tight timings given its clock speeds. 
 

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SSD Storage - Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD


As we mentioned previously, future games are going to require fast NVMe storage. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will make fast SSD storage a baseline feature of new gaming systems.

PCIe 4.0 devices are an obvious choice for those who want SSDs with the most potential throughput, making Corsair's MP600 SSD a great option for us. With 2TB of storage available to it, it offers us more than enough storage for even the largest of PC games. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone will need a lot more 50GB upgrades before we would even dream of filling this SSD. 

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Case - Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB SE

When it comes to PC cases we require two things, a large case (to accommodate large GPUs) that's easy to access and looks good on camera. When new graphics cards start to flood in, we need a case that can look good on video. Beyond that, when testing new graphics cards, we need an enclosure with a side panel that's easy to take on and off, speeding up our testing procedures. 

With these requirements in mind, Corsair's Obsidian 500D RGB SE was a perfect fit. It is large enough to accommodate any graphics card without interfering with a front-mounted AIO liquid cooler, and it has a hinged side panel to make component switching fast and straightforward. For our use case, this chassis is perfect. 

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Power Supply - Corsair RM1000i

Your power supply is the most important part of any test system. There's a reason why rule number 1 for PC building is no never cheap out on your power supply. 

Over the years, we have used many test systems which have been powered by Corsair's RMi series of power supplies, and the reasons behind that are simple. They are 80+ Gold rated, making them very power efficient, and we have never had an RMi power supply fail on us. If you read our PSU reviews, you will know that these units are solid performers. 

Corsair Link is also a useful component of Corsair RMi series power supplies, as they allow us to see how much power the unit is using at any given time digitally. 

We have also paired this unit with Corsair's premium braided cables, which gives our test system a more premium look. 

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Cooling - Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT

While we are keeping our Ryzen 9 3950X at stock clock speeds, we do want to do what we can to keep it cool under load. We also want to do what we can to keep our system as quiet as possible. With this in mind, we have decided to use Corsair's latest 360mm H150i series All-in-One Liquid Cooler.

With the iCUE H150i, we can control the units fans, pump and RGB lighting with the same software as our other system components and keep AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X cool with relative ease. When testing graphics cards, keeping other fan noise to a minimum is a must, as this allows us to properly judge the noise levels of specific graphics cards or other system components.    

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Full System Specifications


OC3D Game/GPU Test Rig

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processor with Prescision Boost Overdrive
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula (X570) Motherboard 
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 3600MHz (2x8GB) Memory
Corsair RM1000i Power Supply
Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Corsiar Obsidian 500D RGB SE Case
Windows 10 x64 "May 2020" Update

 

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Most Recent Comments

28-04-2021, 13:23:13

meuvoy
Oh lord... All over again... What's the issue with Nier ports? Why they can't give it enough attention to make it right? Even the Xbox game pass Automata's port isn't good.Quote

28-04-2021, 14:06:56

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by meuvoy View Post
Oh lord... All over again... What's the issue with Nier ports? Why they can't give it enough attention to make it right? Even the Xbox game pass Automata's port isn't good.
It is very disappointing that Square Enix doesn't take its PC ports seriously.

The original PC version of Dragon Quest XI was also a poor port. Then they added insult to injury by making the newer PC version a separate version that PC gamers needed to buy again...Quote
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