Hey guys welcome back, today at Hardware Unboxed we will be taking a look at Titanfall 2’s GPU requirements by checking out how the game runs on a range of current and previous generation GPUs. All said and done we tested 22 different GPU configurations including the new GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti. Who want’s to see an expensive domino effect?
For those of you unaware Titanfall 2 is a hot new first-person shooter video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. This is the sequel to 2014’s Titanfall, and like the original it uses the Source game engine.
The game looks quite impressive on PC, though it has to be said the recommended system specifications are quite steep. The developer suggests at least a Core i5-6600 or equivalent processor, surprisingly there is no mention of AMD’s FX-series. As for the graphics card they say a Geforce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB is recommended, interesting that they recommend the 8GB 480, over the more cost effective 4GB model.
For those wanting to game at 4K the developer recommends a Core i7-6700K coupled with a GTX 1080, so pretty run of the mill stuff then 😉 Also for those of you wondering Titanfall 2 uses DirectX 11.
As usual for these game benchmarks we used our overclocked Core i7-6700K system and both the AMD and Nvidia graphics cards were tested with the latest available drivers. Testing takes place at three resolution. and we are reporting the average from three benchmark runs, each of which lasts 60 seconds. Here is a quick look at the quality settings used for testing before we jump to a preview of the benchmark pass and then finally onto the results. For testing we have set the difficulty to easy as that makes you next to invincible, allowing us to take the same path through the test each time without risk of dying…
Starting with the previous generation GPUs we find pretty solid performance at 1080p, particularly given we are using near enough to the maximum image quality settings. Even the GTX 950 averaged 44 fps and never dipped below 34 fps. For an average of 60 fps gamers will require the R9 380X and for a constant 60fps the R9 390 will be required.
For those gaming at 1440p you will want at least the R9 380 to stay above 30 fps, though a GPU such as the R9 390 will deliver a considerably more desirable experience. Surprisingly even the GTX 980 Ti and Fury X couldn’t stay above 60 fps at all times here.
As we know using maximum quality settings in the latest triple A titles doesn’t allow for playable performance at 4K using a previous generation GPU. Here we see both the 980 Ti and Fury X dipping below 30 fps.
The current generation GPUs take things to the next level, well most of them do anyway. The RX 460 struggles even at 1080p, dipping down to 30fps in both the 2GB and 4GB flavours. The new GTX 1050 was slightly better though the Ti model is about as slow as I would go. Meanwhile we see next to no difference between the 3GB and 6GB 1060 models while the RX 470 is able to match them.
Gamers will require either a GTX 1060 or RX 470 slash 480. All four produced similar performance rendering between 54 and 58 fps on average. If you want to stay above 60 fps at all times then it looks like the GTX 1080 is the best solution.
As suggested by the developer, those wanting to play at 4K will require the GTX 1080 or the Titan XP, the latter is a nice option if you’re a saudi prince and or small time YouTube tech channel owner.
Get out your specs as we move to the mixed results, sorry about the tiny font folks, I am not sure if there is a better way to do this. Anyway the results look pretty much as expected, the GTX 980 was slightly faster than the GTX 1060 while the RX 470 almost matched the R9 390X, though the minimum frame rate was a bit lower.
Here we see that current and previous generation mid-range offerings are enough for playable performance at 1440p.
We probably don’t need this graph but what the hell, here it is. The best possible argument for selling a vital organ.
Surprisingly Titanfall 2 doesn’t appear all that CPU intensive. The single player portion of the campaign only placed around 20% load on our overclocked Core i7 processor. Here we see the load is mostly spread across four threads with the other four doing half as much work.
For those of you thinking it will be a totally different story in the multiplayer portion of the, game, well we have good news for those rocking lower end CPUs. For the most part CPU utilization again however around 20%, though at times it climbed as high as 30%, albeit very briefly.
RX 480 8GB vs. GTX 1060 3GB
Before wrapping things up let’s take a quick look at how the RX 480 8GB compares with the GTX 1060 3GB, yes the 3GB model. We have already seen the benchmark results so we know the numbers. I thought it would be interesting to show how the 3GB model plays in comparison to an 8GB card. Testing does take place at 1080p but similar margins were again seen at 1440p.
As you can see despite the game allocating up to and over 4GB’s of VRAM this didn’t see to hinder the 3GB 1060. The image quality wasn’t scaled back either like what was seen in Gears of War 4, at least not to the point where I could noticed in our benchmark. For those wondering the MSI Gaming X versions of each graphics card were featured in this test.
There you have it, Titanfall 2 appears rather well optimized. It certainly doesn’t require a monstrous GPU to achieve playable performance at 1080p and even 1440p. The demand on the CPU isn’t particularly high, I suspect Core i3 and AMD FX owners, as well as those using a quad-core APU won’t have any troubles at all.
On that note if you are interested in further CPU testing be sure to check out my coverage at TechSpot on Monday. Over the weekend I will be testing at least another 20 graphics cards dating back a few generations as well as a dozen different CPUs. For those interested I will add a link in the video description.
Well that’s about it from me. I hope you guys enjoyed this video and found the testing useful. If you did then please leave a like and if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to leave them below in the comment section. As always we really do appreciate your support and hope to see you on the next benchmark adventure.