Far Cry 6 is the latest entry in Ubisoft’s open-world first-person shooter franchise, and like previous games in the series, it’s a mind-boggling game, especially on PC.
Of course, that means we couldn’t wait to run it on our 8K test bench and see how good it looks and how well it performs at 7680 × 4320. For these tests. we are using the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, currently the most powerful consumer graphics card in the world.
We’ve been doing these 8K tests for quite some time now, and we’ve seen an exciting increase in the number of visually impressive games that manage to hit that 60fps magic like Cyberpunk 2077 and even Red Dead Redemption 2 thanks to a recent coin. .
This is thanks to Nvidia’s DLSS technology, which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve games running at lower resolutions so that they appear to run at higher resolutions, with minimal impact on quality. of the image.
It’s impressive, and it allows games that support DLSS to reach 8K at playable frame rates on compatible hardware, while games that don’t support it barely run at such high resolutions. .
No DLSS here
What’s interesting is that Far Cry 6 doesn’t support Nvidia DLSS. Instead, it comes with AMD’s similar FidelityFX technology.
While it doesn’t use AI or machine learning like DLSS, AMD FidelityFX also takes games running at lower resolutions and intelligently augments them so that they seem to run at higher resolutions, and there’s also a similar increase in performance.
In our testing, this allowed us to play the visually demanding Far Cry 6 at 8K and 60 frames per second (fps), which is really quite impressive. Best of all, unlike DLSS, which is exclusive to Nvidia’s RTX line of graphics cards, AMD FidelityFX can run on either AMD or Nvidia GPUs, which is why our 8K platform with the RTX 3090 could benefit from it.
Far Cry 6 8K’s Performances
To start with, we set Far Cry 6’s resolution to 8K, but set all settings to “Low”. Depending on the game, that takes up 8.57GB of VRAM, which is less than half of the 24GB available on the RTX 3090.
We turned off AMD FidelityFX and in our testing we averaged 33 fps. That’s not bad, as we consider 30 frames per second to be the minimum for an acceptable gaming experience.
However, despite being 8K, the game looked pretty basic on the “Low” settings, and there was quite a bit of pop-ins, especially around the grass.
So we increased the graphics settings to “Medium,” which requires 9.77 GB of VRAM, and our machine is averaging 30 frames per second. It looked better, but still not good enough, and that 30fps frame rate isn’t all that impressive when you paid $ 1,499 (£ 1,399, around AU $ 2,030) for the RTX 3090 alone.
So we decided to put some more pressure on it and set the graphics settings to “High”. It requires 10.28GB of VRAM, so even the mighty RTX 3080 wouldn’t be able to handle it.
That being said, it doesn’t look like the RTX 3090 could either, as we ran the game to compare … and it crashed quickly.
AMD FidelityFX to the rescue
We tried it a few more times, and Far Cry 6 just wouldn’t load. So we finally gave in and activated AMD FidelityFX, with the setting to “Ultra Quality”. This setting means that the impact on the visuals should be minimal, but also that the performance gains will not be as high.
The good news, however, was that it did allow the game to load and hit a very respectable 41fps.
It also looked much better with ‘high’ settings and AMD FidelityFX enabled, than with ‘medium’ settings with AMD FidelityFX disabled – and it worked better. It is certainly a victory in our books.
Next, we enabled HD textures. This is an optional download that adds higher resolution textures to the game. This increased the use of VRAM to 11.3GB, but in our testing it did not impact performance, again reaching 41 frames per second. The impact on the appearance of the game, however, was definitely noticeable.
Next, we changed the AMD FidelityFX setting from “Ultra Quality” to “Balanced”. As the name suggests, this means AMD FidelityFX is trying to strike a balance between performance and picture quality.
This certainly did the trick, as our test PC averaged 62 fps, surpassing the 60 fps milestone. The game also looked fantastic, although there was a noticeable shimmer around some moving objects. It’s a small thing, and not an immersion break, but it’s an example of the tradeoffs you have to make when using an implementation like AMD FidelityFX or DLSS (we’ve seen something similar with Red Dead Redemption 2) rather than running the game in native resolution.
We increased the graphics settings to “Ultra” and reset AMD FidelityFX to “Ultra Quality”, and VRAM usage was 11.80 GB. Performance took an expected drop to 35 frames per second. Not terrible, but turning AMD FidelityFX to “balanced” we hit it at a respectable 55 frames per second.
Finally, we turned on DXR reflections and DXR shadows, which use ray tracing for more realistic effects. These are demanding settings, and it reduced our frame rate to 45 fps, which increases the use of VRAM to 12.4 GB – meaning that only the most powerful and expensive GPUs could handle it. ‘run. With a bit of tweaking we would be able to get a good mix of graphic effects and achieves 60 fps at 8K with Far Cry 6. Very impressive indeed.
However, just to see how demanding 8K was, we kept those settings but lowered the resolution to 4K. This saw our frame rate jump to 73 fps, and there was little to no noticeable difference in image quality.
This is because, while you can playing Far Cry 6 at 8K, Ubisoft naturally focused on 4K performance, as 8K compatible hardware is still just as specialized. This means that textures and effects have been created for 4K displays, so increasing the resolution to 8K doesn’t change much – especially considering the performance impact it brings.
A great performance for both Far Cry 6 and AMD FidelityFX
Overall, these results are a real testament to the developers and art team of Far Cry 6, who have created a beautiful world that looks fantastic and performs well on the hardware we tested it on. .
Of course, the Nvidia RTX 3090 should bow out as well. It’s one of the few GPUs that could even dream of running Far Cry 6 in 8K resolution, and the fact that it manages to prove that it’s still your best way to play 8K games.
AMD FidelityFX has also proven to be a great tool for getting games to run at higher resolutions and effects, without compromising performance too much. It got us past the 60fps at 8K milestone on an incredibly beautiful game, and the results were pretty good overall.
The fact that it works on both AMD and Nvidia hardware (as well as older GPUs) is commendable, so we need to provide AMD accessories to go this route.
And, while playing 8K still isn’t worth it, all of this bodes well for how AMD FidelityFX can help people with older, less powerful graphics cards run modern games like Far Cry 6 in. almost all their splendor. With GPUs still difficult to obtain, this is the real revolution we need.