The Frostbite engine has a pretty good track record of being well optimised, and that was something PC users saw with the release of Star Wars Battlefront last year.
But how is Battlefield 1 holding up so far? The closed alpha wasn't made available to Australians, but now we have a rough idea of how it will perform.
The first exhaustive benchmarks for the game, albeit using the older DirectX 11 renderer, have appeared online courtesy of the Russian tech website GameGPU.
The first graph is a collection of GPUs running the game at 1080p with the Very High Quality preset, which is a touch strange given that the Ultra preset is also available. The testing machine used was also a Intel i7-5960X running at 4.6GHz, but we'll get into that shortly.
The two factors that stick out to me the most so far is the decision not to use the Ultra preset, and the i7-5960X. The latter is an Extreme Edition processor, which most gamers won't have.
Most gamers will have systems that are slightly less powerful. With that in mind, you'll probably want a NVIDIA GTX 970, Radeon RX 480 or the RX 290X to guarantee 60fps performance in all situations. It's also worth remembering that AMD cards should get a nice performance bump when Battlefield 1 is released, as the full game will support DirectX 12 (something the alpha and beta aren't expected to do).
If Total War: Warhammer is any guide, I'd expect AMD cards to get at least a 10% to 15% bump under DirectX 12. Real world results have been better than that — and under Vulkan as well — but I'm being ultra conservative for now, at least until I can run my own figures.
Also: small shout-out to the HD 7970 for putting up a respectable performance in those tests. Hell, it's not that far off the bloody GTX TITAN. Another thing to note is the non-existent support for SLI and Crossfire (the latter confirmed by the lack of difference between the R9 290X and the dual GPU R9 295x2).
If you want to check out the rest of the figures, including how Battlefield 1's alpha ran at 1440p and 4K (again, under DX11) head over to GameGPU. I'll run a test with everything I have in the office once the closed beta becomes available to Australians, and I wouldn't be surprised if DICE optimise things a little further between now and then as well.
For everyone looking forward to Battlefield 1 on PC: what rig have you got right now, and how do you think it'll run? And do you have any plans for an upgrade any time soon?