Far Cry 4 Benchmarks Nvidia GTX 670

Written by Felix Nova on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 11:30 AM
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Far Cry 4 is built on the Dunia 2 Engine just like Far Cry 3 was back in 2012. So some good news for those excited by the latest Far Cry. With a few adjustments and improvements Far Cry 4 is not likely to cripple your modern PC machine, like Assassins Creed Unity has been doing lately.

We explore how Far Cry 4 runs on our Nvidia GTX 670 machine. A pretty solid graphics card, even by todays standards, with a reasonable i5 CPU and 8GB RAM. 

Far Cry 4 Graphics Settings

Far Cry 4 lets you adjust all sorts of graphics settings to tweak and customise your experience. We ran an article on some of it here. In short though the default graphics settings for Far Cry 4 are Low, Medium, High, Very High and Ultra and Nvidia! For our following Far Cry 4 benchmarks of the GTX 670 we ran it at 1080p resolution and moved our way through the default settings all the way up to the new superior graphics setting that now sit above Ultra, according to Nvidia and Ubisoft that is.

Far Cry 4 Benchmarked on Intel i5 2500K + 8GB RAM + Nvidia GTX 670 @ 1920x1080 res

So as you can see, a pretty strong experience across the board. Even on that legendary graphics status known as NVIDIA. oooooh its sooo powerful. I know I know I am being a bit of a dick, but seriously you cant expect us to allow their ubi/nvidia marketing to command the naming of graphics settings as we know them. Can we? What next, 5 experience levels going 1, 2, 3, 4, Coke? Right enough on that nonsense.

Occasionally the frame rate would drop very low on High and above graphics settings. This would happen rarely and the momentary blip would cause a slight stutter and then the game would carry on as if nothing happened. On the whole Far Cry 4 looks lovely once you get to high graphics settings and above. On low graphics setting Far Cry 4 looks a little bit like it is running on a last gen console and is still visually playable. Disappointed with the Lighting graphics effect, but we will try it on other machines to see how they deal with the lighting.

UPDATE - If you set your Ambient Occlusion to SSAO instead of SSBC then this might help with darkness issues caused by high or ultra lighting graphics settings.

The Far Cry 4 intro scene is about 8-10 mins long and you cant skip it. Its good though. But annoying if you have to sit through it more than once like I did when the game crashed.

Here is what the Intel i5-2500K, 8GB RAM and GTX 670 hardware performance looked like while running around in Far Cry 4.

The CPU would occasionally max out on one core but otherwise it would do just fine. RAM would certainly creep up to around 6.4GBs used and this could occasionally trip the Windows "I am running out of memory" panic button a little. This is all expected because Far Cry 4 is running on Dunia 2 Graphics Engine, which has been around for a while.

Indoors the "lighting" graphics option seemed to make everything too dark. We turned this down to low so we could see what was going on. If it wasnt quite so drastic then it was obvious that it could deliver some lovely effects. We wouldnt be surprised to find this patched and refined shortly though.

What more Far Cry 4 stuff will we be bringing you?

  • Our Far Cry 4 review is a work in progress. In brief, its a lot of fun.
  • Pssst - this weeks GD free game giveaway is likely to be a copy of Far Cry 4. The comp will start Friday.
  • A feature where we highlight the Far Cry 4 graphics options
  • More Far Cry 4 benchmarks on the very popular GD Machine GTX 750 Ti
  • Dont forget you can check out our GD Anywhere Chrome Browser extension to help you see what games you can play on any website

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15:00 Dec-11-2014

Oh wow! So does this mean I'd be able to play on ultra -60fps?

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11:42 Nov-29-2014

I would like to see a detailed overvieuw of the graphic options
wtf is SSBC ,

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08:41 Nov-19-2014

If I could run Watch Dogs my rig then will I be able to run Far Cry 4 ? Guys, what do you know about it's optimization?

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00:36 Nov-19-2014

so can i play on Nvidia settings with UHD resolution?

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06:25 Nov-20-2014

... No. What would give you the idea that you could run the absolute newest AAA title at 4k max settings with only 4gb usable vram? ;_;

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22:47 Nov-18-2014

Would I be able to get 60+ frames on med setting?

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18:19 Nov-19-2014

yes you will, i have the asus 660 and i get about 50-60 FPS on high setting's with SMAA

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21:35 Nov-18-2014

I average about 50-60 FPS on high setting with my rig, looking forward to cranking up the settings when i buy the nvidia 970.

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21:19 Nov-18-2014

I've had mine set to Ultra and been playing for around 5 hours with no issues :)

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14:43 Nov-18-2014

I can play it on high-ultra with some setting tuned down, i'd still prefer FC3 though (in term of story and environment) but this one is still good. ;)

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13:36 Nov-18-2014

I can play it only on high and im getting solid 55-60fps. When i put it on very high/ultra i have 40-45 fps all the time but it stutters like hell when im walking (even if there are no fps drop) also the mouse control is terrible

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14:02 Nov-18-2014

This is the exact problem I'm have as well. You are not alone. Haha. I get good frames on Ultra, but it's unplayable do to the walking lag.

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12:56 Nov-18-2014

What about me ? if don't look at my cpu and if i play on 1080p ? How much i would get fps on NVIDIA PReset ?

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14:46 Nov-18-2014

Your system is a bit bottlenecked so i guess you will get around 40fps or less, but you should try.

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12:53 Nov-18-2014

I can play on Ultra, but when I'm above High settings it seems I get movement lag without a drop in frames. It's almost like my mouse is lagging. I keep at least 30 fps on Ultra but can't play it, due to the movement lag. I have to play on high. Anyone else have this issue?

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09:58 Nov-19-2014

Some people are reporting having horrible stuttering when walking even though they get good frames on ultra. Could be the texture quality from the ultra preset is too much for 2GB Vram. Try turning textures down. Also, what's your cpu usage? USB mice do need some CPU cycles to operate because they can't do hardware

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09:59 Nov-19-2014

interrupts like PS/2 mice can.

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12:20 Nov-18-2014

Great benchmark. Along with AMD latest driver focused on FC4, I expect to hit ultra and keep FPS above avg 40... hopefully.

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11:48 Nov-18-2014

Well... at least it wasn't that bad as Unity. TBH, not bad at all! Minus this "NVIDIA" stuff, this is bs. For god sake.

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12:32 Nov-18-2014

The nvidia stuff is gone with latest patch :)

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12:59 Nov-18-2014

lol, really? i wonder why..

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because it's racist! lol

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20:16 Nov-18-2014

haha, even master race have races

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11:44 Nov-18-2014

I too have been having issues playing at High or above settings. The game freezes every 10 seconds or so, almost like a hiccup. Can't figure out what the deal is. Playing on low or medium settings runs smooth as butter, but once I go up to High settings, it gets bad.


Great benchmark Felix! I hope Nvidia answers the call of a great driver... otherwise I may be out of luck, and be very sad. I have been looking forward to this game for a while. :(

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12:31 Nov-18-2014

I had the same but patch 1.03 made it alot better :)
I can play on ultra now where i couldn't before

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12:36 Nov-18-2014

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There's a third patch?!?!? Good grief...

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13:51 Nov-18-2014

Idk if it's an official patch, but it's there :)
it does adress everything I had problems with, like the lighting and performance issues.

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13:57 Nov-18-2014

It also looks like Nvidia released their driver for it as well. Hehehehe....

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14:00 Nov-18-2014

I just wanted to say something about that, just noticed that as well :)
downloading as we speak :)

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14:46 Nov-18-2014

Newest driver didn't help with the issues. Hopefully Ubi releases an official patch to get that issue fixed soon. :(

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02:49 Nov-19-2014

Getting same issue here, cannot go above medium without rampant stuttering and frames fluxing between 40-60. As you can see my rig is no the issue.

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11:31 Nov-22-2014

I'm running it on a tweaked ultra and the only time I get some mild stuttering (though nothing too annoying) is when driving. Is it a 970 thing?

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Nah, it is a game thing. Hopefully a patch is released soon. Had to tweak a game file.

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