After years of waiting and months of speculation, we've finally been able to put The Witcher 3 to the test. After some of the highest requirements we'd ever seen, and downgrade controversies aplenty, it's time to see what the fuss is all about. In these benchmarks we'll be using the trusty GD Machine 2014, equipped with a GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB, Intel i5-4670K processor, and 8GB memory.
Nvidia’s tiny GeForce GTX 750 Ti comes in at a shade under the minimum system requirements for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Having seen how the 750 Ti had performed in a host of other games, however, we were confident the mid-range graphics card was capable of getting reasonable performance in The Witcher 3. The question was, at what level would it be capable of performing?
The Witcher 3 Benchmarks GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB
As per usual, we'll be running through our Witcher 3 benchmarks at three different resolutions to see how the GeForce GTX 750 Ti copes. CD Projekt RED unfortunately haven't included 720p natively, so the three resolutions we're testing at are 1366 x 768, 1600 x 900, and 1980 x 1080. On each of these resolutions we'll be testing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on its four presets - Low, Medium, High, and Ultra. Each benchmark is taken from a short gameplay session, mixing horse-riding and combat in order to stress test it to the max. Oh, and of course we squeezed in some stunning vistas too.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was benchmarked on an Intel i5-4670K with 8GB RAM and an Nvidia GTX 750 Ti at 1366 x 768, 1600 x 900, and 1980 x 1080 screen resolution
Despite coming in at roughly the minimum requirements for The Witcher 3, the ever-impressive GTX 750 Ti still pulls in some impressive results. The original goal when building the GD Machine 2014 was to create a relatively inexpensive gaming PC capable of going toe to toe with the PlayStation 4, and the 750 Ti has once more managed it here.
For point of reference, the PlayStation 4 version comes in at roughly 25-30 frames per second at Mid/High graphics, and the GTX 750 Ti is capable of this. While dialling up to Ultra is never a good idea on the GTX 750 Ti, the actual visual difference between Medium and Ultra isn’t a ridiculously huge gulf, you’re not missing out on masses.
As you can see from the results, if you want to average over 30 frames per second, you are going to have to set The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to Medium settings or lower. You can check out the screenshots below for a point of comparison between Medium, High, and Ultra. One thing to be said about The Witcher 3’s frame rate is that it is usually very steady, bar one or two more demanding areas of the world. We’re only seeing fluctuations of 5 frames or so, meaning that the 33fps average at Medium is extremely playable.