Do Not Even Try Playing Just Cause 3 With 4GB RAM - GTX 750 Ti Benchmarks

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 10:00 AM
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Like the majority of AAA blockbusters arriving these days, Just Cause 3 has some fairly eye-popping system requirements. No doubt you’ve seen them by now, but if you haven’t then you can read all about them here on GD. They’re definitely near the upper end of the hardware scale, but we’re used to games demanding more on the back of the box than they do in practice.

With that in mind, we thought it best to come right in at the low end and see how the diminutive GeForce GTX 750 Ti performs, assisted by a doddery old AMD FX-4100 CPU, and just 4GB memory. In theory, if Avalanche has got its sums right, this rig shouldn’t be able to run Just Cause 3 at all.

By now, we’re so used to inflated system requirements that it comes as a bit of a shock when they’re bang on the money. As it turns out, Just Cause 3 is. When you go and take a look at the Just Cause 3 system requirements, I don’t really hesitate in telling you that’s pretty much what you’ll need. Don’t even think about playing this with less than 6GB RAM or an aging processor. Neither cut it.

There is a caveat to this though. I believe the GeForce GTX 750 Ti is almost definitely enough to play at Low / Medium settings, but it’s being really held back by the CPU and system memory on offer in this rig. Because of the poor performance it took an age to tab out and get the image below, so the CPU load has dropped, but it was sitting in the region of 90-100% at all times with the AMD FX-4100.

The real killer, however, was the RAM usage. Just Cause 3 eats it up. When Avalanche said you’ll need 6GB as a minimum, they really weren’t kidding. 4GB just does not cut it at all here, with memory load sitting at 100%, all the time. Because of this, memory usage spilled over to the far slower hard drive, which was also sitting at 100% use. This led to major frame rate hiccups which rendered Just Cause 3 unplayable, even with absolutely everything dialled down to the absolute minimum, at 1280 x 720 resolution.

Just Cause 3 Process Manager

Visually it looked extremely poor, and we know from prior experience that the GeForce GTX 750 Ti is capable of far more than this. It’s undoubtedly being bottlenecked by the other components, which renders Just Cause 3 totally unplayable on this system. We're going to be getting hold of some more memory for this system soon so we can provide some more accurate benchmarks of its performance. 

Next up we'll be slotting our GTX 950 into a system with plenty of RAM and a high-end i7 CPU, so we can eliminate the other bottlenecks and focus on GPU performance. As it stands we can't get a very good gauge on Nvidia's card, so don't lose hope of playing Just Cause 3 if you're sporting a low-mid range GPU. 

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11:11 Dec-07-2015

What O.S. was used. I am staying away from windows 10 till I get more ram. I know the ram usage in ten is going to be higher.

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11:53 Dec-07-2015

The game works fine for me and I have win 10 and 8GB of RAM, it's just the optimization that is-- yeah.

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01:30 Dec-09-2015

It truly doesn't make much of a difference, people just exaggerate because there's a vendetta against Windows 10. I'm just glad I'm not stuck with 8 right now.

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13:59 Dec-02-2015

AS OF 12-2-15 new nvidia drivers were released. yes you need more ram but maybe you can try benchmarking again soon

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09:40 Dec-02-2015

:&#60


Darn.

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09:43 Dec-02-2015

Your PC should be okay to play at tweaked medium - you have plenty of RAM and a 6 core CPU, both of which were the bottlenecks in the above test.

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09:46 Dec-02-2015

Ahh, that's good to hear. I wasn't sure just how much the CPU and memory were bottlenecking things.


Thank you.

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09:48 Dec-02-2015

You're very welcome

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00:42 Dec-02-2015

Avging about the 70s with some dips? Should be able to get ultra in there lol.

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01:31 Dec-02-2015

While recording with MSI afterburner too which eats a lot of fps. without that his performance would be even higher.

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01:33 Dec-02-2015

Recording video or just recording data? Ive recorded data before didnt notice anything, i do usually run with afterburner running though so idk.

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03:48 Dec-02-2015

There is No ultra option in The game (: very high is The highest.

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06:41 Dec-02-2015

Nah, recording data doesnt affect performance. Recording video though does, severely.

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17:41 Dec-01-2015

I have an old 32bit Optiplex 755 at home with 3.9GB RAM (maximum for 32bit) and Windows 10 runs out of ram while surfing the web with that thing. I'm just glad my parents haven't crashed it yet, since I'm a 5 hour drive away and they can't fix it themselves.

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16:07 Dec-01-2015

I think because it has Denuvo, but I may be wrong...

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20:10 Dec-01-2015

Well i heard that Denuvo can actually negatively impact the performance...is it though?

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16:04 Dec-01-2015

Since JC3 does not support any multi-gpu format that's a game deal-breaker for me!!! Adios Rico!!!

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16:44 Dec-01-2015

no SLI? LOL!


But you can always try two things:
Force AFR via Nvidia Control panel OR use Nvidia Inspector to make this game use a SLI profile from another game (for best results pick a game with the same/similar engine, but random variations sometimes work just as well or even better). The second option is how I cured Mortal Kombat X not using SLI for a solid fps boost. :)


Hope this helps!

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15:47 Dec-01-2015

Well, maybe my extream RAM overdose will finally pay off.

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16:54 Dec-01-2015

RAM for life, lol :D

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15:30 Dec-01-2015

My computer idles at around 2.5GB RAM in use, and with Chrome open right now it's 3.3GB. I'm kind of glad I opted for 16GB instead of 8.

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19:23 Dec-01-2015

What version of Windows are you using? Mine idles at around 2.1 to 2.2GB. I am on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

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15:34 Dec-02-2015

Windows 10. I didn't really have a choice since I didn't want to deal with 8.

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15:20 Dec-01-2015

so Admins please answer me
what should i think abt myself CAn i play it ?
and if i can on which settings?
bcz i wan to know that should i pay for it or not ?
plz answer
THanks in advance

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15:27 Dec-01-2015

You should be fine. I'd guess -High at 900p, maybe even a little better.

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15:28 Dec-01-2015

with 40-60 FPS ?

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15:45 Dec-01-2015

Nobody can give you specifics till we see benchmarks. The game is barely out yet.

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15:49 Dec-01-2015

umm right !!

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16:15 Dec-01-2015

Qnomei vis right, you won't get an accurate estimate until the game is released and people have hada chance to properly evaluate its performance.

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17:16 Dec-01-2015

thnx bro

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14:56 Dec-01-2015

This isn't all that surprising since even the consoles have better RAM. The xbox one has 8GB and the PS4 has shared GDDR5. Also if you go to almost any main stream computer shop and look at desktops, they are mostly 8GB ram these days. 8GB seems to have become the new standard so 4GB for an enthusiast PC is just not quite good enough. Especially since am has had a drop in price since the factory fire incident in China.

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15:06 Dec-01-2015

I think in this day in age 4gb is just limit. I mean yea the OS uses a lot less ram then vista and windows 7 but google chrome alone is a ram hog. I mean with btidender,chrome and steam running those 3 alone use 700mb of ram. Im at 3b just surfing the web and downloading Dirt Rally.

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15:17 Dec-01-2015

Yeh, and less that 4GB ram and you are in 32bit territory. Ugh

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15:29 Dec-01-2015

that's not true, a 2GB system ram can also benefit from the 64 bit architecture. The 64 bit limit refers to total addressable memory space, not just system RAM.

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15:37 Dec-01-2015

Yes of course, that wasn't my point. I was simply referring to the fact that you start to enter the ram capacity range supported by 32bit. You may have looked a little too much into it. Glad to see that people know their stuff though.

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15:40 Dec-01-2015

a CPU can access the contents of VRAM, it communicates through the PCI-e Bus and ask the GPU for VRAM content. There is a constant comun. between CPU and GPU.

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15:46 Dec-01-2015

I am not sure if it is my lack of sleep or not but I am not sure what you are trying to get at. I was just on about ram. Not GPU-CPU communication or low end limitations of 64bit.

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16:47 Dec-01-2015

There's more to 64-bit architecture than just memory addressing space. It has to do with how much data the CPU can process at once, mainly, as well as that memory amount.

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14:52 Dec-01-2015

Believe me I din't went too hype or excited about it as I was disappointed by playing jc2 nothing really good about that no AI enemy, no realistic approach blah blah now hearing looking visually poor,it bothered me to comment.anyway I will give it a try

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18:10 Dec-01-2015

Might have been visually poor because it was running on low settings with an old GPU, too little RAM and a shoddy processor.

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14:50 Dec-01-2015

4GB's of RAM was perfectly enough around few years ago. Currently 8GB's is the bare minimum for 64 bit systems; not only because games slowly become bigger and more demanding, but you also need a solid reserve for the system. Running a modern PC on 4GB's sounds like a suicide.

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15:04 Dec-01-2015

6gb i never ran out of ram yet.

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15:19 Dec-01-2015

I've run out of my 24GB, so I'm upgrading to 32GB this week. But I gotta say - it's not the games that eat my memory :D

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15:33 Dec-01-2015

Guessing video and/or photo editing lol.

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16:48 Dec-01-2015

Both, but mostly Photo editing and 3D graphics :)
Next year the rig I buy will have 64GB as an absolute minimum...

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17:10 Dec-01-2015

Pft just buy 4 of those Samsung 128gbs sticks youll be good for the next century.

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17:12 Dec-01-2015

Who knows, maybe by the time Pascal arrives we'll have that accessible :D

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14:47 Dec-01-2015

It seems that the optimization for this game is about as good as the voice acting was in Just Cause 2.

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14:52 Dec-01-2015

It's possible devs didn't really bother to optimize the game and judging from how crap it works on the consoles, it's certainly a given.

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14:31 Dec-01-2015

low ram detected. fx 4100 isnt that bad, 8gb ram will do the job.

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12:38 Dec-01-2015

I'm planning to get this game. Can anybody tell me what settings and fps will i get with my rig?

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12:42 Dec-01-2015

I'd guess medium-high -40fps or so. Your CPU won't bottleneck, RAM is alright, it's just the GPU for this game.

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13:16 Dec-01-2015

Thx m8

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13:32 Dec-01-2015

No problem!

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12:38 Dec-01-2015

Can you swap that HDD for an SSD and see what happens, Jon?


My theory is that there would be very minimal stuttering and fps loss that way, since there's no more massive HDD read/write delay (caching RAM vs reading game data) and hence the speed of that read/write would be at least 10x faster (we all know how well HDDs bomb down when writing+reading at the same time, ESPECIALLY with small files).

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15:24 Dec-01-2015

Compared to ram speeds, a regular sata 6.0Gbps ssd still won't cut it.

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16:51 Dec-01-2015

You're forgetting that the CPU/GPU have to first be able to process all that data coming into and from RAM, which is why loading games from a RAMDISK isn't any faster than loading from an SSD (yet the HDD benefits greatly!). I've tried RAMDISKING before I had an SSD and after I got my 850 EVO Pro 1TB - it's quite useless now.
So judging from that - I want to see the test done with an SSD, because I'm expecting a big boost.

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12:10 Dec-01-2015

Well than... I will still try :). Come on
fx-4100 you can do it !

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12:10 Dec-01-2015

Yeah you got 6gb of ram. I am 95% sure you will get better results than this.

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11:50 Dec-01-2015

Boring, repetitive, uninteresting, unoptimised, average looking game.
Blah.
Nothing special.
In no way, i repeat, no way it satisfies requirements.
Neither gameplay nor graphics wise.
Better with playing FC or smth like that.
Fix it.

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11:50 Dec-01-2015

High disk usage, isnt that DRM file checker?

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12:08 Dec-01-2015

It's because the RAM ran out. The game tries to use the slow HDD which causes all the horrible stutter and makes the game unplayable.

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12:58 Dec-01-2015

Yeah, it's swapping the data between HDD and RAM, which is horrible even on the newer HDD's. I guess it's possible to swap that HDD with an SSD, but that would kill the SSD, haha. Personally, I have no idea how was it possible for minimum requirements to skyrocket so much; game simply doesn't justify it.

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18:02 Dec-01-2015

Denuvo?

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