God of War PC performance report - Graphics card benchmarks

Written by Chad Norton on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 2:56 PM
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Alright, boy, God of War has finally made its way onto PC, bringing another once-PlayStation exclusive to the ultimate platform. We've seen how the PC version is perhaps the best version of the game yet, but how well does it actually perform? What kind of hardware is needed to play God of War at its best? We take a look at some GPU performance benchmarks for God of War on PC...

First of all, in this PC performance benchmark article for God of War, we benchmark a range of graphics cards going from the higher-end RTX 3070, which is close to the recommended GPU for 4K/60fps/Ultra; to the mid-range GTX 1060, which is the recommended GPU for playing God of War at 1080p/30fps on Original graphics settings; and finally down to the lower-end R9 380, to see whether lower-spec cards can run God of War at 1080p in some capacity.

Then we go through the FPS test results of each graphics card running at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. From there we can see the performance of the minimum and recommended system requirement graphics cards and consider how well optimized God of War really is.

Unfortunately, God of War does not include an FPS benchmark tool, so to standardize these tests we ran around one of the opening areas of the game, through a small forest and then fought some bad guys. We found this run to be pretty representative of your overall in-game experience in God of War.

With that in mind, let's jump into the PC performance benchmarks for God of War...

Check your PC can run God of War system requirements

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God of War Minimum system requirements - 720p/30fps/Low

God of War Recommended system requirements - 1080p/30fps/Original

God of War High system requirements - 1080p/60fps/Original

God of War Performance system requirements - 1440p/60fps/High

God of War Ultra system requirements - 4K/60fps/Ultra

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God of War RTX 3070 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Aorus Master | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in God of War @ 1080p

God of War Low Original High Ultra
Avg FPS 151.6 148.1 125 90.6
Min FPS 118.7 121.8 111.5 74.2
Max FPS 175.7 169.4 153.3 120.9
1% Low FPS 109.7 109.9 110.4 73.4
0.1% Low FPS 73.5 90.1 84.6 53.3

The FPS performancde of the RTX 3070 in God of War at 1080p is really good, achieving 90fps or more even on Ultra graphics settings. Therefore, the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing God of War on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in God of War @ 1440p

God of War Low Original High Ultra
Avg FPS 132.4 118.7 102.5 75.9
Min FPS 117.8 108 90.6 64.5
Max FPS 149.9 139.5 123.9 97.8
1% Low FPS 109.8 106.1 88.5 64.4
0.1% Low FPS 62.4 81.2 64.1 53.7

At 1440p, the FPS performance of the RTX 3070 in God of War is once again really good, delivering more than 75fps on Ultra graphics settings. This means the RTX 3070 is still perfect for playing God of War on Ultra graphics settings at 1440p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in God of War @ 4K

God of War Low Original High Ultra
Avg FPS 82.4 76.2 64.5 52.2
Min FPS 74.9 70.9 60.2 45.7
Max FPS 92.4 85.9 73.3 63.3
1% Low FPS 74.6 70.3 59.4 45.6
0.1% Low FPS 57.7 63.1 57.3 44.3

Finally, at 4K, the FPS performance of the RTX 3070 in God of War is still pretty good, though it drops below 60fps on Ultra settings, so consider going to High settings or lower for a more smooth 60 frame rate experience. In the end though, the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing God of War at 4K on Ultra or High graphics settings, depending on your preference.

Overall, the RTX 3070 performs really well in God of War, even though it comes under the recommended GPU for 4K/60fps/Ultra system requirements. So the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing God of War at 1080, 1440p, and 4K at Ultra graphics settings, or High at 4K for a smoother 60fps experience.

God of War GTX 1060 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 1060 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in God of War @ 1080p

God of War Low Original High Ultra
Avg FPS 70.2 59.6 47.5 31.3
Min FPS 63.1 54.9 43.2 25.4
Max FPS 80.8 68.1 55.9 40.5
1% Low FPS 62.4 54.5 43.3 25.5
0.1% Low FPS 51.1 53.1 41.2 25.1

The GTX 1060's FPS performance in God of War at 1080p is not too bad, especially considering the official system requirements said it was the required GPU for 1080p/30fps/Original settings. Compared to that, the 1060 excels here, delivering a mostly 60fps experience up to Original graphics settings, and above 30fps on High and Ultra settings. This makes the GTX 1060 perfectly suitable for playing God of War at 1080p on Original or Ultra graphics settings, depending on your FPS preference.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in God of War @ 1440p

God of War Low Original High Ultra
Avg FPS 48.2 42.4 34.8 25.2
Min FPS 42.6 39.2 32.3 21.5
Max FPS 54.9 47.4 39.4 31.1
1% Low FPS 42.6 39.1 32.2 21.5
0.1% Low FPS 41.4 37.8 31.1 21.2

At 1440p, the GTX 1060's FPS performance in God of War is surprisingly okay here, achieving over 30fps up to High graphics settings. This is still certainly playable, but Ultra settings are too demanding at this resolution. Therefore the GTX 1060 is perfectly suitable for playing God of War at 1440p up to High graphics settings.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in God of War @ 4K

God of War Low Original High Ultra
Avg FPS 25.2 23.3 19.7 7.3
Min FPS 22.5 21.1 17.9 5.7
Max FPS 28.9 25.6 21.6 8.8
1% Low FPS 22.5 21.2 17.9 5.6
0.1% Low FPS 22.3 20.4 17.5 4.9

The FPS performance of the GTX 1060 at 4K is not good at all, as it unfortunately fails to achieve even 30fps on Low graphics settings. This means the GTX 1060 is unsuitable for playing God of War at 4K resolution.

Overall, the GTX 1060 performs better than expected in God of War based on the initial system requirements, and can be easily played at a near-60fps experience on the Original graphics settings at 1080p resolution. However, this can be raised to Ultra at 1080p for 30fps gameplay instead. It can also perform relatively well at 1440p up to High graphics settings, but unfortunately does not perform well at 4K and so is not recommended for that resolution.

God of War R9 380 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on AMD MSI Radeon R9 380 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for AMD Radeon R9 380 in God of War @ 1080p

God of War Low Original High Ultra
Avg FPS 27.6 23.4 16 9.3
Min FPS 16.5 15.9 12.1 7.7
Max FPS 38.8 30.2 22.8 13.3
1% Low FPS 13.9 14.4 11.5 7.5
0.1% Low FPS 9.5 9.8 8.2 6.8

The FPS performance of the R9 380 at 1080p in God of War is not good unfortunately, as it fails to reach 30fps even on Low graphics settings. It can be brute forced at most times, but when the frame rate dips it will be extremely noticeable and can affect your gameplay performance. In the end though, the R9 380 is unplayable in God of War at 1080p, and is recommended to drop to a lower resolution for increased performance.

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Conclusion

Overall, looking at the benchmark results above, God of War appears to be a pretty demanding game for a 3 year old title, but not too demanding for current day hardware. It also seems that the initial system requirements were a little conservative, as some fo the GPUs outperformed their predicted performance.

For instance, the GTX 1060 is listed as the required GPU for 1080p at 30fps on Original graphics settings. However, the results show that it achieves almost double that. It's possible that more demanding moments later in the game or during combat will bring it down a little, but for the most part this card will run GOW just fine.

As for higher-end cards, the recommended GPU for 4K at 60fps on Ultra graphics settings is the RTX 3080, but the slightly lower RTX 3070 manages to achieve just over 50fps on the same settings. Coupled with DLSS and this card should be fine for a full 4K Ultra experience.

Unfortunately, lower-end cards like the R9 380 are not able to play God of War even at 1080p Low graphics settings. Though it can be played just under 30fps whilst exploring most of the time, during more critical moments the frame rate will dip below a satisfying level, and so it would be best to drop the resolution instead.

Additionally, God of War PC includes support for both Nvidia DLSS and AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), both of which can help to improve performance quite significantly if you are struggling to reach a desirable frame rate. Though there is a traditional Render Scale option as well if you would prefer that method.

It is also worth noting that the Reflections setting can be improved even further than Ultra to Ultra+. So if you have the spare performance headroom you can select the custom graphics preset and change it there. Plus, both Texture Quality and Anisotropic Filtering can be lowered further down to Min, possibly allowing lower-end cards to gain a bit more performance than the Low graphics preset.

As always, we welcome any and all feedback from you guys as well with your experience of hardware configurations and FPS performance/quality settings. That way we can all better gauge how well our systems will be able to run God of War.

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00:17 Jan-29-2022

Game runs great on base ps4 but r9 380 cant run it at 1080p low.


I hope that since sony now plans to release its exclusives on PC, we’ll get much better ports.

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13:18 Feb-02-2022

Well, console optimization will always be a bit better than PC just because it's a spec set in stone, unlike on PC.


That being said - "runs great" is subjective, when it's 30fps but dips into the high 20s in heavier scenes (combat, especially around the bridge). Still much better than the R9 380, but there's that console optimization factor to consider. Perhaps future patches/tweaks may boost performance as well, since there were issues with memory leaks and allocation on PC at launch, which affected many rigs with bad performance when the memory runs dry.

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22:34 Jan-27-2022

i am getting around 40-50fps on avarage at max 1440p which is enouth for me for a hack and slash game, tho i did expect the better peformance from it as the only other games that pushed down to 40fps are AC Odyssey and RDR2

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18:37 Jan-27-2022

im currently playing this game and after just recently completing every other GoW game there is i think this one is fine and decent but its overrated imo. and speaking of graphics they are good but sometimes texture quality is pretty bad creating these inconsistent visuals, in one place everything looks awesome and in others its like, 2010 called they want their textures back :D playing on absolute maximum settings at native 4K

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19:42 Jan-27-2022

Yep, i also noticed the low res textures, even tho my game is using 7.6gb vram at times and over 14gb of ram

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00:17 Jan-28-2022

I also had the texture problem. It's got to be related to the "memory leaks" that people keep reporting. I don't experience slowdowns or crashes (presumably due to plenty of RAM/VRAM) but I do start seeing some textures not loading in at all or taking a while to do so.

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12:31 Jan-28-2022

hmm there might be something buggy with textures however i dont think its anything related to "memory leak", i havent played prolonged session on this game so cant really report if there is abnormal vram built-up but from what i played it didnt have anything related to obvious memory leak. I seen on reddit one guy had like all his 16gb utilized on his rdna2 gpu but i havent had anything close to that

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13:37 Jan-28-2022

I generally don't monitor so I can't tell, but what I can say is that I've experienced no crashes or slowdowns, just the textures failing to load properly as I traverse the maps here and there. Otherwise ran smooth, no stuttering, etc .👍

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12:40 Jan-27-2022

It's been 24 hours since Crysis 4 has been announced, so in which month are you planning to cover the news about that?

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12:39 Jan-27-2022

Is it normal that i barely get 60 fps at 4K ? even at 3440 x 1440 it struggles to keep 60fps i think my framerate should be higher with my 3080 ti , opinions?

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14:01 Jan-27-2022

I don't think I've ever dropped below 60 at 4K (DLDSR) with DLSS Quality and that generally nets me well over 100fps at ultra in most places other than the lake, since that one is surprisingly heavy to run (gives me around 80-ish fps).


There are also memory problems in the game, which do or do not happen randomly to people. I never *felt* a mem leak, but then 64GB my end. Your 32 should be enough as well...


That's how I'd imagine a 3080Ti to run it, give or take 10%.

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19:44 Jan-27-2022

Idk, im having some problems since i got into the second realm, fps will just drop, similar to stutering and it is really annoying because it happens every few seconds and im starting to think there is something wrong with my PC becase so far i get these microfreezes in most of games i have played.It could also be because the RAm usage is really high like 14.5gb ? GPU usage drops as well when my fps hit the low 40s in some specific areas and cant pinpoint what it is saving points also might causing this?

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00:18 Jan-28-2022

Is your CPU performing ok? I recently scratched my head over a stuttering problem that kept plaguing most games I played and it turned out that my CPU was overheating xD

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15:23 Jan-28-2022

what temps did you get?

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15:32 Jan-28-2022

It was getting into the 90s and started throttling. Each time the clocks would go up and down - it would stutter. This would not be a problem when just booting up a game, but after a few minutes it would get progressively worse as the CPU would heat up.


I've fixed it, though - needed a repaste and to check my fan profile as iCUE was spazzing and not ramping up the fans when needed.

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02:58 Jan-29-2022

My CPU reach 70C because it is heavily OC to 4ghz and running on stock cooler, CPU usage is 40-65% sometimes, i also noticed that my HDD starts spinning and it happens when the stuttering appear.

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15:02 Jan-29-2022

70 is fine for a CPU, so shouldn't be causing problems.


Are you playing off an SSD and you notice stuttering happen with something accessing some side HDD? Or do you play from a HDD?


I can't imagine what software other than an antivirus (or a virus) would need to spin up the drives at random. I'm just using Windows Defender, what's your AV?

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07:55 Jan-27-2022

Really hope the bloke on the banner doesn't return in Ragnarok. There were too many of them in the first.

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19:32 Jan-26-2022

This game uses rumble/vibration in a good immersive way. I wish more developers use rumble like that.

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00:51 Jan-27-2022

Is that more of a console thing? Seems all the games I notice using rumble in a good way are console games.

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03:20 Jan-27-2022

i think so, games with baked in rumble feel better. So console exclusives making their way to pc have that good rumble, lets hope they make this baseline. The new dualsense ps5 controller got some good good rumble n would like that on more pc games

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07:46 Jan-27-2022

Mostly yes, The only Multiplatform game (I didn't play that much games the last 2~3 years so there might be more) that I've felt to have good rumble was SW Jedi Fallen Order.

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14:03 Jan-27-2022

Couldn't feel it. My mouse must be broken 🤣

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16:43 Jan-26-2022

I think soon it will be time to retire the r9 380 for AAA games at least.

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03:21 Jan-27-2022

its been a journey

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Can They Run... |

Core i7-2620M 2-Core 2.7GHz NVS 4200M 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 3 3100 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3050 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1440p
Core i7-12700K 16-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB
Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 4k
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra 16GB
Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 1660 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-4690 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Asus Expedition 4GB 14GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800X 8-Core 3.8GHz GeForce GTX 1060 MSI 6GT OC 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]