Performance Results & Conclusion

Performance & Conclusion

NVIDIA has their own optimization suggestions which may be quite helpful, or a player can just use the GeForce Experience included with the latest recommended 381.65 GeForce drivers.  The GeForce Experience will, at the touch of a button, set near-ideal custom settings for any GeForce powered PC and for more than 100 other games.

For the best AMD experience, use the latest drivers – Crimson Software ReLive 17.4.1 or 17.4.2 hotfix which are both optimized for Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Performance

We found absolutely no performance difference pre- and post-patch.  Also, the latest drivers from AMD and NVIDIA likewise have made no improvement since their optimized drivers for Mass Effect: Andromeda launched 3 weeks ago just before the game did. 

There is no built-in benchmark but we found and created one from a minute-long Fraps run on Promise that is 100% repeatable and reasonably representative of Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay’s most demanding outdoor scenes.  However, it falls about ten percent short of the most demanding indoor scenes in extreme boss battles.

Here are our performance results using 19 video cards at 3 resolutions using the default Ultra settings.  Average framerates are given in bold and the minimums are shown in italics in slightly smaller font next to the averages.  Please open this chart in another window or tab for better viewing.

 A GTX 1080 Ti can max out Mass Effect: Andromeda at the default Ultra settings at 3840×1080 if you don’t mind framerate dips into the upper 40s.   A GTX 1080 at the same settings and resolution can generally stay in the upper to mid-30 FPS range, while a GTX 1060 needs to be at 1920×1080 to stay in the upper 50s FPS for averages.  A Fury X appears to be limited by its 4GB of vRAM as it has lower minimums than an 8GB RX 480.  

Mass Effect: Andromeda is a fairly demanding and a good-looking game that scales very well. Let’s head for our conclusion.

 

Conclusion

Mass Effect: Andromeda is a really fun game once it gets going.  If you are a completionist, you will likely put over 100 hours into the game.  If you just stick to the main storyline, you may play for 20-25 hours. 

If we have to give it a score, Mass Effect: Andromeda deserves an “6.9” in our opinion as flawed gem of a game.

Mass Effect: Andromeda comes recommended post-patch and it is a certain hit for Mass Effect series fans as it doesn’t stray too far from the core mechanics and gameplay that has made this series so popular.  The graphics are very good, the gameplay is excellent, and the story is sufficient to move the action along and it gets better and better as you progress.   We feel it is worth the current asking price for a decent length and overall high-quality single player adventure.  We expect that future patches will address some of its remaining flaws.  And best of all, it has opened up the Andromeda Galaxy to future Mass Effect adventures.

Mass Effect: Andromeda  has become BTR’s latest benchmark. Stay tuned as we have many more reviews and evaluations coming up. This week, you can expect a full review of the “SmartDesk” which may be the best standing/sitting desk in the world.   And we will have a new review with brand new hardware next week.  Stay tuned to BTR.  In the meantime, join our Community for a chance to win a $250 Kingston/HyperX prize package in BTR’s latest contest.

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  1. Great review, also liked the benchmarks provided. I originally loaded the game up with SLI 970s and was averaging 32 FPS~ which was brutal. After upgrading to a 1080ti, rocked a solid 72~ fps in most scenarios with the same settings.

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