Settings & IQ
A GTX 1060/6GB is recommended for 1920×1080 at 60 FPS or higher, while a GTX 1080 can mostly handle 4K at some reduced settings, but the game is very scalable for lesser GPUs on lower settings at 1920×1080.
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz or AMD or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 280X or better
Image Quality & Settings
Resident Evil 7 doesn’t have overall Low, Medium, High, Very High, and Ultra settings. Instead, a player is given a choice of adjusting 18 different settings individually. The game will make suggestions as to what settings to lower by providing a ‘default’ setting. However, it tends to lower settings too far. A NVIDIA graphics card owner may also choose to use the GeForce Experience to suggest optimal settings, and NVIDIA has offered some suggestions in their Resident Evil 7 graphics and performance guide.
Now let’s look at a series of screen shots taken from the same two places beginning with the highest settings and progressing through several other setting options. Make sure to open these images full sized into a separate window or tab for a much easier IQ comparison.
Highest Settings (including HBAO+ and FXAA+TAA)
Low – all lowest settings
As with all the following comparison images, first at 3440×2160 and then at 1920×1080:
As you can see, Low settings look decent even if the lighting is pre-baked and a little washed, out but the detail is still good even if shadows are weak. And with setting on all-low, RE7 will play on a toaster – well, a GTX 1060-3GB that struggles to maintain 40 FPS at maxed settings at 1920×1080 will fly with over 130 FPS!
Highest settings – Low Texture/Texture Filtering settings
Texture Filtering or Anisotropic Filtering sharpens textures and leads to a cleaner image while Texture Quality affects the resolution of the game’s textures. The higher the texture quality, more VRAM is used by the graphics card. In the above images, we maxed out all of the settings but left the Texture settings on their lowest so that vRAM is less impacted. And our GTX 1060/3GB now gets at least an additional 10 FPS over maxed out settings with very high texture settings.
Lowering textures settings are a good place to start after lowering shadows to look for performance if your card has less than 6GB of vRAM, but leave Texture Filtering on.
Highest Settings but No Ambient Occlusion
Ambient Occlusion (AO) affects the contact shadows where two objects meet and it lends an additional layer of realism to the environment. However, Ambient Occlusion will take a large performance hit when it is enabled – perhaps up to 30 percent of the total framerates. Because RE 7 is so dark, AO is a setting that can be turned off, but if it can be applied, it adds significantly to the immersion.
Highest Settings but with SSA0 instead of HBAO+
If HBAO+ is too demanding for the chosen video card, SSAO is a good step back that will give about ten percent more performance.
Highest Settings – plus 2 times resolution scaling (SuperSampling)
The highest settings with Resolution Scaling 2.0 (SuperSampling) is a real performance killer. It may be best to try it perhaps at 1920×1080 with a GTX 1080 for playing, or just for that killer screenshot. It can be enabled also with a TITAN XP. When resolution scaling is used at 2 times, it completely eliminates the blurriness that using FXAA, SMAA or FXAA+TAA cause. However, using FXAA+TAA gives the best images with the camera in motion as the crawling and shimmering is apparent by not using TAA. AA is not that important to still screenshots, but it is very helpful with the camera in motion.
Depth of Field (DOF) blurs the images which are out of the player’s focus. It is a cinematic type of rendering which adds to the game’s atmosphere in attempting to replicate (and exaggerate) human vision. However, it has a strong performance impact by being turned on. Volumetric Lighting and Shadow Quality also affect performance significantly but turning them off hurts the realism of the visuals.
Let’s look at our Test configuration on the next page.