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 378.49 GeForce drivers.  The GeForce Experience will, at the touch of a button, set near-ideal custom settings for any PC and for more than 100 other games.

For the best AMD experience, use the latest drivers – Crimson Software ReLive 17.1.1 or 17.1.2 hotfix which are both optimized for RE 7

Performance

A GTX 1080 can max out RE 7 at the highest settings at 3840×1080 if you don’t mind framerate dips into the low 40s.  RE 7 is a fairly demanding and a good-looking game that scales very well.

There is no built-in benchmark but we found and created one from a minute-long scene that is 100% repeatable and reasonably representative of RE 7 gameplay’s most demanding scenes.  However, it falls about ten percent short of the most demanding scenes in extreme boss battles.

Here are our performance results using 18 video cards at 3 resolutions using the Highest settings.  Average framerates are given in bold and the minimums are shown in italics in slightly smaller font next to the averages.

Here is the chart of 3860×2160 showing average and minimum framerates.

Here is 2560×1440:

Here is 1920×1080:

You will probably need 6GB of vRAM to max out your settings if you game above 1920×1080 resolution.  We can see how the 3GB GTX 1060 struggles compared with the 6GB version and it may need to be optimized further by NVIDIA’s driver team.  It is surprising to see a slower card, the GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, beat the 3GB GTX 1060.  And older cards such as the 290X don’t fare as well as the RX 470 although both are 4GB cards.  The GTX 780 Ti 3GB even falls slightly behind the GTX 970 4GB card.  And even the Fury X appears to be somewhat limited by its 4GB of vRAM compared with the GTX 980 Ti and even with the RX 480/8GB video card.  Perhaps some further memory management by AMD’s driver team will improve its performance.

The TITAN XP is the only card that can play RE 7 at 3840×2160 at 60 FPS with maxed out settings although the GTX 1080 can manage it with drops into the 40s FPS.  Both the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070 are well-suited for playing smoothly at 2560×1440 and the RX 480 isn’t far behind.  And quite a few cards are well suited for maximum settings at 1920×1080.  Let’s head for our conclusion.

Conclusion

RE 7 is a really fun game and it is the most fun we have ever had with a horror/survival game.  We would have probably finished in two session instead of three if we did not have to sleep the first night right after it released.  And when we woke up the next morning, we returned immediately to the game to complete it in two more long sessions.

If we have to give it a score, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard deserves an “8.5” in our opinion as a very polished horror/survival single player campaign. What it does, it does very well.  Gameplay is smooth and nearly flawless and the atmosphere of terror, disgust, and apprehension that it creates is flawless.

RE 7 comes highly recommended and it is a certain hit for Resident Evil series fans – especially those who may have been disappointed with the direction that the series took since RE 4.  The graphics are very good, the gameplay is excellent, and the story is decent enough to move the action without insulting the player’s intelligence.  The voice acting is absolutely top-notch and it feels like a long nightmare horror movie experience. We feel it is worth the $60 asking price for a decent length and excellent single player adventure.

RE 7  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 2TB Seagate FireCuda SSHD versus a regular 7200 rpm 2TB HDD.   And we are also updating our drivers for our next driver performance evaluation to see if the GTX 1060 has regained performance after the last driver regression.

Happy Gaming!

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    • Turning off Shadow Cache will tend to increase the performance of cards with 4GB or more of vRAM and in other instances decrease performance with less. With 4GB of vRAM, toggling Shadow Cache can go either way depending on the card. It was left on in this review for consistency.
      If you have less than 4GB of vRAM, you will not want to play with maximum settings anyway, but the tests were all run at the same settings for consistency. I expect performance results to change with further driver memory optimizations by both AMD and Nvidia, and perhaps with another game patch.

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