Wolfenstein: The New Order Performance Review

Wolfenstein: The New Order is out on PC. It utilizes the id Tech 5 game engine and sports fast paced first-person shooter gameplay. We look at some video card performance, make some comparisons, and look at image quality as well. Can this game overcome the stigma associated with RAGE since its the same engine?

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Graphics Options Performance

In the two graphs below we are going to compare this games High quality, Ultra quality and Custom quality using maximum settings. We want to see if there is a difference between Ultra and Custom Maximum setting. Remember, the only difference between Ultra, and the maximum settings is turning up the Max PPF and Screen-Space Reflections setting. Then we've included High settings just to have a comparison. You are going to find performance very fast, even at Ultra. Also remember, there is a 60 FPS cap.

We are going to use an XFX Radeon R9 290X Double Dissipation (so that we get a consistent 1GHz with no throttling) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti video card for these tests.

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This shows that there is definitely a decrease in performance pushing the maximum settings of this game beyond the built in "Ultra" mode. However, it isn't drastically more intense. Performance is still well above 30 FPS and very playable at 2560x1600. Ultra setting is about 3% faster on average, and falls toward the same minimum framerate as maximum settings toward the end of our run-through with the robots. High settings is definitely faster as well, and maintains a higher minimum framerate, but the average is very close to Ultra.

What this graph shows is that even with the highest possible settings the game is capable of, the AMD Radeon R9 290X GPU has no problem delivering a fast gameplay experience. It is near 60 FPS on average. It also shows there is not a huge difference in performance between maximum settings and "Ultra." There also isn't a visual difference that we could easily see, so either quality setting is just fine in this game.

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Now we are looking at NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti performance between these quality modes. The first thing you will notice is that performance is overall faster compared to Radeon R9 290X. There is a narrower difference between maximum settings and "Ultra" settings. At "Ultra" settings the average FPS is hugging the FPS cap of 60 FPS. This test shows firstly that GeForce GTX 780 Ti is faster, in this game, but it also shows there is no reason not to just run with "Ultra" or the maximum settings, it makes no difference. This game is no burden for this video card, or the Radeon R9 290X.