PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 SCS3 1GB Passive Video Card Review

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Far Cry 3

Farcry3 Game Screenshot

Far Cry 3 is an open world first-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is the sequel to 2008’s Far Cry 2. The game was released on December 4th, 2012 for North America. Far Cry 3 is set on a tropical island found somewhere at the intersection of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.[11] After a vacation goes awry, player character Jason Brody has to save his kidnapped friends and escape from the islands and their unhinged inhabitants.

FarCry 3 Quality Settings

FarCry 3 Video Quality

Far Cry 3 uses the Dunia Engine 2 game engine with Havok physics. The graphics are excellent and the game really pushes the limits of what one can expect from mainstream graphics cards. We set game title to 8x MSAA Anti-Aliasing and ultra quality settings. 


Benchmark Results: The PowerColor HD 7850 SCS3 1GB card was having a tough time playing Far Cry 3 with 8x MSAA and the Ultra preset as you can see.  We were getting just 24 FPS on average at 1920×1080 and when we tried 2560×1600 we were getting under 3 FPS and the game was entirely unplayable. If you reduce the image quality settings down to Very High or High it is playable on the Radeon HD 7850 1GB at 1920×1080. You just can’t crank up the image quality here on mid-range cards. 

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