PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card Review

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Far Cry 3

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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. 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.

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Far Cry 3 appears to be like most of the other games we are using to test video cards and uses up about 20% of the processor and is running on multiple cores.

 

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Benchmark Results: The PowerColor AXR7 250X 1GBD5-HE graphics card averaged 10FPS in FarCry 3 with Ultra image quality settings.

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Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon R7 250X had a hard time with these settings and you can see that it dropped down to just 5 FPS for a second when a scene in the game caused the cards frame buffer to fill up. The easy fix for this is to disable 8x MSAA as that will lower the frame buffer requirements, but we like to keep it high to show differences like this. If you are gaming at 1080P there are some instances where 2GB of frame buffer are needed with very high image quality settings enabled.

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