Gaming Tests: Final Fantasy XV

Upon arriving to PC, Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition was given a graphical overhaul as it was ported over from console. As a fantasy RPG with a long history, the fruits of Square-Enix’s successful partnership with NVIDIA are on display. The game uses the internal Luminous Engine, and as with other Final Fantasy games, pushes the imagination of what we can do with the hardware underneath us. To that end, FFXV was one of the first games to promote the use of ‘video game landscape photography’, due in part to the extensive detail even at long range but also with the integration of NVIDIA’s Ansel software, that allowed for super-resolution imagery and post-processing effects to be applied.

In preparation for the launch of the game, Square Enix opted to release a standalone benchmark. Using the Final Fantasy XV standalone benchmark gives us a lengthy standardized sequence to record, although it should be noted that its heavy use of NVIDIA technology means that the Maximum setting has problems - it renders items off screen. To get around this, we use the standard preset which does not have these issues. We use the following settings:

  • 720p Standard, 1080p Standard, 4K Standard, 8K Standard

For automation, the title accepts command line inputs for both resolution and settings, and then auto-quits when finished. As with the other benchmarks, we do as many runs until 10 minutes per resolution/setting combination has passed, and then take averages. Realistically, because of the length of this test, this equates to two runs per setting.

AnandTech Low Resolution
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95th Percentile

All of our benchmark results can also be found in our benchmark engine, Bench.

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  • schujj07 - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    It would have the exact same power draw under AVX512 as AVX2. The 142ishW draw is socket maximum. The only way to increase power draw to the CPU socket is to change sockets. Reply
  • maroon1 - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    Only way to get same power draw with AVX-512 is to lower clock speed a lot which effects performance Reply
  • schujj07 - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    That doesn't change the fact that Ryzen is socket limited for power draw. While lowering clocks affects performance, AVX512 could still be faster at same power draw on Ryzen. Reply
  • whatthe123 - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    Zen 3 isn't socket limited. All you have to do is enable PBO and you can manually set the package limit to whatever you want. I can set my 5900x power limit to whatever I want, though the boost gains aren't worth the extra heat. Reply
  • Qasar - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    um yes it is, 142 watts is as much as it can use : " Notably, AMD's decision to stick with the AM4 socket still constrains its maximum power consumption to 142W, which means that it could not increase power consumption for the new flagship models. "
    from here : https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-5-5...
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  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    Hrm um yeah, no, you're wrong.

    Gamers nexus measured over 190 watts on a 2700x, which is socket AM4:

    https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3287-amd-r7-...
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  • 29a - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    Thats overclocked, non overclocked wattage is 142W. Nice try. Reply
  • SaturnusDK - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    AM4 and whatever intel calls the current iteration of the 1150/1151/1200 socket has the exact same technical power limit. Well, almost. It's 142W vs 144W. Usually written as 125W (+15%).
    You can safely draw double that wattage through the socket though on both platforms. The interesting thing is that the 11th gen apparently throws all sense and caution to the wind in an attempt to stay competitive that they're willing to accept an obscene RMA percentage on the sales.
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  • whatthe123 - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    Toms literally contradicts itself in that article by running 5900x with PBO at 172 watt. Socket is not the limit, the bios imposed PPT is the limit. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    What cooler was used? It bet it was stronger than the Noctua used here for AMD. Reply

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