Gaming Tests: Far Cry 5

The fifth title in Ubisoft's Far Cry series lands us right into the unwelcoming arms of an armed militant cult in Montana, one of the many middles-of-nowhere in the United States. With a charismatic and enigmatic adversary, gorgeous landscapes of the northwestern American flavor, and lots of violence, it is classic Far Cry fare. Graphically intensive in an open-world environment, the game mixes in action and exploration with a lot of configurability.

Unfortunately, the game doesn’t like us changing the resolution in the results file when using certain monitors, resorting to 1080p but keeping the quality settings. But resolution scaling does work, so we decided to fix the resolution at 1080p and use a variety of different scaling factors to give the following:

  • 720p Low, 1440p Low, 4K Low, 1440p Max.

Far Cry 5 outputs a results file here, but that the file is a HTML file, which showcases a graph of the FPS detected. At no point in the HTML file does it contain the frame times for each frame, but it does show the frames per second, as a value once per second in the graph. The graph in HTML form is a series of (x,y) co-ordinates scaled to the min/max of the graph, rather than the raw (second, FPS) data, and so using regex I carefully tease out the values of the graph, convert them into a (second, FPS) format, and take our values of averages and percentiles that way.

If anyone from Ubisoft wants to chat about building a benchmark platform that would not only help me but also every other member of the tech press build our benchmark testing platform to help our readers decide what is the best hardware to use on your games, please reach out to ian@anandtech.com. Some of the suggestions I want to give you will take less than half a day and it’s easily free advertising to use the benchmark over the next couple of years (or more).

As with the other gaming tests, we run each resolution/setting combination for a minimum of 10 minutes and take the relevant frame data for averages and percentiles.

AnandTech Low Resolution
Low Quality
Medium Resolution
Low Quality
High Resolution
Low Quality
Medium Resolution
Max Quality
Average FPS
95th Percentile

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

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  • Hifihedgehog - Friday, March 12, 2021 - link

    LOL. Fanboy delusion.

    First off, let's take a quick looksie at the Cinebench R20 results:
    https://www.hardwareluxx.de/index.php/artikel/hard...
    When switching from BIOS version 0402 to 0603, the 11700K's single-threaded performance actually DROPS from a score of 609 to 600. And its multicore performance is still less than the 10900K and the 5800X.
    Switching gears, the games are no less unflattering:
    https://www.hardwareluxx.de/index.php/artikel/hard...
    The 11700K there, regardless of which of the two BIOS releases it uses, often loses to the 10900K and Ryzen 5000 series. It loses to the Ryzen 5000 series and 10900K in THREE out of the four games: The Division 2, Metro Exodus, The Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

    In short: dude, what are you smoking?
    Reply
  • Technobile - Friday, March 12, 2021 - link

    The 10700K costs a pittance at the minute, and after the final bios and microcode 11700K will be around 15 to 20% faster than it. Both a bargain when the only other option is dealing with the 'quirks' (to be kind) of an AMD system Reply
  • Qasar - Friday, March 12, 2021 - link

    " The 10700K costs a pittance at the minute, and after the final bios and microcode 11700K will be around 15 to 20% faster than it " i will believe that, when i see it, honestly, that is hopeful thinking.
    " Both a bargain when the only other option is dealing with the 'quirks' (to be kind) of an AMD system " and intel has had its own quirks over the years.
    Reply
  • dsplover - Saturday, March 13, 2021 - link

    They’re just doing this to give the impression they’re relevant. It’s safe to assume they’ll retake some market share but AMD took servers, laptop and desktop sectors by storm while Intel keeps moving old designs out the door.

    AMD 5750G, if it exists will render Intel designs useless this summer, while Intel struggles to get Alder Lake up and running.

    Motherboard manufacturers will get tired of chasing new sockets after AM5 comes out.

    What happened to these guys? It’s embarrassing and I’m an i7 fan boy..
    Reply
  • GeoffreyA - Saturday, March 13, 2021 - link

    "What happened to these guys?"

    My guess would be: complacency, underestimating the enemy, putting eggs in too many dead-end baskets, and management that made a mess of excellent engineering talent.
    Reply
  • CiccioB - Sunday, March 14, 2021 - link

    Motherboard manufacturers will get tired of chasing new sockets after AM5 comes out.

    When reading this I think some of you just ended their school yesterday (with poor results) and just came here to say the first thing they think it is pro AMD. Just to give a (poor) contribution to what they think is an easy (for everyone) task as beating a dead horse (Intel).
    I may shock you if I say that that "chasing designs" effort is the secret trick for motherboard producer too... surprise surprise.. MAKE MONEY!
    So they do not get tired to do anything if this means selling more motherboards, and this just happens if you have to change your motherboards every couple of generations.
    And I may shock you even more if I say you that those that make an upgrade using the same motherboard is just a so small number that no motherboard producer is really interested in supporting.
    Usually when you change your CPU you just do not want only it to go a little faster but you want also the new technological improvements that meantime have been created, from faster bus, new and more connectors (M2 vs SATA), faster USBs, Thunderbolts, better memory support and such.
    And this doesn't come if you do not also change the motherboard.
    And to have and propose a better motherboard to sell, guess what? Yes, motherboard producer have to play the "chasing designs" game.
    Reply
  • rfxcasey - Thursday, March 18, 2021 - link

    Yeah "useless", please, all of this is splitting hairs, none of these processors are even close to being "useless". Reply
  • rfxcasey - Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - link

    To me, looks like the i7 10700k holds it's own against the 5800x in gaming performance and is much cheaper. Reply
  • rfxcasey - Thursday, March 18, 2021 - link

    i7 10700K actually beating the 5800x in many game benchmarks. I don't have a preference between AMD and Intel generally, but the i7 10700K is a great gaming processor, Intel did seem to make an embarrassing move with the 11th Gen, but for the cost, the 10700k a top, possibly THE top gaming CPU. Reply
  • quadibloc - Thursday, March 18, 2021 - link

    When an official review comes in, with all the details, things may look a little better. But even now, I see one thing that's being overlooked. Since these chips have AVX-512, where that can be used, that will double their performance compared to processors that only have AVX-256. Except, of course, for the necessary slowdown for thermal reasons. So on workloads that involve a lot of AVX-512, they should really shine instead of being as terribly lackluster as they appear when that isn't taken into account. Reply

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