Gaming Tests: Borderlands 3

As a big Borderlands fan, having to sit and wait six months for the EPIC Store exclusive to expire before we saw it on Steam felt like a long time to wait. The fourth title of the franchise, if you exclude the TellTale style-games, BL3 expands the universe beyond Pandora and its orbit, with the set of heroes (plus those from previous games) now cruising the galaxy looking for vaults and the treasures within. Popular Characters like Tiny Tina, Claptrap, Lilith, Dr. Zed, Zer0, Tannis, and others all make appearances as the game continues its cel-shaded design but with the graphical fidelity turned up. Borderlands 1 gave me my first ever taste of proper in-game second order PhysX, and it’s a high standard that continues to this day.

BL3 works best with online access, so it is filed under our online games section. BL3 is also one of our biggest downloads, requiring 100+ GB. As BL3 supports resolution scaling, we are using the following settings:

  • 360p Very Low, 1440p Very Low, 4K Very Low, 1080p Badass

BL3 has its own in-game benchmark, which recreates a set of on-rails scenes with a variety of activity going on in each, such as shootouts, explosions, and wildlife. The benchmark outputs its own results files, including frame times, which can be parsed for our averages/percentile data.

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

With the 9900K sitting at 5.0 GHz, the fact that the 11700K only does single core 5.0 GHz shouldn't matter if the IPC gains on the core help push the needle. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to do much in Borderlands.


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

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  • rfxcasey - Friday, March 19, 2021 - link

    Yeah, might have to agree with you on this, from what I've seen the new instructions are amazing. They might be a real game changer but one thing is certain, it's the way of the future.
  • Sgtkeebler - Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - link

    Should I buy this or the i9-10900k. I have an i7-9700k but I want to blow my stimulus because I have a pto cash out coming in may
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, March 27, 2021 - link

    If wasting money excites you...
  • Priogeth - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - link

    Gesaz what is all this nonesense about?
    here some values:
    (Name; Speed%*; mem; 1core; 2core; 4core; 8core; 64core; Price; )
    11400F: 97.6%; 84pts; 159pts; 313pts; 594pts; 930pts; 1127pts; 200€;
    7 3700x: 86%; 78pts; 135pts; 267pts; 508pts; 918pts; 1404pts; 264€;
    7 5800x: 98%; 87pts; 157pts; 312pts; 589pts; 1062pts; 1637pts; 380€
    9 5900x: 101% 89pts; 159pts, 314pts; 602pts; 1167pts; 2347pts; 500€
    11700k: 107%; 87pts; 180pts; 358pts; 679pts; 1206pts; 1681pts; 350€

    (100% speed performance = i9-9900k)
    the values are from userbenchmark dot com, and can be checked your selves.
    you might also want to go and check how these values come together b4 making any statements!

    in comperison with these values you can clearly see that the i7-11700k is the top runner! not only in gaming but also in number crushing.
    tho i would still more than recomend the ryzen9 5900x/5950x or a threadripper if you realy depend in numbercrushing like renderings and such.

    also worth mentioning is the I7-11400F if youre on a budget. best gaming cpu for that price.

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