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Far Cry 3 Certified on Puget Systems Deluge

Written on December 13, 2012 by Matt Bach
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Introduction

Far Cry 3

Following in the footsteps of Far Cry and Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3 is an open world first person shooter set on a tropical island. The main plotline of the game involves saving your kidnapped friends and escaping the island alive.

This game uses Dunia Engine 2, which is the updated version of the Dunia Engine found in Far Cry 2. Far Cry 3 is currently the only released title that uses this engine, so the expected hardware performance is still in the process of being benchmarked by many sites on the internet. In this article, we will be benchmarking Far Cry 3 on our Deluge A2 and Deluge L2 systems to both certify that the game runs without any problems and to find what video card you should use to be able to play the game at various video settings.

System Requirements

  Minimum Recommended High Performance
OS Windows XP SP2 or Better Windows XP SP2 or Better Windows XP SP2 or Better
CPU Intel Core2 Duo E6700/AMD Athlon64 X2 6000+ or equivalent dual-core Intel Core i3-530/AMD Phenom II X2 565 or equivalent quad-core Intel Core i7-2600K/AMD Bulldozer FX4150 or equivalent quad-core
RAM 4 GB 4 GB 8 GB
GPU Nvidia GTX8800/AMD Radeon HD2900 or equivalent 512MB DirectX 9c card Nvidia GTX480/AMD Radeon HD5770 or equivalent 1024MB DirectX 11 card Nvidia GTX680/AMD Radeon HD7970 or equivalent shiny new DirectX 11 card


The minimum specifications are pretty tame, but don't expect to run the game at anything other than low settings with that hardware. For the recommended specifications, the largest limiting factor for most users will be their video card since the recommend CPU and RAM are not very high. The recommended video cards, while still not high-end, are more powerful than cards normally found in budget systems, so it is definately worth checking before playing Far Cry 3. Note that in terms of current generation video cards, the very rough equivalent to the NVIDIA GTX 480 is the NVIDIA GTX 660.

In order to run Far Cry 3 with high performance settings, Ubisoft recommends a high-end CPU as well as the current fastest NVIDIA/AMD single-GPU video card available. Note that in terms of current generation equivalents, the Intel Core i7-2600K is about the same as the Intel Core i5 3750K. 

Test Setup

*Tested in single GPU and SLI/Crossfire

Note that for SLI and Crossfire we are using beta versions of the video card drivers. This is because SLI and Crossfire simply do not work properly with the current release drivers, so installing the beta drivers is the only way for us to test how they should work in Far Cry 3. For each benchmark run, we ran the game at 1920x1080 resolution since that is a very standard resolution for gaming, but changed the other video settings to the following:

Test Settings Medium High Very High Ultra
Resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080
DirectX 11 11 11 11
MSAA Off 2 4 8
Overall Quality Medium High Very High Ultra

Far Cry 3 Video Settings Far Cry 3 Video Quality Settings
Video Settings Video Quality Settings


Since Far Cry 3 does not have a built-in benchmarking feature, we used a scripted event near the start of the game that allowed us to have complete repeatability in our testing. We got this idea from Benchmark3d, and you can view a video of the sequence on their Far Cry 3 Benchmark page. They also have a handy GIF at the bottom of the page showing how each of the video quality levels look in-game.

Deluge A2 Results

  Minimum/Average FPS Over-time FPS graph Minimum Recommended GPU
Medium Far Cry 3 Deluge A2 Benchmark - Medium Far Cry 3 Deluge A2 Over-Time Benchmark - Medium

AMD Radeon HD 7870

NVIDIA GTX 660

High Far Cry 3 Deluge A2 Benchmark - High Far Cry 3 Deluge A2 Over-Time Benchmark - High

AMD Radeon HD 7970

NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti

Very High Far Cry 3 Deluge A2 Benchmark - Very High Far Cry 3 Deluge A2 Over-Time Benchmark - Very High

AMD Radeon HD 7970

NVIDIA GTX 680

Ultra Far Cry 3 Deluge A2 Benchmark - Ultra Far Cry 3 Deluge A2 Over-Time Benchmark - Ultra

AMD Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire

NVIDIA GTX 670 SLI


Overall, Far Cry 3 has a pretty heavy GPU requirement if you want to run the game at the higher settings. In fact, none of the single GPU configurations were able to meet our normal requirement  of 30 FPS minimum and 40 FPS average. In order to play on the absolute highest settings, you are pretty much required to use an SLI or Crossfire setup unless you are willing to reduce the resolution. This is a bit strange since the high performance recommended specification provided by Ubisoft was either a GTX 680 or a Radeon HD 7970, both of which could not run the game at the highest video settings. 

The only thing to point out is that while the Crossfire configurations did well, the FPS varied pretty significantly throughout our benchmark runs, which in general is not as ideal as a more consistent FPS rate. So once you get into the need of a SLI or Crossfire setup for Far Cry 3, we would recommend using NVIDIA SLI over AMD Crossfire.

Deluge L2 Results

  Minimum/Average FPS Over-time FPS graph Minimum Recommended GPU
Medium Far Cry 3 Deluge L2 Benchmark - Medium Far Cry 3 Deluge L2 Over-Time Benchmark - Medium

Recommend Deluge A2

High Far Cry 3 Deluge L2 Benchmark - High Far Cry 3 Deluge L2 Over-Time Benchmark - High

Recommend Deluge A2

Very High Far Cry 3 Deluge L2 Benchmark - Very High Far Cry 3 Deluge L2 Over-Time Benchmark - Very High

AMD Radeon HD 7970

NVIDIA GTX 680

Ultra Far Cry 3 Deluge L2 Benchmark - Ultra Far Cry 3 Deluge L2 Over-Time Benchmark - Ultra

AMD Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire

NVIDIA GTX 680 SLI


Since the lowest GPU we offer on the Deluge L2 is the AMD Radeon HD 7970 or the NVIDIA GTX 680, we would recommend considering the Deluge A2 if you want to play Far Cry 3 at medium or high settings. Otherwise, we recommend the AMD Radeon HD 7970 or the NVIDIA GTX 680 for very high settings, and two of those same cards in SLI or Crossfire for ultra settings.

Just like the Deluge A2 dual GPU benchmarks, the FPS for Crossfire varied pretty significantly throughout our benchmark runs, which in general is not as ideal as a more consistent FPS rate. So once you get into the need of a SLI or Crossfire setup for Far Cry 3, we would recommend using NVIDIA SLI over AMD Crossfire.

Conclusion

Far Cry 3 requires quite a bit of video card power in order to run at the highest settings, but you can achieve that power through either a SLI or Crossfire setup. Since SLI and Crossfire are both available in Puget Systems' Deluge line of computers, we are pleased to be able to certify Deluge for Far Cry 3 at any quality settings. The only caveat is that at the time of this article the use of beta drivers was required to get full performance with SLI and Crossfire. However, new drivers are constantly being released, so we only expect this to be the case for the very near future.

Far Cry 3 screenshot