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Starfield is a “bizarrely worse experience” on Nvidia and Intel, says Digital Foundry


star field It’s one of the most demanding PC games we’ve seen recently, with even the RTX 4090 paired with AMD’s latest Ryzen 7800X3D nearly hitting 60fps on average at 4K with all settings maxed out. As reviewers and evaluators struggle to discover why star field is so heavy, the experts of Digital Foundry has discovered Some obvious differences between AMD and Intel/Nvidia systems.

“If you use Intel and Nvidia, you will get a strangely worse experience compared to AMD GPUs, in a completely unusual way,” explains Alexander Battaglia in a 32 minute detailed technical analysis of star field on PC.

AMD is star field‘s”exclusive PC partner”, with Bethesda and AMD engineers working to optimize the game for multi-threaded code on the Xbox and PC versions of the game on Ryzen 7000 processors and Radeon 7000 series graphics cards. As a result, it appears that star field It is more optimized on AMD GPUs and CPUs than on Intel CPUs and Nvidia GPUs.

Digital Foundry found that AMD’s previous-generation Radeon RX 6800 In my testing, I found that the RX 6800 XT can beat the RTX 3080 in a variety of games, but 46 percent is a much larger margin than usual.

While average frame rates are lower with the RTX 3080 on this particular system, frame times (the time it takes for a frame to render) also take a big hit with regular spikes. “The frame times in this game are worse on the ultra settings of the Nvidia GPUs, and it gets worse the slower the GPU is,” says Battaglia. Ultra shadow quality could be the culprit here, so if you have an older Nvidia GPU, try changing that setting in star field to see if it affects performance.

But overall, Digital Foundry found that “AMD GPUs are really destroying Nvidia’s in this game in a way not normally seen in raster titles, a far cry from the norm.” It’s clear that Nvidia and Intel didn’t have the same level of access as AMD, particularly since AMD paid for its PC partnership here, in which AMD and Bethesda engineers worked directly together.

On the CPU side, there are also some strange things happening with Intel’s performance in this game. Digital Foundry found that enabling hyperthreading on Intel CPUs produces worse average frame rates than disabling it. Disabling SMT, AMD’s equivalent, doesn’t have the same impact on frame rates, but it does make frame times faster.

Enabling hyperthreading on some Intel chips has an impact star fieldPerformance.
Image: Digital Foundry

Yeah star field were fully optimized for Intel hyperthreading, then we would expect to see performance scaling with the benefits of adding more CPU cores and hyperthreading. This could be something Bethesda can address in later updates to the game.

Overall, Digital Foundry concludes that star field “It seems optimized for AMD systems, but not so much for Intel and Nvidia systems,” says Battaglia. “I’d say Bethesda needs to do some work to better optimize those platforms, and Intel and Nvidia also need to release some new drivers over time.”

star field Director Todd Howard was asked why Bethesda hadn’t optimized the game for PC during a Bloomberg interview last week. “We did it, it’s working very well,” Howard responded. “It’s a next-generation PC game, we really push the technologies. Therefore, you may need to upgrade your PC for this game.”

That answer has not satisfied many who wonder why star field It doesn’t run as well on its Nvidia and Intel systems, which make up the vast majority of PC gamers in Steam’s hardware survey. However, maybe some patches and some updated drivers can help soon.

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