Ghost Recon Breakpoint 1080p

Another game we have included in this round of testing is Ghost Recon Breakpoint.  This game is also listed on AMD’s 8GB slide for showing a +20% performance increase with 8GB.  We also wanted to use it for another reason.  It supports several graphics presets we can easily use, plus it shows a VRAM counter and how much VRAM is being used with each preset so we know if we are exceeding 4GB with any setting. 

Because this game supports many quality settings, and we experienced what we experienced in this game we are going to show 5 quality settings tested at 1080p and 1440p, yes 10 total.  Therefore, we will break this up into two pages.  On this first page will be 5 graphics settings compared at 1080p, on the next page will be 1440p. 

The graphics settings tested are (going from highest to lowest) “Ultimate,” “Ultra,” “Very High,” “High,” and “Medium.”  What you should know is that every setting except “Medium” showed that it used over 4GB of VRAM.  Only “Medium” showed that it used under 4GB.

We are just going to post all 5 graphs in a row here, and then talk about it.  Look at it from a whole as you look down to the last one and you’ll see an interesting pattern.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Ghost Recon Breakpoint

The first thing you will notice is that the first four graphs that showed above 4GB VRAM usage all showed big performance differences between 8GB and 4GB Radeon RX 5500 XT.  However, once you get to the last graph, at “Medium” settings, which showed under 4GB usage the performance on that graph was exactly the same, no change.

This shows that this game is very sensitive to the VRAM capacity.  The 8GB Radeon RX 5500 XT shows big advantages to the 4GB Radeon RX 5500 XT, as long as the framebuffer used is over 4GB. 

This made a big gameplay experience difference.  At “Ultimate” quality we were able to play this game on the 8GB Radeon RX 5500 XT smoothly with good performance.  We were not able to do this with the 4GB Radeon RX 5500 XT.  That’s a real gameplay advantage.  The 4GB Radeon RX 5500 XT was playable starting at “Very High” settings while clearly the 8GB Radeon RX 5500 XT was playable at “Ultra” and “Ultimate.” 

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  1. If I buy you guys a x570 chipset motherboard for your AMD CPU’s will you use it for testing? This was a great opportunity to show on a memory constrained card the difference in performance with PCIe 4.x.
  2. If I buy you guys a x570 chipset motherboard for your AMD CPU’s will you use it for testing? This was a great opportunity to show on a memory constrained card the difference in performance with PCIe 4.x.

    We have been backed up on video card reviews at the moment, but that very test is planned.

    This test we did today is very relevant because not everyone has an X570 chipset. The X470 and below, or Intel, are still very popular, therefore PCIe 3.0 is still very relevant for many gamers right now, today. There are probably more people not on X570 at the moment, then there are people that are on X570 in this world.

    That said, your idea is not far fetched, and we have been planning to do a system test such as that and upgrade our test bench. I am but one person, and we have many things we had to get to first before I can do the switch. I would continue to argue that X470 and below, and Intel, are more relevant to readers and gamers than X570, that is just one chipset, and not everyone is running it yet, so it’s important to see what the mainstream of gamers actually get in performance.

    Then when we do the comparison with PCIe 4.0 versus 3.0 we’ll have more data to reference, we can look back at this testing and see how that compares. This testing today gives us a good baseline to compare with. The testing we did today will be relevant for a lot of people not on X570 yet, and that’s a LOT of people.

    BTW, I have both a PCIe 4.0 versus PCIe 3.0 test planned and a gaming performance test between CPUs and platforms, please be patient with us as we get to it all. But if you want to see those things, definitely continue to check us out every week for new reviews.

  3. Yea I know. But if we want Intel and others to embrace PCIE 4.x we need to apply pressure and ‘lead from the bottom’ the way we do that is show the benefits of the PICe platform… or quite possibly the complete LACK of benefit.

    I’m down for either I bought into 4.x and I know it’s not the full market. I just think it would be nice to SEE if that is truly a boon or not. For cards that support it… which there will be more of if there is a boon to using it. If not I wasted money on it… but it’s less than I wasted on Star Citizen. ;)

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