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Prey: Recommended Settings

Posted by adam.kozak Employee Oct 31, 2018

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[Originally posted on 05/04/17.]

 

Prey is the newest first person action adventure game from Arkane Studios, built upon a highly optimized version of CryEngine. Set aboard a space station in an alternate timeline, Prey is a beautiful, smooth running title, with some really cool shape-shifter effects, and an intriguing story line.

 

Arkane Studios have spent a lot of time working on the PC version of the game, and I’ve been lucky enough to be playing it for a while since it is the first title released under AMD’s large partnership deal announced earlier this year.

 

Performance looks great across most Radeon RX graphics cards, and with my Ryzen 5 1600X system, you can really push up the settings and resolution.

 

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To play this game at decent settings, the recommended requirements are:

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: AMD FX 8350 or Intel Core i7 2600K or greater
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Video card: AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater

 

Testing was done after the basic tutorial and first major story twist occurs. I wanted to be able to see the shape shifters and integrate them into the testing.

 

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One thing to note is there are a wide variety of options for PC users, including a few different AA settings that can help push performance, if you really need it. For those of you with widescreen monitors and a RX 580 – this game runs really well. On my new Asus MQ34VQ (3440×1440), I was able to knock down the setting one level to HIGH and still get smooth framerates without FreeSync enabled. With FreeSync enabled, I was able to enjoy smooth gameplay by switching to Very High settings.

 

If you are looking for a few extra frame-rates, consider playing with Screen Space Directional Occlusion, and Screen Space Reflections in the Advanced Settings menu.

 

Here are the recommended settings for 60+ fps across the latest Radeon RX graphics cards.

 

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As always, update to the latest Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver HERE to take advantage of the latest optimizations for Radeon™ graphics cards.

 

 

Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 02/14/17.]

 

As someone who is not usually a stealth gamer, I do have a soft spot in my heart for the Sniper Elite series.  Rebellion has honed their craft perfectly for the fourth installment of the series which places you in Italy circa 1943.

 

This version offers a DirectX™ 12 mode and leverages async compute for owners of Radeon graphics cards.  In a few cases I tried out, it ended up providing some really nice frame rate boosts, the difference of playing below 60 fps, to playing nicely above 60 fps.

 

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To play this game at decent settings, the requirements are:

  • OS: Windows 7 64bit / 8.1 64bit / 10 64bit
  • Processor: AMD FX4300 or Intel Core i3 or greater
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Video card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB) or greater

 

There are a lot of options in the graphics menu, and they are nicely contained in 4 presets, Low, Medium, High, and Ultra.

 

For my testing I played through the opening sequence of Sniper Elite 4, until I subdued the first 3 enemies, and made it up into a clearing.  The result was smooth gameplay on Radeon RX graphics cards, with high details and high resolutions PC gaming is known for.

 

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If you are like me, this game has a certain enjoyable factor with every slow motion achievement you complete, and makes it highly entertaining guessing where your next shot ends up.  I’d also note that I am a single player type of gamer, so these results were all done in the campaign mode.

 

As always, update to the latest Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver HERE and save the world yet again.

 

 

Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 11/30/17.]

 

EA is back with an excellent follow up to 2015’s Star Wars: Battlefront, that adds a single player campaign (thank-you), to an already strong multi-player masterpiece.  Powered by the brilliant Frostbite engine, the visuals are nothing short of gorgeous.  Add to that the capability of DirectX™ 12 and the addition of HDR, and you’ve got one of the best games to show off the hardware of your PC.

 

Performance looks great on Radeon™ RX Series graphics, and and my AMD Ryzen 5 1600X system was able to push framerates well into typical Radeon FreeSync ranges and averaged above 60 FPS quite easily (that means silky smooth gameplay).

 

Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: AMD FX8350 or Intel Core i7-6700
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Video Card: Radeon™ RX 480 or higher

 

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As always, head to AMD.com and make sure you are using the latest driver with the latest optimizations HERE.

 

 

Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 09/20/17.]

 

It’s been seven years since the last Quake game and id Software is back in a big way with Quake Champions. Paying homage to the original Quake games, Quake Champions is a fast-paced arena style FPS that keep you on your toes at all times.

 

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The game has a current roster of eleven  unique champions and it continues to grow. Each champion has a unique ability and characteristics for competitors of all playstyles. If you prefer agility in the arena, try out Slash or Nyx. If you prefer a beefy enforcer, Scalebearer or Clutch may be the champion for you.

 

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Performance looks great on the Radeon™ RX Series products. I was able to push above 100 FPS at various resolutions and quality settings with all of our gaming graphics cards paired with my AMD Ryzen 7 1700X system.

 

Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: AMD A10-7870K or Intel i5-2400
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows 7 and later
  • Video Card: Radeon™ R9 390X or higher

 

I tested the game in live team Deathmatch battles as Nyx with our exclusive Radeon Ruby skin.

 

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One thing to note are the minimum framerates I saw when testing each of the cards. Even in the chaotic arena with eight people, minimum framerates stayed above 60 fps. I didn’t run into any stuttering or graphical hitches. Quake Champions is the fastest and most responsive shooter I’ve played. It is a true test of your FPS ability and there is no room for error or graphical glitches. A fraction of a second determines if you frag your opponent or get fragged.

 

For serious gamers, I highly recommend a 144Hz display with Radeon™ FreeSync technology to help ensure you have a competitive edge over your opponents by having a smoother and responsive experience.

 

Settings below are what I used to achieve 100+ fps on my AMD Ryzen 7 1700X based system. Auto Detect Settings changes the resolution scaling which has a significant impact to fps. If you’re looking to tweak performance be sure to experiment with both the resolution scale and graphics quality.

 

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Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 10/05/17.]

 

Turn 10 is back with Forza Motorsport 7, now available for Windows® 10 and Xbox One systems.

 

I fired up the game on our AMD Ryzen 5 1600X to get a handle of just which video card worked best to give me a consistent 60fps.

 

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Forza Motorsport 7 Preview Different Cars

 

I just ran the benchmark to see which settings made sense, and also decided to also give the game a try to see how well my numbers correlated.  To my surprise performance generally stayed the same and the recommended settings didn’t change.

 

The good news is that even a Radeon RX 550 is going to play this game well at 1080p medium settings.  Higher cards are going to be able to go up to Ultra at their respective resolutions, making this a very system friendly title to add to your PC collection.

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As always, download our latest Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition drivers to get the best experience (17.9.3 or later).

 

Now back to perfecting my full speed crashing technique…

 

 

Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

[Originally posted on 08/10/17.]

 

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BEST FOR:

  • Productivity
  • E-Sports Gaming
  • Movies / Music

 

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Summary

 

The HP Power Pavilion 15 Featuring Radeon RX 550 Graphics is a well styled notebook with serious system specs to power gaming and content creation.

 

With a long history in desktop and notebooks, a relatively new addition to the Pavilion brand, Power Pavilion, targets itself towards prosumers looking for a solid set of hardware and storage features.  With some beefy storage specs, discrete graphics armed with full 128-bit performance, and a visual identity sure to stand out from the rest, the Power Pavilion line gets some nice new spec upgrades with the latest Intel i5 7300HQ and Radeon™ RX 550 graphics.

 

Key Hardware Specs Reviewed: 15 Inch Notebook

  • 1080p Display
  • Intel-i5 processor (7300HQ)
  • Radeon™ RX 550 Graphics (Driver: 17.6.2)
  • 8GB of DDR4 Memory
  • 2TB Hard Drive
  • 2.358 kg (5.2 lbs)

 

Build & Physical Features

 

I have to admit, not a fan of green on a notebook, but the well placed accents on the rubber pads beneath the notebook, on the speaker grill above, sides of the trackpad, and the keys themselves make the notebook stand out.

 

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The track pad was intuitive to use and features gesture and multi finger shortcuts, such as two finger scrolling and pinch to zoom. Left click can be activated by pressing down on the left bottom part of the keypad, and right click by moving to the bottom right section of the trackpad.

 

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Trying to open up the HP Power Pavilion notebook was no picnic. The sleek design of this notebook means it’s rather difficult to pry open and probably not meant to offer easy upgrades.  But upon doing so, the HP Power Pavilion notebook revealed a few surprises.  Beyond the standard high capacity HardDrive, and a dual fan configuration that pulls air from the bottom of the notebook with the exhaust directed out the back, I was surprised to find an empty M.2 connector to add a speedy SSD, and an empty DIMM slot to increase memory capacity beyond the default 8GB.  Even the large 70W/h battery was a pleasant find (and a good reason why the battery life was exceptional, even during heavy gaming).  The HP Pavilion Power notebook was silent for most workloads, and only spun up for heavy gaming. Even then, I’d say the system never got loud enough to be a bother and the skin temperature was always comfortable.

 

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This notebook features all essential ports, so no need to go shopping for a break out box.  That even includes an Ethernet port which has been a missing feature on a few new notebooks I’ve come across recently.

 

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Ports / Connections:

  • Power Connector
  • 4x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • MicroSD Slot
  • USB-C
  • Headphone output
  • HDMI
  • Network RJ45

 

All hardware is housed in an excellent solid chassis that can be carried in one hand.

 

DISPLAY

 

The HP Power Pavilion sports an decent IPS 1080p panel with anti-glare technology. Details are sharp and colors are perfect for everyday use and gaming.  Specs list the display just below 60% sRGB. If I had a choice at a checkout, I’d probably upgrade to the touch display which is about +$60.

 

Indoor

 

In a bright indoor office environment, we used 90 % brightness.  The anti-glare screen makes things a little darker so anything lower hits the whites rather quickly.  Even at 100% brightness, all of my testing showed incredible battery life.

 

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Outdoor

 

Using any notebook outdoors is not ideal.  With the HP Power Pavilion 15 notebook display output was still visible albeit with a lot less contrast.

 

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PERFORMANCE

 

Synthetic1

 

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Hard Drive2

 

CrystalDisk Mark was used to measure Hard Drive Performance:

 

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Boot Time

 

To measure the speed of this system I measured boot time from power up to the time my cursor no longer showed the spinning icon. My old work laptop with a HDD drive took over a minute to boot.

 

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Gaming

 

All tests were done on the latest driver and plugged into the wall. For all new laptops, we recommended updating to the latest driver for the best performance.

 

3DMark Time Spy3

 

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3dMark FireStrike4

 

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League of Legends5

 

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League of Legends ran amazing and stayed above 100 fps with all settings maxed out at 1080p. The IGP for some reason was considerably slower and never once reached 60fps, something the Radeon RX was consistently above in our testing.

 

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Overwatch6

 

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The Radeon RX 550 was absolutely needed to make Overwatch a playable gaming experience.  The HP Power Pavilion delivered consistent high framerates when at High settings, guaranteeing a great level of performance for this popular competitive game.  Something definitely looked odd disabling the integrated graphics, but the consistent performance of the Radeon RX 550 demonstrates solid performance in the HP Power Pavilion 15.

 

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Productivity7,8

 

Discrete Radeon RX 550 graphics feature 128-bit memory which will help performance in content creation related tasks.  Programs like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere leverage OpenCL to process a lot of work on the GPU itself.

 

As usual, we tested by running a sequence of filters and effect in Adobe Photoshop (2017). A 4K image (300 dpi) was rotated 180 degrees, crystalized by a factor of 10, blurred using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix, sharpened using the Smart Sharpen tool and rotated again by 180 degrees.

 

On Adobe Premiere, we tested with a 30 second 1080p mp4 video. A 30-second 1080p mp4 video clip was edited with a combination of scaling, sharpening (85), and lens distortion.

 

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The battery life on the HP Power Pavilion was strong thanks to its 70Wh battery.  Even though the system was sporting a 15 inch display, it easily lasts a typical working day for general usage. The 70 Wh battery powered the PCMark 8 Mainstream gaming test for almost 4 hours, while a competitive laptop with 940MX graphics ran out of power after 1.5 hours. Idling with the screen on at 90% a comfortable indoor brightness resulted in 11 hours of run time before the notebook auto shutdown.

 

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CONCLUSION

 

If you’re looking for a great performing stylish notebook, then the HP Power Pavilion delivers.  Well engineered, with a full 128-bit graphics card, room to upgrade, and a great price ($640US on hp.com at the time of this article), it’s hard not to consider this laptop to replace your old aging notebook.

 

Detailed Specs

Radeon RX 550 Graphics
Boost Clock1287 MHz
Peak Performance1.65 TFLOPs
Memory Size2 GB GDDR5
Memory width128 bit
Effective Memory Speed6 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth96 GB/s

 

 

Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/11/2017 on the 2017 HP Power Pavilion Laptop, i5-7300HQ, Radeon™ RX 550, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.6.2. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Using the PCMark 10 extended benchmark, the laptop scored 3275 (Total), 5378 (Productivity), 4690 (Essentials), 3886 (Digital Content Creation), 2172 (Gaming). Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-140
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/11/2017 on the 2017 HP Power Pavilion Laptop, i5-7300HQ, Radeon™ RX 550, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.6.2. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Using the Crystal DiskMark benchmark, the laptop scores were recorded for Seq Q32T1, 4K Q32T1, Seq, 4K. Read scores were 110.2 MB/s, .79 MB/s,,109.3 MB/s, 0.407 MB/s respectively.  Write scores were 100.1 MB/s, 0.216  MB/s, 24.33  MB/s, 0.1  MB/s respectively. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-141
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/11/2017 on the 2017 HP Power Pavilion Laptop, i5-7300HQ, Windows 10.   PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Using the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark, the Radeon™ RX 550 with Radeon Driver 17.6.2. scored 1287.  The internal graphics using HD 630 and driver 21.20.16.4599 scored 350. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-142
  4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/11/2017 on the 2017 HP Power Pavilion Laptop, i5-7300HQ, Windows 10.   PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Using the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, the Radeon™ RX 550 with Radeon Driver 17.6.2. scored 3534.  The internal graphics using HD 630 and driver 21.20.16.4599 scored 779. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-143
  5. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/11/2017 on the 2017 HP Power Pavilion Laptop, i5-7300HQ, Windows 10.   PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Playing League of Legends at 1920×1080 on High settings, the Radeon™ RX 550 with Radeon Driver 17.6.2. averaged 109 fps.  The internal graphics using HD 630 and driver 21.20.16.4599 averaged 9 fps. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-144
  6. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/11/2017 on the 2017 HP Power Pavilion Laptop, i5-7300HQ, Windows 10.   PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Playing Overwatch at 1920×1080 on High settings, the Radeon™ RX 550 with Radeon Driver 17.6.2. averaged 102 fps.  The internal graphics using HD 630 and driver 21.20.16.4599 averaged 9 fps. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-145
  7. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/11/2017 on the 2017 HP Power Pavilion Laptop, i5-7300HQ, Windows 10.   PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. When using the Adobe Photoshop (2017) program a 4K image (300 dpi) was rotated 180 degrees, crystalized by a factor of 10, blurred using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix, sharpened using the Smart Sharpen tool and rotated again by 180 degrees.  Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/11/2017 on the 2017 HP Power Pavilion Laptop, i5-7300HQ, Windows 10.   PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. When using the Adobe Photoshop (2017) program a 4K image (300 dpi) was rotated 180 degrees, crystalized by a factor of 10, blurred using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix, sharpened using the Smart Sharpen tool and rotated again by 180 degrees. Rendering the picture the Radeon™ RX 550 and Intel HD 630 IGP rendered the clip in 26 and 49 seconds respectively with Graphics Acceleration on and with OpenCL enabled. All times are an average of 3 test runs.  Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  RX-146
  8. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/11/2017 on the 2017 HP Power Pavilion Laptop, i5-7300HQ, Windows 10.   PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. When using the Adobe Premier (2017) program a 30-second 1080p mp4 video clip was edited with a combination of scaling, sharpening (85), and lens distortion. Rendering the video on the Radeon™ RX 550 and Intel HD 630 IGP took 20 and 54 seconds respectively with Graphics Acceleration on and with OpenCL enabled. All times are an average of 3 test runs.  Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  RX-147
  9. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/11/2017 on the 2017 HP Power Pavilion Laptop, i5-7300HQ, Windows 10.  Acer Aspire F15 15.6”, Intel i7-7500U, Nvidia 940MX, Nvidia Driver 382.53, Windows 10.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. In the Idle battery test, screen 90% brightness, The HP Pavilion Power auto-shutdown after 666 minutes.  PCMark8 Battery test (Mainstream Gaming 1 and 2) resulted in battery life of 222 minutes for the HP Pavilion Power and 115 minutes for the Acer Aspire F15.  Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  RX-148

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[Originally posted on 10/24/17.]

 

PC owners finally get the chance to try out the first person masterpiece from Bungie, Destiny 2, after watching the original launch on consoles in 2014.  Destiny 2 builds on the success of the original, and incorporates role-playing elements within a sci-fi shared world shooter.  Activision and Bungie have made the PC version worth waiting for, by adding 4k capabilities, HDR, and uncapped frame-rates to show off the incredible power of PC Gaming.

 

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Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (or Intel Core i5-7400)
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Video Card: Radeon™ R9 390 or higher

 

Performance looks great on the Radeon™ RX Series products, and with a capable Radeon™ FreeSync capable monitor, you’ll get a much better experience with the PC version of Destiny 2.

 

With an AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X processor, and a Radeon™ RX graphics card, I was able to get well over 60fps using some really impressive settings.

 

For Destiny 2 it all came down to deciding whether to run at the ultimate resolution, or moving down one notch on the settings scale.  If you don’t mind moving down the resolution scale, then you’ll be able to move settings up a level to those posted below (ie: running a Radeon RX 580 at 1080p and Highest settings).

 

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Make sure you are using the latest Radeon™ Software driver with the latest optimizations HERE (trust me on this one – the software team did some great work for Destiny 2).

 

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Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.