Will Far Cry 4 run better on Nvidia?

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We’re fast approaching the business end of the gaming year, with all the major releases set to explode over two short weeks. One of the games I’m most looking forward to is Far Cry 4. I distinctly remember Far Cry 3 putting my PC through its paces when it launched, so how much more juice will this year’s sequel actually require?

By the looks of it, not that much actually. That’s when you take other recent spec lists into consideration. So many games are quick to fling out massive video card memory requirements, but not Ubisoft’s open-world shooter.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD5850 (1GB VRAM)
  • Direct X: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers

Recommended System Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon R9 290X or better (2GB VRAM)
  • Direct X: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers
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So, a few things. Firstly, how is Nvidia’s suggested card a GTX 680 while an R9 290X is suggested for AMD users? There’s  a pretty massive performance gap between the two cards, so does that say something about optimisation on the green team’s hardware? Far Cry 4 is utilising Nvidia Gameworks technology, but I have yet to see it give Nvidia users this much of an advantage.

And while Far Cry 4 might not be pushing video memory that much, you should be keeping an eye on RAM. Nothing less than 4GB and a 64-bit operating system are going to work here, although if you’re gaming on PC you should’ve passed this milestone fairly long ago. It’s also not the most expensive upgrade, if that’s something you’ll need to consider.

Ultimately, Far Cry 4 seems really tame on PC hardware. That could be because of the game’s cross-generation nature, with most current-gen only titles really pushing the boundaries on PC as well. Or it could just be a case of decent optimisation. Either way, I’ll definitely be riding elephants using a mouse and keyboard; will you?

Last Updated: November 6, 2014

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

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