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Killer Instinct: PC Performance Benchmarks for Graphics Cards and Processors

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Release Date : 2016
Game Genre : Fighting
Publisher : Microsoft
Developer : Iron Galaxy Studios

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The legendary fighting game series is back with next-generation graphics, unstoppable action, an incredible cast of fighters, killer music and AMAZING COMBOS! Choose from some absolutely incredible fighters, each with fluid animations, unique combat tactics, and flashy special attacks. Use the system of unlimited combinations to turn the fight in your favor - unleash devastating combos on opponents while they look for your weaknesses. Go online and take on players from all over the world, or hone your fighting skills in detailed tutorials.

Third game in the series and first published by Microsoft Studios; was announced at Microsoft's E3 2013 press conference and developed by Double Helix Games with Rare. The release took place in November 2013 on Xbox One and in April 2016 on PC.

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In this subsection of our review, the main graphical aspects of this game are revealed. Particular attention is paid to the version of the graphics engine used, the version of the API used, graphics settings and the quality of the development of the main visual aspects.

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Killer Instinct is only supported by Windows 10. Other operating systems are currently not supported by developers and are unlikely to receive support. 

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The priority and primary graphics API for Killer Instinct is  DirectX 12  

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Killer Instinct runs on its own engine that makes full use of DirectX 12. The engine was designed to be used by Iron Galaxy Studios in its own developed games.

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We have not been able to find detailed information other than our own visual observations.

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There are few settings in the Killer Instinct game, but it is quite enough for flexible game settings.

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Below we have provided screenshots of the game at various graphics settings, where our readers can see the difference between the minimum and maximum graphics quality settings. 

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In fact, the difference is visible only in the quality of the textures.

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What can I say, Killer Instinct is a pretty good fighting game, with a very nice picture. Play is exciting, interesting and enjoyable. Previously, it seemed that the graphics in the game would be a little better, but apparently the authors of the project did not bother with porting, which may be for the better...

Next, we will go directly to the gaming tests and determine what impact this game has on modern computer hardware.   

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Test configuration
test stands

Benchmark #1 based on the Intel Socket 2011 v3

Testbed #2 based on the Intel Socket 2011 platform

Test stand #3 based on the Intel Socket 1155 platform

Test Bench #4 Based on AMD Socket AM3+ Platform

Testbed #5 based on the Intel Socket 1150 platform

multimedia equipment Monitor ASUS PQ321QE  
Software configuration
operating system Windows 10 Pro
Graphics driver

Nvidia GeForce/ION Driver Release 364.72

AMD Radeon Crimson Edition 16.4.1

Monitoring program

MSI Afterburner 4.2

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All video cards were tested at the maximum graphics quality by the Action! program. The purpose of the test is to determine how video cards from different manufacturers behave under the same conditions. Below is a video of the test segment:

Our video cards were tested at resolutions of 1920x1080, 2560x1600 and 3840x2160 at the maximum graphics quality settings allowed by Killer Instinct. AMD CrossFireX and SLI   are currently not supported by the game . The game has an internal FPS limit, which is a consequence of the non-disabled vertical sync. When using a 144Hz monitor, the FPS capped at 144 frames. For a comfortable game, the minimum FPS in this case should be at least 40 frames, and the optimal one should be at least 60. Also, at 144 Hz, this is a more revealing test, since above 60 FPS, due to the acceleration of the game, it is somewhat uncomfortable to play.

Due to circumstances beyond AMD's control, Fury family video cards are out of testing for several weeks.

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Testing at very high  quality settings 1920x1080 

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With these settings, video cards of the Radeon HD 7850 or GeForce GTX 660 level showed an acceptable FPS.   Radeon R7 370 or GeForce GTX 770 would be the best solutions  .

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Testing at very high  quality settings 2560x1440

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With these settings, video cards of the Radeon HD 7870 or GeForce GTX 780 level showed an acceptable FPS.   Radeon R9 280X or GeForce GTX 780 Ti will be the best solutions .

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Testing at very high quality settings 3840x2160

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With these settings, video cards of the Radeon R9 290X or GeForce GTX 980 Ti level showed an acceptable FPS. 

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Testing of the video memory consumed by the game was carried out by the  MSI Afterburner program. The results on top video cards from AMD and NVIDIA were taken as the indicator at resolutions of  1920x1080 and 2560x1440 with various anti-aliasing settings.

Testing at maximum memory GPU quality settings

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The recommended amount of video memory usage for a resolution of 1920x1080 will be 2048  MB of video memory, for a resolution of 2560x1440 - 2048 MB of video memory and for a resolution of 3840x2160 about 3076 MB of video memory. 

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We tested processor dependence on 16 models of basic configurations that are relevant today. The test was carried out in those places where the value of the video card for the game is minimal and its load was less than 99%, this time at a resolution of 1920x1080.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 

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Processor performance in the game is optimal for all models. 

Loading of processor cores at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 Intel % 

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Loading of processor cores  at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 AMD % 

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Killer Instinct uses up to 8 computing threads.

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The test was conducted on the base configuration Core i 7 5960X @ 4.6 GHz with the amount of pre-installed memory 32 GB DDR4 2400 MGz. All used RAM was taken as an indicator. The RAM test on the entire system was carried out on various test benches without running extraneous applications (browsers, etc.).

Testing the game's RAM consumption at various quality settings 

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As we can see, at various quality settings, the amount of RAM consumed in Killer Instinct is within 1100 megabytes.

Testing system RAM consumption  

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If you have a system with 6 gigabytes, Killer Instinct consumes all 4 gigabytes of RAM. In the presence of a system with 8 gigabytes, the RAM consumption of all RAM was 4.2 gigabytes. With a 16 GB system, total memory consumption was almost 4.6 GB. And with 32 gigabytes of RAM, the system consumes 5  gigabytes of RAM.  

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