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Starfield: PC Performance Benchmarks for Graphics Cards and Processors 2023

BASIC GAME INFORMATION

As part of our annual graphics card performance testing in 2023, we will focus on analyzing gaming performance using the highest available graphics quality for each game. This year, Core VRAM and RAM tests, as well as upscales, will not be taken into account. Our goal is to identify the most powerful graphics cards and determine their hierarchical positions in the context of games in 2023. This will be a comprehensive gaming benchmark focused on assessing real-world performance under the most demanding gaming conditions.

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We continue our annual review cycle, which will culminate in the final determination of the fastest and most optimal gaming solutions among video cards for games released in 2023. In this review we focus on testing Starfield.

NEW PRODUCTS PROVIDED FOR TESTS BY MSI

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Our test now includes the MSI GEFORCE RTX 4090 GAMING X TRIO 24 GB .This video card is based on the Ada Lovelace architecture, operates at a frequency of 2750 MHz, has 16384 stream processors and 24 gigabytes of video memory.

NEW PRODUCTS PROVIDED FOR TESTS BY ASUS

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In our review, we present to you the ASUS ROG Strix B650-A Gaming WiFi motherboard . ROG Strix B650-A Gaming WiFi includes 4 DDR5 DIMM modules with a maximum capacity of up to 64 gigabytes and a frequency of up to 6400 MHz. For the file subsystem, the motherboard supports 3 M.2 PCIe 5.0/4.0 x4 slots and 4 SATA 6 Gb/s ports. You can directly view the testing of this motherboard on our website.

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In our review, we present you ASUS Z790-A GAMING DDR4 motherboards . We use this motherboard as a test bench for testing new generations of Intel processors .

 

This time our test involves the top video card from ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4070 Ti OC . The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is based on the AD104 GPU and features 7680 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR6X memory. Test this video card on our website.

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This time our test involves the company's top-end video card ASUS TUF Gaming Radeon RX 7900 XT OC Edition 20 GB . . This video card is based on the RDNA 3 architecture, operates at a frequency of 2500 MHz and has 20 gigabytes of video memory.

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This time our test involves the new ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 OC video card .  This video card is based on the RDNA 3 architecture, operates at a frequency of 3000 MHz and has 24 gigabytes of video memory.

NEW PRODUCTS PROVIDED FOR TESTS BY DEEPCOOL

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This time we're testing the case from DeepCool CH510 WH - it's an elegant and minimalistic mid-tower case with excellent component compatibility and wide cooling power support for a truly versatile build.

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Also participating in our test this time is the premium-class DeepCool LS720 WH for processors. DeepCool LS720 WH provides maximum cooling efficiency and low noise levels, as well as a sophisticated design.

NEW PRODUCTS PROVIDED FOR TESTS BY GIGABYTE

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In our review, we present to you the GIGABYTE Z790 GAMING X AX motherboards . We use this motherboard as a test bench for testing new generations of Intel processors .

This time our test involves the company's top-end video card Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Ti GAMING OC . Its testing on our website.

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This time our test involves the company's top-end video card, AORUS Radeon RX 7900 XTX ELITE 24G. This video card is based on the RDNA 3 architecture, operates at a frequency of 3000 MHz and has 24 gigabytes of video memory. Its testing on our website.

NEW PRODUCTS PROVIDED FOR TESTS BY KINGSTON

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In our review, we used RAM: 32 GB DDR4 3600 CL16 Kingston FURY Renegade , 32 GB DDR4 4000 CL18 Kingston FURY Renegade , 32 GB DDR5 6000 Kingston FURY Renegade, 16 GB DDR4 4600 CL19 Kingston FURY Renegade  and 32 GB DDR5 720 0 Kingston FURY Renegade . And for gaming tests we use an external Kingston XS2000 Portable SSD 1 TB ..

THE GRAFICAL PART

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

SUPPORTED OS AND GRAPHICS API

Starfield is supported by Windows 10/11.

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The priority and primary graphics API for Starfield is DX12 .

GAME ENGINE

"Starfield" from Bethesda Game Studios marks a revolutionary step in the gaming industry, thanks in large part to its improved game engine, Creation Engine 2. An evolution of the technologies used in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4, this engine represents a significant technical upgrade , allowing developers to create richer, more detailed game worlds.

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Creation Engine 2 greatly improves the visual experience of Starfield, bringing advanced lighting, shadowing and texture techniques. These enhancements not only enhance the realism of scenes, but also enrich the visual atmosphere, creating a deeply immersive gaming experience. This is especially noticeable in the display of cosmic landscapes and detailed interiors of spaceships, which makes the exploration of outer space in the game more fascinating.

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Engine performance and optimization have also been significantly improved. With multi-threaded processing and improved utilization of computer resources, Creation Engine 2 delivers smoother gameplay, even in the most demanding scenes. This is especially important for a game that offers huge open worlds, where performance is key to player immersion.

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Animations and physics in Creation Engine 2 have also received significant improvements. Character movements and interactions with the outside world have become more realistic and natural. This animation enhancement adds an extra level of realism to gameplay, making interactions with the game world more compelling.

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Creation Engine 2 also represents a major step forward in rendering technology, including support for DirectX 12 and Ray Tracing technology. These technologies allow for deeper and more realistic visual effects, especially in terms of lighting and reflections. AMD FidelityFX support also improves image quality at medium and low settings, making the game accessible to a wider range of gamers.

It is important to note that Creation Engine 2 has been optimized for various platforms, including the latest generation consoles and PC. This ensures consistent performance in a variety of gaming scenarios and makes Starfield accessible to a wide range of players.

TEST PART
Test configuration
Test benches

ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Z490 AORUS PRO AX       

GIGABYTE Z590 VISION   

GIGABYTE Z690 AERO G  

GIGABYTE Z790 GAMING X AX

MSI MPG Z790 Edge WiFi

ASUS ROG Strix B650-A Gaming WiFi 

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ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4070 Ti OC

ASUS TUF Gaming Radeon RX 7900 XT 20G

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Ti GAMING OC

Multimedia equipment

Monitor Philips 326M6VJRMB/00

Seasonic PRIME TX-1000 power supply

16 GB DDR4 4600 CL19 Kingston FURY Renegade

32 GB DDR4 3600 CL16 Kingston FURY Renegade             

32 GB DDR4 4000 CL18 Kingston FURY Renegade             

32 GB DDR5 5600 CL40 KingstonFURY Beast                      

32 GB DDR5 6000@6400 CL30 KingstonFURY Renegade

32 GB DDR5 7200@7600 CL36 KingstonFURY Renegade

Kingston FURY Renegade PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD           

MPG CORELIQUID K240 housing 

Case DeepCool CH510 WH 

SVO DeepCool LS720 WH

Software configuration
operating system Windows 10 21H2/ Windows 11(Alder Lake)
Graphics driver

Nvidia GeForce/ION Driver Release 546.33 WHQL

AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 23.12.1

Monitoring programs

MSI Afterburner

 
All video cards were tested at maximum graphics quality using MSI Afterburner. 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 , 2560x1440 and 3840x2160 with maximum graphics quality settings.

GPU TEST

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In the video card test, the default resolution is 1920x1080; other resolutions are added and removed manually. You can also remove and add any positions of video cards. You can also select any of our test processors from the list in the drop-down menu, comparing its performance with the given video card tests (by default, the most productive solution is selected). The test is carried out on the most powerful CPU in this game and is scaled to other processors, taking into account their testing on NVIDIA and AMD video cards.

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At a resolution of 1920x1080, an average FPS of 25 frames was shown by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A minimum FPS of at least 25 frames can be provided by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2080 level . A comfortable average FPS of 60 frames can be provided by the adeon RX 6800 or GeForce RTX 3080 solutions .

At a resolution  of 2560x1440,  an average FPS of 25 frames was shown by video cards of the adeon RX 6600 XT or GeForce RTX 2080 level . A minimum FPS of at least 25 frames can be provided by video cards of the adeon RX 6700 XT or GeForce RTX 2080 level . A comfortable average FPS of 60 frames can be provided by the Radeon RX 7900 XT or GeForce RTX 4070 Ti solutions.

At a resolution  of 3840x2160,  an average FPS of 25 frames was shown by video cards of the Radeon RX 6800 or GeForce RTX 3070 Ti level . A minimum FPS of at least 25 frames can be provided by video cards of the Radeon RX 6800 or GeForce RTX 4070 level . A comfortable average FPS of 60 frames can be provided by the Radeon RX 7900 XTX or GeForce RTX 4090 solutions.

CPU TEST 

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Testing was carried out at a resolution of 1920x1080. In the processor test, you can remove or add any processor positions. You can also select any tested video card from the list in the drop-down menu, comparing its performance with the given processor test results  (by default, the most productive solution from NVIDIA is selected). Testing takes place on the most powerful NVIDIA and AMD video cards and scales to low-end models.

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When using NVIDIA video cards, Ryzen 3 3100 or Core i 3 10100 processors showed an acceptable rate of at least 25 frames per second  , and solutions at the Ryzen 5 5600 or Core i 3 12100 level can provide an FPS rate of at least 60 frames per second .

When using AM D video cards, Ryzen 3 3100 or Core i 3 10100 processors showed an acceptable rate of at least 25 frames per second  , and solutions at the Ryzen 9 5900 or Core i 3 13100 level can provide an FPS rate of at least 60 frames per second . 

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