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Far Cry 6 Performance Analysis

Visually impressive, technologically flawed. While previous entries in the series were well-made, Far Cry 6 seems outright unfinished in its launch state. Nonetheless, we ran the integrated benchmark on desktop and laptop GPUs to analyse Far Cry 6’s performance.
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Far Cry 6

Technology

Even though Far Cry 6 is not the world’s most visually striking game, it still looks very pretty. In addition to the new setting, both textures and effects impress (see screenshots).

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The developers behind Far Cry 6 did a great job with the graphics menu, which is very extensive and user-friendly. Due to the large amount of settings, there are several submenus. The first tab (Monitor) contains settings for the resolution, refresh rate, screen mode, and aspect ratio.

The next tab contains more than 10 graphics settings, all of which can be changed in one fell swoop thanks to built-in presets. Here, you can find the toggle for the optional HD textures (if you decide to opt for HD textures during installation, the game size will shoot past 70 GB).

In the Color tab, gamers can adjust the brightness, contrast and gamma. In the advanced settings, you can lock the frame rate, enable vertical synchronization and adaptive resolution scaling. Positive: all settings, except for HD textures, can be applied without a restart. Moreover, Far Cry 6 offers support for ray-traced shadows and reflections. 

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On a technological level, Far Cry 6 appears to be half-baked. For instance, there is the infamous “warm up PSO cache” issue, which can occur when loading the game. What is more, after changing graphics settings the game can become quite laggy for no apparent reason.

Sometimes, a restart resolves the performance issues. Sometimes, only a system reboot is sufficient. And sometimes, the game just does not run well when using certain resolutions even though it absolutely should. In any case, we did not include benchmark runs with very suspicious results.

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Even when everything seems to be working well, the frame rates can fluctuate quite strongly. In fact, these frame rate fluctuations affected the GPU rankings in some cases. A further complicating factor is the high VRAM usage. For instance, the 2 GB MX450 (Mobile) was exhibiting a lot of stuttering even at the lowest settings. According to the built-in VRAM gauge, Far Cry 6 requires anywhere between 3 GB (low settings, HD textures off) and 5 GB (ultra settings, HD textures on) of VRAM at 1080p.

We cannot even say with certainty that the VRAM gauge is working correctly because during the installation process we were advised that the game required a GPU with 11 GB of VRAM to run well with HD textures enabled. Regardless of the graphics settings, Far Cry 6 crashed from time to time during our benchmark marathon. In short, the developers should address the issues plaguing the game as soon as possible.

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Benchmark

Just like the predecessors, the latest Far Cry title features a built-in benchmark. After the benchmark run is complete, it displays useful statistics such as minimum, average and maximum frame rates The frame rate stats are also displayed during the benchmark run. As you can see from the video below, in the benchmark the camera flies across the coastal town. Explosions, cars and people figure in the benchmark sequence.

As far as playability is concerned, because Far Cry 6 is a fast-paced first-person shooter, 40 FPS is the absolute minimum here. 60 FPS is what we would actually recommend, though.

Results

The benchmarks were conducted mainly using the laptops which our partners MSI and XMG (Schenker Technologies) lent us.

FHD (1920x1080)

As long as your graphics card features a 4 GB frame buffer, it should be able to handle Far Cry 6  – at least at 1080p. GPUs on the level of the GeForce GTX 1650 (Ti) manage to hit the 40 FPS mark even at the highest settings with HD textures on. To achieve 60 FPS, you will have to lower the settings considerably and turn off HD textures.

Far Cry 6
    1920x1080 Low Graphics Quality     1920x1080 Medium Graphics Quality AA:SM     1920x1080 High Graphics Quality AA:T     1920x1080 Ultra Graphics Quality + HD Textures AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
128 (104min) fps ∼78%
113 (91min) fps ∼81%
102 (80min) fps ∼84%
79 (68min) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
125 (102min) fps ∼76%
111 (90min) fps ∼79%
100 (79min) fps ∼82%
74 (63min) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
122 (78min) fps ∼74%
108 (67min) fps ∼77%
100 (59min) fps ∼82%
94 (54min) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
115 (73min) fps ∼70%
104 (65min) fps ∼74%
99 (57min) fps ∼81%
92 (55min) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
113 (70min) fps ∼69%
102 (65min) fps ∼73%
96 (58min) fps ∼79%
91 (54min) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
106 (95min) fps ∼65%
86 (69min) fps ∼61%
79 (60min) fps ∼65%
62 (42min) fps ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
102 (60min) fps ∼62%
89 (52min) fps ∼64%
78 (46min) fps ∼64%
68 (41min) fps ∼56%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
101 (90min) fps ∼62%
85 (44min) fps ∼61%
75 (40min) fps ∼61%
67 (35min) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
81 (62min) fps ∼49%
76 (64min) fps ∼54%
75 (61min) fps ∼61%
69 (53min) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
80 (47min) fps ∼49%
67 (45min) fps ∼48%
57 (35min) fps ∼47%
50 (35min) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
75 (48min) fps ∼46%
63 (41min) fps ∼45%
54 (31min) fps ∼44%
46 (42min) fps ∼38%

QHD (2560x1440)

Far Cry 6 requires an upper midrange GPU with 6 GB of VRAM to be playable at 1440p. Both the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and the Radeon RX 5600M can achieve 60 FPS at the highest settings with HD textures on at 1440p.

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    2560x1440 Ultra Graphics Quality + HD Textures AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
89 (54min) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
88 (51min) fps ∼90%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
87 (51min) fps ∼89%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
69 (39min) fps ∼70%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
63 (51min) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
61 (48min) fps ∼62%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
49 (19min) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
48 (33min) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
33 (20min) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
30 (17min) fps ∼31%

UHD (3840x2160)

At 2160p, even high-end laptop GPUs with high TGPs (RTX 3070/RTX 3080) cannot achieve a stable 60 FPS. Here, you will need a powerful desktop graphics card to hit 60 FPS most of the time.

Far Cry 6
    3840x2160 Ultra Graphics Quality + HD Textures AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
77 (60min) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
72 (50min) fps ∼94%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
57 (33min) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
50 (37min) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
44 (38min) fps ∼57%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
16 (7min) fps ∼21%

Raytracing

As per usual, the number of RT cores and the architecture determine the severity of the performance drop when enabling RT effects. Both the RTX 3070 and the RTX 3080 (laptop and desktop) offer a playable experience at 1080p and maximum settings with ray-traced shadows and reflections enabled.

Far Cry 6
    1920x1080 Ultra Graphics Quality + HD Textures + DXR AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
76 (45min) fps ∼84%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
73 (45min) fps ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
71 (43min) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
61 (52min) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
59 (53min) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
34 (9min) fps ∼37%

Note

Because benchmarking video games is very time consuming and is often constrained by installation/activation limits, at the time of publishing, we were able to provide only a part of our performance analysis of Far Cry 6. Other graphics cards will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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Medium Graphics Quality
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Ultra Graphics Quality + HD Textures
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
108
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94
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77
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
104
99
92
88
72
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
102
96
91
87
57
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
113
102
79
69
50
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
105
98.6
92
87
82.3
51.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
139
113
101
88
68
38
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
111
100
74
63
44
AMD Radeon RX 6700M
97
82
74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
138
118
105
94
71
21
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
76
75
69
61
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
161
121
108
93
68
37
AMD Radeon RX 5600M
85
75
67
49
16
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
89
78
68
48
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
107
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76.5n2
57.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
67
57
50
33
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
63
54
46
30
NVIDIA T1200 Laptop GPU
86
58
54
47
26
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
44
21
17
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
28.9n2
15
13.2
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AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
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Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
?Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.

Test Systems

Device GPU CPU RAM OS
XMG Neo 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 @165 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Neo 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Core 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 @130 W TGP (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Focus 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti @75 W TGP (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 15 Nvidia GeForce MX450 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-11370H 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Dell G5 15 SE AMD Radeon RX 5600M (6 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Evo Intel Iris Xe (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1185G7 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop PC I MSI GeForce RTX 3090 (24 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop PC II Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE (24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 Super (4 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5)
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (12 GB DDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (6 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 2 x 32 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K monitors Nvidia drivers AMD drivers
Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Acer Predator XB321HK ForceWare 472.12 Adrenalin 21.10.1
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Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming Laptops - 656 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood, growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 1990s. I was especially fascinated with computer games, even from an early age. From Monkey Island through Lands of Lore to Doom, I tried every game I could get my hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with my focus mostly being on high-performance gaming laptops.
Stanislav Kokhanyuk
Translator: Stanislav Kokhanyuk - Translator - 61 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I am a big fan of technology, which is why I try to keep up with it. Among my other passions are literature and writing, and so it should not be surprising to anyone at all that I have a four-year bachelor's degree in philology. However, my interests are not limited just to the world of technology, or, for that matter, the world of literature. I am also interested in people and the stories they have to tell. And more recently, I took an interest in artificial intelligence.
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