How To Compare God Of War To Test Your Gaming PC’s Performance

Sony’s Santa Monica Studios are the original creators of the God of the war series, and while the 2018 version (simply titled “God of the war“) could reasonably be called a “relaunch” for the popular game title, it is not a reboot. The game centers around the series’ main character, Kratos, who now lives in the frozen north of the Norse pantheon, as he braves the harsh, freezing desert and tries to teach his son to do the same.

As mentioned, the game originally released to massive acclaim and near-universal praise on the PlayStation 4 in 2018. It received a minor update to unlock 60 FPS mode when playing on the PlayStation 5 in early last year, and most people would have said that if you hadn’t played it already, it’s a solid argument for buying a PS5, as a top gaming title that many have enjoyed.
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We noted, “would have said” because it’s no longer an exclusive. God of the war just released on Steam, and in every way it’s even better on PC. This account includes ours, by the way. We’re putting together a full PlayStation to PC conversion performance review, but for now, we can give you an overview of how it works on the PC platform and show you how to test it for yourself on your own. rigging.

Using CapFrameX to Check Your PC’s Gaming Performance

First, make sure you have the latest GPU drivers for your graphics card of choice. As we have seen before, this can make the difference between a good and a bad experience. For testing and benchmarking, we use a free open source tool called CapFrameX to compare and analyze game performance. CapFrameX is based on another tool called PresentMon, but PresentMon is a command line utility, and although it has its charms in some situations, CapFrameX makes it easier to use and also provides a bit of extra functionality. You can enter CapFrameX from the project website.
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Once you have launched CapFrameX, this screen is displayed. Before you can perform performance analysis, you must perform performance capture, and this is where you will do it. In the middle third of the screen, you can see a list of running processes; this list will not include processes in the ignore list on the right side. This prevents CapFrameX from capturing performance data for things like Chrome, Office or Discord or other apps running on your PC.

God of the war doesn’t support exclusive fullscreen mode, but that’s actually handy here as you’ll want to make sure it shows up in the “running processes” list (as “GoW”) in CapFrameX . Once done, enter a gameplay you would like to test and press F11. You’ll hear a nice lady say “capture has started” and from there continue through the game as normal. (You can change the capture hotkey if you want, and also change the speech sample to a single beep if you prefer.)

The capture will end after 20 seconds by default, and soon you will see it appear in the captures list on the left side of CapFrameX. From there, you can go to the Analysis page and click on the capture to view detailed performance statistics over the 20 second run.

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Above, you can see a brief benchmarking around the first area of ​​the game on one of our Windows 11 test systems running a Ryzen 9 5950X CPU and Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU. The test was run at 1920×1080 resolution on the game’s Ultra settings preset. This machine put out an average of 51.6 FPS, which isn’t too shabby for a mid-range graphics card of the gen previous on a AAA game that has just been released.

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The geeky goodness of capturing frame times never gets old

If you are getting lower than expected performance, you can check for proper CPU, GPU and memory usage using the tool Riva-Tuner Statistics Server Overlay (RTSS). Despite its age, RTSS still receives regular updates and you can use CapFrameX to configure and control the overlay. If you don’t have RTSS installed, clicking the Overlay page in CapFrameX will present you with a link to the official download page.
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Once you install it, the Overlay page will look like the above. From here you can control exactly what you see in the game overlay as well as how it is presented. You can also customize the overlay hotkey as well as the refresh period, but don’t set the refresh period too low or you might actually affect game performance. In fact, the overlay itself may slightly affect game performance. game, so we do not recommend using it 24/7.
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CapFrameX also showcases an in-game FPS overlay in testing

CapFrameX also has the ability to compare multiple benchmark runs, show you sensor data collected during performance captures, and help you analyze render chain input lag, but all of these features are a bit out of the box. framework of this article.

Anyway, here’s GoW’s recommended system requirements, just so you’re aware of the game’s very basic power requirements:

      • Requires 64-bit processor and operating system – Operating system: Windows 10 64-bit or Windows 11 64-bit
      • Processor: Intel i5-6600k (4 cores 3.5 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 2400 G (4 cores 3.6 GHz)
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 (6 GB) or AMD RX 570 (4 GB)
      • DirectX: version 11
      • Storage: 70 GB of available space
      • Additional Notes: DirectX 11_1 feature level required

If you pick up God of the war this weekend, let us know how it runs on your system (and what your system is) in the comments below.

Robert P. Miller