Overwatch Played on Inizio X100

Will the entire game perform like the video?

For every game we test, we identify portions of the game which are normally the most taxing on the hardware. So, you can rest assured that the entire gameplay experience will be the same or perhaps even better. We have done the entire testing in Single Player mode only.

Very few games are well optimized to run properly on all the hardware available out there, so there are a few tricky graphic settings in every game which do not follow the general settings pattern. We try to optimize the game to maintain the right performance v/s visual balance.

Push every setting to the highest, and you have the best-looking game but could lead to performance issues like stutters, frame drops, and overall lag. Low graphic settings reduce immersion and hence reduce the overall experience. Therefore, identifying the impact of every graphic setting, both in terms of visual fidelity and performance impact, is critical.

How we record and present the content

We run the games on the exact configuration that you can buy. We record using an external capture card which gives very accurate results on how the machine will perform. There are, however, some limitations due to which you cannot see exact visuals.

Raw footage is of mammoth ~30 GB/minute size (at full HD) and YouTube reduces the size to a mere ~40 MB/minute. This results in a heavy loss in image quality as shown below. So, compared to what you see in the videos, you can expect the real game to look much better.

 

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Target FPS & Graphic Settings:

Target FPS depends on the game. Most RPG Games give a smooth playing experience above 30 FPS while the same is terribly low for a First-Person shooter.

The Target FPS for Overwatch is 90+ FPS. This is where we want to be in terms of FPS during the game. However, that does not mean that the FPS will always be strictly above 90.

Overwatch worked well with minimal fuss. However, dynamic reflections have almost nil visual impact on the game and high setting reduces the FPS by a good 15-20. Therefore, we have turned off Dynamic Reflections in our recommended settings.

 

Ours vs Nvidia GeForce Recommended Settings

For most games, Nvidia have their own recommendations in terms of graphic settings you should use. They provide a good reference to begin with, but tweaking is necessary for ideal experience. Also, in some instances, like Batman Arkham Knight & Battlefield 1, Nvidia GeForce Experience Application doesn’t optimize the game at all.

 

SettingCompasscoNvidia
Ambient Occlusion On On
Anti-alias Quality Low - FXAA Ultra - SMAA High
Display Mode Full-screen Full-screen
Dynamic Reflections Off Medium
Effects Detail Ultra Ultra
Lighting Quality Ultra Ultra
Local Fog Detail Ultra Ultra
Local Reflections On On
Model Detail Ultra Ultra
Refraction Quality High High
Render Scale 1 1
Resolution 1600x900 1600x900
Shadow Detail Ultra Ultra
Texture Filtering Quality Epic - 16x Epic - 16x
Texture Quality High High

 

Test Results & Conclusion:

In our tests, we found that 99.9% of the time, the FPS was above 60 with a healthy average of 90.1 FPS. FPS variation was not great given that we are dealing with higher numbers and the game was quite smooth overall. The overall average observed was 90.0 FPS with a FPS Deviation of 10.8. Deviation tells us how much variation was observed during the entire test. The lower the deviation, the lesser the fluctuations. If the FPS were to stay constant at 60 for the whole test, deviation would be 0.

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Conclusion:

Overwatch is very smooth and stable on the recommended settings while maintaining excellent visual fidelity. Gigabyte’s Nvidia GTX 950 is able to handle Overwatch on 1600 x 900 with utmost ease. You might also want to look at the performance of Overwatch on Inizio X200 powered by GTX 1050.