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Strange Brigade – Benchmark Guide

The game will also support several advanced Radeon RX-specific features, including:

  • FreeSync 2 HDR: Brings low-latency, high-brightness pixels and a wide color gamut to High Dynamic Range (HDR) content for PC displays, enabling Strange Brigade to preserve details in scenes that may otherwise be lost due to limited contrast ratios. Ultimately, it lets bright scenes to appear much brighter and dark scenes to be truly dark – all while keeping details visible.
  • Asnychronous Compute: Strange Brigade by default has asynchronous compute enabled improving GPU utilization, input latency, efficiency and performance by tapping into GPU resources that would otherwise be underutilized. For example, running various screen space effects during the shadow map rendering.

Benchmark vs. In-Game FPS Performance

                           GPU Built-in Benchmark Gameplay
RX 580 Vulkan 85.4 102.9
RX 580 DX 12 86.1 106.6

Note: The above results were run at 1080p using the Ultra preset on benchmark system 1 (see Appendix 1).

Built-in Benchamrk Vs Gameplay

 

Configuring the Graphics Options

There are two methods to configure the game’s display settings: the first is from the game LAUNCHER and the second is from the MAIN MENU. Upon launching the game select the OPTIONS button from within the game LAUNCHER, this will open the following window.

From here you are able to modify the game’s Screen Mode (Fullscreen, Windowed, Borderless and display Resolution), Presets (Low, Medium, High and Ultra) and toggle on or off V-Sync, Async Compute and HDR modes (requires HDR ready monitor). Once the desired settings are selected, click OK to save and to return to the previous screen.

To select which API to run (Vulkan or DX 12), click on their corresponding LAUNCH buttons from the game LAUNCHER.

Once the game launches you will be greeted with the MAIN MENU. From here you can once again modify the display settings by clicking on the OPTIONS button.

Click on the DISPLAY tab to see the same options that were available to you from the game LAUNCHER.
Click on the CUSTOMISE button to see the screen below.

From here you can customise the GRAPHICS DETAILs. Strange Brigade has four built-in presets: Low, Medium, High and Ultra. These presets can be selected from the pervious screen. If desired, the user can control any of these graphics settings individually from this screen. Once satisfied, click on the APPLY button to save and return to the MAIN MENU. Please note that all data gathered in this guide used Exclusive Fullscreen, Render Scale set to 100%, Async Compute enabled and V-Sync disabled.

If you’d like to configure the GRAPHICS DETAILS outside of the game,navigate to <user>\AppData\Local\Strange Brigade\ and edit the “GraphicsOptions.ini” file.

 

Running the Built-In Benchmark

Once at the MAIN MENU, you can click the BENCHMARK button to run the built-in benchmark.

Alternately, you can run the benchmark by using “-benchmark” as a launch parameter in steam.

The benchmark will run for approximately 60 seconds. Once complete the benchmark result will be printed on screen. Click the CONFIRM button to close.

Past Benchmark Results

All results are stored as time stamped text files under “StrangeBrigade_Benchmark” located in the Documents folder of you PC as seen below (e.g. Documents\StrangeBrigade_Benchmark).

Please note that the benchmark generates a new text file after each run.

1920×1080 Resolution

 

As we can see many of the enthusiast class GPUs will be more than capable playing Strange Brigade using the ULTRA preset Tests run using benchmark system 1 (see Appendix 1).

Additionally, we can see many performance class GPUs capable of playing Strange Brigade using the MEDIUM preset at 1080p.Tests run using benchmark system 1 (see Appendix 1).

2560×1440 Resolution

Even at 1440p, Strange Brigade delivers exceptionally good performance. Many of the popular GPUs on the market can utilize the Ultra preset at this resolution while maintaining a very good framerate. Tests run using benchmark system 1 (see Appendix 1).

3840×2160 (“4K”) Resolution

Strange Brigade plays very well (40fps and higher) at native 4K resolution on the top graphics configurations Tests run using benchmark system 1 (see Appendix 1).

Multi-GPU Performance

Strange Brigade offers excellent multi-GPU performance scaling as shown below. This is especially useful for enabling a playable gaming experience at 4K resolution:

Note: Tests run using benchmark system 1 (see Appendix 1).

Additionally, we can see better performance with a multi-GPU RX 580 set-up when compared to a single GTX 1080Ti.

Ryzen™ Optimizations
Strange Brigade is compiled using Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 which contains optimizations and improved code generation for modern processors like AMD Ryzen™. Additionally, multithreaded command buffer generation accelerates rendering by distributing work onto multiple logical processors.

Ultimately, the game play experience is virtually indistinguishable from competing processors as shown below.

 

Note: Tests run using benchmark systems 2 and 1 respectively (see Appendix 1).

Async Compute

Strange Brigade by default has async compute enabled. By doing so it runs various screen space effects during the shadow map rendering where the GPU would otherwise be underutilized. This in turn provides better performance as seen below.

Note: Tests run using benchmark system 1 (see Appendix 1).

Appendix 1: Benchmark Platform Configuration

All data and testing presented in this guide has been collected using the system configurations listed below; unless otherwise specified all data was collected using benchmark system 1. All test systems used Windows 10 64bit (build 17128.1).

Benchmark System 1   
CPU  Intel Core i7-7700K (4.0GHz)
Motherboard  ASUS STRIX Z270F GAMING
Memory  16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX (2x8GB) DDR4-3000
HDD  4TB Seagate Barracuda
Display  Samsung U28D590D 3840×2160 Display*
Display Driver Version  Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1,  NVIDIA Driver 398.82

*HDR testing completed using a Samsung C32HG70QQN 32” QLED 144Hz gaming monitor

 

Benchmark System 2   
CPU  AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (3.7GHz)
Motherboard  ASUS PRIME X370-PRO
Memory  16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX (2x8GB) DDR4-3000
HDD  4TB Seagate Barracuda
Display  Samsung U28D590D 3840×2160 Display
Display Driver Version  Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1,  NVIDIA Driver 398.82

 

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