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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PC Performance Analysis

Sony recently launched Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on PC, powered by Insomniac's in-house engine and ported by Nixxes. To gauge its performance on PC, we conducted a benchmark test.

Our testing setup included an AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D, 32GB of DDR5 RAM at 6000Mhz, and various graphics cards such as AMD’s Radeon RX series and NVIDIA’s GTX and RTX series. We used Windows 10 64-bit, GeForce 536.67, and Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 23.7.1 drivers.

Nixxes has provided several graphics settings for PC gamers to adjust, allowing them to modify the quality of textures, shadows, reflections, hair, and level of detail. The PC version of Rift Apart also supports Ray Tracing effects and major upscaling techniques such as DLSS and FSR.

Since the game lacks a built-in benchmark tool, we used a scene with NPCs, enemies, and portals to conduct our CPU and GPU benchmarks. We disabled the game's RT effects and enabled DLSS 2 Quality for CPU benchmarks.

Surprisingly, even a dual-core system was able to provide an enjoyable gaming experience at 1080p/Very High settings without Ray Tracing. The game scaled well up to eight CPU cores. Our top GPUs performed exceptionally, with framerates higher than 60fps at 1080p/Very High settings. AMD GPUs performed particularly well, with the RX 7900XTX outperforming NVIDIA's RTX 4090 at minimum framerates.

At 1440p/Very High settings, our top GPUs maintained smooth gameplay. At native 4K/Very High, only the RTX 4090 and the RX 7900XTX managed to run the game above 60fps.

Visually, Rift Apart is impressive on PC, featuring highly detailed characters and destructible objects. Nixxes has addressed graphical issues through a hotfix. While there is room for improvement, the game runs smoothly on a wide range of PC configurations, and the addition of upscaling options further enhances its performance.

In conclusion, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart performs well on PC, offering great visuals and smooth gameplay. Although there are some minor issues like the lack of full utilization of DirectStorage 1.2 and frame pacing/stutters with RT and DLSS3 enabled, the game still delivers a satisfying experience. Players with RTX 40 series GPUs can enjoy the added benefit of DLSS3 and Ray Tracing effects.

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