60 Nvidia and AMD GPUs Tested with Optimized Drivers
We nearly lost count of how many graphics cards we put down for this test, but let’s say it was roughly sixty GPUs from both camps to check out Borderlands 3 performance. For testing we’re running the game in the DirectX 11 mode which we found to be overall smoother than DX12, which is still in development for this title.
Borderlands 3 seems to hammer the CPU quite a bit and we suspect the DRM is to blame for that. A lot of quad-core owners are complaining about horrible stuttering, so that’s something to be aware of. For testing we’ve used our Core i9-9900K test bed clocked at 5 GHz with 16GB of DDR4-3400 memory. After some investigation we decided against using the built-in benchmark and we generally try to avoid canned benchmarks when we can. Instead we are using the ‘propaganda center’ for our test though performance does appear to be close to the numbers you’ll get with the benchmark tool.
On that note, if you’re looking to squeeze the best possible Borderlands 3 performance with a marginal visual hit, check out Tim’s excellent optimization guide on YouTube. He was able to boost performance by around 50% using customized settings for virtually no image quality difference when compared to the Ultra preset.
Some additional testing notes. For the GeForce graphics cards we’re using the Game Ready 436.30 driver and for Radeons the Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.2 driver. Both are optimized for Borderlands 3, so make sure you’re running the latest driver version. Our benchmark was run using the ultra preset at 1080p, 1440p and 4K, then re-tested with a few GPUs at 1080p with the medium preset. We’ve thrown in a heap of older GPUs as well for good measure.