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Watch_Dogs & GTA V with a GTX 1080

Watch_Dogs & GTA V with a GTX 1080

We finally received our GTX 1080 Founder's Edition and decided to give Watch_Dogs and Grand Theft Auto V a new ride to see what the added horsepower could bring to the overall experience. Rockstar's title allows for more maxed out options than with our SLI of 970s, but the biggest improvement can be noticed in Ubisoft's game, which can now run at 60 fps in very high settings. Since the first presentation of Watch_Dogs 2 somehow reminded a bit of GTA V's art style, it felt natural to bring both games together in this news article. Watch_Dogs + Grand Theft Auto V = Watch_Dogs 2? We should be able to find out in just a few months now.

W_D - GTX 1080 FE - MSAA4x
W_D - GTX 1080 FE - MSAA8x/TXAA4x
GTAV - DSR 1440p - GTX 1080
GTAV 2 - DSR 1440p - GTX 1080

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Commented on 2016-06-10 19:06:48
Congratulations on acquiring the GTX 1080!!! It's a beast!

See, it only took a GTX 1080 - 2 years after release - to finally be able to play Watch Dogs at 60fps at very high settings. :p

Reminded me of an user who said to me back then when Watch Dogs launched that it was my computer's fault and not the game that it was running with a lot of stutter, which made it unplayable for me, even though it was the only game that was like that. Funny times.

Drift, any chance you can try taclking Crysis 1 and Warhead? I remember them for being poorly unoptimized. Would be interesting to see how well "brute-forcing" handles poorly optimized games like these.
Commented on 2016-06-10 19:10:05 In reply to Sdarts
Posted by Sdarts
Congratulations on acquiring the GTX 1080!!! It's a beast!

See, it only took a GTX 1080 - 2 years after release - to finally be able to play Watch Dogs at 60fps at very high settings. :p

Reminded me of an user who said to me back then when Watch Dogs launched that it was my computer's fault and not the game that it was running with a lot of stutter, which made it unplayable for me, even though it was the only game that was like that. Funny times.

Drift, any chance you can try taclking Crysis 1 and Warhead? I remember they being a lot unoptimized. Would be interesting to see how well "brute-forcing" handles poorly optimized games like these.
So it's just me that watch dogs is not optimized for PC?
Commented on 2016-06-10 19:17:59 In reply to MikeManiac61
Sorry, I didn't get your question.

As for Watch Dogs on PC, the game ran well with nice settings, but the stuttering was the worst I have ever seen. And even using the lowest settings and resolution didn't have any effect on it.

I just mentioned that because an user back then kept defending the game like his life depended on it. And here we finally see a GTX 1080 to tackle the game properly. Well optimized my ass!

I also remember another user telling GriftGFX that some Far Cry 4 issues that he - and other people - was having being his computer's fault. The degree to which certain fanoys will go to defend certain companies or products is quite funny.

PS. It would be quite interesting to see Watch Dogs in 4K. I wonder how well it would run then. The dark side in me wants to see a computer burn and meltdown trying to do so. lol
Commented on 2016-06-10 19:18:12 In reply to Sdarts
You could play WD at very high settings at 60fps easily even at launch, sans MSAA which is horribly inefficient anyway.
It ran at 1080p/ultra/60fps with a 780.
Stuttering was fixed a month after launch for me, and I did not get much at all in the first place.
Commented on 2016-06-10 19:19:46 In reply to Redemptionnist
Yes, I'm just being jolly. XD
Commented on 2016-06-10 19:44:31
Let me rephrase that lol, was I the only one that felt Watch Dogs wasn't stable, optimized that some people with high end machines couldn't play it at launch?
Commented on 2016-06-10 21:32:58 In reply to MikeManiac61
No you weren't.
Commented on 2016-06-10 22:32:36
ya my buddy got it on PC and said it was unbearable due to stuttering. Runs well now though? I might double dip, i sold my ps4 copy
Commented on 2016-06-10 23:16:23
W_D was unplayable at release on 780Ti with Ultra textures - I know, because I tried. Ultra textures required at least 4 GB of VRAM - and even then the game stuttered before the patched.

After numerous patches, many months after release Watch_Dogs was was able to achieve 1080p60 on overclocked 980Ti at max settings (with SMAA or TXAA, not MSAA).
Commented on 2016-06-11 00:42:29
I cannot believe how much better GTAV looks at 60fps. I would have GLADLY sacrificed graphics for 60fps on PS4.
Commented on 2016-06-11 02:27:09 In reply to mosannam9696
Posted by mosannam9696
I cannot believe how much better GTAV looks at 60fps. I would have GLADLY sacrificed graphics for 60fps on PS4.
but then it wouldn't look as good...

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