Some games have the innate knack of drawing out the dirtiest of laughs from me, and Sniper Elite 4 is just one such game. I could be heard audibly guffawing as I waited for a truck driver to open his door, pinging off a 400 yard shot which went through his eyeball, out the other side and vented the passenger's spleen. It's the sort of thing which would definitely get Daily Mail readers in a fluster as they worry yet again about demonizing violent videogames. Such qualms were soon at the back of my mind as I scoped out my next target. So yes, I've been playing Sniper Elite 4 with the MSI Radeon R9 380 2GB. Here's precisely how it performs in Rebellion's latest scope-fest.
Sniper Elite 4 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on MSI Radeon R9 380 2GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4 (Click to Enlarge)
For Sniper Elite IV benchmark tests we took an average frame rate from an extended gameplay sequence during the first level, reloading a checkpoint and then attempting to replicate the scenario with different settings. The benchmark was performed with MSI's Radeon R9 380 2GB, equipped with 2GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. For the test we took an average frame rate when playing through a length Free Battle.
Sniper Elite 4 MSI Radeon R9 380 2GB Benchmarks
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Fans of Sniper Elite 3 won't be in the least bit surprised to find out Sniper Elite 4 runs fantastically, even on a relatively modest Radeon R9 380 with 2GB video memory. Rebellion's in-house engine continues to work wonders, allowing for huge draw distances, decent level of detail, and a smooth, slick, playable experience.
The R9 380 provide a playable frame rate in all benchmarks. The lowest dips were obviously to be found at the highest resolutions and presets, but it's still impressive we only see the average dip below 60 frames per second in just two scenarios. Despite 1080p / Ultra clocking in a comparatively low 44 FPS, this frame rate was still eminently playable in Sniper Elite 4. There will be occasions where fast reactions are a necessity, but of the most part gameplay is slow as you're just staring down sights or sneaking about.
The worry with Sniper Elite 4 was that 2GB VRAM wasn't going to cut it, but on the basis of these results SE4 should work comfortably on a wide range of systems. Playable frame rates are almost definitely in reach for the likes of the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GTX 650 2GB, Radeon R9 270, etc.
For more on Sniper Elite 4, check out the Sniper Elite 4 Video Options and Low vs Ultra Graphics Comparison.