Far Cry 3 – SLI
Far Cry 3 (DirectX 11)
Beyond the reach of civilization lies a lawless island ruled by violence. This is where you find yourself stranded, caught in a bloody conflict between psychotic warlords and indigenous rebels. Encounter a disturbed and memorable cast of characters as you take a gritty journey to the dark side of humanity. Unravel a deep and emotional story of survival, written by a Writers Guild Award winner.
Our Settings for Far Cry 3
Even though the average frame rate sees an "okay" jump with the second GTX 780 card, going from 52 FPS to 69 FPS (33%), the frame rate variance is dramatic enough to more or less negate the extra for NVIDIA in this case as we get into the 80th+ percentile of results.
We still have more frame variance on the GTX 780s in SLI than we want to see in Far Cry 3, but the SLI scaling is so much better that we can still make an argument for its benefits. The truth is, no vendor gets away from Far Cry 3 without some scarring and it seems that single GPU results are the only ones REALLY worth looking into for this particular title.
Ouch. Even though the average frame rate does jump from 17 FPS to 35 FPS with the second GTX 780 card, the frame time variance data shows us that we are seeing more than 10 ms of frame variance for 20% of the rendered frame in our 60 second test run! That is a very proportion and it is a problem that both AMD and NVIDIA experience with FC3.