Fallout 4 High Resolution Texture Pack Review

Bethesda has released its official High Resolution Texture Pack DLC for Fallout 4. We will look at performance impact, VRAM capacity usage levels, and compare image quality to see if this High Resolution Texture Pack might be worthy of your bandwidth in actually improving the gameplay experience.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what the card being evaluated can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

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We are using four video cards in this evaluation:

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X - This will be an interesting video card as it has 4GB of VRAM dedicated, and uses system RAM as Dynamic RAM if needed.

AMD Radeon RX 480 - This will represent the latest GPU from AMD with 8GB of VRAM on board.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 - This one supports the latest from NVIDIA with 8GB of VRAM.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - This one matches the RX 480 in performance most of the time, but has 6GB of VRAM on board.

For all AMD GPUs we are using Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2.

For NVIDIA GPUs we are using GeForce 378.57 Beta Hotfix.