What is currently the most system intensive game?

GEC: Discuss gaming, computers and electronics and venture into the bizarre world of STGODs.

Moderator: Thanas

Post Reply
User avatar
Enigma
is a laughing fool.
Posts: 7676
Joined: 2003-04-30 10:24pm
Location: c nnyhjdyt yr 45

What is currently the most system intensive game?

Post by Enigma » 2019-04-04 09:30pm

My brother is planning on building a new PC and has asked me what game has the highest system requirements. He wants to build a PC that'll surpass the most demanding game available.

So, which game would it be?
ASVS('97)/SDN('03)

"Whilst human alchemists refer to the combustion triangle, some of their orcish counterparts see it as more of a hexagon: heat, fuel, air, laughter, screaming, fun." Dawn of the Dragons

ASSCRAVATS!

User avatar
Tribble
Sith Devotee
Posts: 2693
Joined: 2008-11-18 11:28am
Location: stardestroyer.net

Re: What is currently the most system intensive game?

Post by Tribble » 2019-04-04 09:55pm

Does he want to play games at 1080p or 4K? Does he intend on using VR? If he is content with 1080p gaming (coming from the old tube screens 1080p is way more than enough for me) the requirements are a lot lower. The resolution is really what matters the most IMO. For instance a previous gen Nvidia 1080 would be working hard for 4K titles, but at 1080p it’s still overkill.

He could build a great system for 1080p gaming at a pretty decent price these days and it’d last him quite awhile.
"I reject your reality and substitute my own!" - The official Troll motto, as stated by Adam Savage

User avatar
Jub
Sith Marauder
Posts: 3602
Joined: 2012-08-06 07:58pm
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Re: What is currently the most system intensive game?

Post by Jub » 2019-04-04 10:13pm

Focusing on the most demanding game right now is a fool's errand given that we're either going to see a ray tracing war or a shift away from video cards as discreet chipsets altogether in the next few years. I'd honestly hold off spending a lot of money on a rig until summer next year when we'll have seen how the first generation of a few new chipsets plays out. Wait for Navi and the 3rd gen Ryzen chips to drop and build a second gen Ryzen machine on the cheap with a generation out of date graphics card and you can play just about anything well.

If he's dead set on building a beast right now don't look at a specific game, even the hardest to run game, look at technical specifications and speculation on what's coming down the pipe and build around that.

User avatar
Enigma
is a laughing fool.
Posts: 7676
Joined: 2003-04-30 10:24pm
Location: c nnyhjdyt yr 45

Re: What is currently the most system intensive game?

Post by Enigma » 2019-04-04 11:20pm

Tribble wrote:
2019-04-04 09:55pm
Does he want to play games at 1080p or 4K? Does he intend on using VR? If he is content with 1080p gaming (coming from the old tube screens 1080p is way more than enough for me) the requirements are a lot lower. The resolution is really what matters the most IMO. For instance a previous gen Nvidia 1080 would be working hard for 4K titles, but at 1080p it’s still overkill.

He could build a great system for 1080p gaming at a pretty decent price these days and it’d last him quite awhile.
Non VR. 4K, yes.
ASVS('97)/SDN('03)

"Whilst human alchemists refer to the combustion triangle, some of their orcish counterparts see it as more of a hexagon: heat, fuel, air, laughter, screaming, fun." Dawn of the Dragons

ASSCRAVATS!

bilateralrope
Sith Marauder
Posts: 4144
Joined: 2005-06-25 06:50pm
Location: New Zealand

Re: What is currently the most system intensive game?

Post by bilateralrope » 2019-04-04 11:24pm

Ray Tracing can be quite resource intensive. For example, someone added it to Quake 2 and the framerate results were not good:
Performance isn’t too bad. I’m running it on an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 card at 1440p and 30 frames is more common than 60 frames, but it’s more than playable (less so at 4K, for what it’s worth). Even so, the idea of a 22-year-old game making a £700 graphics card strain like this would be funny if it wasn’t so disturbing.

User avatar
Zaune
Sith Acolyte
Posts: 6472
Joined: 2010-06-21 11:05am
Location: In Transit
Contact:

Re: What is currently the most system intensive game?

Post by Zaune » 2019-04-05 02:29pm

GPU-intensive, CPU-intensive or both?
There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.
-- (Terry Pratchett, Small Gods)


Replace "ginger" with "n*gger," and suddenly it become a lot less funny, doesn't it?
-- fgalkin


Like my writing? Tip me on Patreon

I Have A Blog

User avatar
Enigma
is a laughing fool.
Posts: 7676
Joined: 2003-04-30 10:24pm
Location: c nnyhjdyt yr 45

Re: What is currently the most system intensive game?

Post by Enigma » 2019-04-05 03:34pm

Zaune wrote:
2019-04-05 02:29pm
GPU-intensive, CPU-intensive or both?
Both.
ASVS('97)/SDN('03)

"Whilst human alchemists refer to the combustion triangle, some of their orcish counterparts see it as more of a hexagon: heat, fuel, air, laughter, screaming, fun." Dawn of the Dragons

ASSCRAVATS!

User avatar
Zaune
Sith Acolyte
Posts: 6472
Joined: 2010-06-21 11:05am
Location: In Transit
Contact:

Re: What is currently the most system intensive game?

Post by Zaune » 2019-04-05 04:59pm

Hmmm. In that case, the most effective overall hardware stress-test of a game I know of is probably Planet Coaster of all things. Recommended specs are a GTX980 (equivalent to a mid-range current gen card) paired with an i7 CPU, which makes sense because in addition to fairly demanding graphics it's going to be simulating decision-making and pathfinding for a few thousand artificially intelligent NPCs.
There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.
-- (Terry Pratchett, Small Gods)


Replace "ginger" with "n*gger," and suddenly it become a lot less funny, doesn't it?
-- fgalkin


Like my writing? Tip me on Patreon

I Have A Blog

Marko Dash
Jedi Knight
Posts: 657
Joined: 2006-01-29 03:42am
Location: south carolina, USA
Contact:

Re: What is currently the most system intensive game?

Post by Marko Dash » 2019-04-06 12:14pm

Children of a dead Earth with any kind of missile or gun spam ship can bring any system to it's knees and put you in frame by frame mode unless it CTDs first.


it's not very graphically pretty but it's trying to render/compute the path of ether hundreds of missiles, each with their own ai giudance, or/and tens/hundreds of thousands of gun rounds
If a black-hawk flies over a light show and is not harmed, does that make it immune to lasers?

Post Reply