How to measure God Of War to test your PC’s gaming performance

Sony Santa Monica Studios are the original creators of God of War The series, and during the 2018 edition (simply titled “God of WarIt could be called a ‘re-release’ of the game’s famous title, it’s not a reboot. The game focuses on main series character Kratos, who now lives in the frozen north among the Nordic Pantheon, where he challenges the wild glaciers and attempts to teach his son to do the same.

As mentioned, the game was originally released to huge acclaim and almost universal praise on PlayStation 4 back in 2018. It did get a slight update to unlock 60fps mode when playing on PlayStation 5 early last year, and most people would have said so if You haven’t played it already, it’s a strong argument to buy the PS5, as the number one game title that many enjoy.
God of War 3 screenshot

We noticed, “He would say” because he’s not exclusive anymore. God of War It just released on Steam, and by all accounts it’s better on PC. By the way, this account includes our own. We’re putting together a full performance review for converting PlayStation to PC, but for now, we can give you a peek at how to get it working on your PC platform, and show you how to test it out for yourself on your own rig.

Using CapFrameX to check the performance of PC games

First of all, make sure you have the latest GPU drivers for the graphics card of your choice. As we covered earlier, this can make the difference between a good and not so good experience. For testing and benchmarking, we use a free, open source tool called CapFrameX to measure and analyze game performance. CapFrameX is based on another tool called PresentMon, but PresentMon is a command line utility, and while this has its charms in certain situations, CapFrameX makes it easier to use and also provides a great deal of additional functionality. You can get CapFrameX from the project’s website.
capframex capture list

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Once you launch CapFrameX, you will see this screen. Before you can do any performance analysis, you have to do a performance capture, and that’s where you’ll do it. In the middle third of the screen you can see the list of running processes; This list will not include the processes in the ignore list on the right side. This is to prevent CapFrameX from capturing performance data for things like Chrome, Office, Discord, or other applications running on your computer.

God of War It doesn’t support exclusive full screen mode, but that’s really convenient here because you want to make sure it appears in the list of “running processes” (like “GoW”) in CapFrameX. Once you’re done, get into some gameplay you’d like to test and hit F11. You’ll hear a cute lady say “capture has begun”, and from there, proceed naturally through the gameplay. (You can change the capture hotkey if you like, and also replace the speech sample with a simple voice if you prefer.)

Capture will end after 20 seconds by default, and you’ll soon see it appear in the Captures menu on the left side of CapFrameX. From there, you can go to the Analysis page and click on capture to see detailed performance stats over 20 seconds.

capframex analysis list
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Above, you can watch a brief benchmark test about the first area of ​​the game on one of our Windows 11 test systems equipped with a Ryzen 9 5950X CPU and a Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU. Tested at 1920 x 1080 resolution on game Ultra settings presets. This machine managed to pull an average of 51.6fps, which isn’t too bad for a previous-generation mid-range graphics card in a just-released AAA game.

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Geeky frame photo quality never gets old

If you are getting lower than expected performance, you can check proper CPU, GPU, and memory usage using the RivaTuner Statistics Server (RTSS) overlay. Despite its age, RTSS still gets regular updates, and you can use CapFrameX to configure and control the overlay. If you don’t have RTSS installed, clicking on the overlay page in CapFrameX will present you with a link to the official download page.
capframex overlay menu
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Once installed, the overlay page will look like above. From there, you can control what exactly you see in the game’s overlay as well as how it’s presented. You can also customize the overlay hotkey there as well as the refresh period, but don’t set the refresh period too low or it may really affect game performance. In fact, the overlay itself can slightly affect game performance, so we don’t recommend running it 24/7.

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CapFrameX also offers an in-game FPS overlay during testing

CapFrameX also has the ability to compare several benchmark runs, show sensor data collected during performance captures, and help you analyze display string input lag, but all of these features are a bit outside the scope of this post.

Regardless, here are GoW’s recommended system requirements, so you’re aware of the game’s very basic horsepower needs:

      • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system – OS: Windows 10 64-bit or Windows 11 64-bit
      • Processor: Intel i5-6600k (4 core 3.5 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 2400 G (4 core 3.6 GHz)
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 (6 GB) or AMD RX 570 (4 GB)
      • DirectX: Version 11
      • Storage: 70 GB available space
      • Additional Notes: DirectX feature level 11_1 required

If you pick up God of War This weekend, tell us how it works on your system (and what yours is) in the comments below.