Hangar 13 recently released a new update for Mafia 3, therefore we decided to re-test the game and see whether this update packed any performance improvements at all. And surprisingly enough, Mafia 3 runs noticeably better on NVIDIA’s hardware with this new patch.
We’ve tested a number of scenes and as you can see, for the most part we were getting around 11-15% better performance with this latest update.
Pre-patch screenshots are on the left, whereas post-patch screenshots are on the right.
We did also notice some lighting changes (as you can see in the last comparison above).
We should note, however, that the game still suffers from the CPU issues we reported in our PC Performance Analysis article.
As we can see below, in crowded places, the game is unable to take proper advantage of multiple threads, resulting in underwhelming performance.
Still, the game does run better than its initial release, so at least that’s something!
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”