EA Sports has released the latest part of its soccer series, FIFA 23, on PC. Contrary to previous years, this time EA ported the current-gen console version of the game to the PC. Therefore, it’s time to benchmark it and see how it performs on the PC platform.
For this PC Performance Analysis, we used an Intel i9 9900K with 16GB of DDR4 at 3800Mhz, AMD’s Radeon RX580, RX Vega 64, RX 6900XT, NVIDIA’s GTX980Ti, RTX 2080Ti and RTX 3080. We also used Windows 10 64-bit, the GeForce 516.94 and the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 22.10.1 drivers.
EA Sports has only added two graphics settings. The first setting is for Strand Based Hair, and the second is for rendering quality. And that’s it. Okay okay, you can also choose your resolution. Thankfully, the game supports uncapped framerates, so that’s at least something.
FIFA 23 does not feature any built-in benchmark tool. As such, we’ve benchmarked the in-engine cut-scenes you get before starting a match. For some reason, these in-engine cut-scenes are really heavy on PC. As such, consider our benchmarks as stress tests. Moreover, the following results do not reflect how the actual game plays. For instance, even our AMD Radeon RX580 was able to offer constant 60fps at 1080p/Ultra during gameplay. Similarly, our NVIDIA RTX3080 was pushing constant 120fps at 4K/Ultra.
We should also note that FIFA 23 locks you for 24 hours after making five hardware changes to your PC hardware. This is why our PC Performance Analysis was delayed, and why we won’t have any CPU benchmarks. Rest assured though that the game does not require high-end CPUs for hitting 60fps.
At 1080p/Ultra, our top three GPUs were able to run the demanding real-time cut-scenes with more than 60fps. Moreover, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 was noticeably faster than the NVIDIA GTX980Ti.
Curiously enough, the game underperforms on the RDNA 2 architecture. As we can see, the RTX2080Ti is trading blows with the more powerful RX 6900XT. Not only that, but in 4K/Ultra, the RTX 3080 is faster by 15fps. And although during gameplay the RX 6900XT can offer constant 60fps, its performance is nowhere close to the 120fps of the RTX3080. So, let’s hope that AMD will optimize its drivers for this new game.
Graphics-wise, FIFA 23 looks great. The crowd and the stadiums look amazing, as do most of the footballers. The lighting system is also noticeably better than the one used in the old-gen version. However, and despite EA Sports claims, footballers still have “robotic” and unnatural/unrealistic animations/movements. To be honest, I don’t believe this will be fixed in this generation as FIFA 22/23 will be the basis for the next/future games that will release exclusively on current-gen platforms.
All in all, FIFA 23’s cut-scenes are quite demanding on PC. Thankfully, though, performance during gameplay is significantly better, meaning that a wide range of PC configurations will be able to run the game smoothly. As said, an AMD Radeon RX580 can offer 60fps at 1080p/Ultra during gameplay. It would have been great if EA Sports had included some more graphics settings to tweak. Moreover, AMD will have to optimize its drivers as the game underperforms on the RDNA 2 architecture.