Like GTA V, Fallout 4 is another game that's not terribly hard for most graphics cards to run well. We tested this game at 2560x1440 while leaving all of the visual quality settings the same as in our GTX 1080 review.
None of the cards in our tests have any trouble running Fallout 4 smoothly. The RX 480 overtakes the GTX 970 in our average frame rate measure, and it also matches the beefier GTX 980 in our 99th-percentile frame time metric. The GTX 970 takes ever-so-slightly longer to deliver most of its frames, while the GTX 960 and R9 380X bring up the rear.
In our "badness" measures, the action really starts to happen at the 16.7-ms threshold. The RX 480 and GTX 980 are neck-and-neck, while the GTX 970 is just behind. To be clear, none of these three cards are having issues that would severely impact animation smoothness in-game. The R9 380X and GTX 960 continue to skew our graphs, though.
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