Warframe Gameplay Videos

Updated: Jun 12, 2019


Thought I would put up some gameplay videos on the GPUs I have, in my favourite game. In case someone wanted to see how these cards performed in that game. It's Warframe, by the way.


Plains of Eidolon was the first open world area developer added, and recently it got a pretty substantial overhaul to the graphics and visuals. At this current time it is the most graphically demanding area in the game, in my testing. Yeah, Jovian Concord literally launched like 20 minutes ago and I'm downloading it. But that's a tile set not an open world as far as I know, so it will run better due to the compartmentalised nature of the scenes. I am also going to do videos in the Orb Vallis, the second open world area which is also highly graphically demanding. But first a little note...


  • Tessellation is set to "Use Application Settings". This won't impact much, Warframe uses light Displacement Mapping on the fly, I doubt they are pushing 64X complex tessellation on invisible water under the map :D

  • For these videos (unless otherwise stated) the CPU is the Ryzen 3 1200 quad core and it is clocked at 3,7 GHz. Yes it is not the most powerful processor you can buy but it was very cheap for me and as you can see in these videos the performance is actually very good and almost always GPU bound.

YouTube is stingy with bandwidth so these all get compressed through the floor and are recorded at 1080p native. I don't want to jump through hoops to get them at 4K native, since these GPUs can't handle this area at 4K at anything I'd consider playable at max settings, and Handbrake can't upscale. So blurry pixel mess is what you get. But I think you can still make out the Frame Rate display, so there's that.


Oh and I'm just uploading random videos right now. Like not for comparison purposes. I'm going to update this post a lot so it might get new videos etc.




R9 280X

  • Plains of Eidolon open world zone

  • 2560x1440 maximum settings with ludicrous GPU particles

  • AMD reference clock, 1000 MHz core, 6 Gbps memory (288GB/s)

Here is the 280X in Warframe on the Plains of Eidolon at 1440p. Yes the resolution is a bit high for this card to be properly smooth but I just wanted to see how it handled it, since Warframe looks great with VSR from 1080p native, even downsampled from 1440p. (NVIDIA's alternative looks like crap in my opinion). Oh, and by the way, I'm used to playing this at solid 60 FPS on my Radeon VII so my accuracy kinda sucks. Go Figure.


Performance was much lower than I am comfortable with in this game, I am used to 60 FPS solid even at 4K but Tahiti is a bit old now, the poor thing. Either way this is 1440p and literally all settings maxed. Not bad for a 7 year old chip.


Now here is the R9 280X in the Orb Vallis at 1080p resolution, a more suitable number of pixels for this now pretty old little chip.

  • Orb Vallis open world zone

  • 1920x1080 maximum settings with ludicrous GPU particles

  • AMD reference clock, 1000 MHz core, 6 Gbps memory (288GB/s)







R9 290X

  • Plains of Eidolon open world zone

  • 2560x1440 maximum settings with ludicrous GPU particles

  • AMD reference clock, 1000 MHz core, 5 Gbps memory (320GB/s)


And here is the 290X also in the Plains at 1440p. Time of day is a bit different so you probably get a slight variance in GPU load due to lighting differences but hey ho.


Performance didn't seem that much higher probably due to more shadows being cast at this time of day. It's still not hitting that 60 FPS sweet spot for me to be comfortable here. Gotta drop the settings to 1080p for that.


I played on the Orb Vallis with the R9 290X at 1080p too, you can check it out here. There was a few bits where I was CPU bound but 90-100 FPS, but apparently the 290X can push out Frames faster than my baby Ryzen 3 1200 can feed it. Might have to test the RX 590 and 570 on my 2700X PC. Maybe. But either way you can see the performance is pretty great.


  • Orb Vallis open world zone

  • 1920x1080 maximum settings with ludicrous GPU particles

  • AMD reference clock, 1000 MHz core, 5 Gbps memory (320GB/s)


If you notice, on the On-Screen Display the GPU core clock speed sometimes dips to 889 MHz, this appears to be a HWINFO64 reporting error with the 290X, not an actual clock speed indication. Both GPU-z and WattMan itself reported 1000 MHz solid at all times and you can witness no adverse performance effects from the behaviour in the video. Just FYI.

Ryzen 3 1200 still holding impressive frame rate, right? Game really well optimised and Ryzen just being pretty damn good. But Ryzen sucks for gaming and playability doesn't matter so... That's sarcasm, by the way. Just in case you thought I actually meant that. One person I used to speak to online who would constantly attack Ryzen's gaming performance versus Intel, actually said that to me, regarding performance in a video game. Playability doesn't matter. Welp. Can't argue with stupid.


Here I am gaming on the R9 380X at 1080p in the Orb Vallis. Performance is actually really great and very fluid and responsive.


By the way, there are minor spoilers in this video for Orb Vallis characters. One is at 3:25 to 3:42 and the other begins at 4:44 to 4:50. Skip these parts if you want to keep all surprises for the Orb Vallis gameplay if you haven't played it. You can just skip through the video to see roughly how the card performs.


R9 380X

  • Orb Vallis open world zone

  • 1920x1080, maximum settings with ludicrous GPU particles

  • AMD reference clock, 970 MHz core, 5.7 Gbps memory (182GB/s)





I made a video of gameplay in the Jovian Concord remaster of Jupiter Gas City in Warframe, on my main PC now with RX 590 instead of Radeon VII ... T.T


Still performance was great and neither GPU nor my Ryzen 7 2700X had any trouble with maintaining my 59 FPS Frame Rate Target Control limit. So here's the video. I know it's kinda pointless since I capped the FPS but I will add an uncapped one later. Oh the in-game resolution is 1440p but the video is uploaded at 1080p so I didn't have to wait 87 years for it to upload. For some reason the audio in this video sounds like crap, I think it is something to do with the mixing down to Stereo when I recorded it (I have 5.1 surround speakers on my main PC). Sorry about that.


RX 590

  • Jovian Concord Tile set (Jupiter)

  • 2560x1440, maximum settings with ludicrous GPU particles

  • Sapphire Nitro Special Edition factory overclock of 1560 MHz graphics engine and 8.4 Gbps memory data rate

  • CPU is Ryzen 7 2700X at stock speeds, all the CPU cores are at around 4 GHz in the game



By the way, I called the GPU core the "Graphics Engine" because I think it sounds cool.


Playing again on the Jovian Concord, but this time at 4K. The RX 590 does a surprisingly good job of keeping it playable.

  • Jovian Concord Tile set (Jupiter)

  • 3840x2160, maximum settings with ludicrous GPU particles

  • Sapphire Nitro Special Edition factory overclock of 1560 MHz graphics engine and 8.4 Gbps memory data rate

  • CPU is Ryzen 7 2700X at stock speeds, all the CPU cores are at around 4 GHz in the game



I didn't update this with Radeon VII videos so here they are. Well I made a couple.


Firstly here is me playing on the Grineer Galleon tileset. I uncapped the FPS and wanted to see how high my PC could keep the frame rate at 4K maximum settings.


  • 2700X is overclocked to 4.3 GHz on all cores

  • Radeon VII at stock speeds, 1750 MHz average and 2 Gbps HBM2 data rate

  • 3840x2160 MAX MAX MAX MAX why would I run anything but MAX? Seriously.




And here is another one with me playing on the Orb Vallis at 4K with an uncapped Frame Rate. As you can clearly see~ you don't need Intel or NVIDIA to have a super awesome high end rig. It's refreshing. Like a glass of fizzy Pineapple, Orange and Lemon squash.





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