MOBA and Esports
MOBA or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games is what this APU was essentially manufactured to do. Many gamers are very familiar with MOBA games and the number of gamers who actually play MOBA games are extremely large in number. As one may already know MOBA games are also commonly known as Action Real-Time Strategy Games (ARTS) which is primarily a subgenre of the Real-Time Strategy (RTS) form of games. MOBA has taken young PC players by storm, with a gameplay style that emphasises teamwork and emulates many aspects of traditional sports. These games have become extremely popular as they harbour an atmosphere of competition and give players a real-time feel even though they are behind a screen. A major reason why MOBA has become so popular is solely owing to the fact that most of the games are free-to-play and only require an internet connection to download the game and play. This seems to work out well as most gamers like to play with friends and a team based free-to-play game doesn’t take much convincing to get your friends hooked on as well.
This brings us to what many gamers know as Esports. Esports or competitive gaming is where you compete online or in real life against live opponents in a video game. The most common video game genre associated with Esports is MOBA. It does include other genres such as RTS, fighting and first person shooter games. The most popular titles which feature in professional competition are the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games such as DOTA 2, League of Legends.
Most MOBA aren’t graphically intensive, allowing a large number of players with budget hardware to game their hearts out. This is where the A10-7870K as well as other APUs from AMD become extremely relevant. The APU offers this exact experience and is optimized to suit the needs of those players who want to enjoy a good gaming experience without having to burn a whole in their wallets. With a CPU clock speed of 3.9Ghz and an iGPU running at a frequency of 866Mhz, the A10-7870K is a very good alternative to purchasing a CPU and discrete GPU, especially for those gamers who are mainly wanting to play MOBA. We tested a few of these games with the CPU and iGPU overclocked, demonstrating and giving our readers a better idea of what the A10-7870K has in store for an MOBA player.
For testing the A10-7870K in MOBA, we used the following games:
- DOTA 2
- League of Legends
APU at 4.5Ghz, iGPU at 1040Mhz, Ram at 2133Mhz
Both games were more than just playable at the maximum settings using the iGPU of the A10-7870K. DOTA 2 is quite intensive for an MOBA game and thus, we should view it as the work case scenario. DOTA 2 with an average of 55fps was stutter and lag free. League of Legends was more merciful on the hardware as our fps was soaring high at 73.
APU at 4.5Ghz, Ram at 2133Mhz
Sapphire R9 285 Dual-X OC 2GB at 1100/1500Mhz
If a user does want the extra fps and feels the need for even smoother gameplay, there is always the option of purchasing a discrete GPU. The R9 285 will do the job extremely well for MOBA at 1440p. If a user only has a 1080p monitor, he/she can easily use AMD's VSR feature to enhance the image quality of the games by pushing the GPU to it's maximum potential. At 1440p with the R9 285 DOTA 2 ran at 95fps while League of Legends ran at 147fps. This is truly amazing as 95 Hz is essentially the monitor's refresh rate when using AMD Freesync.
Virtual Super Resolution
Virtual Super Resolution (VSR), is basically what we know to be Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing (SSAA). SSAA is one of the many methods of anti-aliasing to enable smoother textures and jaggy polygons in games. However, SSAA isn’t supported in all games. Virtual Super Sampling Resolution (VSR) is an AMD feature that is game and engine agnostic to simulate SSAA in games that do not have native SSAA support. VSR allows an AMD user to play at resolutions higher than the native resolution of the monitor. Using VSR, one is able to simulate a 4K like gaming experience in terms of graphics on a 1080p display. The performance impact is the same as playing at 4K when 4K being the native resolution of the monitor. Since it is no different than running it on a normal 4K monitor you end up with amazing visuals on a 1080p monitor. The new 15.7 drivers have enabled VSR for APUs which will allow MOBA gamers to actually run their games at a higher resolution.
Available on the following products: AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU, AMD Radeon™ R9 300 Series, AMD Radeon™ R7 300 Series, AMD Radeon™ R7 260 and above GPUs, AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series, AMD Radeon™ HD 7800 Series, AMD Radeon™ HD 7790, and AMD A-Series APUs (A6 7400K and higher)