FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Official Benchmark (Character Creation)

See just how well FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn will run on your computer. This official benchmark software uses actual maps and characters to assign a score to your PC and rate its performance.

High Definition Display Support
In addition to the standard 1280x720 pixel display, the benchmark also supports a 1920x1080 high definition display. Enjoy every crisp detail of the gorgeous world of Eorzea.

5.1 Channel Surround Sound
High-quality surround sound completes the experience, wrapping players in the stirring music and the atmospheric effects of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Multilingual Support
Features Japanese, English, German, and French.

Depending on your system’s resident software and hardware, it is possible that FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn may not run optimally, even if your computer meets the minimum system requirements. We therefore recommend using this benchmark software to check your system before purchasing the product.

Note:
This software is not a trial version.
Please understand that you cannot play FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn using this software. Also, note that you must read and agree to the terms and conditions before downloading the software.

SLI and CrossFire Support
SLI for NVIDIA graphics cards and CrossFire for AMD graphics cards are now supported. Please use NVIDIA drivers 320.49 WHQL or later when using SLI, or AMD drivers 13.9 or later when using CrossFire.

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Downloading and Running the Software

1. Download the ZIP file
Click on one of the download sites below, agree to the Software License Agreement, and download the file.

2. Uncompress the ZIP file
Uncompress the downloaded file and specify a destination to save the unzipped files.
* Please extract the file using your system's default file manager. If you should choose to use a third-party zip tool, it must support files larger than 2 GB.

3. Execute the EXE file
Execute the uncompressed file – ffxiv-arr-bench-character.exe
* Select the language to display, carefully read through the Software License Agreement, and use the software.

FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Official Benchmark (Character Creation) Software Overview
Operating system Windows Vista/7/8
* DirectX 9.0c or higher required.
* Minimum resolution 1024x720
File name FFXIV-ARR-Bench-Character.zip
File size Around 2.6GB
If DirectX 9.0c is not installed on your PC, please download and install it.

Download FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Official Benchmark (Character Creation)
This software does not guarantee that your system will run FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Even if the results displayed by this software exceed the minimum system requirements, your system might not run FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn due to the configuration of your computer or resident software. Please understand that this software does not guarantee that your system will run FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Additionally, the performance of this software and FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn may differ. Please use this software for reference only.

Please read the license agreement carefully.
Your system might not be able to run this software due to the configuration of your computer’s resident software or hardware. Please understand that this software is not guaranteed to run on all systems.



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Using the Benchmark Software

Executing the ffxiv-arr-bench-character.exe file will bring up a splash page, followed by the Software License Agreement window.
1. It is possible to change language settings at the upper-right corner of the window. The language selected will be used in the benchmark launcher window and the benchmark score display.
2. Carefully read the Software License Agreement. If you agree to all the terms and conditions, click the Accept button.
3. By default, the agreement window will appear every time you launch this software. Check this box and click the Accept button if you wish to skip this window and jump directly to the benchmark launcher next time you use the software.

If your PC does not fulfill the system requirements to run the benchmark, the software will close. A notification will be displayed indicating whether it is necessary to adjust your screen resolution or any other settings. Please review the aforementioned FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Official Benchmark Software Overview to determine whether your PC fulfills the system requirements.

LAUNCHER
Once you accept the terms of the Software License Agreement, a launcher window for the benchmark will appear. Here you can adjust various settings for the cutscene used to measure system performance.

1. The language setting can be changed for both the launcher window and the cutscene overlay. This setting is shared with the Software License Agreement window.
2. The Software License Agreement will be displayed once again. If you opted not to show the agreement on startup, you have the opportunity to review it here again.
3. 


Change the graphics settings at which you would like to benchmark your system. Three quality levels are available: Highest, High, and Standard. Detailed settings for each quality can also be made. Three monitor resolutions are available: 1024x768, 1280x720, and 1920x1080. Other resolution options may be available depending on your monitor, and will be displayed in brackets. High quality/resolution settings will place more stress on your system.
4. Checking this box will cause the cutscene to play in a loop. The cutscene will playback only once by default.
If set to repeat, the maximum framerate will be limited to 60FPS in order to decrease stress on your system. You can end playback at any time by clicking X or pressing the ESC key. Please note that you will not receive a score when looping playback.
5. Commence cutscene playback and measure your system’s performance. The cutscene is approximately 5 minutes in length.
6. Click X at the upper-right corner of the window to exit the benchmark.
7. 
At the conclusion of the cutscene, the launcher window will reappear and display your system’s score.
8. 
Scores can be posted on Twitter (an account is required). Click the Post button to open your default web browser and tweet your score. You may tweet your score using the provided text, or revise it to your liking. The cutscene must run its course and generate a score for this feature to be available.
9. 
After a score has been generated, it will be displayed alongside your system specifications in a report. The report will be saved as a txt file in the same folder as the "ffxiv-arr-bench-character.exe".
10.Click this banner to visit the official FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn site.
11.Click this banner to visit the product page.
12.Characters created via the tool can be selected to appear in the benchmark cutscene.

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Character Selection
This benchmark will not only gauge your computer's performance running FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, but also allow you to use the game's character creation tool. Appearance data can be saved for use during the beta test and official service. You may choose to have your character appear in place of the default Miqo'te male paladin in the benchmark cutscene.
This benchmark can be used without a Square Enix account or a connection to the game's servers.
Data from the character creation tool will be saved to the following folder:My Games/FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn (Benchmark)

1. You may choose to have your character appear in place of the default Miqo'te male paladin in the benchmark cutscene.
2.  Click to launch the character creation tool.
3.  The following equipment options are available for your character when appearing in the benchmark cutscene: starting gear, gladiator gear levels 20-50, or paladin artifact armor.
4.  Click to select the character you wish to appear.
5. Click to return to the launcher without changing settings.

Character Creation
When launching the character creation tool, you may choose to create a new character or load existing character data. This data can also be loaded from the beta and retail versions of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Begin creating your character by selecting a race, gender, and clan. You will then be given the option to customize appearance. You may return to an earlier step of the creation process at any time. When your character is ready, a save prompt will appear. Select Yes if you wish to save appearance data, then specify a location. Data for up to 40 characters may be saved.


The Benchmark Score and Data
Starting the benchmark will cause a cut scene to play. Once the cut scene has completed, a score will be displayed. The score represents how well FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn is estimated to run on your PC. Please use the explanations of the scores outlined below for reference.
Please note that the score does not guarantee that your system will run FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn. Please use it for reference only.
[7000-]
Extremely High Performance
Easily capable of running the game on the highest settings.
[5000-6999]
Very High Performance
Easily capable of running the game. Should perform exceptionally well, even at higher resolutions.
[3500-4999]
High Performance
Easily capable of running the game. Should perform well, even at higher resolutions.
[2500-3499]
Fairly High Performance
Capable of running the game on default settings. Consider switching to a higher resolution depending on performance.
[2000-2499]
Standard Performance
Capable of running the game on default settings.
[1500-1999]
Slightly Low Performance – Changes to Settings Recommended
Capable of running the game, but will experience slowdown. Adjusting settings may improve performance.
[1000-1499]
Low Performance – Changes to Settings Required
Capable of running the game, but will experience considerable slowdown. Adjusting settings is unlikely to improve performance.
[Under1000]
Insufficient Performance
Does not meet specifications for running the game.

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