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Metro Last Light Performance

Metro Last Light
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Metro Last Light

Metro Last Light is your typical post-apocalyptic first person shooter game with a few rather unconventional twists. Unlike most FPS titles, there is no health meter to measure your level of ailment; rather, you’re left to deal with life, or lack thereof, more akin to the real world with blood spatter on your visor and your heart rate and respiration level as indicators. Metro Last Light boasts some of the best 3D visuals on the PC platform and includes a DX11 rendering mode that makes use of advanced depth of field effects and character model tessellation for increased realism. This title also supports NVIDIA PhysX technology for impressive in-game physics effects. We tested the game at resolutions of 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 with its in-game image quality options set to their High Quality mode, with DOF effects disabled.

The performance trend in Metro Last Light somewhat mirrors the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark. In this game, the Radeon R9 290 falls in just behind the GeForce GTX Titan, but ahead of the GeForce GTX 780, while the Radeon R9 290X leads the pack.

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There were some significant spikes in frame times with most of the cards in this game, but the Radeons generally had more incidents than the GeForce cards. The Radeon R9 290 fared better than the 290X, however, most likely due to tweaks in the latest set of drivers we used for testing.

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