AMD Radeon RX 480 Review: Polaris Hitting The Sweet Spot
Shadow of Mordor And Thief Performance
Monolith’s surprisingly fun Orc-slaying title Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, delivers a ton of visual fidelity even at the lowest quality settings. So, to maximize eye candy the eye-candy on these high-end graphics cards, we ran the game’s Ultra quality benchmark routine at a couple of resolutions, topping out at 4K--excuse us, 3840x2160 for the sticklers out there. All of the games graphics-related options were enabled, along with FXAA and Camera Blur...
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
At this point, we're starting to sound rather repetitive but the numbers are what they are. Once again, the Radeon RX 480 cards were able to outrun the GeForce GTX 970 at both resolutions, but couldn't quite hit the mark set by the Radeon R9 390.
The smaller frame buffer on the Radeon RX 480 4GB card resulted in significantly lower minimum framerates in Thief, but average framerates for both RX 480s were well ahead of the GeForce GTX 970 here, and trailed the R9 390 by only a couple of frames per second.
Though the differences aren't stark across the entire run, the new Radeon RX480s also offered smoother overall frame delivery than the GeForce GTX 970 in this game.