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 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 game's graphics-related options were enabled, along with FXAA and Camera Blur...
|Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Performance|
|Glorious Orc-Slaying Vengeance|Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
The performance trend changes somewhat in Shadows of Mordor. Here, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming comes in just behind the Radeon R9 390, but still well ahead of the RX 480.
|DirectX 11 Gaming Performance|
Square Enix set the tone for Thief by saying, "Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach." The Thief series has been popular for years, not only for its interesting story lines and unique gameplay, but because the games have consistently featured excellent graphics and imagery and leveraged bleeding edge technology, like AMD's Mantle API, for example.
And the performance trend changes slightly in Thief as well. Here, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming just barely misses the mark set by the RX 480 and trails it for the first time.