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 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
The performance trend we've seen up to this point changed a bit once we fired up Shadow of Mordor. Here, the Radeon R9 390 was able to pull ahead of the GTX 1060 at both resolutions. The new GeForce is faster than the Radeon RX 480 by about 10%, however.
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.
Score one for the Radeon RX 480. At 1440p, the 8GB and 4GB Radeon RX 480 cards sandwich the GeForce GTX 1060. With the resolution cranked up to 4K though, the Radeons pull ahead.
Although the cards performed somewhat differently, they behaved similarly in terms of frame time variation -- at least in the beginning of the test. Towards the end, things smoothed out much more on the Radeon.