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
Things are probably getting repetitive at this point, but the numbers are what they are. Once again the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme Edition card trails the GTX 1080, but clearly outpaces the 1070, and remains firmly entrenched at the top of the charts.
|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.
We saw a similar performance trend in the Thief benchmark, but this time around the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme Edition card's lead over the Founder's Edition GTX 1070 was a bit more pronounced.