1080p @ Medium - If you want to run Metro Exodus on a 1080p monitor then you're not going to have to try hard to hit 60FPS on a mid-range graphics card as long as your rolling out with Medium detail settings. NVIDIA's soon-to-be-replaced (with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti) GeForce GTX 1060 is capable of 51FPS while AMD's mid-range Radeon RX 580 fares better with 58FPS.
The RTX 2060 pushes 84FPS while the second-fastest Radeon (RX Vega 64) is capable of 88FPS average while the RTX 2070 hits 100FPS. For everything above 100FPS at 1920 x 1080 you're going to need a GTX 1080 Ti, TITAN Xp, RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti. The flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is capable of just 142FPS average at 1080p, as remember we're running medium settings here.
1080p @ Extreme - We're effectively halving what we have above, with the GTX 1060 only capable of 24FPS while the RTX 2070 hits 47FPS and the RTX 2080 Ti is only pushing 72FPS average with Extreme settings.
1440p @ Medium - This is where things get interesting as the GTX 1070 Ti hits 59FPS, close to the smooth 60FPS minimum I want to see. The last-gen flagship GTX 1080 Ti hits 80FPS average at 1440p while the new RTX 2080 ties with the last-gen TITAN Xp with 89FPS leaving the flagship RTX 2080 Ti with 111FPS at 1440p on Medium settings. Not bad.
1440p @ Extreme - Yeah, you won't be using anything but the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at 1440p if you want 60FPS with Extreme quality graphics, even the GTX 1080 Ti gets knocked down to 43FPS here. The RTX 2060 keeps its head above water with 32FPS, but that's still some low performance for what isn't a bad card - it's just that Metro Exodus is so demanding with Extreme graphics.
4K @ Medium - Face it, you're like me and you want to see how much Metro Exodus punishes graphics cards at 8K, right? Well if we're looking at the Medium preset we can squeeze 68FPS out of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, while the GTX 1080 Ti resists with 48FPS and the RTX 2060 drops to 36FPS. AMD's Radeon RX Vega 64 isn't bad here with 40FPS, but we'll be updating these results with Radeon VII in the next 24 hours - so keep an eye out.
4K @ Extreme - 3840 x 2160. Extreme graphics. Let's do this - oh, 41FPS with the RTX 2080 Ti. 32FPS with the GTX 1080 Ti and TITAN Xp. 13FPS on the Radoen RX 570. Well then. If you want to spend over $1000 on a new graphics card and wanted to get the best out of Metro Exodus at 4K, you know you'll be itching for NVIDIA's flagship Turing graphics card.
There you have it - most of the latest graphics cards from both NVIDIA and AMD benchmarked with one of the best-looking and most-demanding games out right now: Metro Exodus. The game looks gorgeous, and that's without most of NVIDIA's own technologies enabled - including ray tracing elements and DLSS. There was over 30 hours of benchmarking put into this as it was, and I wanted to give DLSS its own time when testing it.
Metro Exodus looks amazing and requires some serious horsepower to achieve it. The next stop with our Metro Exodus benchmarking will be when our Radeon VII sample returns tomorrow and I can run the 7nm Vega 20 + 16GB HBM2 through this game at all resolutions. Another interesting test I'll be performing is native 8K with 7680 x 4320 and it'll be tested only with the highest-end cards in the GTX 1080 Ti, TITAN Xp, RTX 2080 Ti and Radeon VII. That'll be very interesting.
Until then, what do you think of the performance here? Is it a little crazy that the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti can only manage 41FPS average at 4K, and that's without all of the bells and whistles enabled. Are the all-the-bells-and-whistle test of Metro Exodus something I should do? Let me know in the comments below.
Last updated: Sep 24, 2019 at 12:28 am CDT
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