Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a sequel to the popular Shadow of Mordor, which was powered by the Lithtech engine. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.
Metro Exodus is one of the hardest tests that our graphics cards have to go through, with 4A Games' latest creation being one of the best looking games on the market. It is a serious test that pushes GPUs to their limits, and also features RTX technologies like DLSS.
Far Cry New Dawn was developed by Ubisoft, and is powered the Dunia Engine, an engine that has been modified over the years for Far Cry and last used in Far Cry 5. Dunia Engine itself was a modified version of CRYENGINE, scaling incredibly well on all sorts of hardware.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of the latest games to join our graphics card benchmark lineup, with the game built using the Foundation engine as a base, the same engine in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Eidos Montreal R&D department made lots of changes to the engine during the development of Shadow of the Tomb Raider to make it one of the best-looking games out right now.
4K Benchmark Performance Thoughts
I didn't recommend the Radeon RX 5500 XT for 4K gaming in my review of the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5500 XT PULSE OC, and I won't recommend it here. I've got 4K gaming results here just to show the performance between the RX 480 and newer RX 5500 XT.
In the VRAM bandwidth starved Middle-earth: Shadow of War, we have near identical performance with the RX 480 hitting 25FPS average while the new Navi-based RX 5500 XT is capable of 27FPS. The same 2FPS increase in performance over the RX 480 happens again with Metro Exodus, this time the FPS drops to 15FPS and 17FPS, respectively.
There's a 3FPS performance increase between the RX 480 and RX 5500 XT in Far Cry New Dawn at 4K, while there's a larger 10FPS gap between the RX 480 and RX 5500 XT in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Overall, the RX 5500 XT is a faster card than the RX 480 at 4K -- even with its 4GB GDDR6 framebuffer, over the 8GB GDDR5 on the RX 480.
Last updated: Dec 21, 2019 at 06:11 am CST