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Doom Graphics Performance Tweak Guide (Page 1)

Doom Graphics Performance Tweak Guide

We show you the many graphics options in Doom and how they affect gaming image quality and performance.

By Sean Ridgeley from Jun 30, 2016 @ 20:10 CDT

Introduction

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Doom 3's release in 2004 marked the resuscitation of one of the shooter series that started it all. While a fantastic game in its own right, it did stray somewhat from the fast-paced action of its forebears, to the chagrin of fans. Enter the recently released Doom, a reboot that brings back the classic formula and combines it with superb graphics, offering a package that's the best of both worlds.

While the game isn't perfect (there's a lot of handholding enabled by default as well as unnecessary RPG elements that employ a clunky console-centric interface, and a long-range ADS rifle has no place in Doom), on the whole it's a solid old-school FPS, complete with high difficulty that even multiplayer FPS gamers will find rewarding.

Doom is the first game to employ id Software's id Tech 6 engine, and does well to show off what it can do with impressive, high quality graphics and the best performance optimization I've seen since Alien: Isolation. In this guide, I'll take a look at both to help you achieve a nice balance as needed.

Test Setup and System Requirements

Our Test System

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (Stock)
  • Storage: Crucial BX200 2.5'' 480GB 6GB/s SSD
  • Video Card: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X 4GB (Stock)
  • Driver: Radeon Software Version 16.5.2.1
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse, G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • Storage: 55 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
  • Storage: 55 GB available space

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