Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC Performance Review

Graphical Settings - Anti-Alaising and a lot of presets

Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC Performance Review

Graphical Settings

Like the game's predecessors, Shadow of the Tomb Raider allows players to select the game's graphical settings both inside and outside of the game, allowing gamers to choose the game's resolution, graphical API, Fullscreen options and a range of other graphical options. 

HDR can also be enabled when using a supported monitor, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider allowing players to select the maximum luminance of their display to cater Tomb Raider's visuals to the user's monitor. This is the first game in the new Tomb Raider series to support HDR on PC. 

Within the game's options menu, players can select the game's Lowest, Low, Medium, High and Highest graphical presets, or create a custom graphics profile. It is also worth noting that players can also select higher-end graphics options than what is available when using the game's highest preset, which means that it isn't the highest settings that the game offers. Perhaps calling "Highest" Ultra would have been more accurate. 
  

Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC Performance Review

AntiAliasing Options

When it comes to Antialiasing, Shadow of the Tomb Raider offers a range of options to players to utilise, a useful feature for those who do not like the game's default TAA anti-aliasing, which can cause a blurring effect while the game is in motion.
 
Players can make use of TAA (Temporal Anti-Aliasing), SMAA (Subpixel Morphological Anti-Aliasing), SMAAT2x (SMAA+TAA), SMAAS2x (SMAA+MSAA) and SMAA4 (SMAA+MSAA+TAA).

Our recommendation is to stick with TAA, assuming that you are willing to deal with the side-effects of TAA, as it offers the highest performance levels and does a reasonable job at eliminating aliasing at both high and low resolutions.  

  
Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC Performance Review

Graphical Options

Below is a look at each of the game's graphical presets, as well as a glimpse of the settings that go beyond the title's "Highest Preset", such as Ultra Level of Detail settings and Ultra Shadow Quality and High Screen Space Contact Shadows. We will look into how these settings impact performance later. 

 LowestLowMediumHighHighestUltra
Texture QualityLowLowNormalHighUltraUltra
Texture FilteringTrilinearTrilinear2x Anisotropic4x Anisotropic8x Anisotropic16x Anisotropic
Shadow QualityOffLowLowNormalHighUltra
Ambient OcclusionOffOffBTAOBTAOHBAO+HBAO+
Depth of FieldOffOffNormalNormalHighHigh
Level of DetailLowestLowNormalNormalHighUltra
TesselationOffOffOffOnOnOn
BloomOffOnOnOnOnOn
Motion BlurOffOffOnOnOnOn
Screen Space ReflectionsOffOffOnOnOnOn
Screen Space Contact ShadowsOffOffOffOffNormalHigh
Pure HairLowLowNormalNormalNormalNormal
Volumetric LightingOffOnOnOnOnOn
Lens FlaresOnOnOnOnOnOn
Screen EffectsOnOnOnOnOnOn


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Most Recent Comments

20-09-2018, 10:12:01

AlienALX
Wot no 1080Ti? was that deliberate?

I hear this game is pretty dull. Just more of the same.Quote

20-09-2018, 10:28:14

fadingfool
Just use the 2080 FE chart - from what I've seen in all the reviews there's about a 1% difference between a 1080Ti and 2080 FE at 1440p Quote

20-09-2018, 13:22:37

NeverBackDown
Pretty impressive DX12 implementation. Nice review fellaQuote

20-09-2018, 15:29:30

kdawgmaster
Can you guys seriously start including GTX 1080 ti's into your benchmarks. The more you dont the more you become an unreliable source more so considering new cards are out.Quote

20-09-2018, 18:52:29

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by kdawgmaster View Post
Can you guys seriously start including GTX 1080 ti's into your benchmarks. The more you dont the more you become an unreliable source more so considering new cards are out.
That's just a stupid statement. Facts are facts and results speak for themselves. Can't include everything. Besides that he doesn't have a 1080ti to test.

Anyway.. It's nigh on identitical to a 2080. Effectively just replace the name and boom you're done. Not that difficult.Quote
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