Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC Performance Review

DX11 VS DX12 - Only one can be recommended

Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC Performance Review

DX11 VS DX12 - Only one can be recommended 

Rise of the Tomb Raider's support for DirectX 12 was a breath of fresh air the time of its release, offering increased performance on both AMD and Nvidia hardware when support was fully implemented. Sadly, things changed as drivers continued to evolve, especially on the Nvidia front, making the DirectX 11 version less buggy and more performant than its DX12 implementation. 

With Shadow of the Tomb Raider, things have improved significantly, so much so that DirectX 12 is the recommended API for the title, with DirectX 11 offering support for pre-Windows 10 operating systems and little else. 

After testing the two APIs on both AMD Polaris, Vega architectures and Nvidia Pascal, we can conclude that none of these graphics cards delivers increased performance levels under DirectX 11, making DirectX 12 the only API worth using within Shadow of the Tomb Raider. 
  
It is worth noting that Shadow of the Tomb Raider see its largest decreased in performance on Radeon hardware, almost cutting minimum framerates in half. This drop suggests that Shadow of the Tomb Raider is benefiting from DirectX 12 on the CPU front, an area that we will look into on the next page. 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC Performance Review  

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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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