Rise Of The Tomb Raider PC Game Benchmarks

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Rise Of The Tomb Raider Benchmarked on NVIDIA and AMD Video Cards

Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Box Art

Lara Croft is back on the PC thanks to the highly anticipated release of Rise of the Tomb Raider. The latest game title is yet another reboot for the 20-year-old Tomb Raider franchise with new puzzles, locations and breath taking graphics. The 2013 Tomb Raider reboot focused on Lara Croft’s origins and this game is set one year after the events of Tomb Raider. Lara Croft is struggling to explain her experience of the supernatural on Yamatai. Looking for answers, she follows her late father’s research and heads to the lost city of Kitezh in Siberia to see if she can figure out the answers to immortality.

We are really interested in Rise of the Tomb Raider as NVIDIA is currently doing a limited time promotion where you can get the game title for free if you purchase a GeForce GTX 970 or faster desktop graphics card. NVIDIA didn’t forget about notebook fans either as you can get the game for free if you purchase a notebook with a GeForce GTX 970M or above GPU. Why only a GeForce GTX 970 or higher?

Rise of the Tomb Raider Suggested Video Card

NVIDIA, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics teamed up for some internal testing and found that to get 60 FPS at 1920 x 1080 you’ll need a GeForce GTX 970 with the high-detail graphics preset. That feels pretty extreme, so we wanted to take a look ourselves!

Rise of the Tomb Raider PC

We wanted to bring you this article last week, but AMD was later than we expected with Crimson 16.1.1 Hotfix drivers that had needed performance tweaks and optimizations for Rise of the Tomb Raider. AMD continues to tell us that they are working on getting game day drivers out like NVIDIA, but they just can’t seem to get it down and are usually fashionably late.

Let’s move along and see what we our own benchmarking tells us on six different AMD Radeon R9 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series video cards.

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  • Jeffery Clyde Peters

    My 980Ti dominated this game at 1080p but they are pure idiots for thinking a 980Ti or even a Titan X can handle it at 1440p or above. Sure they can run the game but with most if not all settings on medium or low which kills the gaming experience. It is better to play at 1080p, 60FPS, with ALL MAXED OUT instead of playing at 1440p-30-40FPS, with most settings on low.

  • Justin Zerbel

    I’m Running A GTX 670 Top Edition From Asus Along with 8GB of DDR3-1600Mhz Ram along with a Intel Core I3-4360 and I run the Game Maxed out at 1080P. I usually game at 1440p because of Anti Aliasing but i decided since my GPU is getting a little tired of all the new games i thought i would make it easier and run it at 1080P lol. With DX12 Enabled and FXaa along with maxed out settings i’m getting around 35 to 50FPS with Flucuations because of V-ram or My Cpu limitation one of the two lol. You Don’t need a shitty 970 To Max this game out. My 670 only Has a 2GB Framebuffer but can handle 3GB’s max without stuttering. I’m guessing since my FPs Flucuates and stutters occasionally that i’m maxing my V-ram like a whore in church but it’s better than the Xbox one garbage

    • Vulcanproject

      It must run like crap, because a GTX960 can’t do maxed and a locked 30FPS on this @ 1080p, and that card utterly destroys any GTX670.

      But keep on talking nonsense.

      • Justin Zerbel

        I refuse to get into hardware wars. I run the game maxed out but only with FXAA and i get around 35 to 40Fps with dips to around 23 or 24 when the scene gets really really intense.

      • Justin Zerbel

        Also for clarification i don’t have the original 670 I have the Top Edition 670 From Asus and no overclocks. It mostly depends on the CPU you have. Most Games now days rely a little bit more CPU Side than GPU. Just Look At GTA V that game struggles with low end CPU’s

        • Vulcanproject

          Irrelevant this is a heavily GPU bound game. GTX670 OC version or not, is not enough for ultra and 1080 on this game. You can play it choppy as you like but at least the Xbone version is locked to 30FPS.

          Even a GTX770 with a kickass CPU struggles at those settings and that card stock beats every GTX670.

          Most people who game on PC want nice tidy framerates all the time, not massive dips to 20FPS when it gets hectic

        • Justin Zerbel

          Lol 23 Fps and only when a lot of crap is happening. You know you are kind of a ass. Their is absolutely no reason for you to jump down on my throat. I have been enjoying myself while playing the game and you should be to. Stop stressing over what people have in their rigs. Just play the damn game and have fun.

        • Vulcanproject

          I’m not stressing out about your system, I am disliking what you have said because you are giving out misinformation to people. But luckily anyone can go and see other benchmarks and know that GPU is totally inadequate for the settings you claim. I suggest they do!

        • someone

          My PC has MSI GTX 670 Power Edition and it doesen’t run in maxed out settings.

  • Damian

    With all the honesty, after 5 hours of gameplay, this is a bad port. All the praise comes from Nvidia 980 Owners, and still they get low fps.
    As for the rest of us, the FPS is horrid in the open locations, getting to the point where the game is unplayable.

    Really bad port, unless you don’t mind low FPS

    • Javed Alam

      my framerate is great on very high – r9 fury

      • Damian

        Fury is equivalent to 980 so yeah, not so surprising. like I said, I am getting 100fps in smaller location, which is great, then it goes down to 40fps in open world, and stutters. r9 390

        • Nathan Kirsch

          What parts of the game are stuttering on you? Let me know what maps and I’ll go try to replicate.

        • Damian

          Soviet installment when it is snowing and it is windy.

        • Justin Zerbel

          Brother I Gotta ask.. Do you Prefer Nvidia or AMD. I see you have the 390 which is not that much cheaper than the Nvidia Alternative. Do you prefer the 390 over lets say a 980 TI? And would you Recommend The 390? I have the 670 and i do plan to upgrade and have been looking at switching to amd for a little while

        • Damian

          I do prefer AMD, but it would be nice to have the gAmes optimized right alway for AMD. At the end of the day, I don’t care and I would choose the better card for the better price, and I think AMD is that Card that pushed the competition.

  • Bassblaster505

    1080p? no? oh thats right i forgot everyone has a 1440p or 4K monitor

    • Nathan Kirsch

      I was testing higher-end cards and figured that for the six $275+ cards that most of those folks would be gaming at 1440p and 4K!

      • Sean Easterling

        As a Fury X owner and 1080p player, I respectfully disagree.

        In these sad days of horrid console ports + Gameworks gimping, the only way to be sure you get your desired level of performance is to bring far more horsepower than theoretically should be required for your desired res + framerate.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          Thanks for the feedback! I’ll start going back on all 6 cards and re-testing them at 1080P!

        • Nathanael Freihart

          That is truly honrable behavior.

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          Nate, you work too hard.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          It’s all good! I’m doing all the cards at 1080P for 5 game titles (Tome Raider, Fallout 4, Battlefied 4, GTAV and Star Wars Battlefront), so it’s 5 games x 6 video cards x 3 runs each… Only 90 benchmark runs. The four FRAPS runs are 120 seconds each, so three hours of solid benchmarking and by the time i mod the ini files, reinstall drivers and all that it’s about 5-6 hours of work total.

        • Damian

          Agreed, I fluctuate between 30-100 fps depending on the location. R9 390 seems to have power to pull 60fps easily, but rise of the tomb raider tries to render entire environment at once, hence fps goes to 30

    • Justin Zerbel

      Lol I have a 3D 1080P LG out in my living room and a 32 Sony 720P tv for my Computer usage which i overclocked from 60hz to 120hz and also set a few custom resolutions passed 1080p and straight to 3840×2160. This game is brutal though even a 1080P. My Goodness