Rise Of The Tomb Raider PC Game Benchmarks

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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is a third-person action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. It is the sequel to the 2013 video game Tomb Raider, which was itself, the second reboot to its series. It was released for Microsoft Windows in January 2016. Players control Lara Croft through various environments, battling enemies, and completing puzzle platforming sections, while using improvised weapons and gadgets in order to progress through the story.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Settings

Rise of the Tomb Raider GPU Settings

Crystal Dynamics used a proprietary game engine called ‘Foundation’ for Rise of the Tomb Raider and it is able to create some pretty nice looking graphics. We tested Rise of the Tomb Raider with the Very High preset, but then changed the ambient occlusion setting from HBAO+ (an NVIDIA developed feature) to ‘ON’ to have as fair of a match up as we could. We also disabled VSync.

Once we had the graphics and display settings figured out we used FRAPS to manually benchmark a section of the Siberian Wilderness that is about 10% into the game for a couple minutes. Rise of the Tomb Raider does not have a built-in benchmark, so this is one of the only ways you can benchmark this particular game title.

Rise of the Tomb Raider 1080P PC Benchmarks

1080P Benchmark Results: For those running Full HD 1080P displays the good news is that all higher-end desktop graphics cards are able to play Rise of the Tomb Raider with 60 FPS averages. The GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon R9 390 still dip down into the low 50 FPS range at times, but the performance on the cards is more than acceptable as we played from the start of the game (Mountain Peak) to the Soviet Installation on the Radeon R9 390 without any major performance issues that we noticed. If you can afford higher-end card than a GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 390 you should be able to stay above 60 FPS at all times.

Update 11:30am CT 2/4/2016 – We’ve spent the morning benchmark all the cards over again at 1920×1080 based on the feedback from the readers in the comment section. Thanks for the feedback and enjoy!

Rise of the Tomb Raider 1440P PC Benchmarks

1440P Benchmark Results: We were pretty shocked to see that only the factory overclocked GeForce GTX 980 Ti was the only video card that could average over 60 FPS at 2560 x 1440! This game title is very tough on video cards and a stock AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 were averaging in the 50’s with the lows dropping down into the 40’s. NVIDIA is giving away this game title for those buying a GeForce GTX 970 or higher video card it now we know why! The Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Omega was barely able to average 40 FPS at this popular resolution.

Rise of the Tomb Raider 4K Benchmarks

4K Ultra HD Benchmark Results: Rise of the Tomb Raider showed the mighty NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti who was boss as we averaged just 41.5 FPS on that particular card. That was about 10 FPS higher on the min/avg/max frame rate than AMD’s flagship single-GPU Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card. If you plan on playing on a 4K Ultra HD monitor you’ll certainly want a high-end video card like the GeForce GTX 980 Ti or a Titan X!

Final thoughts: 

Rise of the Tomb Raider looks fantastic and it one of the more visually stunning games that has come out in the past six months or so. The graphics are pretty mind-blowing and that is great to look at, but it really taxes your systems graphics card. We tested with ‘Very High’ presets with VSync and NVIDIA’s HBAO+ disabled and found that you really need as much GPU as you can afford if you want to get the incredible graphics that the game title offers. We disabled the HBAO+ ambient occlusion method to keep things fair between the cards, but NVIDIA owners will likely want to keep it enabled as it really does look great. You can turn off Pure Hair under the graphics settings for a ~7-8% performance boost on both AMD and NVIDIA powered video cards, but who really wants to do that to Lara?

If you want to play Rise of the Tomb Raider with the eye candy cranked up be sure to prepare yourself as this is one of the few game titles that you need a GeForce GTX 980 Ti for at 1440P or higher resolutions to get a good gaming experience!

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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