Benchmarking Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 31 July 2015. Page 4 of 5. 28 Comments

Well, onto the results! Due to the lack of Phoronix Test Suite integration, just some simple text results today as pts_Graph that's normally used on OpenBenchmarking.org for result graphs only ties into our Phoronix Test Suite XML meta-data of results. Hopefully command-line switches and rest of automation support will find its way into a Shadow of Mordor on Linux not too far out.

Tested were the game at 1920 x 1080 and 3840 x 2160 when setting the low, medium, high, and ultra image quality pre-set values as adjusted via the in-game options menu.

All of the results are shown as the minimum / average / maximum FPS as exposed by the Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

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1920 x 1080
LOW QUALITY SETTINGS
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GeForce GTX 680: 23.24 / 71.70 / 125.87
GeForce GTX 780 Ti: 24.55 / 72.46 / 134.19
GeForce GTX 980 Ti: 35.77 / 71.49 / 130.15
Radeon R9 290: 13.75 / 34.87 / 64.19
Radeon R9 Fury: 10.68 / 33.46 / 63.04

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1920 x 1080
MEDIUM QUALITY SETTINGS
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GeForce GTX 680: 29.39 / 59.21 / 89.20
GeForce GTX 780 Ti: 30.27 / 67.59 / 130.66
GeForce GTX 980 Ti: 31.39 / 67.95 / 146.33
Radeon R9 290: 10.41 / 31.11 / 60.67
Radeon R9 Fury: 9.91 / 29.37 / 60.19

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1920 x 1080
HIGH QUALITY SETTINGS
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GeForce GTX 680: 29.01 / 54.41 / 78.10
GeForce GTX 780 Ti: 32.57 / 63.98 / 118.88
GeForce GTX 980 Ti: 30.19 / 65.79 / 124.80
Radeon R9 290: 8.28 / 29.88 / 59.00
Radeon R9 Fury: 8.82 / 24.83 / 58.23

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1920 x 1080
ULTRA QUALITY SETTINGS
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GeForce GTX 680: 10.45 / 24.65 / 51.17
GeForce GTX 780 Ti: 28.04 / 56.63 / 93.25
GeForce GTX 980 Ti: 31.46 / 63.00 / 118.25
Radeon R9 290: CRASHED
Radeon R9 Fury: CRASHED

Besides the Radeon R9 Fury producing incorrect rendering for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, its performance was lower than the Radeon R9 290. This is carried through in the other results too. Under the Catalyst driver the game ended up crashing with ultra image quality settings. At least Feral Games makes it very clear for casual Linux gamers that AMD isn't properly supported for the time being until AMD releases a proper Catalyst Linux driver in the future.

In terms of the NVIDIA results, the data is pretty much expected for being the high-end cards of Kepler and Maxwell. The GTX 980 Ti Maxwell benchmarks may not seem too impressive when looking at the 1080p results, but check out the 4K results on the next page.



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