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

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LOW QUALITY SETTINGS
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GeForce GTX 680: 15.71 / 32.22 / 53.87
GeForce GTX 780 Ti: 21.60 / 49.62 / 70.22
GeForce GTX 980 Ti: 34.62 / 62.94 / 91.73
Radeon R9 290: 8.88 / 28.25 / 65.76
Radeon R9 Fury: 5.34 / 17.11 / 57.99

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MEDIUM QUALITY SETTINGS
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GeForce GTX 680: 11.43 / 23.27 / 40.32
GeForce GTX 780 Ti: 16.83 / 36.97 / 50.03
GeForce GTX 980 Ti: 26.90 / 48.53 / 64.36
Radeon R9 290: 6.96 / 22.80 / 58.52
Radeon R9 Fury: 4.91 / 13.79 / 52.62

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HIGH QUALITY SETTINGS
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GeForce GTX 680: 15.35 / 20.47 / 25.87
GeForce GTX 780 Ti: 14.89 / 32.81 / 45.19
GeForce GTX 980 Ti: 24.25 / 46.38 / 56.20
Radeon R9 290: 6.82 / 20.23 / 55.82
Radeon R9 Fury: 5.03 / 12.53 / 49.47

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ULTRA QUALITY SETTINGS
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GeForce GTX 680: 5.72 / 12.33 / 33.24
GeForce GTX 780 Ti: 13.80 / 22.37 / 39.43
GeForce GTX 980 Ti: 16.89 / 36.88 / 46.51
Radeon R9 290: CRASHED
Radeon R9 Fury: CRASHED

Well, that's our first look at Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor on Linux! Hopefully Feral Games will be able to improve the few remaining bits to make this game more ideal for test automation so we're able to include it in more GPU/driver/hardware tests in the future on Phoronix. If it happens, right away I'll certainly run a much larger graphics card comparison.

Aside from the AMD Catalyst issues, Shadow of Mordor has been running great in the hours spent so far running this game on Linux for testing with the proprietary NVIDIA driver. Assuming the test improvements are made, once Mesa/Gallium3D has OpenGL 4.3+ I look forward to seeing how the open-source driver performance is for this latest AAA game. Given the results, all but the most casual Linux gamers will want a very powerful NVIDIA GeForce graphics card for running this game well...

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.


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