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Shadow of the Tomb Raider graphics performance: How to get the best settings for your PC

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Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Mini

Yep, Zotac’s miniature version of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is back for another outing. Despite being a lot smaller than other GTX 1060 cards out there, this model did quite well in my Monster Hunter: World graphics performance test, and it’s the Nvidia-branded card that Eidos included in their recommended specs.

However, as much as this is a great choice for playing games at 1920×1080, it struggled to keep its cool once I raised the resolution. As a result, I’m probably going to have to revise our best graphics card rankings after this, because right now the 6GB GTX 1060 is one of our top picks for playing games at 2560×1440 and if new games continue to be as demanding as Shadow of the Tomb Raider, then it start becoming a better bet for flawless 1080p gaming instead of a decent 1440p option. That’s not to say you can’t get some decent speeds out of it, but it remains one of the more disappointing set of results in this entire test.

Can I play this at 1920×1080?

Absolutely. The top SMAA x4 and SMAAS x2 anti-aliasing options are probably too much for this card on Highest, resulting in frame rates in the low 30s to 40s, but whack it down to the still lovely SMAAT x2 and you’re laughing. Here, the GTX 1060 managed a very smooth 54-57fps in Cozumel’s village square, with only the occasional dip to 45fps when Lara was hugging her favourite cliff face over in the caves.

You can drop it down to SMAA if you really want to be sure you’re as close to 60fps as possible on Highest, but it’s not necessary. If anything, you’d probably be better going for High and SMAAT x2 again if 60fps is the be all and end all for you, as here I saw frame rates between 62-65fps in Cozumel, and only lows of 50fps inside the caves.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

Yes, but Medium is the absolute limit here, and with pretty low AA settings to boot. You can push the anti-aliasing higher if you’re down with frame rates between 35-45fps, but those after something closer to 60fps are better off settling for the basic SMAA. Even with these settings, it’s unlikely you’ll see anything above 50fps, but for some that may be a more appealing option than playing the game on Low with SMAA, where frame rates hovered around the 48-67fps range.

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Katharine Castle

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Katharine writes about all the bits that go inside your PC so you can carry on playing all those lovely games we like talking about so much. Very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests. She's also RPS' resident deals herald.

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