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

Beyond a shadow of a doubt

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Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming

Asus’ souped up take on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is probably a touch faster than most other cards of this type out there, boasting a base clock speed of 1632 MHz and a boost clock of 1835 MHz, but if you’re after the best 2560×1440 experience, the GTX 1070 is definitely the card to go for.

It was eminently more capable of handling this resolution at higher graphics settings than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060, and going forward will probably offer a lot more future-proofing for 1440p gaming in general if you’ve got enough spare cash.

Can I play this at 1920×1080?

Indubitably. The GTX 1070 made mincemeat of Shadow on Highest, even hitting a perfect 60fps with its top SMAA x4 anti-aliasing setting. You’ll still see the odd dip to 40fps, all told, so if you want the absolute bestest best frame rates on offer, you’re probably better off dropping it down a notch to SMAAS x2 or, even better, SMAAT x2 for 60fps+ perfection.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

Also yes. On Highest, the SMAAT x2 anti-aliasing produced the smoothest experience, ranging between 42-58fps in the caves and see-sawing a couple of frame either side of 50fps in Cozumel’s square, but knock it down a peg to SMAA (TAA produced identical results to SMAAT x2, so I’m discounting that as an option) and you’ll get between 44-62fps. However, it’s such a small improvement that you might as well treat yourself with the higher AA settings instead.

You can inch a little closer to 60fps by opting for High and SMAA, which gave me a flawless 59-63fps in the town and lows of just 49fps in the caves, but personally I was perfectly happy with Highest and SMAAT x2.

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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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