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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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EVGA GeForce GTX 1070Ti SC Gaming

Unlike the rest of Nvidia’s GPU fold, all third party Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070Ti cards share exactly the same base and boost clock speeds of 1607 MHz and 1683 MHz respectively. This should make EVGA’s SC Gaming take a pretty representative take on what the GTX 1070Ti is capable of in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but they manage to skirt round Nvidia’s weird rule by giving you the option of optimising the card with their EVGA Precision software.

To keep things nice and fair, I’ve left my GTX 1070Ti as is, running it at its default speeds without any additional tinkering. As a result, this should paint a pretty accurate picture of what’s possible with this card, which, it turns out, is quite a lot.

Can I play this at 1920×1080?

You sure can. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, you can even choose Eidos’ super demanding SMAA x4 option on Highest and still get highs of 60fps. You may see the odd drop to 45fps when Lara’s getting up close and personal on a bit of cave wall, but otherwise it’s pretty plain sailing, with frame rates never dipping below 58fps in Cozumel’s bustling town square.

If you’ve got a monitor with a high refresh rate, however, you’ll get a lot more out of it by choosing the SMAAT x2 anti-aliasing option on Highest, which saw the frame rate shoot up to an absolute minimum of 70fps in the caves and a maximum of 90fps in town.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

Yep. Again, SMAA x4 is doable here on Highest, but you’ll have to put up with frame rates in the 30-40fps region. Instead, you’ll get much better speeds with SMAAT x2, which struck a very happy medium of 55-59fps in town, and only a couple of dips to 47fps over in the caves. You can claim a few frames back by opting for SMAA on Highest, the lowest I saw being 50fps, but I don’t think it’s something you’ll really notice on the whole.

Instead, a more assured option would be to stick with High and SMAAT x2 anti-aliasing. Here, you’ll get an absolute minimum of 52fps while pushing up into the 60-70fps the rest of the time.

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