Metro Exodus PC Performance Review

Metro Exodus is supposed to release on all major platforms tomorrow, and although we haven’t played much of it, one thing can be said for sure- the PC version looks glorious especially with raytracing and NVIDIA’s hairworks technologies enabled. In this post, we explore the performance of Metro Exodus on PC and see how it runs on both the RTX 20-series (Turing) cards as well as the older 10-series (Pascal) cards.

Metro Exodus PC

For starters, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that Metro Exodus features a benchmarking tool that records the average, lows as the max frame-rates at every particular resolution and graphics setting. The bad news, however, is that there’s a bug in the benchmarking tool that disables raytracing and DLSS regardless of what you set them to. So yeah, at the moment, we have the performance figures for all the graphics settings except those two. As soon as 4A Games deploys a fix, we’ll be sure to cover the raytracing and DLSS performance of the game too.

Metro Exodus: NVIDIA RTX Raytracing and DLSS Performance

Test Bench

  • CPU: i7-7700K
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 FE
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX DDR4 RAM @ 2400 Mhz
  • HDD: WD Black

Metro Exodus PC Benchmarks

For now, we have tested the game using the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 without raytracing and DLSS (thanks to that bug). We’ll soon be testing the 10-series cards as well, so be sure to check back later if you’re interested.

1080p (Avg FPS)887458
1440p (Avg FPS)726048
2160p (Avg FPS)453933

Looking at the performance of the GeForce RTX 2080 across all three resolutions, it is clear that the card is meant for 1440p-Ultra or even 2160p at the lower quality presets. We didn’t use the normal and low-quality settings for the 2080 because we seemed to be hitting a wall. Metro Exodus is capped at 100 FPS on PC which is also apparent from the deltas between the 1080p and 1440p performances. The gap between the higher two resolutions is much more prominent than that between 1080p and 1440p. I reckon that the 100 FPS cap is to blame.

Metro Exodus PC

Metro Exodus has a rather vague graphics menu for a modern PC title, with a global quality preset in addition to tessellation, NVIDIA hairworks, texture filtering, advanced PhysX, motion blur, V-Sync, a resolution scale slider and of course the resolution setting itself. The absence of an anti-aliasing setting as well as the texture, shadow, and lighting quality options is rather glaring and quite unexpected from an NVIDIA partnered PC title.

As for our recommendation, we’d suggest sticking to the ultra-quality preset even if you meet NVIDIA and 4A’s hardware requirement. The extreme quality preset is quite taxing even if you have the beastly RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. Furthermore, since raytracing and DLSS don’t work in the benchmarking tool, their implementation can’t be judged just yet.

Metro Exodus PC

Our Graphics Setting Recommendation

1080pGTX 1060GTX 2060RTX 2070/GTX 1080 RTX 2080/GTX 1080 Ti
1440pRTX 2060RTX 2070RTX 2080/GTX 1080 Ti RTX 2080 Ti
2160pRTX 2080/GTX 1080Ti RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Ti

With DLSS, these recommendations should become a bit more flexible, possibly pushing the cards one column right. Be sure to check back tomorrow, and we should have the raytracing and DLSS performance of Metro Exodus explored, along with a comparison of how the 10-series cards stack up against their Turing brethren.

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