Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor played on Argento X100

Will the entire game perform like the video?

For every game we test, we identify portions of the game which are normally the most taxing on the hardware. So, you can rest assured that the entire gameplay experience will be the same or perhaps even better. We have done the entire testing in Single Player mode only.

Very few games are well optimized to run properly on all the hardware available out there, so there are a few tricky graphic settings in every game which do not follow the general settings pattern. We try to optimize the game to maintain the right performance v/s visual balance.

Push every setting to the highest, and you have the best-looking game but could lead to performance issues like stutters, frame drops, and overall lag. Low graphic settings reduce immersion and hence reduce the overall experience. Therefore, identifying the impact of every graphic setting, both in terms of visual fidelity and performance impact, is critical.

How we record and present the content

We run the games on the exact configuration that you can buy. We record using an external capture card which gives very accurate results on how the machine will perform. There are, however, some limitations due to which you cannot see exact visuals.

Raw footage is of mammoth ~30 GB/minute size (at full HD) and YouTube reduces the size to a mere ~40 MB/minute. This results in a heavy loss in image quality as shown below. So, compared to what you see in the videos, you can expect the real game to look much better.

 

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Target FPS & Graphic Settings:

Target FPS depends on the game. Most RPG Games give a smooth playing experience above 30 FPS while the same is terribly low for a First-Person shooter.

The Target FPS for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is 45+ FPS. This is where we want to be in terms of FPS during the game. However, that does not mean that the FPS will always be strictly above 45.

 

Ours vs Nvidia GeForce Recommended Settings

For most games, Nvidia have their own recommendations in terms of graphic settings you should use. They provide a good reference to begin with, but tweaking is necessary for ideal experience. Also, in some instances, like Batman Arkham Knight & Battlefield 1, Nvidia GeForce Experience Application doesn’t optimize the game at all.

 

SettingCompasscoNvidia
Ambient Occlusion High Low
Depth of Field On On
Display Mode Full-screen Full-screen
Lighting Quality High High
Mesh Quality Ultra High
Order Independent Transparency Off Off
Resolution 1920x1080 1920X1080
Shadow Quality High High
Tessellation On On
Texture Filtering Ultra Ultra
Texture Quality High Medium
Vegetation Range Ultra Medium

 

Test Results & Conclusion:

In our tests, we found that the FPS was always above 45. The overall average observed was 62.4 FPS with an extremely low FPS Deviation of 5.6. Deviation tells us how much variation was observed during the entire test. The lower the deviation, the lesser the fluctuations. If the FPS were to stay constant at 60 for the whole test, deviation would be 0.

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Conclusion:

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is very smooth and stable on the recommended settings while maintaining excellent visual fidelity. Pascal series cards are quite capable of handling most games you throw at them and Gigabyte’s Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti G1 gaming is one of the highest clocked cards in the market. Even after that there is a lot of potential for future overclocking. Add customizable RGB lighting and a 3 year warranty to it and you have a clear winner!