Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor Played on Inizio 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.




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.


Ambient Occlusion High Low
Depth of Field Off Off
Display Mode Full-screen Full-screen
Lighting Quality High High
Mesh Quality High Medium
Order Independent Transparency Off Off
Resolution 1600X900 1600x900
Shadow Quality High Medium
Tessellation On On
Texture Filtering Ultra Ultra
Texture Quality Medium Low
Vegetation Range High Medium


Test Results & Conclusion:

During the duration of our test, 98% of the time the FPS was above 45. Only 1.6% of the time, it dropped below 45 and that too with a healthy average of 43.2 FPS. The overall average observed was 55.3 FPS with a low FPS Deviation of 5.1. 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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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is very smooth and stable on the recommended settings while maintaining excellent visual fidelity. Gigabyte’s Nvidia GTX 950 is a great card which gives a good price-performance ratio and handles the game on 1600 x 900 quite well. You might also want to look at the performance of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor on Inizio X200 powered by GTX 1050.