Rise of the Tomb Raider

One of the newest games in the gaming benchmark suite is Rise of the Tomb Raider (RoTR), developed by Crystal Dynamics, and the sequel to the popular Tomb Raider which was loved for its automated benchmark mode. But don’t let that fool you: the benchmark mode in RoTR is very much different this time around.

Visually, the previous Tomb Raider pushed realism to the limits with features such as TressFX, and the new RoTR goes one stage further when it comes to graphics fidelity. This leads to an interesting set of requirements in hardware: some sections of the game are typically GPU limited, whereas others with a lot of long-range physics can be CPU limited, depending on how the driver can translate the DirectX 12 workload.

Where the old game had one benchmark scene, the new game has three different scenes with different requirements: Geothermal Valley (1-Valley), Prophet’s Tomb (2-Prophet) and Spine of the Mountain (3-Mountain) - and we test all three. These are three scenes designed to be taken from the game, but it has been noted that scenes like 2-Prophet shown in the benchmark can be the most CPU limited elements of that entire level, and the scene shown is only a small portion of that level. Because of this, we report the results for each scene on each graphics card separately.

Graphics options for RoTR are similar to other games in this type, offering some presets or allowing the user to configure texture quality, anisotropic filter levels, shadow quality, soft shadows, occlusion, depth of field, tessellation, reflections, foliage, bloom, and features like PureHair which updates on TressFX in the previous game.

Again, we test at 1920x1080 and 4K using our native 4K displays. At 1080p we run the High preset, while at 4K we use the Medium preset which still takes a sizable hit in frame rate.

It is worth noting that RoTR is a little different to our other benchmarks in that it keeps its graphics settings in the registry rather than a standard ini file, and unlike the previous TR game the benchmark cannot be called from the command-line. Nonetheless we scripted around these issues to automate the benchmark four times and parse the results. From the frame time data, we report the averages, 99th percentiles, and our time under analysis.

All of our benchmark results can also be found in our benchmark engine, Bench.

ASRock RX 580 Performance

Rise of the Tomb Raider (1080p, Ultra)

Rise of the Tomb Raider (1080p, Ultra)

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  • MDD1963 - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - link

    Who *actually* thought, after so many years of Intel not giving coolers with it's "K" model variants, that this one might come with a bundled cooler? :) Reply
  • Tkan215215 - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    got rip off by Intel again Xd. little to no improvement. that is what their fab are for flexible manufacturing Reply
  • The Chill Blueberry - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    But that's not a new processor, it's just a binned i7-8700k. It's just pre-overclocked a bit and guaranteed stable. Reply
  • The Benjamins - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    A bin that is a big let down, with no better 2-6 core turbos it makes this CPU only marginally better then the 8700k. they could of tried to have the other turbo speeds have some improvements. Reply
  • Dr. Swag - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    This chip is obviously intended for OCing in which case it should be able to attend least hit 5 ghz. Reply
  • AutomaticTaco - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Simple enough solution. Don't buy one. Right? Reply
  • mr_tawan - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    You know, this SKU is meant a collectible for their anniversary.

    I think they should gold plate the lid though :P
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  • jcc5169 - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    More INTEL non-innovation .... Reply
  • Death666Angel - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    It's a whimsical anniversary celebration CPU. What were you expecting? It will only sell to people who want it for the novelty/collectors aspect. Anyone getting it for the performance delta deserves to lose their money. Reply
  • AutomaticTaco - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Or others who happen to be in the market for an upgrade now. Reply

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