Indeed, freshly released first person shooter Doom Eternal is a classic game in the making. Just within a week this game is booming the internet by smooth optimized gameplay and affordable price. Originally, Doom 2016 version has laid the deepest groundwork to this title’s success. It was the earliest successful game with Khronos Group’s Vulkan api implementation that balances out PC hardware through lower overhead technique in which CPU doesn’t struggle.
As a consequence, every modern GPU hardware can run Doom Eternal effectively till the last drop of it’s firepower. Following legendary GPUs from AMD and Nvidia perform very well in Doom Eternal. However, AMD Radeon GPUs from GCN Polaris era possess bigger advantage over Nvidia Pascal GPUs because of asynchronous compute function. Fortunately, Nvidia has fixed it later by releasing Turing architecture GPUs with hardware level asynchronous compute ability.
All performance results are derived from reliable YouTube channel Hardware Unboxed with highest accuracy and unbiased performance outcome. This time around, Steve from Hardware Unboxed team did a very deep benchmarking research on a budget level and old legacy cards playing the Doom Eternal. Following participating cards are famous RX 570, RX 560, RX 550, GTX 1650 Super, GTX 1050 Ti, GT 1030 GDDR5, GTX 750 Ti, RX 460, R9 390, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 380X, R9 Nano, R7 260X, R7 370, GTX 960, GTX 950, GTX 780 Ti, GTX 680, GTX 770, GTX 660 Ti, GTX 760, HD 7870, HD 7790, HD 7970 and HD 7950. So let’s jump into amazing fps numbers.
Let’s clear up some air starting from slow GPUs. The slowest unplayable GPU fps performance goes to Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2GB, GT 1030 2GB GDDR5, GTX 750 Ti and GTX 660 Ti. Because Nvidia’s Kepler architecture is aging badly if you compare against AMD’s earliest GCN cards that came out same year of 2012 and 2013. The minimum 1% low fps must be 30 fps in order to play without micro-stuttering and freezing, therefore, GTX 1050 2GB, GTX 950, GTX 780/Ti, GTX 680/ 2GB and GTX 770 did a very good job at handling Doom Eternal on low settings with dynamic resolution scaling ON. Amazingly, 60 fps average results belong to much recent graphics cards due to their newer architecture and asynchronous compute capability. Much cheaper RX 550 2GB could get 60 fps on average and 45 on lows. So the uptrend follows on even older GCN cards from AMD getting amazing frame rates producing smooth gameplay. Never aging HD 7950 3GB still could hit above 65 fps and his siblings HD 7790, HD 7870, HD 7950 are the 100% proof of GCN immortality. Exceptional solid 60 fps performance of GTX 960 4GB GPU pushes it to be the best choice among second hand GPU lovers.
When Steve turned off the dynamic resolution scaling in Doom Eternal, every GPU got performance cut by 5-7 fps on both average and minimum performances. Basically, resolution scaling helps the PC hardware to automatically compress some image quality during the gameplay to increase fps performance. Turning it On would be the best idea for many old legacy GPU owners by getting fluid experience at a cost of minimal image quality.
Another batch of legacy GCN and Maxwell GPUs are rocking on playing Doom Eternal above playable performance. Most notable recognition goes to R9 390 4GB by getting a whopping 97 fps on average and 75 on minimum. Moreover, amazing showdown by vanilla GTX 1650 4GB is really a big fix by Nvidia finally implementing the asynchronous compute engine to compete against RX 400/500 series cards. Legendary GTX 1050 Ti is pulling 61 fps without 6 pin power connector which is mind-boggling result. Furthermore, seven years old budget choice R7 260X 2GB is able to achieve stable over 42 fps. With resolution scaling off settings, again, every GPU is hit by native 1080p resolution even on low settings. Obviously, 4GB VRAM specs cards have bigger advantage over 2GB or 3GB counterparts, thanks to nowadays minimum 4GB standard requirement to play latest titles.
Nvidia’s 2015 flagship GTX 980 Ti 6GB is paying back it’s owners their long term investment through fantastic Doom Eternal raw performance capacity with steady 131 fps on average in 2020. Current budget 60 fps above king the RX 570 4GB is a fine wine card from 2017 produces 82 fps on average performance. Popular choice of Steam gamers the GTX 1060 3GB edges out GTX 970 even though it has less VRAM capacity. AMD’s present budget RX 5500 XT 4GB and 8GB cards successfully dominate GTX 1650 Super rival 7-15% better performance in Doom Eternal using both resolution scaling on and off presets.
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