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DX11: Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is an action-oriented video game with a combination of survival horror, and first-person shooter elements. The game is based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was developed by 4A Games in Ukraine and released in March 2010 for Microsoft Windows. Metro 2033 uses the 4A game engine, developed by 4A Games. The 4A Engine supports DirectX-9, 10, and 11, along with NVIDIA PhysX and GeForce 3D Vision.

The 4A engine is multi-threaded in such that only PhysX had a dedicated thread, and uses a task-model without any pre-conditioning or pre/post-synchronizing, allowing tasks to be done in parallel. The 4A game engine can utilize a deferred shading pipeline, and uses tessellation for greater performance, and also has HDR (complete with blue shift), real-time reflections, color correction, film grain and noise, and the engine also supports multi-core rendering.

Metro 2033 featured superior volumetric fog, double PhysX precision, object blur, sub-surface scattering for skin shaders, parallax mapping on all surfaces and greater geometric detail with a less aggressive LODs. Using PhysX, the engine uses many features such as destructible environments, and cloth and water simulations, and particles that can be fully affected by environmental factors.

NVIDIA has been diligently working to promote Metro 2033, and for good reason: it’s one of the most demanding PC video games we’ve ever tested. When their flagship GeForce GTX 480 struggles to produce 27 FPS with DirectX-11 anti-aliasing turned two to its lowest setting, you know that only the strongest graphics processors will generate playable frame rates. All of our tests enable Advanced Depth of Field and Tessellation effects, but disable advanced PhysX options.

  • Metro 2033
    • Settings: Very-High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, Tessellation, PhysX Disabled – 120s Fraps (Chase Scene)

HIS_R9_270X_280X_Results_Metro_2033Metro 2033 Benchmark Results

Graphics Card GeForce GTX560Ti HIS R9 270X Radeon HD7950 GeForce GTX770 HIS R9 280X
GPU Cores 384 1280 1792 1536 2048
Core Clock (MHz) 950 1050 900 1046 1000
Shader Clock (MHz) 1900 1140 Boost N/A 1085 Boost 1050 Boost
Memory Clock (MHz) 1050 1400 1250 1752 1500
Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit


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