DOOM Eternal PC Performance Analysis and Optimisation Guide

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DOOM Eternal PC Performance Analysis and Optimisation Guide

DOOM Eternal PC Performance Analysis and Optimisation Guide

The DOOM franchise has always been one of the all-time champions of the first-person-shooter genre, and DOOM Eternal is designed to put the series back on top with stellar visuals, stable performance and refined gameplay.

The DOOM franchise comes from the veteran developers at id Software, the creators of the Quake Engine, pioneers of 3D and pseudo-3D gaming and home to some of the best engine coders that the gaming market possesses. DOOM 2016 outing also acted as the PC market's first major Vulkan API-based game, showcasing id Software's commitments to cutting-edge technology. 

With DOOM Eternal comes engine upgrades, an increased focus on single-player play and gameplay changes that are designed to make DOOM Eternal more fun and challenging than ever. On PC, DOOM Eternal has been designed to make exclusive use of the Vulkan API, cutting away all legacy aspects of DOOM 2016 while further focusing on higher framerates with CPU-focused engine upgrades and performance optimisations. 

In this article, we will be looking at DOOM Eternal across 10 graphics cards, five resolutions, every graphical preset the game currently offers and CPU configurations that range from dual cores all the way to 12 threads. With this level of testing, we will let you know what kind of hardware/settings you will need to run DOOM Eternal at high framerates, and what PC hardware runs DOOM Eternal at its best. 

DOOM Eternal PC Performance Analysis and Optimisation Guide 

PC System Requirements, Graphics Options, and Graphical Settings Comparisons
CPU Performance - Is your processor Slayer Ready? 
Performance Scaling at 1080p and 4K - All Presets Compared
Resolution Scaling - 720p to 4K
- Dynamic Resolution Scaling
1080p Performance
1440p Performance
4K Performance

GPU drivers

When testing DOOM Eternal's PC version, we opted to use the newest drivers from both the Radeon and Geforce camps. These drivers are AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 20.3.1 driver as well as Nvidia's Geforce 442.72 driver.

Testing Methodology

OC3D is a website that is dedicated to PC hardware, so you better believe that we test every game on a wide range of hardware configurations. This commitment to variety means that we will be using both Intel and AMD based testbeds as well as a range of GPU offerings from both Nvidia and Radeon. 

Our primary test system uses Intel's X99 platform, containing an Intel Core i7 6850K at a fixed clock speed of 4GHz. This testbed will use 32GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory and will be powered and cooled by an HX1200i PSU and an H110i AIO liquid cooler respectively, with everything sitting inside a Corsair 460X chassis. In this system, we are using an ASUS Strix X99 motherboard.

The system below will be used to conduct the majority of our game testing. This system will be used in this review unless otherwise stated.


Game Test Rig

Intel i7 6850K @4.0 GHz
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair Vengeance LP 4x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair HX1200i
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 "May 2019" Update


GPU Selection

No gaming test suite would be complete without a large selection of GPUs. At OC3D out current test suite covers Nvidia's RTX 20-series and GTX 10-series alongside AMD's RX Vega and RX 500 series graphics cards.

Starting with Metro Exodus, we began testing new PC games with Nvidia's latest RTX series of graphics cards. In our testing, we currently use the mid-range RTX 2060 and uber high-end RTX 2080 Ti entering our graphics card lineup. In time we hope to have a Radeon RX 5700 graphics card for RTX 2060 VS RX 5700 comparisons. 

With this performance analysis, OC3D's main review staff has been able to work together from across the UK to deliver wider levels of performance testing than is common for our gaming content. This has enabled us to add a wider range of GPUs to our test suite for this review. 

Radeon RX 5700 Series - Navi (RDNA)

- Powercolor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil 
- Powercolor Radeon RX 5700 Red Devil

PowerColor Red Devil RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT LE Cooler

Geforce RTX 20-Series & GTX 16-Series

- Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
- Nvidia RTX 2060 Founders Edition
- Palit GTX 1660 Super StormX

nVidia RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti ReviewnVidia RTX 2060 Review

Geforce GTX 10-series

- Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
- Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition
- ASUS GTX 1060 Strix Gaming OC


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AMD RX Vega Series

- AMD RX Vega 56

AMD RX 500 Series

- AMD RX 580 Strix OC  

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