Mortal Shell PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Mortal Shell PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Introduction – An excellent Souls-like with an affordable price

Cold Symmetry’s Mortal Shell is the latest action RPG to enter into the growing Souls-like category of games, coming from a small studio with a core team of 15 developers who wanted to show the world their take on the genre. 

Mortal Shell was one of the highlights of E3 2020’s replacement events, showcasing expert use of Unreal Engine 4 to deliver a title which provides compelling visuals and a combat system which differentiates itself from its peers to create unique gameplay experience. 

Thanks to Mortal Shell’s hardening mechanic and riposte systems, combat in Mortal Shell feels very different from its peers. It is challenging, but rewarding to master, but like all games of this genre, one bad move could result in your death. Thankfully, gamers will get a second chance of life by re-occupying their Mortal Shell or summoning another through the use of an item. 

In this piece, we will be looking at the PC performance or Mortal Shell, and let you know what you can do to boost your system’s performance. We will look into the game’s CPU requirements, recommend graphics cards for 1080p, 1440p and 4K gaming and let you know which graphical setting can provide you with a significant performance boost. 

We have tested this game using the latest graphics drivers from AMD and Nvidia. The contents table below will let you skip to the pages that interest you. 


– PC System Requirements & Graphics Options
– Graphical Settings Comparisons 
– CPU Performance 
– Optimisation Tips – All Settings Tested – How to get higher framerates
– Presets Performance – Performance Scaling – Navi VS Turing – RX 5700 VS RTX 2060 
– Resolution Scaling
– 1080p Performance 
– 1440p Performance
– 4K Performance
– Conclusion

GPU drivers

When testing Mortal Shell, we opted to use the newest drivers from both the Radeon and Geforce camps. These drivers are AMD’s Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 20.8.2 driver as well as Nvidia’s Geforce 452.06 WHQL driver.

Testing Methodology – Our New Test System

A Total War Saga: Troy is the first game to utilise OC3D’s new games test system. We plan to detail this system further at a later date and explain our hardware selections in detail. 

For now, we will say that we can see many future PC games utilising larger core/thread counts and requiring SSD storage. This system will allow us to provide more detailed core scaling tests and provide us with a strong baseline for storage-based performance testing; which can span from 3.5-inch SATA-based mechanical storage drives to PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSDs.

You can expect to hear more about this system in a future article, where we will detail the construction of this system and compare it to our previous games testing system.   

CPU & Motherboard – AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Formula

There is a lot to consider when building a new games testing system. Will this system stand up to the test of time. Does this system contain the features that new games will require, and are we choosing the right CPU platform for the job? 

With the next-generation of consoles coming with Zen 2 processors and support for PCIe 4.0 storage, it was logical to choose a Ryzen-based test platform. Intel’s current offerings do not offer PCIe 4.0 support, and we cannot build a new test system knowing that it will be outdated as soon as games start to utilise faster storage mediums. 

With ASUS’ ROG X570 Crosshair VII Formula, we know that we have a motherboard that has capable VRMs to withstand the punishments that a hardware test system must face. With X570 we also know that we can upgrade to Zen 3/Ryzen 4000 should we ever need to.   

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Memory – Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 @ 3600MHz

Having chosen a Ryzen processor for our new test systems, we needed capable memory modules which offered clock speed that would allow us to get the most out of our Ryzen processor.

3600MHz memory is the “sweet-spot” for Ryzen 3000 series processors, offering high levels of memory bandwidth while settings AMD’s Infinity Fabric speeds to optimal levels. With this speed in mind, we decided to opt for Corsair’s Dominator Platinum RGB series of DDR4 modules, as it offers us a great aesthetic, has modules that offer our optimal memory speeds and has relatively tight timings given its clock speeds. 

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SSD Storage – Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD

As we mentioned previously, future games are going to require fast NVMe storage. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will make fast SSD storage a baseline feature of new gaming systems.

PCIe 4.0 devices are an obvious choice for those who want SSDs with the most potential throughput, making Corsair’s MP600 SSD a great option for us. With 2TB of storage available to it, it offers us more than enough storage for even the largest of PC games. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone will need a lot more 50GB upgrades before we would even dream of filling this SSD. 

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Case – Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB SE

When it comes to PC cases we require two things, a large case (to accommodate large GPUs) that’s easy to access and looks good on camera. When new graphics cards start to flood in, we need a case that can look good on video. Beyond that, when testing new graphics cards, we need an enclosure with a side panel that’s easy to take on and off, speeding up our testing procedures. 

With these requirements in mind, Corsair’s Obsidian 500D RGB SE was a perfect fit. It is large enough to accommodate any graphics card without interfering with a front-mounted AIO liquid cooler, and it has a hinged side panel to make component switching fast and straightforward. For our use case, this chassis is perfect. 

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Power Supply – Corsair RM1000i

Your power supply is the most important part of any test system. There’s a reason why rule number 1 for PC building is no never cheap out on your power supply. 

Over the years, we have used many test systems which have been powered by Corsair’s RMi series of power supplies, and the reasons behind that are simple. They are 80 Gold rated, making them very power efficient, and we have never had an RMi power supply fail on us. If you read our PSU reviews, you will know that these units are solid performers. 

Corsair Link is also a useful component of Corsair RMi series power supplies, as they allow us to see how much power the unit is using at any given time digitally. 

We have also paired this unit with Corsair’s premium braided cables, which gives our test system a more premium look. 

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Cooling – Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT

While we are keeping our Ryzen 9 3950X at stock clock speeds, we do want to do what we can to keep it cool under load. We also want to do what we can to keep our system as quiet as possible. With this in mind, we have decided to use Corsair’s latest 360mm H150i series All-in-One Liquid Cooler.

With the iCUE H150i, we can control the units fans, pump and RGB lighting with the same software as our other system components and keep AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X cool with relative ease. When testing graphics cards, keeping other fan noise to a minimum is a must, as this allows us to properly judge the noise levels of specific graphics cards or other system components.    

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Full System Specifications

OC3D Game/GPU Test Rig

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processpr
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula (X570) Motherboard 
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 3600MHz (2x8GB) Memory
Corsair RM1000i Power Supply
Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Corsiar Obsidian 500D RGB SE Case
Windows 10 x64 “May 2020” Update

GPU Selection

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

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

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Geforce GTX 10-series

– 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