The Last of Us Part 1 Patch Tested – Does the game run better now?

The Last of Us Part 1 Patch Tested - Does the game run better now?

The Last of Us Part 1’s first major patch has arrived

The Last of Us Part 1’s PC version launched in a poor state, but after the release of Patch, we though that now was a good time to revisit the game and see how much the game’s performance has improved. 

Like last time, we will be testing The Last of Us Part 1 with our standard test rig and with an RTX 4090 graphics card. Sadly, The Last of Us Part 1’s PC patches do not appear to have shortened the time that this game’s Shader Completion step takes, which means that users of CPUs like our Ryzen 5 5600X can wait for up to an hour for this game’s shaders to compile. Hopefully a future patch will shorten this step’s computational time.

With patch, Naughty Dog promised lower VRAM use by lowering the size of The Last of Us Part 1’s shader cache, which means that we expect VRAM usage to drop. Additionally, Patch promises “updated texture streaming to reduce CPU usage”. This means that we can expect some improvements to The Last of Us Part 1’s CPU performance, but probably not a huge performance uplift.

In this article we will be looking at the PC performance of The Last of Us Part 1 again and seeing how much Iron Galaxy and Naughty Dog’s updates have improved the game on PC, and see if gamers should wait for additional updates before playing this game.

The Last of Us Part 1 Patch Tested - Does the game run better now?

Review Contents

– CPU Performance (Slightly improved)

– Resolution Scaling 1080p to 4K

– VRAM Usage (It’s much lower now)

– Conclusion

Drivers and System Specifications

For today’s testing, we have used Gigabyte’s RTX 4090 Gaming graphics card and Nvidia’s 531.41 WHQL drivers. These are the newest WHQL drivers that were available at the time of our testing. We did not update to Nvidia’s hotfix driver as it does not fix anything for the RTX 4090 and we didn’t want to spend an hour recompiling this game’s shaders.

Before testing, we fully updated our Windows 11 installation and ensured that no unnecessary background applications were running on our test system.

The Last of Us Part 1 Patch Tested - Does the game run better now?

(Gigabyte’s RTX 4090 Gaming Graphics Card)

Full System Specifications

Below are the full specifications of our game testing system, which we built in mid-2020 to meet the needs of future games. Alongside this system, we will be testing various old and new graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia, including Nvidia’s RTX series and AMD’s RX 6000 series.

To help support the website, we have included Amazon affiliate links below should you wish to purchase the same or similar PC parts. You can read more about our games testing system here.

This will likely be the last game that we test using our current system. Expect to hear about our new GPU/Games test rig soon.

OC3D Game/GPU Test Rig (Affiliate Links Below)

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Processor with Prescision Boost Overdrive
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 11 x64
Nvidia RTX 4090 Graphics Card

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