AMD, Nvidia GPUs Tested in Elex; Vega 64 On par with GTX 1080

Elex is a new sci-fi, fantasy themed action RPG from Piranha Bytes, the makers of Gothic and Risen series. The game is out now on PC, and so is its graphics performance. Our friends at ComputerBase.de benchmarked Elex with both AMD and Nvidia GPUs to see how they stack up in the new action RPG.

Elex Benchmarks: AMD, Nvidia GPUs Offer Similar Performance

AMD’s latest RX Vega graphics cards didn’t exactly impress at launch, but it seems like their performance is improving with time. Both RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 outperformed their GeForce rivals in Shadow of War and Forza 7 benchmarks. In fact, Forza 7 even saw the Vega 64 beating Nvidia’s fastest consumer card ever, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

AMD RX Vega 64 and 56 featuring Vega 10 GPU

While RX Vega couldn’t outperform Nvidia in Elex, it didn’t disappoint either. The performance was on par with the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 across all three different resolutions the game was tested at. So without further ado, let’s dive into the benchmarks.

The test system included a 4.3 GHz Intel Core i7-6850K, paired with a 16 GB DDR4 memory clocked at 3000 MHz in quad-channel mode. The drivers used were the Crimson ReLive 17.10.1 for AMD and the GeForce 387.92 for Nvidia, both optimized for the game.

Since Elex is a demanding game on the PC, the max details are used only in full HD (1920 x 1080). For 2560 x 1440, the ambient occlusion and fog detail settings are tuned down, while shadow quality is also reduced when the resolution is upped to 3.840 × 2.160, or 4K.

Moving to benchmarks, the GTX 1080 Ti is clearly the fastest graphics card for Elex, irrespective of which resolution the game is running at. Nvidia’s flagship GPU is also the only hardware that could maintain almost 60 fps gameplay at 4K.

Elex benchmarks - AMD vs Nvidia (1080p)

Elex benchmarks - AMD vs Nvidia (1440p)

Elex benchmarks - AMD vs Nvidia (4K)

Apart from that, the respective AMD and Nvidia competitors offer similar performance in Elex. There is a marginal difference in performance between the GeForce GTX 1080 and RX Vega 64.

The Nvidia card is 7% faster than Vega 64 in full HD. The difference reduces to 6% in 2,560 × 1,440, and by the time we reach 4K, AMD’s flagship surpasses in performance, though by only 1%.

Similarly, there is hardly any difference between the GTX 1070 and RX Vega 56 in 1080p and 1440p. However, the Vega card beats the competition in 4K res by around 9%.

We get nearly the same results when it comes to the smoothness-focused 99th percentile frametime analysis. Furthermore, the test shows the AMD RX Vega GPUs running a bit faster with the HBCC enabled.

What do you think of Elex graphics benchmarks? Tell us in the comments below.