Metro 2033 Redux Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 6670

Written by Felix Nova on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 5:00 PM
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Metro Redux is out on PC this week, so we thought we'd give it a whirl to see how well it performs on the PC gaming hardware of yesteryear. Packing a whole host of graphical improvements and, hopefully, optimisations, Metro 2033 Redux is easily the most improved out of the two. With that it mind we put 4A Games' reworking through its paces, to see whether it's worth gamers on lower-end systems forking out for this upgraded version. 

Our Metro Redux review is still pending but first we'll  take a look out how optimised this remake is for PC. The Metro 2033 Redux system requirements were as expected, so we expect the Metro Redux performance to be roughly in line with Metro: Last Light, although there may be engine optimisations that could boost performance.  It's time to turn to our trusty old PC; You will know him as Jerry and he will be providing us with our first Metro Redux benchmark. Can Jerry's AMD HD 6670 deliver enough frame rates to play Metro 2033 Redux on the higher settings? Read on to find out.

Here I should introduce you to some extra information about our HD 6670 test rig. You will see from that previous linked article the HD 6670 we use is a rather weak version of a regular HD 6670. In short, it seems to be around 20% weaker than the usual HD 6670.

The Metro 2033 Redux Graphics Engine

Metro 2033 Redux has made its way over to a modified version of the engine used for the original Metro: Last Light. This is a far better looking engine and Metro 2033 looks a significant step up from what we've seen before, featuring improvements to illumination, particle effects, more geometry, better weather effects, dynamic events, and better AI. It's a total do-over in effect and it shows; Metro 2033 Redux is now the the definitive way to play 4A Games' shooter. 

Metro 2033 Redux Graphics Setting Screens

Metro 2033 Redux comes with its own benchmark utility, similar to that seen with Metro: Last Light. It basically runs through an identical scene a number of times according to the preset settings to input. We knew from experience with Metro: Last Light that it wouldn't be representative of actual gameplay, but I gave the AMD Radeon 6670 a run through of the official Metro 2033 Redux benchmark anyway to see how it performed.

Metro 2033 Redux Default Benchmark Low Settings 720p AMD HD6670

Metro 2033 Redux Default Benchmark Medium Settings 720p AMD HD6670

 I wasn't surprised by the unreliability of the results here but the difference between Low and Medium settings for Metro Redux is eye-popping. At 720p and Low graphics settings the benchmark ran with a relatively solid average frame rate of 41.45 FPS that looked pretty playable, with just a couple of dips down to 10 frames per second or so. I knew the benchmark would be demanding so I expected a fairly modest result here, but once it moved onto Medium settings the frame rate slowed to a crawl. The benchmark was practically unwatchable, let alone playable, averaging just 5.58 frames per second. From giving it a brief whirl earlier I knew that Metro 2033 Redux was perfectly playable on these settings, so I instead opted to take benchmark results from actual gameplay instead. 

Metro 2033 Redux Gameplay Benchmarks Run on AMD FX 6100 + 8GB RAM + AMD Radeon HD 6670

I knew that running Metro 2033 Redux would be a demanding experience but we were surprised how playable it was considering the quality of the graphics. The Game Line above is where we feel the absolute minimum frame rate is to offer a playable gaming experience in Metro Redux, and as you can see most of the benchmark results were above this line. With a bit of tweaking you can get a very playable experience at 720p resolution, although staying away from Very High settings is probably for the best.

As you can see there is quite a fluctuation though between the minimum and maximum frame rates, so when the action heats it up it can dip below the Game Line on high settings in Metro 2033 Redux. As a series Metro is pretty slow-paced for the majority of the time, so you can get away with a lower frame rate at times if you wish. One oddity I did notice was the motion blur option, which had a massive performance impact. Motion blur can often be used to mask a low frame rate, but in Metro 2033 Redux it makes the frame rate significantly lower and distorts the image quality, so if you're struggling with the FPS I suggest you switch you this off.  

As I said before, Metro 2033 Redux is undoubtedly the definitive version of the game, and from here on out there seems little reason in picking up the older version save for a spectacular sale price. Priced at a reduced point of £16 and with a 50% discount via Steam if you own the original, it's a worthwhile upgrade if you're planning on another playthrough. Out of the two Redux versions it's the pick of the bunch, showing the most improvement, but if you feel like you've already worn Metro 2033 out then there's precious little new to see and do here. Let everyone know what sort of benchmarks and set up you are getting below or over on our Metro Redux Ratings Page.

If you would like to check out how our low spec Radeon HD 6670 PC performed on previous benchmark tests then try the following; GRID: Autosport, Sniper Elite 3Murdered: Soul Suspect, Watch Dogs, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Dark Souls 2, Bound By Flame, Thief.

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12:56 Aug-31-2014

will i be able to run this with my current gpu?


edit: on high i mean

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13:17 Aug-31-2014

Well seeing as how GTX 660 ti can max Last Light, you could try tweaked max no problem... Perhaps all settings max with no AA...

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07:11 Aug-31-2014

HD 6670 forever :v

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13:44 Aug-31-2014

I was like that too, then out of nowhere the GTX 750 came out, and now I'm like "750/750ti forever!"

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05:14 Aug-31-2014

Those results on high at 720p are actually playable... This title is after all only moderately paced and you don't need like 40+ fps average as in ego-shooters...

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05:15 Aug-31-2014

I run the original Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light on this laptop with very playable frame rates on low at 1280x720 in DX9 mode... So if the Redux series are better optimized, then that is really impressive considering the level of detail in the games...

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06:37 Sep-01-2014

Is your laptop ASUS K55A? :)

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06:44 Sep-01-2014

Lenovo Ideapad B490...

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10:37 Sep-01-2014

You should buy the exp gdc v6 and buy a nice desktop gpu. (you will need an external screen or use the internal screen drivers, however they don't perform well compared to the default external screen drivers. look at techinferno)

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03:47 Aug-31-2014

nice getting about 52/60 fps on max settings(noSSAA)

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00:01 Aug-31-2014

Too bad its for 64 bit only :(

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21:40 Aug-30-2014

I think that tweaked high would be a sweatspot.

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18:58 Aug-30-2014

19 V. High at 720p with Radeon HD 6670 is an excellent result ;)

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19:24 Aug-30-2014

I don't think 19 fps is playable :/

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19:27 Aug-30-2014

it isn't but it's a very good result :D

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19:33 Aug-30-2014

Well yeah for a gpu like that it's an impressive result.

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18:57 Aug-30-2014

This just shows what good optimization can do for a game :D

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18:44 Aug-30-2014

i am playing this game on GTS 450 and guess what! in medium setting ( SSAA off ) i'm getting 30- 40+ fps and if i play in high , i'm getting around avg 28 fps.

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18:16 Aug-30-2014

So can I play it then ? I usually play at 1280x720 with everything low except textures at medium.

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10:50 Aug-31-2014

sry, buddy It will not be a pleasant experience.

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18:12 Aug-30-2014

D-does this mean? I-Icould? o.o...

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10:51 Aug-31-2014

yes at medium.

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17:42 Aug-30-2014

Could I run redux?
(ps: my mPCIe version is 1.1 so it will be hold back like the cpu holds the system back)

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18:10 Aug-30-2014

You have Mobile/Laptop CPU and Desktop GPU? Something wrong. :D

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18:30 Aug-30-2014

eGPU setup with PE4L v2.1b adapter. This converts mPCIe to PCIe x1 slot (I should have taken the EXP GDC V6 since it has a 16x slot and is a hell lot cheaper).

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17:41 Aug-30-2014

I am playing at very high on my res and I get 30 fps because I got the ssaa set to 0.5. Game little more blurry but stil its very high.

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17:40 Aug-30-2014

Wow, Jerry can still pack a punch ? I salute you 4A games :D

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17:29 Aug-30-2014

I am very pleasently surprised by optimisation,i just hope other companies think of putting in an effort in it like 4A did.

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17:11 Aug-30-2014

its playable on high wow 4a really optimized 2033 :P

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17:08 Aug-30-2014

Not bad, not bad at all

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wow this card still holds it's own...

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57.1429% Yes [7 votes]
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