Metro Exodus System Requirements Revealed for 1080p, 1440p and 4K Ultra

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Jan 25, 2019 3:45 PM
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The Metro Exodus PC system requirements have been revealed, providing the suggesting specs for playing Metro 3 at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. 4A Games has also provided recommended requirements for Metro Exodus with real-time raytracing graphical effects exclusive to Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards.

The performance information is handily broken down helping us see the types of hardware we need to achieve Low graphics settings on 1080p returning 30FPS, which is considered minimum, then up to High graphics, still at 1080p screen res and netting an average of 60 FPS, which is recommended req. Then the the data goes onto showcase Metro's Ultra setting, which runs on an increased screen size of 1440p, getting 60FPS at Ultra. Finally we see the Extremists play area, which is 4K screen size with every setting maxed out.

Metro Exodus Minimum System Requirements - 1080p / Low / 30FPS

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-8370 3.3 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 670 / GTX 1050 or Radeon HD 7870
  • HDD: TBA Available Hard Drive Storage
  • DX: DirectX 11

Metro Exodus Recommended System Requirements 1080p / High / 60FPS

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.4GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 8GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 / RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
  • HDD: TBA Available Hard Drive Storage
  • DX: DirectX 12

Metro Exodus High System Requirements 1440p / Ultra / 60FPS

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 8GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti / RTX 2070 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  • HDD: TBA Available Hard Drive Storage
  • DX: DirectX 12

Metro Exodus Extreme System Requirements 4K / High / 60FPS

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K 4.0GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 11GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • HDD: TBA Available Hard Drive Storage
  • DX: DirectX 12

Following on from our Metro 3 predicted requirements and FPS results for Metro Exodus earlier this week, these system specs were right in line with what we were expecting. Metro Exodus is quite comfortably one of the most demanding games ever released on PC.

Thankfully, if you're happy playing Metro Exodus on PC at 1080p/30fps in line with the base console experience, the minimum specs for Metro 3 are forgiving. You'll need a 2GB DX11 video card such as the GeForce GTX 670 or Radeon HD 7870. For modern equivalents, you can look toward the GeForce GTX 1050 or the Radeon RX 550. Which graphics card you have, Metro Exodus requires a quad-core CPU as a minimum.

For a great experience playing Metro Exodus at 1080p with stable frame rates, you'll need a high-end graphics card. The GeForce GTX 1070 or Radeon RX Vega 56 can run Metro: Exodus at 1080p/ 60 frames per second on High, while the GeForce RTX 2060 can handle the ray-traced lighting at 1920 x 1080 screen resolution.

If you have a 1440p monitor then you will need a top-end gaming system to run Metro Exodus at your native resolution. 1440p Ultra graphics at 60 FPS in Metro Exodus requires the top-end previous-gen video cards - either the GTX 1080 Ti from Nvidia or the Radeon RX Vega 64 from AMD. If you want to play Metro Exodus at 1440p with ray-traced graphics you'll need a $600 GeForce RTX 2070. You will also need a hexa-core processor with high clock speed, along with 16GB RAM.

And last but not least, the Extreme system requirements for Metro Exodus. These are the system specs you'll need to get Metro Exodus looking its absolute best at 4K resolution. You'll need a PC that costs a few thousand dollars to meet these specs, including a top-of-the-line $1200 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, an 8-core i9-9900K CPU, and 16GB RAM.

The recommended specs for Metro Exodus were right in line with our predictions a few days ago. We used this data to help predict Metro Exodus FPS benchmarks for a range of AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce GPUs across both 1080p and 4K. Based on our data and the newly revealed specs,  these should be pretty accurate.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Metro Exodus System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Metro Exodus benchmark chart.

We've also got our Total War: Three Kingdoms predicted FPS and system requirements to check out, using data from previous Total War benchmarks and the improvements Creative Assembly makes with each outing.

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14:38 Feb-20-2019

6 days and metro exodus is cracked by cpy let see how is performance without protection

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06:53 Feb-16-2019

Hmm, I should do fine on Medium settings but I'm gonna wait until 2020, not gonna support this BS.

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16:46 Feb-15-2019

1366x768 Max setting =]]

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22:46 Feb-14-2019

I want to see the gameplay and screenshoot along with the Graphics crancked to the max before saying if the game is bad optimized or the graphics is ahead of todays standard.


I still remember when Metro 2033 first came out, the graphics was ahead of it's time and was really punish hardware back then.

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21:36 Feb-14-2019

Brutal! And I just upgraded to a RX 580 too.

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21:10 Feb-14-2019

Wow, the optimisation is lacking, 1080 Ti just for 60 fps at 1440p ultra? damn

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16:39 Feb-14-2019

Yo what frames should I expect at low 1080p

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19:40 Feb-14-2019

with a 1050 ti you should be able to play on medium settings.

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13:40 Feb-15-2019

Tested, getting 45-75 medium preset.

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01:30 Feb-14-2019

Metro Series has known to be the very bad optimisation game ever, i think they didn't consider it as a crucial thing of it

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17:03 Feb-13-2019

performance review already out at guru3d jesus christ its terrible even rtx2080 ti cant handle this game at 4k
Now we know why they ran away from the steam reviews with tails between their legs
Terrible performance

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07:49 Feb-14-2019

they used the built in benchmark which is more txing than the game itself, techpowerup mesured much higher in game FPS numbers

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09:38 Jan-30-2019

I wonder if SLI support will arrive within that year that I won't be getting the game for :D

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06:31 Jan-28-2019

Cool! I need a new game

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21:28 Jan-27-2019

Why would anyone need i9 9900k for gaming only and @4k ?
GPU suffers at higher resolutions. Cpu not that much.

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23:10 Jan-27-2019

for multiplayer it could be otherway around especially for mmo. I think small particles are cpu based so spells or shrapnel flying after impact for this example. Be cause some particles need to be same size going in same direction at same speed on everyones computer and there could be million of them around it could be stressful for cpu. Well thats what i think.

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09:36 Jan-30-2019

Perhaps that CPU requirement is to cover raytracing. Probably not at 4K, but I wouldn't rule it out.

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18:16 Jan-27-2019

What about 1080P - Ultra - 60fps ???


I don't give a damn about high 1080p or 1440p ultra, like the majority of the players

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22:10 Jan-27-2019

high is probably that game's version of ultra. its not out so no one can really comment on that.

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21:19 Jan-29-2019

But one of the set of requirements is for 1440p Ultra... While the others are high and low

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00:54 Feb-15-2019

This might be like shadow of war, were you had very high and ultra. If your screen was only 1080p, no matter how strong your system was, setting the game on ultra would just make it look REALLY blurry/bad and i don't say that as a personal preference or anything like that, the game literally looked 10 times worse, and as far as i understood the ultra settings were meant only for higher resolutions

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11:38 Jan-27-2019

The end of an era. RX580 is no good for 1080p@60fps in upcoming games...

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18:20 Jan-27-2019

Navi is coming

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03:35 Jan-28-2019

nah, skip the ultra and settle for high-to medium
we still have a promised 1080 level gpu @ under $300 to come this year

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21:36 Feb-14-2019

I see the writing on the wall now.

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04:22 Jan-27-2019

Why do developers insist on upping the cpu requirements when they reveal the requirements at a higher res. This only impacts your graphics card not your cpu. So the cpu requirements should stay the same.

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06:13 Jan-27-2019

In some open-world games (Metro is now semi-open world apparently, just like Rise/Shadow of the Tomb Raider), Ultra settings require high-end CPUs as well (more draw distance -> draw calls --> more processing power required), it's not all about the frame rate. See AC:O (both versions), Witcher 3, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Watch Dogs 2, GTA V on maxed out Advanced settings, etc. Surely high-end PC owners wouldn't take anything lower than High/Highest and always try to push Ultra settings. 4K sure is demanding on the GPU but CPU does play a role in modern games for Ultra settings.

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13:43 Jan-27-2019

Upping settings can increase CPU reqts. Upping res does not.
If a cpu can run it at x fps at 360p, it can run it at the same fps at 8k. Only the GPU will limit the fps when you up the res.
In this case, the 1440p ultra should if anything have higher cpu reqts than 4k high since they specify 60 fps for both.

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13:57 Jan-27-2019

The only way I can see the CPU jump make sense is for ray tracing, meaning they didnt actually say it, but would target higher quality ray tracing in 4k vs 1440p.
The original point stands though, there has to be an increase in graphics settings or fps target to justify a higher cpu reqt. Upping the res does absolutely nothing to the cpu load (other than lower it maybe)

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00:08 Jan-27-2019

So this means I can barely run this game at ultra settings @ just 30 fps ?? :/

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04:44 Jan-27-2019

y mean on high maby not even that
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg3ACQ4ZfVQ

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20:25 Jan-26-2019

Can i run it on medium 40 fps ?

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21:14 Jan-26-2019

I think you should be fine, your weakest link is CPU, but there are a lot of graphic options which won't really effect CPU. So you might need to drop anything potentially CPU intensive bit further, but you should be able to get good mix around medium or low-medium. Of course based on requirements.

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21:16 Jan-26-2019

I think Hardware Unboxed will also make a setting breakdown video, where they talk settings and make recommendations based on effect, plus they show the difference in video, so it might be good to keep an eye on that, beside GD setting breakdown. But I feel it should be doable, especially since FX chip can run it. :-D

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04:36 Jan-26-2019

lol the "HIGH" system requirements are pretty shady... probably a human error ... i mean RTX 2070 synonym of 1080 Ti and Vega 64...nada!! Red Flag! Its a Gtx 1080 equivalent which means its a 1080 and not a 1080 Ti...wht you guys think?

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21:20 Jan-26-2019

Actually not necessarily, compare 1080Ti and RTX2070 in Wolfenstein 2, which will heavily use async compute, which on series 10 is worse. That is where those Turing cards really shine and Metro sounds exactly like game that would push that. And in case of Wolfenstein 2, 2070 is closer to 1080Ti than 1080.

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21:21 Jan-26-2019

Here is graph from Hardware Unboxed, 2070 review Wolfenstein 2:
https://www.patreon.com/file?h=22096080&i=2740538

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05:50 Jan-27-2019

darn!!! just when i was hoping my 1080 ti would last for a while.. ughh!! probably should ve waited for RTX launch...realising now 1080 ti was a bad investment i guess!

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06:16 Jan-27-2019

The 1080Ti is still fine for now. But in a couple of years, Nvidia will probably focus optimisations more on RTX line and 10-series will slowly become less suitable for Ultra-settings gaming, just like 700-series (Kepler) did.

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10:23 Jan-27-2019

witcher 3 ultra 2080ti 65-80 fps, on high 1080ti 70-85 fps tested, just put it on high who plays on ultra? and metro was always crazy demanding!

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15:10 Jan-27-2019

you know what...you guys are right!!! screw ultra settings... i ll play on 1440p60 ... i m so tired of resentments.. i m gonna rock my Water cooled 1080 ti for this year...and then maybe down the line...think about Nvidia 7nm next winters...

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21:37 Jan-27-2019

Personally I would say, keep it till it can do what you need ti to do. 1080Ti is still great. And as you said, go for high, because it will give you better and more stable framerate for minimal visual impact. As some say, high is for playing, ultra is for screenshots, because you need still image to see the difference.

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23:25 Jan-27-2019

tho there are graphic wh.. like me that is giving settings priority over fps

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03:51 Jan-28-2019

@David988 ... brother..count me in too.. im one of the wh too... a big big one on that...but there comes a time in every man s when he has to make a choice.. and no matter how much it hurts.. i agree with @seth.. i ll tone down from ultra to high..its the best thing to do... i think!

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02:09 Jan-26-2019

My pc setup is perfect for 1080p low. Nice.

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08:44 Jan-26-2019

Same here :D

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07:51 Jan-27-2019

Our rigs are so similar lol

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00:32 Jan-26-2019

If i get a new 4k monitor with RTX 2080 Ti with my current CPU,can i play the game on max settings or there will be any bottleneck ?

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02:01 Jan-26-2019

Any answer,Please.

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02:29 Jan-26-2019

Likely a bottleneck because apparently ray tracing is cpu intensive

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02:57 Jan-26-2019

In this case i need to change my CPU to either i9 9900k or i7 5960X on the same motherboard., what is your suggestion?

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11:03 Jan-26-2019

4790k have a 33% bottleneck.
Source: https://thebottlenecker.com/calculator


Both 5960X and 9900K will work good with 2080 ti. But both CPUs require new motherboard and new memory. 4790k use outdated memory (ddr3) and an old socket, unfortunally.

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13:05 Jan-26-2019

That calculator is inaccurate. If he's going for 60FPS that cpu is more than enough. Even 144 should be doable in most games especially with a nice OC. Also he's running 2400MHz DDR3 which is actually better than 2400MHz DDR4 due to tighter timings.

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13:29 Jan-26-2019

Wrong. It’s not inaccure, thats a huge underrestement of the 2080ti: https://youtu.be/WtSTtn8bsfY


As you can see, 4790k hold back the 2080 ti from hitting 144 fps in several titles compared to 9900k. Also the minimum fps is pretty bad with 4790k compared to 9900k. DDR4 have one more chanal for read/writing, giving DDR3 and DDR4 similar performance on 2400mhz even when DDR3 have tighter timings: https://youtu.be/WtSTtn8bsfY

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13:34 Jan-26-2019

But the problem aren’t DDR3, but the CPU being too slow for 2080 ti. Also, 2400Mhz are not good. The whole point of using DDR4 on newer CPUs are higher frequency, like 3200/3600/4000Mhz or higher, thats a huge step up from 2400Mhz.
As you can see, 2400Mhz DDR4 bottlenecks RTX 2080 a lot compared to 3000Mhz DDR4.

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13:02 Jan-26-2019

But my motherboard support both 4 and 5th generation intel cpus. SO,in this case better change my current CPU only to 5960X or change the hole system with i9 9900k with new motherboard and ram.

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13:24 Jan-26-2019

Thats incorrect. 4790k used LGA 1150 socket, while 5960X uses LGA 2011-3 socket, there is no mobo that support both this sockets, because they are completely different. You seem to mix up Haswell and Haswell-E. Also 5960X require DDR4 RAM to work, so no, your current RAM won’t work with either of those CPUs.

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22:35 Jan-26-2019

I can't reply to your previous response so I'll reply here instead. That calculator is inaccurate just like PSU calculators it can give you a rough approximation but accuracy is questionable. Also the bottleneck really isn't that big, considering it's being compared to a 450$ 9700k. You don't even know if he has a 144hz monitor... And 2400 DDR3 is better than 2400 DDR4 - FACT. DDR4 isn't magic.

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23:30 Jan-26-2019

Try and look up a digital foundry ray tracing video on BFV. I think they had a top notch i7 almost or already bottlenecking a 2080Ti. Raytracing is a killer.

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00:22 Jan-27-2019

450$ isn’t expensive if you have the money to buy such an expensive GPU as 2080 ti. Also, yes There is a lot difference between DDR3 and DDR4. In 1440p there is 20-30fps difference between 2400Mhz and 3000Mhz, and the difference grows only bigger with higher frequency. https://youtu.be/67p5h7jruXk


Not to mention that the gap between 2000 and 3000 would have been a lot bigger on either 1080p, or with DDR3 because of weaker GPU.

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17:04 Jan-27-2019

No, you said DDR4 2400 is better than DDR3 2400 because of some extra channel or something which isn't true at all. And 450$ is just the CPU, after you include a decent motherboard and ram it's more like 700$. He can probably OC his CPU to 4.8-5GHz which makes the bottleneck even smaller and almost non existant. He also mentioned getting a 4K monitor, so 60Hz which is no problem for an older i7...

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18:24 Jan-27-2019

I said it 2400Mhs DDR4 was equal to DDR3 at same frequency. Obvious that you aren’t reading what i say, and just want to argue, because you can’t admit you have no idea. Also 4K will still bottleneck on lower end CPU, sorry but even i7 on 4xxx-series aren’t high-end anymore. Games require higher IPC, can utilize more threads and take adventage of higher memory, and unfortunally you need a DDR4 compatible mobo+CPU to get faster memory, DDR3 is old and limited.

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18:27 Jan-27-2019

Also, your argument that 700$ for new CPU, mobo and RAM are expansive, does not make sense if you buy a GPU for 1200$. If you have to money to spend on a 2080 ti you would not have problem with spending money on having a decent rig to utilize the card. Truth is, you will get closer to 2080 performance with 2080 ti if you bottleneck it with an old rig. There is no sense or logic in buying the most expensive GPU out there, but complaining about CPUs being expensive.

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14:32 Jan-28-2019

No DDR3 2400 is better than DDR4 2400 because of tighter timings ffs it's common sense. And there isn't a single game where a 4790k won't provide a stable 60fps. Every benchmark you provided is irrelavant because OP has a framerate target which both CPUs can hit, the difference being one costs him 0$ and the other one costs 700+. Your arguments simply do not make sense here so just stop.

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21:27 Jan-28-2019

Wrong, DDR3 are not faster because of tighter times, there is more to it than just timings, so stop talking bs. There is 0 performance difference between DDR3 2400Mhz and DDR4 2400Mhz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrdmyzaNDVQ


Also, in SotTR, AC:O, MHW, PUBG you will dip below 60fps in 4K with 4790k, not provide stable 60fps with 4790k in this resolution. 9700K with 3866Mhz memory on the otherhand provide stable 60fps on 4K: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtSTtn8bsfY

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21:28 Jan-28-2019

But my guess is, you won't check any benchmarks, and just keep arguing against what all benchmarks are saying.

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15:46 Jan-29-2019

Well they're either tied or DDR3 is slightly ahead so I was right. AC:O might be the only game that would dip slightly below 60 in large cities. SotTR will run just fine and PUBG isn't even that demanding lol. Even my 2500k can easily maintain 60+ fps in that game. I haven't played MHW so idk about that.

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