DOOM Eternal PC performance report - Graphics card benchmarks

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 1:56 PM
System Requirements Optimum 1080p PC Build Low vs Ultra Screenshots GPU Performance Chart CPU List That Meet System Requirements GPU List That Meet System Requirements

We find ourselves once again scorching the Earth (or, more specifically, our PC systems) along with the DOOM Slayer, fighting hordes of demons in our merry trek across the umbral planes. We all saw those Official System Requirements last week that broke us into a sweat just by looking at them, but is DOOM Eternal really that demanding? We aim to find out...

Before we do though, we just have to quickly talk about the graphics settings: there's the usual Low, Medium, High and Ultra, but joining us in this ravenous conquest are Nightmare and Ultra Nightmare settings. We tried to benchmark all those settings with different GPU's, but DOOM Eternal has an interesting feature: if you exceed the maximum VRAM then you can't apply your settings. That means that, as hard as we tried, some graphics cards just weren't capable of going above Ultra (and in some cases, High or even Low). So we've compiled the results below and included higher graphics options where we could apply them.

DOOM Eternal Graphics Settings

Check your PC can run DOOM Eternal System Requirements

DOOM Eternal Minimum System Requirements - (60FPS @ low 1080p)

  • OS: Windows 7/10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 @ 3.3 GHz or better, or AMD Ryzen 3 @ 3.1 GHz or better
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 1050Ti (4GB), GTX 1060 (3GB), GTX 1650 (4GB) or AMD Radeon R9 280 (3GB), AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB) or RX 470 (4GB)
  • HD: 50GB Available Hard Drive Space

DOOM Eternal Recommended System Requirements - (60FPS @ High 1080p)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K or better, AMD Ryzen 7 1800X or better
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6/8 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB), NVIDIA GeForce 970 (4GB), AMD RX 480 (8GB) Note : On GTX 970 only - set Texture Quality to Medium
  • HDD: 50GB

DOOM Eternal Recommended 1440p System Requirements - (60FPS @ High 1440p)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K or better, AMD Ryzen 7 1800X or better
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 8 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB), RTX 2060 (6GB) or AMD Radeon RX Vega56 (8GB)
  • HDD: 50GB

DOOM Eternal Ultra System Requirements - (120FPS @ Ultra Nightmare 1440p / 60FPS @ Ultra Nightmare 4K)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K or better, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or better
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 11+ GB Video Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11GB) or AMD Radeon VII (16GB)

DOOM Eternal benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 | Intel i9-9900K | 16GB

Average Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 FPS in DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal Low Medium High Ultra Nightmare Ultra Nightmare
1080p 266.1 253.1 226.3 218.4 217.8 209.8
1440p 167.7 160.9 147.9 147.1 144.2 137.5 
4K 89.1 88.1 80.2 78.3 75.7 73.8

With the RTX 2080, one of the most powerful gaming graphics cards around today. The recommended specs for Ultra Nightmare and 60fps at 4K is the RTX 2080 Ti, but here we can see that the regular RTX 2080 version is solid. Whilst it's certainly gorgeous to look at in 4K, the extra frames you get at 1440p will be preferable to help keep your game of DOOM Eternal flowing and your shooting accuracy up.

DOOM Eternal benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia PNY GeForce RTX 2060 | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB

Average Nvidia PNY GeForce RTX 2060 FPS in DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal Low Medium High Ultra
1080p 124 112.9 113.7 102.4
1440p 99.7 94.6 90.9 86.4
4K 59.1 60.4 56 55.9

What's more interesting here is that RTX 2060 quite surprisingly under performs. We weren't expecting it to be anything like the RTX 2080, but it's definitely lower than we expected. That said, 1440p gaming is definitely acceptable with the 2060. Whilst this framerate in 4K would normally be okay for other games, here it's pretty much a no-go.

DOOM Eternal benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti | Intel i7-3770K | 8GB

Average Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti FPS in DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal Low Medium High Ultra Nightmare
1080p 147.1 137.1 118.9 104.8 83.4
1440p 102.8 93.8 91.2 77.2 N/A
4K 52.9 55.3 51.1 44.7 N/A

The trusty 980 Ti is still going strong it seems, even outperforming the RTX 2060 in some cases. It seems that if you're going to be playing 1080p, you could probably push it to Nightmare settings. You may dip below 60fps at times, but it's certainly playable. 1440p users would probably benefit most at High settings, maybe Ultra if you're feeling daring. But once again, 4K is still playable, but not preferable here. There was an oddity in the 4K Low setting compared to the Medium 4K. We retested a couple of times in the same area with a similar result. So we put it down to an odd hardware bottleneck in just that particular testing area. 

DOOM Eternal benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 1070 | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB

Average Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 1070 FPS in DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal Low Medium High Ultra Nightmare Ultra Nightmare
1080p 174.9 164.3 146.9 135.9 133.5 131.2
1440p 102.1 96.3 93.3 89.7 86.9 86.5
4K 53 49 46.2 43.8 43.6 42.1

The Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 1070 does a remarkable job at 1080p, even at 1440p on Ultra Nightmare settings. If you're looking to play in 1080p, you'll have a really good time in terms of performance. Its certainly worth noting that the GTX 1070 has 8GB of VRAM which allowed it to rise up to the Nightmare and Ultra Nightmare graphics settings. Take a look at our other Graphics Options article for details on specific option VRAM requirements.

DOOM Eternal benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia ASUS GeForce GTX 970 | Intel i7-3770K | 8GB

Average Nvidia ASUS GeForce GTX 970 FPS in DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal Low Medium High Ultra
1080p 96.4 88.7 82.2 N/A
1440p 65 58.8 52 N/A
4K 31.8 29.5 N/A N/A

Ah, the GTX 970. I think we can all agree that when the recommended requirements for 60fps at 1080p said to set all the settings to Medium on a GTX 970, we all got a bit worried. But it's safe to say that the Nvidia ASUS GeForce GTX 970 does a pretty good job at 1080p. Whilst you may not be able to reach those Ultra settings due to the lower VRAM available, getting 80+fps on high at 1080p is such a relief and DOOM Eternal plays and looks great regardless on the GTX 970. Those of you with the 970 who were worried about their performance, don't, it's got this.

DOOM Eternal benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on AMD MSI Radeon R9 380 | Intel i7-3770K | 8GB

Average AMD MSI Radeon R9 380 FPS in DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal Low Medium High Ultra
1080p 47.5 N/A N/A N/A
1440p 36.7 N/A N/A N/A
4K 21.9 N/A N/A N/A

Immediately you'll notice the lack of average fps numbers here. That's because the R9 380 only has 2GB of VRAM available and as we learned before, DOOM Eternal wouldn't allow us to set the quality settings any higher than Low. Unfortunately, if you have one of these cards, you're going to have a tough time at 1080p, let alone any higher resolution. However, DOOM Eternal is quite a reasonable looking game in Low graphics settings and with 47.5 avg FPS the R9 380 is still just about ok to play it. You can always lower the resolution below 1920x1080 to get some extra frame rates.

DOOM Eternal benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on AMD XFX R7 370 | Intel i7-3770K | 8GB

Average AMD XFX Radeon R7 370 FPS in DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal Low Medium High Ultra
1080p 43.8 N/A N/A N/A
1440p 28.7 N/A N/A N/A
4K N/A N/A N/A N/A

Just like above, only worse, the R7 370 only has 1GB of VRAM available. Interestingly, we couldn't set the resolution any higher than 1440p even with Virtual Super Resolution enabled, but we wouldn't expect it to be anything good... Even at 1080p this card begins to struggle.

Conclusion

So, as you can see, DOOM Eternal is a pretty demanding game, but not quite as demanding as those original system requirements first made us thought. Thankfully, the still-popular GTX 970 handles DOOM Eternal well at 1080p. Whilst the RTX 2080 truly shines with the RTX 2060 close behind. And a GTX 1070 is definitely powerful enough to get the most out of DOOM Eternal in Ultra 1080p.

It seems that DOOM Eternal wants higher video memory GPU's. And at times the chaos on screen is pretty insane. Its during those times that the GPUs can really strain, in the later game. But the future is still optimistic for the majority of cards in 1080p gaming, as we face the latest instalment of the DOOM franchise. If you want that 1440p gaming experience or even 4K, it might be time to upgrade that dusty graphics card. Hopefully by now you will have a pretty good idea of how well your system will run DOOM Eternal when it comes out. If you want to maximise your performance, then we suggest checking out the Most Important Graphics Options article to see which options are the most demanding.

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21:46 Apr-04-2020

On my PC on ultra preset Doom Etenal FPS is 180-250FPS believe or not.

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11:19 Mar-19-2020

I'm curious as to why benchmarks for modern AMD cards like the 5700 XT/5600 XT, and newer Ryzen processors were skipped here.


There are benchmarks for even outdated Nvidia and AMD hardware, but nothing for newer AMD cards and the best price to performance CPUs on the market as of current (Ryzen Gen 3.) Given how well Vulkan will presumably run on said newer AMD cards, why exclude them?

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16:30 Mar-20-2020

Good question. We dont have one of those cards to test. I will see what I can do.

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22:08 Apr-07-2020

Thank you for the honest reply, and for what it's worth I wasn't trying to be critical; I was just legitimately confused at the specs chosen.

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15:06 Mar-18-2020

good optimization. i have a 1080p monitor with 144hz. i think am good max settings

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12:52 Mar-18-2020

Cool, should have above 120 at 1440p then my end.

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14:11 Mar-18-2020

morelike 144fps+

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14:56 Mar-18-2020

The original DOOM 2016 ran almost locked 200, but this is a new game and my 2014 CPU isn't a 9900K after all. As long as the game does 120+ - I'm happy, but more = better.

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19:26 Mar-18-2020

This game not very cpu intensive as compared to lets say AC:Odyssey

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14:13 Mar-23-2020

You're right, I'm well above my screen's refresh at 1440p and always above 100fps at 4K. Great game :)

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03:46 Mar-25-2020

What kind of fps are you getting and at what settings? On Ultra nightmare 1440 - 130-140fps, 4k - 80-90fps.

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13:00 Apr-01-2020

Maxed out at 1440p I get around 180-250fps depending on place and at 4K I'm above 100fps, hovering around 110-120. Runs like a dream - I ended up finishing the entire game at 4K instead of 1440p.

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14:07 Apr-01-2020

So I have something odd going on with my system when I try the drm free version.. it loads up 5 threads at over 90% and all the others are under 40%. Normal version plays fine though.

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14:09 Apr-01-2020

@Xquatrox.. getting rid of the MegaTexture pipeline was a great thing for this engine.

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00:20 Mar-18-2020

Really nice optimization, so i guess i can achieve around 60 fps at 1080p?

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06:31 Mar-18-2020

Yes!

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21:27 Mar-17-2020

When I get the game I'll fire it through my old gpus and some others from work and see what comes up.

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21:07 Mar-17-2020

uff my friend have i7 3770(not the K) and r9 380..

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21:38 Mar-17-2020

R.I.P.

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16:45 Mar-17-2020

seems to be very well optimised, stellar performance from the 1070

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16:28 Mar-17-2020

This is why i always say we need 8GB video cards even on just 1080p moving forward.I am pretty sure RTX 2060 suffered because of low VRAM.Glad i bought RX 5700XT instead of RTX 2060 because they both cost around the same in my country.

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21:09 Mar-17-2020

why dont just give your ram as vram idk how that works exactlly with none igpu but my friend did that for doom 2016

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23:55 Mar-17-2020

Nope... This whole "if it doesn't run on ultra settings, it's useless" attitude should stop. 4GB vram cards are completely fine right now. 6, too.

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00:36 Mar-18-2020

they are fine but i doubt someone would buy a rtx 2060 to play games on medium, so goal is to max out the game at 1080p

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06:32 Mar-18-2020

When people buy cards of RX 5700XT caliber for 1080p they intend to max out their games.So yeah 6GB VRAM is not enough!

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11:42 May-31-2020

I don't think it's hitting a VRAM limitation, otherwise we'd see a huge disparity between low and ultra, and we're not, it's only a 20fps gap..... there's no way you're going to tell me that 6GB VRAM is too restrictive for 1080P low in ANY game..... I simply won't believe you...... I think there's another problem happening here...... and I'm betting it's down to this individual GPU, it honestly looks like it's being starved of power and not clocking all the way up..... maybe a bad driver install

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11:45 May-31-2020

to clarify..... I think maybe the fact that he's not showing results for nightmare and nightmare ultra might could be VRAM related, but I don't think the poor performance in the other presets has anything to do with that.

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Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition 12GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i9-10900X 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gigabyte Gaming OC 3X 8GB 32GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz Intel HD Graphics 630 Mobile 32GB
0% No [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Gaming 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Zotac Gaming 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 30FPS, 720p
Core i7-5500U 2-Core 2.4GHz GeForce 940M 2GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB Edition 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]