Metro Last Light: Ultimate Benchmark Guide

Written by Paulo Proenca on Sun, Jun 30, 2013 11:10 AM
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Ever wondered how well your system will run Metro Last Light or if it will run it at all?

We have put together a series of benchmarks with various cards from laptop to desktop and from integrated, to entry/mainstream/high-end and enthusiast dedicated. Take a look...

 

Let's start by having a look at how today's common integrated graphics, mobile and desktop perform:

Playing Metro Last Light on Integrated Graphics Solutions - Benchmark Report

Integrated Graphics Cards Benchmarks

Unsurprisingly it seems Metro Last Light is unplayable with Intel HD 3000 and Radeon HD 7480D but the other cards manage to deliver relatively playable frame rates. 

Obviously, none of the integrated graphics is suited for a 1080p resolution and so results are pretty dire. Even nowadays, with higher scale-ability and extra bandwidth, the low res of 1024x768 is still the only realistic option. However, even though the FPS start to become acceptable when running Metro Last Light at 1024x768 resolution, gaming at 1024x768 resolution with integrated graphics is still not likely to be all that enjoyable, but at least its an option.

Playing Metro Last Light on Mainstream Laptop Graphics Cards - Benchmark Report

MainStream Mobile Graphics Cards Benchmarks

As I have been saying, GeForce GTX 660M is not suited for a 1080p resolution and so there's a huge performance decrease from 1366x768 to 1920x1080.

It's sad to see that even with a modest 1366x768 resolution, none of the cards are able to deliver a smooth experience at high settings. GeForce GTX 660M, GeForce GT 750M and maybe GeForce GT 745M and GeForce GT 740M, might, however, deliver over 30 FPS using the medium preset.

Still, the ill-fated renamed GeForce GT 630M only gets 31 FPS using low settings and a 1024x768 - that's less than Intel HD 4600. This card is definitely out of the picture as a dedicated mobile solution.

Playing Metro Last Light on High End Laptop Graphics Cards - Benchmark Report

High-End Mobile Graphics Cards Benchmarks

 

Playable on all cards with 1366x768, at high settings.  Well nothing less was expected of cards that come in laptops of over $1300.

GeForce GTX 675MX is a disappointment as laptops featuring it cost a fortune and it's still not powerful enough to deliver marginally playable FPS at Ultra Settings. Meh.

Also, notice how the difference between GeForce GTX 670M & GeForce GTX 670MX and GeForce GTX 675M & GeForce GTX 675MX is minimal! Could Metro Last Light be best suited for the Fermi architecture?

Playing Metro Last Light on Enthusiast Laptop Graphics Cards - Benchmark Report

Enthusiast Mobile Graphics Cards Benchmarks

The Mobile beasts do not disappoint: Metro Last Light is playable at the highest settings, using a 1080p resolution. However, with an average of 30-40 FPS, performance may hinder at some points.

No idea why GeForce GTX 680M performs better than GeForce GTX 780M on the first 2 tests. GeForce GT 780M does take the lead at 1920x1080, though.

Don't bother upgrading from Radeon HD 7970M to Radeon HD 8970M - the difference is minimal.

 Playing Metro Last Light on High End Desktop Graphics Cards - Benchmark Report

High-End Desktop Graphics Cards Benchmarks

Only GeForce GTX 770 is marginally suited for a 2560x1600 resolution. Still, Metro Last Light is one of today's most demanding games and so you might get surprised on the results GeForce GTX 770 might deliver using a 2560x1600 on other modern games like Battlefield 3 or Crysis 3.

All cards deliver a very smooth experience using a 1600x900 resolution and even at 1080p, results are impressive.

Again, look at the $249 GeForce GTX 760 that owns Metro Last Light at 1920x1080. What a great deal!

Playing Metro Last Light on Enthusiast Desktop Graphics Cards - Benchmark Report

Enthusiast Desktop Graphics Cards Benchmarks

GeForce GTX 580 is practically a legacy card and yet it delivers very smooth frame rates at 1080p. Also, an average of 25 FPS for 2560x1600 is outstanding: GeForce GTX 580 still lives up to its reputation.

Sadly, the same can't be said for Radeon HD 6970. As it's known, Terascale and Terascale 2 AMD based graphic cards don't have any more driver support which is crucial for potential fixes and performance upgrades. Fortunately, NVIDIA hasn't given up on their Fermi architectures - in a way they are still adding Fermi refreshes.

Poor is the man who bought the $999 GeForce GTX Titan that makes absolutely no difference when playing Metro Last Light, even at the highest settings and that is easily surpassed by a custom cooled and factory overclocked GeForce GTX 780.

Again, it's confirmed that Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is faster than GeForce GTX 680.

Also, worth mentioning it might be worth to jump from Radeon HD 6970 to Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, while it's best to keep your GeForce GTX 580 rather than upgrading it to a GeForce GTX 680 or even GeForce GTX 780. With some slight tweaking, I am confident that GeForce GTX 580 will deliver mostly FPS on the 30-40 range, at 2560x1600 and over 50 at 1920x1080.

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Conclusion & Results

Integrated Graphics Cards & Mobile Cards Results:

It's clear by looking at the table that only enthusiast Graphics Cards can handle Metro Last Light at its highest settings. That is actually a great achievement as when Metro 2033 came out, there were no mobile graphics cards capable of running it at its highest settings: not even GeForce GTX 580M or Radeon HD 6990M.

Mainstream cards and integrated cards will have to settle for 1024x768 or maybe 1366x768 + Medium while high-end cards can play it at 1366x768 + High, which is very nice visually.

Highlight for AMD's APUs that are handling Metro Last Light at 1024x768 pretty decently.

Worth mentioning that, in the end, even the GeForce GTX 780M ends up providing the same experience as Radeon HD 7970M & GeForce GTX 680M, despite equipping a full Kepler GK104 GPU and costing a fortune.

Desktop Cards Results:

Sad to see that of all cards benchmarked, the enthusiast Radeon HD 6970 is the one that performs worse. It even performs worse than fast-middle-class Radeon HD 7770 and GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. Like I said above, Terascale 2 cards have no more driver support and perhaps Metro Last Light is not very compatible with that architecture.

On 1600x900, all cards excluding the 3 mentioned above should provide a very enjoyable experience, whereas at 1920x1080 you will need at least a high-end card like Radeon HD 7950 & GeForce GTX 760.

None of the tested cards delivers constant 60 FPS at 2560x1600 - an already extreme resolution and GeForce GTX 780 & GeForce GTX Titan are the only ones that shine bright at that same resolution.

Again, GeForce GTX 760 proves to be a card of great value while GeForce GTX 770 disappoints, considering how much it costs and how marginally better it is compared to GeForce GTX 760.

Legend:

Metro Last Light proved to be another extremely demanding game, yet more forgiving and optimized. Integrated cards have a shot at 1024x768 + Low and Mainstream cards at a1600x900 + Very High.

Still, seems like only a dual-graphics card, such as GeForce GTX 690 or Radeon HD 7990 is up for a 2560x1600 + Very High combination, while today's enthusiast cards handle it pretty well at 1920x1080.

How does Metro Last Light run on your system?

To end this Guide, here is an overall graph of how well all tested cards perform when compared to GeForce GTX Titan, at 1920x1080:

 

 

At Which Resolution do you play Metro Last Light?

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04:11 Feb-05-2014

hey buddy this is my bench results i feel that my card has something wrong with it
Average Frame : 62.28 Max Frame: 105.62 Min Frame: 14.31 with vhq and af 16x tesslation off and advanced physixs off no ssa monitor blur low , is it ok?

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18:30 Aug-23-2013

I am running it at 50 FPS with advanced PhysX on, very high quality, very high tessellation, normal monitor blur, AF X16 and disabled SSAA at 1920x1200 in my 770 AMP! (I also have a 560 TI PhysX dedicated, at least until I'm able to sell it :P).
When I tried to turn SSAA on FPS dropped to 30 and I don't really see much of a change when turning it on.

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12:44 Aug-11-2013

hi i have a question , i think i have some problem whit my tempratures, when i play this game , my GPU teprature ir 72 C and CPU 60 C , i have 500 W PSU is it normal???

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13:25 Aug-11-2013

See my reply on your Crysis 3 post. Also try not to spam by posting the same comment on multiple pages. You will get answered as people always read them.

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20:20 Aug-09-2013

IMO it would have been a better comparison if the same settings were used at the different resolutions. Still a great comparison :)

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05:36 Jul-26-2013

where is 1680x1050 ? :(

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20:16 Aug-09-2013

Count it as 1600x900 (you don't have many more pixels)

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02:41 Jul-25-2013

I don't really read all the article but the table tell me that, higher resolution will reduce the gpu performance. Thank god, my monitor not the gigantic one. 1366x768 already enough for my eyes.

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18:34 Aug-23-2013

Yup, higher resolutions consume more resources on your GPU therefore reducing its performance. If you have SSAA "on" I recommend to disable it, it doesn't change much and you get a 15 - 20 fps raise.

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11:14 Jul-24-2013

good job
Is The Gtx 770 Stronger than Gtx 680 ?

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16:16 Jul-24-2013

yes

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19:07 Jul-30-2013

the gtx 770, as people say, is a 'gtx 680 on steroids' the best hting is that it's also cheaper than the 680, so it's obvious you would go with that, also it's forced the gtx 680 prices down

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19:15 Aug-23-2013

I went with a Zotac GTX 770 AMP! edition since 680 prices in my country (Argentina) didn't drop at all :(.
I really hate the looks of the Zotac series but I believe the AMP! edition is the most OCed 770 up to now and one of the most affordables too.

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19:33 Jul-17-2013

What about Radeon HD 7790 Sapphire 2GB Edition? Will this work?

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03:24 Jul-21-2013

yep

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00:37 Jul-05-2013

very informative

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18:37 Jul-03-2013

Strange bench i would have thought you would test each preset @ each res instead of jumping both res and settings down a notch it helps but imo without all of that it doesn't really make for the "ultimate" bench guide,still it is very helpful, i especially liked the bit with iGPU's

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05:46 Jul-02-2013

I thought my 6950's performance was surprisingly poor. Pretty sad that they drop driver support only 1 generation out.

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09:42 Jul-02-2013

The terascale architecture was first seen with the HD 5000 Series. It was tweaked and called Terascale 2 and then tweaked again and called Terascale 3 with some integrated APUs.
It's in fact a 4 year old architecture...

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12:17 Jul-02-2013

"You have to remember that not all of us are Geeks" - T

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ha ha

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12:19 Jul-02-2013

What! Made sense here ^__^

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You calling Pip a geek?

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14:50 Jul-03-2013

a computer geek xD

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11:30 Jul-01-2013

Great Job Pip!

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15:47 Jul-01-2013

I have to say this article along with the Grid 2 one is really well done!

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Thanks guys!

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22:17 Jul-01-2013

Pip didn't you used to have a lot more thumbs up?

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What does thumbs have anything to do with anything? xD

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22:21 Jul-01-2013

Thumbs. Rule. The. World! :)
At least in some people's books ;) I was just wondering where they all went!

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Ahahah you couldn't be more wrong xD

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23:14 Jul-01-2013

Well I was joking, but you seem to have taken me seriously there. I guess I'll just say nevermind lol.

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Na man it's cool =p

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08:07 Jul-02-2013

@code mate you got very nice rig.. great to see gtx780 :)

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17:13 Jul-02-2013

Thanks Dip, it's almost fully put together at this point. Just need a new CPU, new RAM, and a new SSD and it will be good to go for a while!!!

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18:17 Jul-02-2013

your cpu is good mate and yeah make your ram to 16 gb for best experience ;) good luck

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09:29 Jul-01-2013

I was Eagerly waiting for this article! Thanks pip! I think i should buy this game!

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08:18 Jul-01-2013

Is there a GPU on this list that I can compare my GPU to, because my GPU is not on this list?

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Hi,
Yes, GeForce GTX 660M.

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03:17 Jul-01-2013

THanks a million,

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02:11 Jul-01-2013

"Poor is the man who bought the $999 GeForce GTX Titan that makes absolutely no difference when playing Metro Last Light, even at the highest settings and that is easily surpassed by a custom cooled and factory overclocked GeForce GTX 780"
But what if you overclock the titan....

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09:03 Jul-01-2013

It doesn't matter. A $649 card surpassing a $999 is what matters :P

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16:45 Jul-01-2013

There goes my titan plan....

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18:25 Jul-01-2013

I was laughing when I saw the 780 specs. If I had bought a titan I would be looking to kill Nvidia right now :p

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02:55 Jul-02-2013

Hahahaha but I guess you got it good since you bought the 780, the 700 series' price is just ridiculous in my opinion

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05:44 Jul-02-2013

Where does the GTX 780 beat the Titan in the above benchmarks? I don't see any.

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In the price to value segment :p

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05:17 Jul-03-2013

ah so. I'd say if you were willing to drop $1000 on a graphics card price was probably not a factor in the first place anyway.

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Hahahaha I'm actually a benchmark addict gamer so yeah, but Pip here opened my eyes ._.

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That damn titan!

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20:22 Jun-30-2013

What CPU used for the benchmark?

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For desktop, Core i7-3960X
for laptop, various i7.

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18:59 Jun-30-2013

Im playin at none, coz its not releasin in this stupid country -_-

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19:01 Jun-30-2013

What u live in india right?

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19:06 Jun-30-2013

Have you found it anywhere anas999 ?

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19:09 Jun-30-2013

Yup flipkart ;D

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Yes im in india, I preordered from Gme4u and flipkart both, i got mails saying metro LL is not releasin in india :c

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Yeah, Metro LL is not available atm. Maybe they are out of stock.
It is out of stock on nextworld also, but be sure to check time to time. Or you can just simply call them to ask. :)

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I'm from India too...but i got the game through Flipkart :) :)

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that's what i am saying it is available for 999 rupees ;D

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My cousin bought MLL on flipkart... But it seems to be only available on online retailers... Haven't seen it in any stores... You can also buy it on steam dude...

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Games on steam are usually costlier than at what price we get them here.

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08:27 Jul-01-2013

ya u also need a debit/credit card :P

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That's not a problem, i have it :P

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well i don't,i use my brother's :P

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I have to play at 1360X768 Because thats my TV's native res. I'm saving for a 24 inch 1920X1080 monitor tho :)

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Can They Run... |

Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 10GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i3-8100 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 32GB
100% Yes [5 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 980 4GB 32GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-10400F 6-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti MSI Ventus 2X 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [6 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-10700F 8-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400F 6-Core 2.6GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 980 4GB 32GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Xeon E3-1230 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-3470 3.2GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB 12GB
66.6667% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Core i3-10100E 4-Core 3.20GHz GeForce GTX 750 Ti Asus OC 2GB Edition 16GB
Ryzen 5 3500X 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB 16GB
| 30FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 5 3500X 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1440p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Asus Dual OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
| High, 1080p
Core i5-10400 6-Core 2.90GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]