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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Graphics Card Performance


Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice may have slipped under my radar, but didn't miss the eyes of many.  If you are not familiar with this title I urge you to check out our review before proceeding.  Hellblade may be an indie title but the visuals this game delivers would have you believing it is anything but.  Powered by the Unreal 4 engine Hellblade delivers amazing sights that make even full budget AAA titles scramble for excuses.  But all of those visuals do not mean much if you can not run it.

That is what we are here today to take a look at and find out what kind of performance you can expect from different graphics cards at different resolutions.


Testing Setup and Method


With Hellblade using the Unreal Engine and DX11 testing was fairly straightforward with the exception that there is no built in benchmark.  So we had to find a segment of the game to establish a course on.  We tested the game just after the first fight encounter after Senua contracts the 'rot'. Our test ran for one minute from the time you enter the door and follow the path at a walking pace, there is heavy foliage, lighting, and volumetric effects in this area similar to what is seen in most of the game.  Of course because of the testing method our numbers will differ slightly from other publications.  I urge that you take a round of numbers from others to see how these cards pan out in a variety of scenarios.

Settings Tested At Very High Preset

X99 Test System

CPUIntel Core i7 6800k (4.1GHz)
Memory 32GB CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHz
MotherboardASUS X99A-II
StorageCrucial MX100 512GB SSD
Seagate 2TB SSHD
PSUCorsair AX860i

Graphics Cards Tested

GPUArchitectureCore Count
Clock SpeedMemory Capacity
Memory Speed
NVIDIA GTX 1080 FEPascal
25601607/17338GB GDDR5X10Gbps
NVIDIA GTX 1070 FEPascal
19201506/16838GB GDDR58Gbps
NVIDIA GTX 1060 FE 6GBPascal
1506/17086GB GDDR58Gbps
XLR8 GTX 1060 3GBPascal11521506/17083GB GDDR58Gbps
XFX RX 480 8GBPolaris 10230412668GB GDDR58Gbps
Sapphire RX 570 Nitro+ 4GBPolaris 20204813404GB GDDR57Gbps
Sapphire RX 460 NitroPolaris 1189612504GB GDDR57Gbps

Drivers Used

Radeon Settings 17.7.2









It definitely helps that the GeForce drivers are 'Game Ready' for this one as even the GTX 1060 3GB outpaces even the RX 480.  Hopefully we'll see a driver update from RTG soon to give them a bit of a boost.  But that's not to say anyone will have a bad time playing this game.  Not often will I say this, but with the type of game this is, staying over 30 fps will result in a very playable experience.  And if our game review is any indication then no one should hesitate to pick up this title if you are even somewhat interested.

If you're curious about seeing the opening scene in action with the XLR8 Gaming GTX 1060 3GB compared to the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 570 4GB OC, then check out the video below.