Hellblade (DirectX 11)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is ostensibly a third-person action game about a Viking woman who journeys to Hel to rescue her dead husband’s soul. In actuality it’s a gorgeous and terrifying piece of interactive fiction about dealing with severe schizophrenia and psychosis. Using Unreal Engine 4 to the fullest, it makes a nice proxy for a great many other games that do the same while also being very easy to set up and test in a repeatable fashion.
Everything besides the old Polaris-based Radeon handles Hellblade well enough. It’s not really the sort of game where a very high refresh rate benefits you overmuch, so for many of these cards we’d probably kick it up to 4K.
There are no real surprises in this data; the RX 5700 XT runs neck-and-neck with the RTX 2060 Super, while the RTX 2070 Super nips at the heels of the second-fastest Pascal GeForce. The RTX 2080 Super speeds out ahead of everyone, as usual.
In case you didn’t read the last few pages, let me point you once again to the frametime plots. AMD seems to have done some real work on improving smoothness in its drivers, and it shows.
The only thing I’d like to point out on the “time spent beyond” charts for this title is that the RTX 2080 Super spends barely half the time under 120 FPS that the GTX 1080 Ti does. It’s not completely clear to us what makes the difference—maybe it’s the super-fast memory—but the RTX 2080 Super is a step above and beyond the rest.