Monster Hunter World (DirectX 11)
Incredibly, Monster Hunter World—the most demanding DirectX 11 game we tested—is still running on the venerable MT Framework engine first introduced to PC games with Resident Evil 4. It’s difficult to criticize Capcom for this because the results are nothing short of fantastic, but the aged engine tech might help explain why this game is a system-crusher.
In this title, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super overtakes the GTX 1080 Ti in both raw performance and smoothness. It’s difficult to complain about the big Pascal chip’s performance, though. All three cards handle these settings with aplomb. Monster Hunter World actually got a patch recently to support Nvidia’s RTX-required DLSS anti-aliasing; we weren’t using it here, but it’s possible the PC version of the game has some Turing-specific optimizations built-in.
Both of our Navi-based Radeons do quite well here, but there are no shocking revelations to be seen in these results. Their smoothness and frame-rate consistency is comparable to the GeForce cards that they’re challenging, and the RX 5700 XT takes a margin-of-error lead over its direct competitor, the RTX 2060 Super.
Monster Hunter World reports that it wants 6.07 GB of video memory as configured, which could be causing the GTX 1660 Ti some problems. That’s almost certainly an issue for our RX 580 4GB card, although the performance there still isn’t as bad as you might expect. Monster Hunter World includes a great amount of dynamic detail settings, so it’s possible those are coming into play. As with GTA V, and especially given the slower pace of MHW, it’s not unplayable at 30 FPS.
Our journey into the badness bistro starts at 16.7 ms, a point beyond which the GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 580 primarily live, and where the RX 5700, RTX 2060 Super, and RX 5700 XT are dipping their toes. Everyone falls below 60 FPS for at least a moment, though. Monster Hunter World is extremely CPU-heavy, so it seems likely some of the fault here falls on our Ryzen 9 3900X.
None of the rankings change as we move through the 11.11-ms, 8.3-ms, and 6.94-ms charts, so there’s not much else to talk about here. As a sidenote, the “Special K” mod can really help smooth things out for this game and reduce its CPU load, but we tested without it to get the out-of-the-box experience. If you’re playing this game for pleasure, we highly recommend you to seek and install said mod for a drastically smoother adventure.