I picked up Metro: 2033 Redux recently from the Epic Games Store. I was a bit concerned by what the reviews and benchmarks for Metro Redux had to say about the R9 270, for example: Metro: Redux Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance - TechSpot
However, it appears the Metro in game benchmarks are not representative of in game frame rates. Gamers Nexus discusses this here: Metro: Exodus RTX Benchmarks, In-Game vs. Built-In Test, Dx11 vs Dx12 | GamersNexus - Gaming PC Buil... My experiments with the in-game benchmark bundled with Metro 2033 Redux bear this out, showing uncommonly low frame rates and buggy behavior.
CPU: i5 3570k (stock)
RAM: 8GB DDR-3-1600
GPU: R9 270 (GCN 1) @ 900 MHz
VRAM: 2GB @ 1250MHz (5GHz effective) with custom GDDR5 memory timings (good for ~+5% fps)
Radeon Software Version 19.7.1 with max Tessellation set to 8x
Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
SATA III SSD.
The good news is that my experience playing Metro 2033 Redux, with the graphics settings below is very acceptable. Frame rates stay in the mid 40s during the most demanding scenes encountered 5 hours in. I also have been making good use of Radeon Chill to cap the fps in less demanding situations.I've not encountered any frame spikes or stuttering.
The verdict so far: The R9 270 is quite adequate to run Metro 2033 Redux with most of the eye candy on.
the Problem with the Benchmark is known - yet the Game is to old to fix that 😕
btw - i (as a framerate-pig) prefer higher framerate over eyecandy - i try to get any game to atleast 90fps average; its simply more smooth this way (and my eyes are too bad anyway xD)
These are amazing cards and they've aged surprisingly well. It's also been good to see the support AMD has provided for them. If you're willing to turn down the settings they still manage some newer games quite well.
I don't know how you feel about over clocking, but in my experience you should be able to squeeze her up to 1Ghz pretty easily.
For me it's always been more about frame pacing. Sure a high frame rate can mask bad pacing, but it's just so much better when the frame pacing is good to begin with. Then you can easily get away with a lower frame rate (such as mid forties to low sixties) and still have your eye candy.
I bought it thinking the overclocking headroom would add value but I haven't played anything that has required even the default clocks noting that Metro 2033 redux, Far Cry 3, then Dying Light, are probably the most graphically demanding games i've played (and i'm gaming @ 1080p). HD7870 owners and reviewers commonly reported stable core clocks of 1.2 GHz with stock voltages. I've tested to 1.1 GHz which required 1,133 mV, so i've no grounds to disagree with them.
Yes, reminds me of when i replaced my 9800GT with my R9 270 and I found i'd gone backwards in terms of the overall game experience in Dota 2 even though the frame rate was through the roof. The key was that i'd been using VirtuMVP Virtual V-Sync & Hyperformance with the 9800GT which provided frame pacing benefits, eliminated tearing, and reduced the input lag penalty of Vsync.
with only 40fps i have NOTICEABLE input lag - with 90fps i dont feel it
yet AMD Anti-Lag is a nice feature