Metro Last Light Benchmark pushes AMD GPUs – new drivers please

Now that everyone can play Metro Last Light, much like its predecessor Metro 2033, the game is a bit of a beast even on higher end graphics cards. We’ve been using the Metro Last Light benchmark tool to get some results using an i5 setup with 8 GB Ram and a single HD 7970 GPU running the game on Very High, 4x AF, 1980x1020p resolutions, Tessellation on max (although the tool says it’s not supported) and SSAA off to get a reasonably steady average 39 frames per second, although there are many moments where it dips below this quite dramatically. Turning SSAA on dramatically reduces performance to below an average of 30 frames per second.

Apparently, the game runs much better using Nvidia graphics cards as the game is optimized using PhysX. Either way, the game is a bit of a beast as expected from 4A Studios, but it seems much like with Crysis 3, AMD users will have to wait for some new drivers to get better performance gains from the game. The video shows the benchmark tool in action, although capturing interferes quite excessively.

UPDATE: 4A released some optimization for AMD users with the latest patch which improves performance. The second image shows the same settings post patch.

metro bench

metro bench 2

System Requirements:



    • OS: Windows XP (32-Bit only), Vista, 7, or 8
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU (2.2+ GHz Dual Core CPU or better)
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard Disk Space:
    • Video Card: DirectX 9, Shader Model 3 compliant graphics cards (GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB, GeForce GTS 250, etc)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Additional: Metro: Last Light utilizes NVIDIA 3D Vision with compatible cards and hardware.

    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Any Quad Core or 3.0+ GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard Disk Space:
    • Video Card: DirectX 11 compliant graphics card (GeForce GTX 480 and above)
    • DirectX®: 11
    • Additional: Metro: Last Light utilizes NVIDIA 3D Vision with compatible cards and hardware.

Written by: Rob Cram

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  1. Kumo May 18, 2013 |

    this is hd7970 or hd7970 Ghz?i had see benchmark run i7 ,using hd7970 Ghz edition never got below 30 fps ..some scene even got 70-~80 fps…and benchmark using gtx680 even got lowest 20 fps and above and not even one scene exceed 50 fps

    • Robert Cram May 18, 2013 |

      This is using the VFX factory overclocked version- which isn’t on par with the Ghz version. However, as stated, a new patch from 4A has improved performance for AMD users – look at the second image posted.

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