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Horizon Zero Dawn PC Performance and Gameplay Review

Test Setup

Test Setup: Intel “10th-Gen”
Processor Intel Core i9-10900K
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z490 Ultra
RAM Gskill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 32GB (8GB)x4 CL16
VGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition, etc.
Storage Patriot Viper VP4100 1TB
Power Supply Seasonic Platinum 1050w

VRAM Usage

We check how much VRAM the game uses on our test setup with a 11GB RTX 2080 Ti.

The game scales its VRAM usage depending on the card but will happily use up much of VRAM as available. The optimization at the start of the game during first run lets the game allocate and configure usage before you actually start so changing graphics cards forces a restart of the optimization process.

Graphics Preset Performance Comparison

We always test games using the maximum detail (some exceptions exist) but let’s compare performance of the different graphical presets that Horizon Zero Dawn has.

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The game features a graphics tab in the option which allows configuring of the graphics details of the game. We will primarily be using the presets to run these tests. We have to stress that the PS4 original of HZD was already a beautiful game. The developers dub that settings Original in the graphics menu and is tiered as Medium Graphical settings with Favor Performance as Low and Favor Quality is High and the top most in-game graphics detail settings being Ultimate with all settings cranked up to the max.

GPU Performance


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Owner and lead reviewer for Back2Gaming. More than 10-year of corporate IT experience as well as consumer IT journalism. His extensive skill set and experience in communicating complicated technical details into easily understandable bits. He's been with you since dial-up and the ISA slot. His favorite animal is the scapegoat.

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