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Alone in the Dark: PC Performance Benchmarks for Graphics Cards and Processors

BASIC GAME INFORMATION

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We tested the release Alone in the Dark at the highest graphics settings, on video cards from the GEFORCE RTX and RADEON RX series. Also, during the tests we conducted, we assessed the performance and quality of the graphic display of the game itself.

THE GRAFICAL PART

This subsection of our review highlights the main graphical aspects of this game. Particular attention is paid to the version of the graphics engine used, the version of the API used, graphic settings and the quality of development of the main visual aspects.

SUPPORTED OS AND GRAPHICS API

Alone in the Dark is supported by Windows 10/11.

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The preferred and primary graphics API for Alone in the Dark is DX11 .

GAME ENGINE

Developed by Pieces Interactive and published by THQ Nordic, 2024's Alone in the Dark is a reimagining of the original 1992 game. This is the seventh installment in the Alone in the Dark series of games. The game is developed using Unreal Engine 4, which allows for the creation of impressive graphics and complex game mechanics, providing a deep immersion in the horror atmosphere. The game is scheduled for release on PlayStation 5, Windows and Xbox Series X/S on March 20, 2024.

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In the new version, players follow Emily Hartwood and private investigator Edward Carnby as they investigate the disappearance of Emily's uncle, Jeremy Hartwood, at Derceto Manor. The game abandons the original game's fixed cameras in favor of a third-person over-the-shoulder perspective, similar to the recent remakes of the "Resident Evil" franchise. The combat system includes both shooting and melee combat, as shown in the game's trailer.

Development of the game began in 2019 following the purchase of the THQ Nordic franchise from Atari SA. The developers were inspired by the success of the remakes "Resident Evil 2" and "Resident Evil 3", seeking to create their own unique story, including characters from the first three "Alone in the Dark" games. Artist Guy Davis, known for his work with Guillermo del Toro, was invited to create the monsters.

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The game was originally scheduled for release in October 2023, but was then delayed to March 2024 to avoid a compressed release schedule and to avoid the team having to work through the holiday period.

The use of Unreal Engine 4 in Alone in the Dark allows developers to incorporate complex graphics and detailed environments while maintaining the signature horror atmosphere the series is known for. Unreal Engine 4 is known for its ability to create realistic lighting and shadows, which is critical for creating mood in horror games. The engine also supports complex animations and physics, allowing characters and objects to interact with the environment in a natural way, enhancing the overall immersion of the game.

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Developers can use Unreal Engine 4's advanced tools to create detailed character models and complex interactive scenarios that enhance immersion and deepen the story. Additionally, the engine allows for the implementation of a variety of gameplay mechanics such as combat and world exploration, providing a rich and varied gaming experience.

Unreal Engine 4 is also known for its scalability and optimization, allowing the game to run smoothly on various platforms, including PlayStation 5, Windows and Xbox Series X/S. This allows the game to be widely accessible to a diverse audience, which is essential for a successful modern video game launch.

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Thus, the use of Unreal Engine 4 in Alone in the Dark allows the developers to create a visually impressive and mechanically challenging game that combines a classic horror atmosphere with modern technological advances in game design.

DIFFERENT QUALITY MODES

In-game graphics settings at minimum reduce the level of detail and disable various graphics functions to improve performance, while settings at maximum enable all possible effects, providing the highest quality and detail of the image.

TEST PART
Test configuration
Test benches

ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Z490 AORUS PRO AX       

GIGABYTE Z590 VISION   

GIGABYTE Z690 AERO G  

GIGABYTE Z790 GAMING X AX

MSI MPG Z790 Edge WiFi

ASUS ROG Strix B650-A Gaming WiFi 

ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore

Sponsored video cards


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4070 Ti OC

ASUS TUF Gaming Radeon RX 7900 XT 20G

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Ti GAMING OC

Multimedia equipment

Monitor Philips 326M6VJRMB/00

Seasonic PRIME TX-1000 power supply

16 GB DDR4 4600 CL19 Kingston FURY Renegade

32 GB DDR4 3600 CL16 Kingston FURY Renegade             

32 GB DDR4 4000 CL18 Kingston FURY Renegade             

32 GB DDR5 5600 CL40 KingstonFURY Beast                      

32 GB DDR5 6000@6400 CL30 KingstonFURY Renegade

32 GB DDR5 7200@7600 CL36 KingstonFURY Renegade

Kingston FURY Renegade PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD           

MPG CORELIQUID K240 housing 

Case DeepCool CH510 WH 

SVO DeepCool LS720 WH

Software configuration
operating system Windows 10 21H2/ Windows 11(Alder Lake)
Graphics driver

Nvidia GeForce/ION Driver Release 551.76 WHQL

AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 24.2.1

Monitoring programs

MSI Afterburner

 
All video cards were tested at maximum graphics quality using MSI Afterburner. The purpose of the test is to determine how video cards from different manufacturers behave under the same conditions. Below is a video of the test segment:

 Our video cards were tested at resolutions of 1920x1080 , 2560x1440 and 3840x2160 with maximum graphics quality settings.

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We manually specified DX12 in the launch parameters of the Steam game.

GPU TEST

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In the video card test, the default resolution is 1920x1080; other resolutions are added and removed manually. You can also remove and add any positions of video cards. You can also select any of our test processors from the list in the drop-down menu, comparing its performance with the given video card tests (by default, the most productive solution is selected). The test is carried out on the most powerful CPU in this game and is scaled to other processors, taking into account their testing on NVIDIA and AMD video cards.

Alone in the Dark: Test GPU
  • Max DX 11
  • Max DX 12
  • Screen resolutions 1 out of 3

  • Hide DLSS/FSR video cards

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DX 11

At a resolution of 1920x1080, an average FPS of 25 frames was shown by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A minimum FPS of at least 25 frames can be provided by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A comfortable average FPS of 60 frames can be provided by Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 solutions .

At a resolution of 1920x1080, an average FPS of 25 frames was shown by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A minimum FPS of at least 25 frames can be provided by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A comfortable average FPS of 60 frames can be provided by Radeon RX 6600 XT or GeForce RTX 2080 solutions .

At a resolution  of 3840x2160,  an average FPS of 25 frames was shown by video cards of  the Radeon RX 6600 XT or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A minimum FPS of at least 25 frames can be provided by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A comfortable average FPS of 60 frames can be provided by Radeon RX 6800 XT or GeForce RTX 4070 .

DX 12

At a resolution of 1920x1080, an average FPS of 25 frames was shown by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A minimum FPS of at least 25 frames can be provided by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A comfortable average FPS of 60 frames can be provided by Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 solutions .

At a resolution of 1920x1080, an average FPS of 25 frames was shown by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A minimum FPS of at least 25 frames can be provided by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A comfortable average FPS of 60 frames can be provided by Radeon RX 6600 XT or GeForce RTX 2080 solutions .

At a resolution  of 3840x2160,  an average FPS of 25 frames was shown by video cards of  the Radeon RX 6650 XT or GeForce RTX 2070 level . A minimum FPS of at least 25 frames can be provided by video cards of the Radeon RX 6600 XT or GeForce RTX 2060 level . A comfortable average FPS of 60 frames can be provided by Radeon RX 6800 XT or GeForce RTX 4070 .

VIDEO MEMORY CONSUMPTION

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Testing of video memory consumed by the game was carried out by  MSI Afterburner. The indicator was based on results on video cards from AMD and NVIDIA at resolutions of  1920x1080, 2560x1440 and 3840x2160 with various anti-aliasing settings. By default, the graph displays the most current solutions. Other video cards are added and removed from the chart at the request of the reader.

Alone in the Dark: Test VRAM
  • Max DX 11
  • Max DX 12
  • All screen resolutions

  • Hide DLSS/FSR video cards

GEFORCE RTX 4090 24 GB
9221
7279
6565
8279
6589
5909
GEFORCE RTX 4080 16 GB
8393
6919
6216
7606
5971
5318
GEFORCE RTX 3060 12 GB
8318
6730
5981
7642
6003
5366
GEFORCE RTX 4070 Ti 12 GB
8402
6798
6041
7719
6064
5420
GEFORCE RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB
8176
6310
5576
6856
5406
4662
GEFORCE RTX 3070 8 GB
7115
6839
6312
7142
5910
5283
GEFORCE RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB
7129
6853
6325
7156
5922
5294
GEFORCE RTX 2080 Super 8 GB
7100
6826
6299
7127
5898
5273
GEFORCE RTX 2070 Super 8 GB
7043
6771
6249
7070
5851
5230
GEFORCE RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB
6993
6723
6204
7020
5809
5193
GEFORCE RTX 2080 8 GB
7122
6846
6318
7149
5916
5288
GEFORCE RTX 2070 8 GB
7136
6860
6331
7163
5928
5299
Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24 GB
8169
6366
5637
7385
5855
5256
Radeon RX 6800 16 GB
7801
6213
5538
7699
5607
5313
Radeon RX 6900 XT 16 GB
7960
6340
5651
7856
5721
5421
Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB
8003
6230
5581
6949
5286
4539
Radeon RX 6600 XT 8 GB
7502
6173
5374
7089
5413
4527

GameGPU

 - 3840x2160, Mbyte
 - 2560x1440, Mbyte
 - 1920x1080, Mbyte

DX11

At a resolution of  1920x1080  , video memory consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 5 gigabytes , with 12 gigabytes 5 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 5 gigabytes , with 24 gigabytes 6 gigabytes .

At a resolution of 2560x1440 , video memory consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 6 gigabytes, with 12 gigabytes 6 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 6 gigabytes , with 24 gigabytes 7 gigabytes .

At a resolution of 3840x2160 , video memory consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 7 gigabytes, with 12 gigabytes 7 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 8 gigabytes , with 24 gigabytes 8 gigabytes .

DX12

At a resolution of  1920x1080 ,  video memory consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 6 gigabytes , with 12 gigabytes 6 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 6 gigabytes , with 24 gigabytes 6 gigabytes .

At a resolution of 2560x1440 , video memory consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 7 gigabytes, with 12 gigabytes 7 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 7 gigabytes , with 24 gigabytes 7 gigabytes .

At a resolution of 3840x2160 , video memory consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 7 gigabytes, with 12 gigabytes 8 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 8 gigabytes , with 24 gigabytes 9 gigabytes .

CPU TEST 

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Testing was carried out at a resolution of 1920x1080. In the processor test, you can remove or add any processor positions. You can also select any tested video card from the list in the drop-down menu, comparing its performance with the given processor test results  (by default, the most productive solution from NVIDIA is selected). Testing takes place on the most powerful NVIDIA and AMD video cards and scales to low-end models.

Alone in the Dark: Test CPU
  • Max DX 11
  • Max DX 12
  • All screen resolutions

  • All processors

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DX11

When using NVIDIA video cards, Ryzen 3 3100 or Core i 3 10100 processors showed an acceptable rate of at least 25 frames per second  , and solutions at the Ryzen 3 3100 or Core i 3 10100 level can provide an FPS rate of at least 60 frames per second .  

When using AM D video cards, Ryzen 3 3100 or Core i 3 10100 processors showed an acceptable rate of at least 25 frames per second  , and solutions at the Ryzen 3 3100 or Core i 3 10100 level can provide an FPS rate of at least 60 frames per second . 

DX12

When using NVIDIA video cards, Ryzen 3 3100 or Core i 3 10100 processors showed an acceptable rate of at least 25 frames per second  , and solutions at the Ryzen 3 3100 or Core i 3 10100 level can provide an FPS rate of at least 60 frames per second .  

When using AM D video cards, Ryzen 3 3100 or Core i 3 10100 processors showed an acceptable rate of at least 25 frames per second  , and solutions at the Ryzen 3 3100 or Core i 3 10100 level can provide an FPS rate of at least 60 frames per second . 

Alone in the Dark: Test Cores
  • Max DX 11
  • All screen resolutions

  • All processors

Intel Core i9 10900K 3.7 GHz
1 core
10 core
2 core
3 core
4 core
5 core
6 core
7 core
8 core
9 core
1 HT
10 HT
2 HT
3 HT
4 HT
5 HT
6 HT
7 HT
8 HT
9 HT
3
33
11
15
16
19
36
22
60
75
3
43
11
8
20
16
23
16
3
13
Intel Core i7 10700K 3.8 GHz
1 core
2 core
3 core
4 core
5 core
6 core
7 core
8 core
1 HT
2 HT
3 HT
4 HT
5 HT
6 HT
7 HT
8 HT
5
27
80
96
14
9
19
67
30
5
17
16
8
27
19
6
Intel Core i5 10600K 4.1 GHz
1 core
2 core
3 core
4 core
5 core
6 core
1 HT
2 HT
3 HT
4 HT
5 HT
6 HT
26
70
27
28
43
25
63
20
36
25
35
23
Intel Core i3 10100 3.6 GHz
1 core
2 core
3 core
4 core
1 HT
2 HT
3 HT
4 HT
42
72
47
67
58
36
45
53
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz
1 core
10 core
11 core
12 core
2 core
3 core
4 core
5 core
6 core
7 core
8 core
9 core
1 SMT
10 SMT
11 SMT
12 SMT
2 SMT
3 SMT
4 SMT
5 SMT
6 SMT
7 SMT
8 SMT
9 SMT
75
15
22
21
55
43
43
60
38
29
8
18
6
6
7
8
25
61
4
4
11
3
4
5
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9 GHz
1 core
2 core
3 core
4 core
5 core
6 core
7 core
8 core
1 SMT
2 SMT
3 SMT
4 SMT
5 SMT
6 SMT
7 SMT
8 SMT
72
52
46
63
46
31
15
25
16
52
50
10
8
16
22
21
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz
1 core
2 core
3 core
4 core
5 core
6 core
1 SMT
2 SMT
3 SMT
4 SMT
5 SMT
6 SMT
74
41
63
48
43
35
23
75
67
22
17
22
AMD Ryzen 3 3300 3.8 GHz
1 core
2 core
3 core
4 core
1 SMT
2 SMT
3 SMT
4 SMT
79
66
54
64
39
53
66
36

GameGPU

 - 1920x1080, %

The game can load up to 12 streams. Maximum efficiency uses up to 8 threads.

RAM TEST

sys

The test was carried out on the basic configuration of Core i 9 13900K with 32 GB DDR5 6400 MHz pre-installed memory. All used RAM was taken as an indicator. The RAM test for the entire system was carried out on various video cards without launching third-party applications (browsers, etc.). In the graphics, you can add and remove any resolutions and video cards as desired.

Alone in the Dark: Test RAM
  • Max DX 11
  • Max DX 12
  • All screen resolutions

  • Hide DLSS/FSR video cards

GEFORCE RTX 4090 24 GB
11357
11265
11281
11121
10965
10689
GEFORCE RTX 4080 16 GB
9668
9668
9673
9548
9487
9237
GEFORCE RTX 3060 12 GB
8966
9096
8936
8981
9231
9135
GEFORCE RTX 4070 Ti 12 GB
9057
9188
9026
9072
9324
9227
GEFORCE RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB
9181
9219
9333
9045
9071
9008
GEFORCE RTX 3070 8 GB
11344
9428
9436
9723
9297
9246
GEFORCE RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB
11367
9447
9455
9742
9316
9265
GEFORCE RTX 2080 Super 8 GB
11321
9409
9417
9703
9278
9228
GEFORCE RTX 2070 Super 8 GB
11230
9333
9341
9625
9204
9153
GEFORCE RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB
11150
9267
9275
9557
9139
9089
GEFORCE RTX 2080 8 GB
11355
9437
9445
9732
9306
9255
GEFORCE RTX 2070 8 GB
11378
9456
9464
9752
9325
9274
Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24 GB
10917
10808
10827
11769
11734
11728
Radeon RX 6800 16 GB
13815
13691
13159
12124
11967
11690
Radeon RX 6900 XT 16 GB
14097
13970
13428
12371
12211
11929
Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB
9344
9304
9371
9984
9871
9649
Radeon RX 6600 XT 8 GB
12256
11565
11630
11925
11828
11579

GameGPU

 - 3840x2160, Mbyte
 - 2560x1440, Mbyte
 - 1920x1080, Mbyte

DX11

At a resolution of  1920x1080,  RAM consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 10 gigabytes , with 12 gigabytes 10 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 10 gigabytes, with 24 gigabytes 11 gigabytes.

At a resolution of  2560x1440  , RAM consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 10 gigabytes , with 12 gigabytes 10 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 10 gigabytes , with 24 gigabytes 11 gigabytes.

At a resolution of  3840x2160 ,  RAM consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 10 gigabytes , with 12 gigabytes 10 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 10 gigabytes , with 24 gigabytes 11 gigabytes.

DX12

At a resolution of  1920x1080,  RAM consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 10 gigabytes , with 12 gigabytes 10 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 10 gigabytes, with 24 gigabytes 11 gigabytes.

At a resolution of  2560x1440  , RAM consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 10 gigabytes , with 12 gigabytes 10 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 10 gigabytes , with 24 gigabytes 11 gigabytes.

At a resolution of  3840x2160 ,  RAM consumption for video cards with 8 gigabytes is 11 gigabytes , with 12 gigabytes 10 gigabytes , with 16 gigabytes 10 gigabytes , with 24 gigabytes 11 gigabytes.