Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Tech Trailer Released: Watch Now

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We're just one day from the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC. If you hadn't already heard the PC release is boasting NVIDIA HBAO+ Ambient Occlusion shadowing, as well as entirely new effects and settings, and enhancements galore. The result is a stunningly beautiful game that will happily utilize all available GPU power to deliver jaw-dropping scenes throughout the course of Lara's lengthy tomb raiding adventure.

Tomorrow we'll bring you our Rise of the Tomb Raider Graphics and Performance Guide, which will show-off every effect and be packed to the rafters with max-quality screenshots. In advance of its release we present to you the Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Tech Trailer, giving you a first look at several of the aforementioned enhancements:

Enabling these effects whilst retaining a smooth 60 frames per second requires some high-end hardware. As such, Square Enix and NVIDIA are recommending the GeForce GTX 970 for 1920x1080 High-detail, 60 FPS gameplay, and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti for 2560x1440 High-detail 60 FPS gameplay.

NVIDIA & Square Enix's Rise of the Tomb Raider Recommended GPUs

To determine the recommended NVIDIA graphics cards, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics leveraged our experienced team of testers, who located a 2-minute repeatable segment of the expansive game that was graphically demanding and representative of the other graphically intensive moments of the game.

With further testing, our technical marketing team concluded that a 60 frames per second average during this particularly demanding scene, on the High-detail preset, delivered the best balance between graphical fidelity, input responsiveness, and performance in all of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s gameplay locations and cutscenes.

Rise of the Tomb Raider NVIDIA GeForce GTX Bundle - Rise of the Tomb Raider 4K PC Screenshot

An average framerate of 60 or above is an excellent indicator of overall performance, but it gives you little idea of how the game 'felt'. Was the experience stuttering? Were there momentary stalls? And did some moments of the game run at a much lower framerate? To discover the answers to those questions we need to instead examine frametimes, the length of time it takes a GPU to render each frame of gameplay.

Indicators of an undesirable, unpleasant experience include frequent split-second spikes, especially above 33.3 milliseconds (30 FPS and below), non-stop spikes that jump between low and far higher frametimes, and portions of gameplay that are above 33.3 milliseconds for more than a mere moment. To learn more, check out this pioneering press article.

In our Rise of the Tomb Raider test there are only a few momentary spikes, and none above 25 milliseconds, there are no periods of spiking between low and high frametimes, almost all of the benchmark is below 20 milliseconds, and much of it is at, around or below 16.6 millisecond, the 60 FPS sweet spot. In other words, the GeForce GTX 970 not only delivers a High level of graphical fidelity at over 60 frames per second, it's also super smooth with no stuttering or stalls, giving you a fluid, responsive gaming experience.

Rise of the Tomb Raider GeForce GTX 970 1920x1080, High-Detail Performance

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For a similarly smooth 2560x1440, High detail, 60 FPS Rise of the Tomb Raider experience, step up to a GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

Rise of the Tomb Raider GeForce GTX 980 Ti 2560x1440, High-Detail Performance

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In addition to giving you the performance to play Rise of the Tomb Raider, the recommended GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards support our vast array of critically acclaimed technologies, giving you the definitive gaming experience, unmatched by any other platform. And with GeForce Experience’s ShadowPlay you can capture and share breathtaking, high-fidelity moments with your friends with ease.

Also courtesy of GeForce Experience, all NVIDIA GPU users will automatically receive Optimal Playable Settings for Rise of the Tomb Raider, instantly giving gamers optimized settings that ensure a smooth experience on their system.

Rise of the Tomb Raider NVIDIA GeForce GTX Bundle - Rise of the Tomb Raider 4K PC Screenshot

Further exemplifying our commitment to delivering the definitive experience before anticipated titles are launched, we've just released our Rise of the Tomb Raider Game Ready driver, which includes performance optimizations and a 2-Way and 3-Way SLI profile, giving you the horsepower to play with 4x Supersampling Anti-Aliasing enabled, at 4K, or in super wide Surround screen modes.

If you're about to race off to the store for a GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980 Ti, hold up! We're currently bundling a free copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider alongside select GPUs, desktops and notebooks. Check out the bundle page to ensure the store you're buying from is participating in the bundle, and the GPU you're intending to purchase is eligible for a free copy of the game.

Rise of the Tomb Raider NVIDIA GeForce GTX Bundle

So in summary, check out the tech video for a first look at the eye-candy, grab a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or GeForce GTX 980 Ti for smooth High-quality gameplay, download the Game Ready driver for optimized performance and SLI support, and use our one-click GeForce Experience Optimal Playable Settings to determine the best game settings for your system.