Ray tracing in video games is a relatively new feature that is picking up momentum as more and more games are starting to implement it. This also includes World of Warcraft Shadowlands. Let's take a look at ray tracing features and how WoW implements them.
On 21th of October AMD released new version of Radeon Adrenalin drivers for their GPUs. Support for Shadowlands pre-patch was one of heavily highlighted points of this release so lets check if anything changed.
For Shadowlands Blizzard listed SSD as a minimal requirement. This did frighten a lot of players and in the end SSD ended up as recommended only. How does storage type affect WoW?
World of Warcraft does not have any benchmark mode. This makes it hard to provide reliable data on the game performance in various content types it offers. And it pretty much must be done by an active player which excludes this games from most external reviews and benchmarks.
You can run WoW on integrated graphics but there is a lot of caveats to that. The iGPU performance matters but also the configured TDP of given device and the CPU performance do as well.
World of Warcraft isn't particularly GPU demanding game but it can be if you will want to set the settings high for the best assets quality and all of the particle effects present in the game. In comparison to CPU the game has a wide range of settings allowing you to tune the game down to perform on weaker GPUs.
CPU is an essential part in World of Warcraft performance. The game is mostly CPU bound and relies hard on the CPU during combat and other activities with multiple actors.
Some laptops and other mobile devices may lack a display output or have one that does not support your target resolution and refresh rate like 4K at 60Hz. Same thing if you want to work on two external displays but having only one video output on a device. Since many years now a company named DisplayLink is making chips that create new video display outputs via plain USB (no need for Thunderbolt or USB-C with video pass-through). Let's look at how such dongles work.
AMD has a set of tools aimed at developers to help them optimize their code to run efficiently on Radeon graphics cards. Those tools like Radeon Memory Visualizer and Radeon GPU Profiler can also be used by gamers and reviewers to check how their hardware is behaving and what is the actual resource usage.
Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling or HAGS for short is a new feature present in the
May update of Windows 10. It's an architectural change inside Windows and may reduce the latency and some CPU overhead while gaming. Let's check how it affects WoW this early in it's existence.