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SCORN PC Performance Analysis

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Exactly five years later, Ebb Software has released HR Giger-inspired game SCORN on PC. It’s powered by Unreal Engine 4, now it’s time to benchmark it and see how it performs on our platform.

For this PC Performance Analysis, we used an Intel i9 9900K with 16GB DDR4 at 3800Mhz, AMD’s Radeon RX580, RX Vega 64, RX 6900XT, NVIDIA’s GTX980Ti, RTX 2080Ti, RTX 3080 and RTX 4090. We also used Windows 10 64-bit. , GeForce 522.25 and Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 22.10.1 drivers.

SCORN CPU scaling

Ebb Software has added a few graphics settings to tweak it. PC gamers can adjust the quality of Visual Effects, Post-Processing, Textures, Shadows and Anti-Aliasing. There is also a sharpening slider, and the game supports unrestricted framerates. In addition, the game supports AMD FSR 2.0.

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SCORN does not have any built-in benchmarking tools. That’s why we used the main large area you visited at the start of the game for both our GPU and CPU tests.

We simulated a dual-core, quad-core and six-core CPU to find out how the game scales across multiple CPU threads. And surprisingly, our simulated dual-core system was able to deliver more than 60fps even without Hyper-Threading. Also, those aiming for frame rates higher than 100fps will need to have at least a modern quad-core CPU.

SCORN CPU tests

SCORN also doesn’t require a high-end GPU to enjoy it at 1080p/Max Settings with 60fps. In fact, all of our graphics cards were able to deliver a steady 60fps experience, which was a pleasant surprise.

SCORN GPU tests-1

As you can see, the NVIDIA RTX 4090 performed worse at 1080p than the RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6900XT. My guess is that this is because the drivers have not yet been properly optimized for the Ada Lovelace architecture. We’re also investigating other DX12 rasterized games to see if NVIDIA’s latest GPU is underperforming in these games as well.

At 1440p/Max Settings, all of our top six GPUs were able to deliver a 60fps experience. And as for 4K/Max Settings, the RTX2080Ti, RTX 3080, RTX 4090 and AMD Radeon RX 6900XT had no issues. And yes, at 4K the RTX4090 was significantly faster than the AMD Radeon RX 6900XT.

SCORN GPU tests-2

Graphically, the SCORN is a beauty to behold. Although it took Ebb Software five years to release the title, the game’s environments are as atmospheric as can be. In fact, the environments will immediately remind you of the sets from the first two Alien movies. Everything looks high quality here, so thank you to the team for delivering a visually stunning game.

Unfortunately, SCORN suffers from major stutters. There seems to be both texture flow and crosstalk in the game. These stutters will definitely bother some PC gamers, especially when gaming at high frame rates. Ebb Software used DirectStorage on Xbox Series X so I don’t know if this will minimize stuttering on PC. I also don’t think the team plans to update the PC version with support for this, so I guess we’ll never find out.

As a result, SCORN does not require a high-end PC system. Midrange systems can deliver more than 60fps at 1080p/Max Settings. The game also displays the appropriate K&M indicators on the screen. However, the game also suffers from stuttering issues. So yes, keep that in mind before purchasing this game. Finally, below is a video showing the game in native 8K!

John Papadopoulos

John is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DSOGaming. He’s a fan of PC gaming and is extremely supportive of modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While it’s a die-hard PC player, its game roots can be found on consoles. John loved and still loves 16-bit consoles and considers the SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won it over the consoles. This is mainly because of 3DFX and its iconic custom 3D accelerator graphics card Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher grade thesis on “The Evolution of PC graphics cards”.
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