Wolfenstein: Youngblood Image Streaming Performance

This game default’s to “Ultra” Image Streaming setting.  There is an “Uber” setting that lives above that.  This only works well with video cards above 8GB of VRAM since it streams in a lot of texture capacity.  We wanted to see if setting “Uber” Image Streaming would affect Wolfenstein: Youngblood performance or not.  For this test, we are using the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and AMD Radeon VII since they both have massive amounts of VRAM.  We are testing at 4K to push them to their limits.

We are performing a manual run-through at the beginning of the “Riverside” mission.  There is intense firefights, lighting, fires, explosions, particles, and graphics with plenty of NPCs as we blow through them all.  

In this graph is the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at 4K testing “Ultra” and “Uber” Image Streaming.  As you can see, there is no performance difference at all.  The results are within the margin of error for testing real-world run-throughs.

Though the performance is the same, the VRAM capacity is not.  We will provide VRAM numbers below.

With the Radeon VII there’s actually a 2% difference in performance running “Uber” Image Streaming compared to “Ultra” Image Streaming.  This is small and unnoticeable however while gaming.  Once again, the bigger issue is how much VRAM this consumed.

VRAM

On the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at Mein Leben! The VRAM Results as read by GPUz are as follows:

  • 3840×2160 – 6516 MB
  • 2560×1440 – 5805 MB
  • 1920×1080 – 5486 MB

Uber Image Streaming

  • 3840×2160 – 8537 MB

On the Radeon VII at Mein Leben! The VRAM Results as read by GPUz are as follows:

  • 3840×2160 – 6815 MB
  • 2560×1440 – 6148 MB
  • 1920×1080 – 5681 MB

Uber Image Streaming

  • 3840×2160 – 8840 MB

From these results, we can conclude that you definitely want an 8GB video card for this game.  If you want to run “Uber” Image Streaming and high resolution you’ll need a video card greater than 8GB like the RTX 2080 Ti or Radeon VII.