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Risen 3 Benchmarked

Florian Glaser (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 08/25/2014

David versus Goliath. While most RPGs have more than a 100 people in the development team, Risen 3 is produced by a very small studio. This shows in the gameplay of the game. Find out more about this game with our in-depth benchmarks.

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Game Engine

It was clear even before the release, that the graphics of Risen 3 would not be on par with that of competitors like The Witcher 2. Although the Piranha Bytes studio has improved the Genome Engine significantly since Gothic 3, they still need to do some work in a few areas: whether it is the texture quality or polygon count. For a game released this year, Risen 3 looks very old.

However, Piranha Bytes has managed to alleviate some issues: unlike the dull Gothic series, the colors in this game are much stronger which helps make the Caribbean Pirate atmosphere seem authentic. Furthermore, the natural landscape and lush wildlife provide an enjoyable immersion. We really liked the realistic transition from day to night and the water looks great.

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Sadly, the game is plagued by a lot of flaws which should not be found in a modern game. The stiff (face) animation and clumsy combat system, which is based on luck and not skill or character attributes. The AI and pathing should also be improved. The familiar story comes across as staged and boring. Other games (like Mass Effect) present the world in a more exciting way.

However, Risen 3 deserves a play, especially due to the character system. Each character can be customized in multiple different ways and the RPG offers many different options when interacting with NPCs. Overall, the world of Risen 3 offers a lot to explore and discover.

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We like the graphics menu as, although it offers a mere 10 settings, user to adjust the visuals in-game. We were sad to find out that there was no decent Anti-Aliasing available. The rough borders hint at FXAA which is not very demanding on the hardware.

The four graphics presets (Low, Medium, High, Ultra) allow the user to optimize the graphics and gameplay to suit their system. Medium settings look decent and the user should avoid the Low settings, as at this level, the shadows, textures and visibility are negatively affected. The graphics quality at High are decent as long as you don't get too close to objects. Ultra details do not change the graphics or hardware performance by much but are not available for each setting.

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As expected of a Piranha Bytes game, Risen 3 is a little buggy (do not worry, it is nowhere near as buggy as Gothic 3). The following is a summary of the bugs we found in our test:

  • Notebooks with a dual-core CPU can have rare performance issues and stutters.
  • Powerful graphics cards stay stuck at 50 fps in some areas.
  • At medium details, sometimes a grid appears on the screen.
  • At times, High-End GPUs run the game more fluidly at max settings than at lower settings. With the GeForce GTX 780 Ti this resulted in a drastic difference (57 fps @ Minimum, 90 fps @ Ultra).
  • On the Radeon R9 M290X Risen 3 causes massive errors (Catalyst 14.7 RC1 and RC3 tested). As this is a notebook with switchable graphics, it could be that the Beta driver of the HD Graphics 4600 was responsible for these errors.
Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings

Benchmark

For our benchmarks we use the island of Antigua. The test starts at the west coast and moves along the beach to the main city. The benchmark ends at the villa of Admiral Alvarez after 50 seconds of gameplay (see video).

Results

Despite the mediocre game engine, Risen 3 requires significant graphics power. Entry-level models with a HD Graphics 4600 can only run the game at low resolution and settings (~42 fps @ Core i7-4700MQ). For Medium settings at 1,366 x 768 pixels we require a graphics card from the multimedia section. Even a GeForce GT 740M has to fight to get a good frame rate (~29 fps). 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and the High settings require a graphics card on par with the GeForce GTX 765M (~32 fps) or above. Modern high-end laptops, which have at least a GeForce GTX 860M, can run the game at Ultra details.

Discussion
Risen 3: Titan Lords
    1024x768 Low, Off     1366x768 Medium, Off     1920x1080 High, On AF:8x     1920x1080 Ultra/High, On AF:16x
GeForce GTX 780 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
57.1 (min: 49) fps ∼58%
67.3 (min: 49) fps ∼71%
78.4 (min: 49) fps ∼98%
90 (min: 49) fps ∼100%
Radeon R9 290X, 2600K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X Desktop
65 (min: 59) fps ∼66%
65 (min: 60) fps ∼69%
64 (min: 60) fps ∼80%
63 (min: 57) fps ∼70%
GeForce GTX 760, 3770K
Desktop-PC
56.7 (min: 49) fps ∼57%
66.4 (min: 49) fps ∼70%
63.1 (min: 49) fps ∼79%
59.2 (min: 38) fps ∼66%
Radeon R9 280X, 3770K
Desktop-PC
77.9 (min: 50) fps ∼79%
94.7 (min: 59) fps ∼100%
50.4 (min: 49) fps ∼63%
56.4 (min: 47) fps ∼63%
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
89.7 (min: 63) fps ∼91%
92.9 (min: 50) fps ∼98%
52.7 (min: 48) fps ∼66%
54.9 (min: 45) fps ∼61%
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
94.8 (min: 49) fps ∼96%
87.1 (min: 49) fps ∼92%
53.9 (min: 49) fps ∼68%
52.3 (min: 43) fps ∼58%
GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
99 (min: 91) fps ∼100%
71.8 (min: 48) fps ∼76%
55.1 (min: 46) fps ∼69%
45.4 (min: 36) fps ∼50%
Radeon R9 M290X, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
97.6 (min: 82) fps ∼99%
58.1 (min: 48) fps ∼61%
49.3 (min: 42) fps ∼62%
39.7 (min: 33) fps ∼44%
GeForce GTX 750 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
57 (min: 49) fps ∼58%
67.2 (min: 48) fps ∼71%
46 (min: 40) fps ∼58%
37.4 (min: 26) fps ∼41%
GeForce GTX 770M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
98.8 (min: 91) fps ∼100%
50.2 (min: 48) fps ∼53%
44.4 (min: 38) fps ∼56%
36.4 (min: 29) fps ∼40%
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
98.2 (min: 72) fps ∼99%
51.4 (min: 48) fps ∼54%
41 (min: 33) fps ∼51%
32.4 (min: 26) fps ∼36%
GeForce GTX 765M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
85.1 (min: 49) fps ∼86%
52.7 (min: 47) fps ∼56%
32.4 (min: 27) fps ∼41%
26.5 (min: 20) fps ∼29%
GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
75.9 (min: 42) fps ∼77%
47.3 (min: 38) fps ∼50%
25.9 (min: 21) fps ∼32%
21.8 (min: 14) fps ∼24%
GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
51.8 (min: 48) fps ∼52%
40.2 (min: 29) fps ∼42%
18.5 (min: 14) fps ∼23%
15.4 (min: 11) fps ∼17%
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180B3
Schenker S413
52 (min: 39) fps ∼53%
38 (min: 29) fps ∼40%
15.3 (min: 13) fps ∼19%
11.9 (min: 9) fps ∼13%
GeForce GT 640M, 2637M, Lite-On LMT-256M3M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
49 (min: 34) fps ∼49%
27.7 (min: 17) fps ∼29%
13.1 (min: 9) fps ∼16%
11 (min: 8) fps ∼12%
Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
49 (min: 37) fps ∼49%
28.5 (min: 19) fps ∼30%
12.5 (min: 10) fps ∼16%
9.9 (min: 7) fps ∼11%
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
52.2 (min: 39) fps ∼53%
28.8 (min: 21) fps ∼30%
11.8 (min: 9) fps ∼15%
9.8 (min: 7) fps ∼11%
Radeon HD 8650G, A10-5750M, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
42.6 (min: 28) fps ∼43%
24.3 (min: 15) fps ∼26%
9.9 (min: 7) fps ∼12%
GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM, Seagate Momentus 7200.5 ST9750420AS
Asus N56VM
47 (min: 35) fps ∼47%
26.4 (min: 17) fps ∼28%
9.5 (min: 7) fps ∼12%
7.9 (min: 5) fps ∼9%
GeForce GT 720M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
MSI CX61-i572M
27.2 fps ∼27%
19.3 fps ∼20%
8.1 fps ∼10%
HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
41.8 (min: 35) fps ∼42%
23.8 (min: 19) fps ∼25%
8.3 (min: 7) fps ∼10%
6.4 (min: 5) fps ∼7%
HD Graphics 4000, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
36.4 (min: 24) fps ∼37%
17.6 (min: 9) fps ∼19%
7.2 (min: 5) fps ∼9%
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Lite-On LMT-256M3M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
17 (min: 13) fps ∼17%
9.5 (min: 6) fps ∼10%
4.3 fps ∼5%
3.4 fps ∼4%

Test Systems

Four of our test models came from Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, Radeon R9 M290X)
  • W503 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 765M, GTX 770M, GTX 780M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

These laptops ran with Windows 7 64 bit on a 480 GB Crucial M500, provided by Micron.

A further model, provided by Nvidia, was used:

  • HP Envy 15-j011sg (Core i5-4200M, 12 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 740M)

GPU driver: Nvidia 340.52, AMD 14.7 RC3 Beta, Intel 10.18.10.3652 Beta

We also ran benchmarks on other notebooks which may use different drivers.

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Risen 3: Titan Lords
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low
1024x768
Low, Off
med.
1366x768
Medium, Off
high
1920x1080
High, On
8xAF
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra/High, On
16xAF
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
57.6
68.1
79.7
90.2
 11NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI
35.2
35.2
35
37.6
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti
57.1
67.3
78.4
90
 16AMD Radeon R9 290X
65
65
64
63
 23NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
35.252
35.23
353
41.33
 25AMD Radeon R9 280X
77.9
94.7
50.4
56.4
 28NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
35.1
35.3
39.5
53.3
 31NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
64
64
64
63
 43NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
62.62
64.12
43.43
54.73
 47NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
56.7
66.4
63.1
59.2
 48NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
94.8
87.1
53.9
52.3
 54NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
99
71.8
55.1
45.4
 55AMD Radeon R9 M290X
97.6
58.1
49.3
39.7
 66NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
57
67.2
46
37.4
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
35.952
35.62
43.72
36.92
 74NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
98.8
50.2
44.4
36.4
 75NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
67.052
36.24
41.26
33.156
 83NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
43.052
49.052
27.62
21.352
 84NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
78.652
49.252
26.62
22.52
Pos      Model                                     Risen 3: Titan Lords
lowmed.highultra
 89AMD Radeon HD 6870
40.7
32
 92NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
85.1
52.7
32.4
26.5
 144AMD Radeon R9 M265X
60
46.82
28.752
15.62
 155NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
51.8
40.2
18.5
15.4
 158NVIDIA GeForce 940M
462
32.452
14.452
12.72
 166NVIDIA GeForce 840M
52.33
31.33
20.13
123
 171AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
49
28.5
12.5
9.9
 172Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
52
38
15.3
11.9
 175NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
52.2
28.8
11.8
9.8
 176NVIDIA GeForce 930M
48.2
29.3
11
7.5
 178NVIDIA GeForce 830M
50
28.1
12.4
10.6
 205AMD Radeon R7 M270
51.42
31.452
13.752
10.852
 210NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
49
27.7
13.1
11
 211AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
27.1
17.1
8.2
 216AMD Radeon R7 M360
36.1
22.4
7.8
5.3
 226NVIDIA GeForce 920M
46.8
26.4
11
9.1
 231AMD Radeon R7 M260
28.7
20.1
 269AMD Radeon HD 8670M
22.3
14.7
8
 270AMD Radeon R6 M255DX
26.2
15.9
7.9
 289AMD Radeon HD 8650G
42.6
24.3
9.9
Pos      Model                                     Risen 3: Titan Lords
lowmed.highultra
 294NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
47
26.4
9.5
7.9
 299AMD Radeon R5 M330
25.3
16
 300AMD Radeon R5 M255
38.1
22
 302NVIDIA GeForce 820M
40
22.8
9.3
 304Intel Iris Graphics 6100
29
18.2
6.7
4.2
 305NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
27.2
19.3
8.1
 307AMD Radeon R5 M240
28.052
17.352
8.7
 309AMD Radeon R5 M230
30.5
16.9
7.2
 318Intel Iris Graphics 5100
37.3
20.3
8.7
7.3
 320*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
21
11.5
5.2
 323Intel HD Graphics 4600
31.152
18.92
72
6.4
 325Intel HD Graphics 5500
25.052
14.552
6
 327AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
21.8
12.8
 331AMD Radeon HD 7660G
40.2
24.3
 334Intel HD Graphics 5000
28.7
17.6
6.6
5.2
 350AMD Radeon HD 8550G
39
22.2
8.6
 367Intel HD Graphics 4400
21.23
15.63
 397Intel HD Graphics 5300
17.3
11.7
4.6
 406Intel HD Graphics 4000
36.4
17.6
7.2
 412AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
29.3
13.2
4.2
1.9
Pos      Model                                     Risen 3: Titan Lords
lowmed.highultra
 413AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
16.5
10.8
 414Intel HD Graphics 4200
19.9
11.7
 423AMD Radeon HD 8450G
23.7
13.9
 427AMD Radeon HD 8400
19.6
 439AMD Radeon HD 8350G
22
12.5
 440AMD Radeon HD 8330
14.6
 443AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
19.9
11
 460Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
7.9
5.6
 469Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
13.3
9.7
 508Intel HD Graphics 3000
17
9.5
4.3
3.4
 526AMD Radeon HD 8210
6.9
 569Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
8.4
5.9
* Smaller values are better. / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
123Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
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