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Star Wars Battlefront Notebook Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 11/24/2015

Eye candy. Casualization or not: “Star Wars Battlefront” is a real highlight in terms of graphics, which makes most competitors look rather outdated. Find out if you can also enjoy the game on notebooks.

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Graphics

Similar to the shooter siblings “Battlefield 4” and “Battlefield Hardline”, developer DICE once again uses the Frostbite 3 engine, which has been constantly optimized and improved with new features over the last few years. It does not matter if you look at textures, lighting or effects (water, particles,...): “Star Wars Battlefront” leaves a great impression in almost every aspect. Other strengths of the Frostbite 3 engine are the huge level architectures; hardly any other game offers such large areas. This will often result in annoying walking distances, but the visibility is still more than impressive from a technical point of view.

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Star Wars Battlefront
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Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront

Now one might think that the quantity affects the quality, but it is actually quite the reverse: There are an extreme number of objects, especially on the forest planet Endor with its bushes, branches and small plants. The other planets look very atmospheric as well - despite desert, mountain and ice environments.

Great: Thanks to the proven technology, “Battlefront” is surprisingly free of bugs. Except for some textures and objects that pop up and the mediocre AI, which can sometimes be annoying, we did not encounter any serious issues during our tests. DICE has created a good overall package, which assists the player with clever tutorials, simple menus and intuitive controls.

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The developers also deserve credit for the comprehensive graphics settings. Even though the handling of the corresponding menu is not as comfortable as the “Battlefield” counterpart (much more scrolling), most users will be satisfied. As well as various individual settings, you will find four handy presets under the item "Graphics Quality", which can adjust the graphics in multiple steps. There are also toggles for the depth of view, the intensity of the motion blur and the resolution scale (we always leave the latter at standard).

You can also change the general resolution, the picture mode as well as the refresh rate. If you hate line adjustments, you should definitely activate V-Sync. Without V-Sync, the performance will be capped at 200 fps. The anti-aliasing of ‘Battlefront” deserves some criticism. Unlike “Battlefield 4” and “Hardline”, the game does not support high-quality MSAA, but only the post processing versions FXAA and TAA; at least they do not affect the performance as much.

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Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront
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Star Wars Battlefront

Nevertheless, “Battlefront” looks pretty good with the medium settings. We could not determine many differences between the High and Ultra preset, which is confirmed by the similar performance. “Battlefront” accepts all changes without a restart, so users of older notebooks can comfortably play with all the settings and enjoy the great soundtrack in the process. Because of the reasonable loading times (at least with SSDs) and skippable videos, the waiting times are pretty short. Around 27 GB is also acceptable for a game from 2015.

Benchmark

As far as we can tell, the forest planet is the most challenging for the hardware. As you can see in the video below, our benchmark takes place in the single-player mission "Hero Battle on Endor", which can also be played with another player (optional). Playing as Darth Vader, you can run, jump and use your “lightsaber” for around 40 seconds on a pre-defined path. Thanks to the mixture of indoor and outdoor environments, we can ensure some fps variations.

Based on our experiences, the benchmark sequence roughly represents the performance of a typical multi-player battle, although there can be differences depending on the level, the GPU and the settings. In any case, an average of 35 fps should be an indicator of a decent gameplay experience.

Results

If your notebook uses an Intel HD Graphics GPU, then “Battlefront” will not run completely smooth in any setting. The HD 4600, for example, manages only 30 fps at 1024x768 and the "Low" preset. It requires at least a GeForce GT 740M or Intel Iris Graphics, respectively, for a smooth run of the benchmark sequence. 1366x768 pixels and medium details requires at least a GeForce GT 750M, while 1920x1080 pixels and the "High" preset are reserved for powerful gaming chips like the GeForce GTX 960M. Maximum graphic details are possible with a GeForce GTX 870M or faster.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
4K Settings
4K Settings
Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
4K Settings
4K Settings
Discussion
We noticed incorrect light reflections with the Intel Iris Graphics 6100 with medium settings and higher.
We noticed incorrect light reflections with the Intel Iris Graphics 6100 with medium settings and higher.

Notebook users have to be careful with resolutions higher than 1920x1080. Even the old top model GeForce GTX 980M is not powerful enough for the combination of the "High" preset and 4K (3840x2160). This would require a GTX 980 (we checked the desktop-counterpart) or an SLI combination consisting of two GTX 980M cards. However, the hardware requirements are justified when you consider the great graphics quality.

Like many other games, the processor does not play an important role. As long as the CPU is not very old or from the low-end segment, higher settings will always be limited by the GPU. By the way, graphics cards from AMD perform better than expected against their Nvidia counterparts (see R9 290X vs. GTX 980 @4K).

Star Wars Battlefront
    3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX     1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX     1366x768 Medium Preset AA:FX     1024x768 Low Preset
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
50 (min: 43) fps ∼38%
119 (min: 100) fps ∼61%
129 (min: 85) fps ∼65%
150 (min: 91) fps ∼75%
166 (min: 103) fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
43.4 (min: 36) fps ∼33%
104 (min: 92) fps ∼53%
118 (min: 94) fps ∼60%
159 (min: 112) fps ∼80%
186 (min: 160) fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
40.4 (min: 35) fps ∼31%
104.1 (min: 89) fps ∼53%
119.2 (min: 104) fps ∼60%
199.9 (min: 197) fps ∼100%
200 (min: 199) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
27.9 (min: 23) fps ∼21%
73.1 (min: 61) fps ∼37%
88.3 (min: 71) fps ∼45%
145.2 (min: 123) fps ∼73%
169.7 (min: 140) fps ∼85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
21.9 (min: 18) fps ∼17%
59 (min: 50) fps ∼30%
70.8 (min: 61) fps ∼36%
136.8 (min: 116) fps ∼68%
168.1 (min: 136) fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
19.4 (min: 16) fps ∼15%
52 (min: 43) fps ∼27%
61 (min: 54) fps ∼31%
125 (min: 98) fps ∼63%
172 (min: 124) fps ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, 6700K
Desktop PC
17.7 (min: 14) fps ∼13%
52 (min: 46) fps ∼27%
60.8 (min: 52) fps ∼31%
127.4 (min: 104) fps ∼64%
197.8 (min: 169) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
17.5 (min: 14) fps ∼13%
48.7 (min: 38) fps ∼25%
55.9 (min: 45) fps ∼28%
111.5 (min: 90) fps ∼56%
161 (min: 116) fps ∼81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
14.2 (min: 12) fps ∼11%
40.8 (min: 33) fps ∼21%
45.9 (min: 36) fps ∼23%
95.4 (min: 76) fps ∼48%
149 (min: 108) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
11.6 (min: 9) fps ∼9%
34.4 (min: 28) fps ∼18%
40.9 (min: 33) fps ∼21%
90.2 (min: 76) fps ∼45%
151.3 (min: 113) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
8.4 (min: 6) fps ∼6%
29.8 (min: 26) fps ∼15%
31.4 (min: 26) fps ∼16%
67.8 (min: 53) fps ∼34%
115.7 (min: 84) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
8.3 (min: 6) fps ∼6%
24.6 (min: 21) fps ∼13%
28.7 (min: 24) fps ∼14%
63.8 (min: 49) fps ∼32%
103.4 (min: 65) fps ∼52%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
19.7 (min: 8) fps ∼10%
22 (min: 10) fps ∼11%
30 (min: 16) fps ∼15%
54.4 (min: 30) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
13.3 (min: 11) fps ∼7%
15.5 (min: 12) fps ∼8%
33.6 (min: 27) fps ∼17%
55.7 (min: 42) fps ∼28%
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ
Schenker S413
13.2 (min: 11) fps ∼7%
28.4 (min: 23) fps ∼14%
51 (min: 41) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
9.4 (min: 8) fps ∼5%
11 (min: 9) fps ∼6%
23.8 (min: 19) fps ∼12%
40.1 (min: 30) fps ∼20%
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri), FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
18 (min: 5) fps ∼9%
29.5 (min: 5) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
7.2 fps ∼4%
15.2 fps ∼8%
25.1 fps ∼13%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
7.9 (min: 6) fps ∼4%
16.8 (min: 14) fps ∼8%
30.8 (min: 24) fps ∼15%

Test Systems

Four of our test models are provided by Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, GTX 970M, GTX 980M)
  • A505 (Core i7-4720HQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 960M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

Three notebooks are provided by Nvidia:

In addition, Intel provided one notebook:

  • Schenker S413 (Core i7-4750HQ, 8 GB DDR3, Iris Pro Graphics 5200)

The desktop PCs are equipped with CPUs/APUs from Intel and AMD, SSDs from Micron, OCZ, Intel and Samsung, motherboards from Intel and Asus as well as graphics cards from Nvidia, PNY and AMD. We use the monitor Asus PB287Q for our 4K tests.

We used the following GPU drivers: Nvidia 359.00, AMD 15.11.1 Beta, Intel 20.19.15.4300 (Win 10) and Intel 10.18.14.4294 (Win 7), respectively.

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront
 Star Wars Battlefront (2015)
low
1024x768
Low Preset
med.
1366x768
Medium Preset
FXAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
FXAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
FXAA
4k
3840x2160
High Preset
FXAA
 1NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
169.6
165.4
162.9
158.6
88.6
 2NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
198
195
132
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
198
196
106
 4NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
200
200
192
171
67
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
183
164
66.2
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
161.7
150.6
114.4
110.4
62.6
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
1432
54.852
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
141.82
125.92
48.752
 10NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
134
53
 12AMD Radeon R9 Fury
166
150
129
119
50
 13AMD Radeon R9 Nano
117
48.8
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
200
199.9
119.2
104.1
40.4
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
2002
199.32
121.12
1032
40.152
 18AMD Radeon R9 390X
161.2
140.8
117.3
104
42.5
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI
199.8
196.9
127.1
109.3
40.8
 20NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
200
200
120
102
37.9
 21*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
102
82.452
33.4
 23AMD Radeon RX 480
100
38.5
 25NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
188.9
111.452
95.852
34.7
Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront
lowmed.highultra4k
 30AMD Radeon R9 290X
186
159
118
104
43.4
 37NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
182.42
159.53
88.33
75.23
28.052
 39AMD Radeon R9 280X
195
168
92
76
32.4
 40AMD Radeon R9 380
130.6
124.6
68.5
61.3
24.5
 41NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
196.9
144.9
70.1
60.8
21.2
 42NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
61
21.6
 43*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
72.4
62.7
22.4
 44NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
168.13
139.354
70.454
59.64
20.452
 47NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
164
143.9
71.3
61.4
21.9
 55NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
124.5
59.4
50.9
17.8
 58AMD Radeon R7 370
172
125
61
52
19.4
 60NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
161
111.5
55.9
48.7
17.5
 61NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
197.8
127.4
60.8
52
17.7
 68AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
57.8
48.6
17.8
 72NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
170.23
116.83
55.93
47.33
15.952
 73NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
149
95.4
45.9
40.8
14.2
 75AMD Radeon HD 8970M
87.2
71
55.8
48.2
 85*AMD Radeon R9 M390
161
107
54
45.4
14.9
 90NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
104.83
79.054
37.95
33.354
11.72
 92NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
131
83.1
38.9
32.7
Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront
lowmed.highultra4k
 97NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
115.7
67.8
31.4
29.8
8.4
 106NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
101.23
59.83
26.83
23.33
 108AMD Radeon R9 M385X
34.6
31.4
20.9
 109NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
103.4
63.8
28.7
24.6
8.3
 111AMD Radeon R9 M280X
54.4
30
22
19.7
 178NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
55.7
33.6
15.5
13.3
 180NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
54.15
32.45
164
13.23
 182NVIDIA GeForce 940M
49.72
30.12
13.4
11.7
 185*NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
54
32.5
14.8
12.5
 188AMD Radeon R7 M370
52.1
32.8
16
13.5
 197*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
22.9
21.2
10.5
 199Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
51
28.4
13.2
 201NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
40.1
23.8
11
9.4
 202NVIDIA GeForce 930M
46.2
28.5
12.8
11.2
 204*Intel Iris Graphics 550
52.6
29.9
 207Intel Iris Graphics 540
40.2
22.9
 208*NVIDIA Quadro M500M
56.5
33.3
15.2
13
 226*NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
42.6
25.5
11.3
 239AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
29.5
18
 241*AMD Radeon R7 M460
35.852
23.72
112
9.1
Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront
lowmed.highultra4k
 244AMD Radeon R7 M360
23.53
21.83
9.93
8.652
 246*AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
21.3
16.3
8.8
8
 249AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
36
23.1
11.3
9.9
 250AMD Radeon R7 M440
25.6
18.6
9.1
 256AMD Radeon R7 M340
23.7
16.1
8.7
5.3
 257NVIDIA GeForce 920M
17.352
21
9.6
8.6
 258AMD Radeon R6 M340DX
33.9
20.5
9.5
6.9
 265AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
22.9
12.7
7.8
 267*Intel HD Graphics 620
40.3
22.7
10.2
 268AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
21.052
14.82
8.6
7.5
 333AMD Radeon R5 M335
33.7
20.6
9.3
6.1
 334*AMD Radeon R5 M430
36.3
22.2
10.1
 335AMD Radeon R5 M330
35.552
21.752
9.8
6.9
 336AMD Radeon R5 M255
32.7
21.9
10.1
 338NVIDIA GeForce 910M
23.2
16.2
7.7
4.3
 340Intel HD Graphics 520
27.954
15.554
 341Intel Iris Graphics 6100
34.6
20.7
9.8
 342NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
25.1
15.2
7.2
 361Intel HD Graphics 4600
26.152
14.72
72
 365*Intel HD Graphics 615
19.8
11.5
Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront
lowmed.highultra4k
 406Intel HD Graphics 515
18.7
10.4
 407Intel HD Graphics 4400
24.9
14.3
 437Intel HD Graphics 5300
13.8
7.4
 438*Intel HD Graphics 505
10.9
6.3
 452*Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell)
15.3
8.5
 455AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
18.2
11
 458Intel HD Graphics 4200
19.2
11.5
 535Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
8.8
4.8
* 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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