The Witcher 2

Florian Glaser (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 11/02/2011

The Witcher 2 is a well-designed role-playing game with high hardware requirements. In the following article, we will show how demanding the game can be on the hardware.

How we test

It is possible to skip chapters "The Witcher 2" and so we skip ahead to a demanding graphic scene: the appearance of the dragon („Kingslayer“/Königsmörder“). The recording starts as soon as we get control over the Hero - Geralt. During the dragon attacks, we run to the end of the tunnel to the left. At that point the FRAPS recording stops.

1024x768, Low Preset, Radeon HD 5850
1024x768, Low Preset, Radeon HD 5850
1366x768, Medium Preset, Radeon HD 5850
1366x768, Medium Preset, Radeon HD 5850
1600x900, High Preset, Radeon HD 5850
1600x900, High Preset, Radeon HD 5850
1920x1080, Very High Preset, Super-Sampling, Radeon HD 5850
1920x1080, Very High Preset, Super-Sampling, Radeon HD 5850

Analysis of the Benchmarks

We do not recommend installation of this game for users with low-end or middle-end graphic cards. The popular GeForce GT 540M can only manage 15 fps with medium details and a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. A high-end graphic card like the GeForce GTX 580M or a Radeon HD 6990M is necessary to run the game on high details and active Anti-Aliasing. Ultra high details and a Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels) with Super-Sampling is too much for any currently available notebook graphic card. Even expensive dual-GPU systems have to give up at these settings. 

An overview of the games we have tested can be found here.

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011)
low
1024x768
low
med.
1366x768
medium
high
1600x900
high
onAA
ultra
1920x1080
very high
UbersamplingAA
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
46
47
45
25
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
47
16
 23NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
48
48
48
20
 37NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
46
46
44
11
 48AMD Radeon HD 6870
44
14
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
48
43
13
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
45
45
32
9
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
72
41
31
10
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
43.3
38.5
25.9
7.22
 111NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
47
36
23
6
 119ATI Radeon HD 4850
48
34
22
7
 135NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
25
21
15
4
 154AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
39
27
17
13
 203NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
29
18
 218NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
24
15
 227AMD Radeon HD 7660G
21.5
17
8
 237AMD Radeon HD 6630M
23
 295Intel HD Graphics 4000
21
13
 298AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
21
14
7
Pos      Model                                     The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
lowmed.highultra
 341NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
15
9
6
 380Intel HD Graphics 3000
13
 428Intel HD Graphics 2000
9
* 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.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.
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Author: Florian Glaser, 2011-11- 2 (Update: 2013-06- 6)