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Anthem Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Alex Alderson), 03/11/2019

An emotional rollercoaster. While Anthem has been criticised for its content and story, the first-person shooter has triumphant graphics. Read on to find out the system requirements for BioWare’s latest shooter along with how it performs on various laptop and desktop GPUs.

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Technology

BioWare is proving that even flagship studios can fall from grace and lose their reputation. After role-playing pearls like Baldur's Gate, Knights of the Old Republic and Dragon Age, the Canadian developer is now just a shadow of its former self. In 2017, Mass Effect Andromeda drew criticism for its weak story and lack of character development. Now in 2019, Anthem is facing criticism for its similar narrative structure and often repetitive missions.

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The bad press that Anthem is currently receiving is a shame because it is one of the most beautiful games we have ever played. The game has been built on EA’s Frostbite 3 engine, which comes from Battlefield developer DICE. In short, the effects, degree of detail, lighting, shadows and texture sharpness are all exceptional.

Moreover, the intuitive and fluid controls along with the ease with which it is to use the jetpack make Anthem not only enjoyable to look at but also to play. The Hollywood-style combat system is also convincing, but it lacks variety and moves are repeated quickly. Speaking of Hollywood, the transitions between video sequences and in-game action are often seamless, which adds to the immersive atmosphere of the game.

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The developers could improve the loading and login times though. The game takes too long to boot, change scenes or return to the main menu for our liking. The long loading times are especially noticeable with the game running from an HDD. BioWare and EA have already significantly reduced loading times with a recent patch update, so there is hope that loading times could further shorten in time. Additionally, the opening videos cannot be skipped, which is even more annoying considering that the game must be restarted to apply some graphics changes.

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The video menu is arranged well just as other Frostbite games are. BioWare has divided the graphics options into three tabs, the first of which being display settings, which are responsible for the picture mode, resolution, V-sync and optional HDR. The second tab is titled “Graphics Settings” and contains options for brightness, motion blur, depth of field, chromatic aberrations and the degree to which the camera appears to wobble. Most graphics settings are hidden within the “Advanced Graphics” tab, which contains several presets and 10 individual options for you to tweak the look of the game to your preferences.

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However, there are hardly any differences between the graphics presets, unlike other games that we have recently benchmarked like Dirt Rally 2.0. The benefit of this is that Anthem looks great even at the lowest preset, but the flipside is that the game has hefty system requirements.

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In general, we would say that Anthem lacks the final touches of other Frostbite 3 games like those in the Battlefield series. The game often lurches for a few seconds after loading regardless of the GPU on which it is being played, which is not the case with Battlefield V.

There are also frequent frame-rate drops for weaker systems with limited amounts of VRAM, which prevent the game from running smoothly at high resolutions and quality levels. Occasionally, objects take an age to appear if they do at all. Moreover, we experienced a few crashes and error messages for some inexplicable reason despite having the most recent graphics drivers installed.

Low preset
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Medium preset
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High preset
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Ultra preset
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Benchmarks

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Since Anthem does not include a benchmark, our tests are based on an in-game sequence that we could repeat multiple times. As you can see in the video below, our benchmark consists of us walking around Fort Tarsis for almost 25 seconds. We walked the same route each time and encountered many NPCs, which pushes most systems hard, although it is not a worst-case scenario. Anthem should be playable for most people if a test system averages at least 40 FPS in our benchmark, although 60 FPS and upwards will look noticeably smoother.

Results

HD (1280x720)

Anthem overwhelms integrated GPUs like the Intel HD Graphics 630 even at the game’s lowest settings. We would recommend playing the game on at least an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M or a GeForce GTX 970M for a smoother experience.

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    1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
119 (min: 98) fps ∼77%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
139 (min: 119) fps ∼90%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
135 (min: 109) fps ∼87%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
96 (min: 79) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
92.5 (min: 76) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
Desktop-PC
87.1 (min: 67) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
83.3 (min: 72) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
78 (min: 65) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
76.8 (min: 64) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
72.6 (min: 57) fps ∼47%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
70 (min: 58) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
67.3 (min: 50) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
50.1 (min: 38) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
38.4 (min: 32) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
40.8 (min: 29) fps ∼26%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
9.2 (min: 7) fps ∼6%

FHD (1920x1080)

The latter should also be suitable for playing Anthem in 1080p on the medium preset, but a GeForce GTX 980M or GeForce GTX 1060 would offer a more consistent experience. Likewise, while the GeForce GTX 980M is powerful enough to average over 40 FPS on the high or ultra presets, the GeForce GTX 1060 dropped below just that threshold in our tests.

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    1920x1080 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
99 (min: 70) fps ∼72%
104 (min: 71) fps ∼73%
116 (min: 98) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
94 (min: 82) fps ∼69%
99.4 (min: 84) fps ∼70%
117 (min: 104) fps ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
78.4 (min: 61) fps ∼57%
85.2 (min: 70) fps ∼60%
99.2 (min: 82) fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
77.1 (min: 48) fps ∼56%
84.7 (min: 71) fps ∼60%
88.8 (min: 75) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
72.3 (min: 53) fps ∼53%
78.4 (min: 58) fps ∼55%
83.3 (min: 70) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
64.1 (min: 44) fps ∼47%
71.2 (min: 48) fps ∼50%
76 (min: 61) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
Desktop-PC
56.4 (min: 49) fps ∼41%
60 (min: 52) fps ∼42%
71 (min: 60) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
48.3 (min: 37) fps ∼35%
52.6 (min: 39) fps ∼37%
63 (min: 46) fps ∼43%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
62 (min: 53) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
40.7 (min: 35) fps ∼30%
44.8 (min: 36) fps ∼32%
51.9 (min: 43) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
29.1 (min: 10) fps ∼21%
35.3 (min: 24) fps ∼25%
42.8 (min: 38) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
28.2 (min: 23) fps ∼21%
32.7 (min: 27) fps ∼23%
38.9 (min: 30) fps ∼27%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
30.4 (min: 16) fps ∼22%
33.9 (min: 29) fps ∼24%
40.3 (min: 36) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
26.4 (min: 21) fps ∼19%
29.1 (min: 23) fps ∼20%
34.5 (min: 29) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
24.4 (min: 20) fps ∼18%
26.9 (min: 22) fps ∼19%
33.5 (min: 28) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
17.2 (min: 13) fps ∼13%
18.5 (min: 15) fps ∼13%
23.2 (min: 18) fps ∼16%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
4.8 (min: 3) fps ∼3%

QHD (2560x1440) & UHD (3840x2160)

Predictably, Anthem pushes even high-end modern GPUs hard at QHD and UHD on the ultra preset. The GeForce GTX 1070 is powerful enough to play the game smoothly at these settings in QHD, but you would need to step up to a GeForce GTX 1080 to experience the game in 60 FPS. Playing the game in UHD on the ultra preset is out of the question for all but the GeForce RTX 2080, with the GeForce GTX 1080 only able to average around 35 FPS.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
45.9 (min: 42) fps ∼70%
82 (min: 71) fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
35.9 (min: 33) fps ∼54%
66.6 (min: 56) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
34.6 (min: 31) fps ∼52%
61.2 (min: 47) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
29.4 (min: 27) fps ∼45%
54.4 (min: 48) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
29 (min: 26) fps ∼44%
54.5 (min: 47) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
25.6 (min: 23) fps ∼39%
47.6 (min: 40) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
Desktop-PC
19.9 (min: 17) fps ∼30%
37.6 (min: 33) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
17.7 (min: 15) fps ∼27%
34.3 (min: 29) fps ∼30%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
22.1 (min: 20) fps ∼33%
42.7 (min: 38) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
14 (min: 12) fps ∼21%
26.2 (min: 22) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
8.6 (min: 7) fps ∼13%
17 (min: 13) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
6.5 (min: 3) fps ∼10%
17.3 (min: 12) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
3.5 fps ∼5%
13.1 fps ∼11%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
3.2 (min: 1) fps ∼5%
10 (min: 2) fps ∼9%

Note

Gaming tests are often time-consuming and are hampered by activation or installation limits. Hence, we can currently only provide some of the benchmarks for Anthem. We shall update this article with more GPUs in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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      Model
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low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
113
105
102
97
53.4
AMD Radeon VII
113.2
100.3
93.8
90.5
48.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
84.5
73.7
72.1
67.4
26.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
119
116
104
99
45.9
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
106.9
99.4
96.2
89.9
42.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
104.6
98.1
96
91
44.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
135
117
99.4
94
35.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
88.8
85.4
79.8
35.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
96
88.8
84.7
77.1
34.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
100.8
87.8
77.9
73.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
114
103
95
88
34.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
139
99.2
85.2
78.4
29.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
92.5
83.3
78.4
72.3
29
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
83.3
76
71.2
64.1
25.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
87.1
71
60
56.4
19.9
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
62
22.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
76.8
63
52.6
48.3
17.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
78
51.9
44.8
40.7
14
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
23.81
19.78
10
      Model
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
72.6
38.9
32.7
28.2
6.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
67.3
42.8
35.3
29.1
3.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
67.1
40.5
34
30.4
9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
67
36.7
30.5
28.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
50.1
34.5
29.1
26.4
8.6
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
70
40.3
33.9
30.4
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
60
34.8
28.8
26.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
40.8
23.2
18.5
17.2
3.2
AMD Radeon 530
18.6
11
Intel HD Graphics 630
9.2
4.8
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * 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
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
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.
?Uncertain – 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.

Test Systems

Device Graphics Card Processor RAM OS
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
Desktop-PC II NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11 GB GDDR5X)
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti (6 GB GDDR5)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury (4 GB HBM)
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X (4 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3 GB GDDR5)
MSI Radeon R7 370 (2 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-7740X 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
Desktop-PC III AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8 GB HBM2)
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 (8 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal) (12 GB GDDR5X)
Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (2 GB GDDR5)
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
Desktop-PC IV NVIDIA Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 4 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
Alienware 17 R4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
Acer Triton 700 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
ASUS G752VS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI GT62VR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
ASUS GL753VD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI GL62 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
ASUS G752VY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI GS60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI GL72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI PE60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI CX72 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI GP62 NVIDIA GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI CX61 NVIDIA GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-Bit
ASUS N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-Bit
4K Monitore Nvidia Treiber AMD Treiber
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB ForceWare 419.17 Adrenalin 19.2.3
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Florian Glaser, 2019-03-11 (Update: 2019-03-12)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.