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Apex Legends Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Greg Williams), 03/13/2019

Through the roof. In a very short time the free-to-play game Apex Legends has attracted millions of players - a good reason for us to have a look at the first-person shooter and put its system requirements under the magnifying glass.

Apex Legends

Technical

Those who thought that the battle-royale market was saturated, what with PUBG, Fortnite and Call of Duty 4: Black Ops, were quickly disabused of that notion in early February 2019. Apex Legends, from the makers of Titanfall - Respawn Entertainment, has been so successful that it has managed to overshadow the releases of highly anticipated games such as Metro: Exodus.

The level of hype achieved by this game surprised us too. At first glance, it appears to be just "another" multiplayer first-person shooter that has a highly colourful style that is not dissimilar to other games in the genre such as Borderlands and Overwatch. As Fortnite managed to do in 2018, Apex Legends marries familiar elements with its own individual flair in order to achieve a well-rounded package which, despite a bit of a learning curve due to content and gameplay (multiple classes with different skills), is very approachable and quickly becomes familiar.

Apex Legends
Apex Legends
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Apex Legends
Apex Legends

One reason for the positive first impression is the well thought-out control scheme. Due to its combination of smooth movement (reminiscent of id Software's games) and the clear animations, Apex Legends feels very fast and full of action. The satisfying weapon feedback in terms of sound also adds to the atmosphere.

Graphically it is above-average for a free-to-play title, but of course it cannot be compared to giants of the genre such as Battlefield V - the textures are not sharp enough. However, it gets plus points for its long draw distance.

Apex Legends
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Apex Legends
Apex Legends
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Apex Legends

Players will be happy to see a comprehensive video-settings menu that is logically laid out with short explanations of each individual setting. As is typical with most FPS games, it is possible alongside the usual aspect ratio and image options to change the resolution as well as field of view (plus there is an optional colour-blind mode).

You can go even deeper into detail in the advanced options. Whilst the options for V-Sync and "adaptive resolution target" were disabled for our tests, we modified all other settings for the different graphical detail levels. Due to indicators under each option you can see straight away where in the range your selected level for the option is. The fact that settings are also immediately applied and don't require a restart also earns praise.

Apex Legends
Apex Legends

In terms of criticism, we'd only like to see predefined presets to set the overall graphics quality with a single click. It's also somewhat disappointing that the VRAM requirement as per "Texture Streaming Budget" doesn't deliver, as whilst one would expect 8 GB of VRAM to be used, in reality it is much less and the game is not heavy on VRAM. The system requirements can be described overall as "moderate".

Otherwise, the game left a good first impression technically. Apart from a few incidents with connection problems ("Server out of sync") we didn't experience any significant issues or crashes during our testing. The loading times were also acceptable. The same goes for the install size - about 20 GB is reasonably small for a 2019 title.

Minimum Settings
Minimum Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Maximum Settings
Maximum Settings

Benchmark

Due to the fact that battle-royale games don't allow running performance measurements, we did our testing in the training mission. This results in a frame rate somewhat higher than in the "actual" game but - from what we were able to determine - not excessively so. Because this is a game with fast gameplay, and a first-person shooter, the ideal minimum FPS is 60. Someone playing casually may be able to tolerate frame rates around 40 FPS if necessary. More than 144 FPS is not possible due to a built-in frame-rate limiter.

Results

HD (1280x720)

Whilst notebooks with integrated GPUs such as the Intel HD Graphics 630 will tend to be overwhelmed, dedicated low-end GPUs on the level of the GeForce MX130 with minimum settings and 1280x720 will be playable.

Apex Legends
    1280x720 Minimum Settings
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
134 (min: 122) fps ∼92%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
117 (min: 104) fps ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
114 (min: 99) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
92.9 (min: 82) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
71 (min: 63) fps ∼49%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
22.8 (min: 18) fps ∼16%

FHD (1920x1080)

Moving up to 1920x1080, we recommend a GPU from the mid-range options. Medium details are playable from a GeForce GTX 1050 upwards and high to maximum settings starting from a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

Apex Legends
    1920x1080 Maximum Settings AA:TS AF:16x     1920x1080 High Settings AA:TS AF:8x     1920x1080 Medium Settings AA:TS AF:4x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
144 (min: 143) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
130 (min: 117) fps ∼90%
132 (min: 122) fps ∼90%
144 (min: 140) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
124.9 (min: 113) fps ∼86%
126.7 (min: 114) fps ∼87%
140 (min: 131) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
111 (min: 94) fps ∼77%
113 (min: 101) fps ∼77%
127 (min: 115) fps ∼88%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
109 (min: 89) fps ∼75%
111 (min: 98) fps ∼76%
133 (min: 121) fps ∼92%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
95.8 (min: 77) fps ∼66%
97.7 (min: 88) fps ∼67%
111 (min: 99) fps ∼77%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
76.8 (min: 68) fps ∼53%
78.5 (min: 69) fps ∼54%
92 (min: 81) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
69 (min: 56) fps ∼48%
71.1 (min: 62) fps ∼49%
81.1 (min: 71) fps ∼56%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
77 (min: 68) fps ∼53%
78 (min: 65) fps ∼53%
93 (min: 85) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
53.9 (min: 41) fps ∼37%
55.7 (min: 49) fps ∼38%
65.1 (min: 53) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
42.3 (min: 28) fps ∼29%
44.8 (min: 40) fps ∼31%
53 (min: 46) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
41 (min: 35) fps ∼28%
43.3 (min: 38) fps ∼30%
52.3 (min: 46) fps ∼36%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
34.2 (min: 21) fps ∼24%
36.4 (min: 32) fps ∼25%
43.8 (min: 39) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
33.2 (min: 24) fps ∼23%
36.4 (min: 32) fps ∼25%
40.8 (min: 35) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
35.2 (min: 30) fps ∼24%
36.7 (min: 31) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
24.8 (min: 17) fps ∼17%
26.7 (min: 23) fps ∼18%
30.9 (min: 27) fps ∼21%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
8.9 (min: 8) fps ∼6%

QHD (2560x1440) & UHD (3840x2160)

Those with QHD displays will need a high-end GPU under the hood. At a resolution of 2560x1440 with full details we recommend a minimum of a GeForce GTX 1060. However, UHD displays with 3840x2160 will demand more and a GeForce GTX 1080 or better will be needed here.

Apex Legends
    3840x2160 Maximum Settings AA:TS AF:16x     2560x1440 Maximum Settings AA:TS AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
60 (min: 53) fps ∼49%
112 (min: 100) fps ∼77%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
46.9 (min: 41) fps ∼39%
89.7 (min: 79) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
44.8 (min: 39) fps ∼37%
85 (min: 69) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
38.4 (min: 33) fps ∼32%
73.4 (min: 56) fps ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
36.5 (min: 32) fps ∼30%
71.6 (min: 57) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
34 (min: 29) fps ∼28%
65 (min: 57) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
24.6 (min: 21) fps ∼20%
49.9 (min: 43) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
22 (min: 18) fps ∼18%
45.2 (min: 39) fps ∼31%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
24.9 (min: 18) fps ∼21%
50 (min: 41) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
18.1 (min: 13) fps ∼15%
35.1 (min: 29) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
14 (min: 8) fps ∼12%
27.8 (min: 22) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
13.7 (min: 11) fps ∼11%
26.7 (min: 19) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
11.1 (min: 9) fps ∼9%
21.1 (min: 15) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
7.6 (min: 6) fps ∼6%
16.3 (min: 14) fps ∼11%

Note

Due to the fact that gaming tests are very time intensive and also sometimes hindered by installation and activation limits, we're only able to provide a portion of the benchmarks at the time of publishing this article. Further graphics cards will be tested in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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      Model
Apex Legends
 Apex Legends (2019)
low
1280x720
Minimum Settings
med.
1920x1080
Medium Settings
4xAF TSAA
high
1920x1080
High Settings
8xAF TSAA
ultra
1920x1080
Maximum Settings
16xAF TSAA
QHD
2560x1440
Maximum Settings
16xAF TSAA
4K
3840x2160
Maximum Settings
16xAF TSAA
NVIDIA Titan RTX
144
144
144
144
143.8
121.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
143
144
144
144
138
82
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
144
144
144n2
126.5n2
75
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
143.7
137.1
120.9n2
118.95n2
36
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
144
144
144
144
112
60
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
144
143
143
143
113
67
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
144n2
144n2
144n2
144n2
130n2
75.9n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
144
144
132
130
89.7
46.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
143
131n2
129n2
88.2
45.4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
144
144
133
131
93
52.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
143
144
119
118
84
45.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
144
140
126.7
124.9
85
44.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
143.7
143
115.9
115.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
144
144
141
139
98
52
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
144
138
123
121
81
42.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
143.7
130.4
105.2
104.4
79.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
144
127
113
111
73.4
38.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
144
133
111
109
71.6
36.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
144
111
97.7
95.8
65
34
      Model
Apex Legends
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop)
144
134
115
112
82
46
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
120
102
98.6
72.2
41.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
97
66
34.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
144
105.3
90.1
89
AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
144
124
97
96
68
36.3
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
144
111
87
86
60
32.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
144
92
78.5
76.8
49.9
24.6
AMD Radeon RX 570 (Desktop)
144
101
87
77
54.5
29.3
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
93
78
77
50
24.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
144
81.1
71.1
69
45.2
22
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
70
45.5
23.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
144
90
70
67
48.6
27.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
80.3
68.3
67.4
47.8
26.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
134
65.1
55.7
53.9
35.1
18.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
117
52.3
43.3
41
26.7
13.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
128
55.6
46.7
45
28.8
14.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
114
53
44.8
42.3
27.8
14
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
108
45.6
37
36.7
12
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
92.9
40.8
36.55n2
34.2n2
21.1
11.1
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
43.8
36.4
34.2
      Model
Apex Legends
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
106.8
45.4
37.5
34.9
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
97
40.8
33.9
32.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
71
30.9
26.7
24.8
16.3
7.6
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
63
26.4
20.7
19.1
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
57
24.4
19.7
17.8
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
52.5
22.8
17.6
16.8
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
64.6
32.6
23.8
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
44.6
18.9
15
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
45.8
17.8
14.4
12.4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
47.9n3
21.8n3
17.95n2
16.5
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
35.7
AMD Radeon 530
27.8
11.9
Intel HD Graphics 630
24.5n2
9.5n2
8.3
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
14.4
Intel UHD Graphics 620
24.3
AMD Radeon R5 M255
23.5
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
17.4
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
15.4
7
Intel HD Graphics 4600
16.8
Intel HD Graphics 5500
19.8
      Model
Apex Legends
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
Intel HD Graphics 4400
15
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
12.3
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
7.3
(-) * 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 System

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 Monitor Nvidia Driver AMD Driver
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB ForceWare 419.35 Adrenalin 19.3.1
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Florian Glaser, 2019-03-13 (Update: 2019-03-14)