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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (2022): Laptop and desktop benchmarks

There are still signs and wonders. Modern Warfare 2 (2022) not only brings an integrated benchmark to the Call of Duty series, but finally also introduces convenient presets. We tried out the game on several laptop and desktop GPUs.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Technical aspects

Initially, it seemed as if the developers hadn't learnt much from the past. As with the previous few instalments in the series, after launching for the first time, the game wants to immediately restart due to updates. Furthermore, the bothersome shaders optimisation, which has to continue running in the game, still takes forever to complete on some systems. 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

But otherwise, Call of Duty has seen some some neat technical changes. There are finally presets in the game so that you don't have to adjust all the settings manually. Previously, this was a very time-consuming and annoying process due to the sheer number of options (which has grown even further).

Graphics options are divided into three tabs (Display, Quality & View) to make them neater and easier to use. Less experienced users can also benefit from written explanations and, sometimes, comparison images for the individual options. We also appreciate the fact you can make changes without having to restart the game.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

The features and technologies supported by the game are certainly very impressive. Although ray tracing isn't available in Modern Warfare 2, it offers (almost) all the technical refinements you would expect from a modern game – whether it is upscaling solutions (DLSS, FSR etc.), HDR or dynamic resolution. The game is only somewhat limited in anti-aliasing options, offering just SMAA T2X and Filmic SMAA T2X.

Even though Modern Warfare 2 offers a ton of settings and features, the overall graphics ranges from just decent to good for a PC game. A lot more could have been done in some places to improve the game visually – just look at the previous titles in the series. Conversely, the hardware requirements are not excessively high. The developers should nevertheless put a little bit more work into fine-tuning the engine. For instance, the game crashed occasionally during our testing. 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Benchmark

The integrated benchmark, unintuitively located in the multiplayer row (see screenshot #1), is roughly one minute long and shows a slick moving shot (mostly from a first-person view) with several skirmishes and explosions.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

During the benchmark, the game will display various information, including the current FPS and GPU temperature. Once it is done, you'll get a fairly detailed analysis that tells you clearly whether the game is CPU- or GPU-bound (keyword: bottleneck).

Results

We mainly used devices on loan from XMG (Schenker Technologies) for the benchmarks.

FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

If you ignore Intel solutions such as the Iris Xe Graphics G7, an iGPU may already be enough to run Modern Warfare 2. For example, the Radeon 680M delivered an average of 60 FPS at 1,920 x 1,080 using the Basic preset. The game still remained playable at 54 FPS when the Balanced preset is selected. On a mid-range GPU, the game can be played at high to max settings in most cases.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 2022
    1920x1080 Basic Quality Preset AA:T2X SM     1920x1080 Balanced Quality Preset AA:T2X SM     1920x1080 Ultra Quality Preset AA:T2X Filmic SM     1920x1080 Extreme Quality Preset AA:T2X Filmic SM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
209 (143min) fps ∼62%
162 (91min) fps ∼56%
160 (91min) fps ∼56%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
160 (111min) fps ∼47%
122 (67min) fps ∼42%
119 (67min) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK
MSI Raider GE76 12UHS @175 W TGP
156 (111min) fps ∼46%
121 (67min) fps ∼42%
119 (63min) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
159 (111min) fps ∼47%
121 (67min) fps ∼42%
118 (67min) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
142 (100min) fps ∼42%
106 (59min) fps ∼36%
103 (56min) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
138 (100min) fps ∼41%
99 (50min) fps ∼34%
97 (50min) fps ∼34%
AMD Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H
Lenovo Legion 5
125 (83min) fps ∼37%
88 (48min) fps ∼30%
86 (48min) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
109 (71min) fps ∼32%
77 (40min) fps ∼26%
75 (37min) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
89 (59min) fps ∼24%
81 (56min) fps ∼24%
59 (28min) fps ∼20%
AMD Radeon 680M, R9 6900HS
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
61 (42min) fps ∼17%
54 (36min) fps ∼16%
37 (18min) fps ∼13%
34 (14min) fps ∼12%
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
Zotac ZBOX CI665 Nano
23 (13min) fps ∼6%
20 (12min) fps ∼6%
16 (5min) fps ∼5%
15 (5min) fps ∼5%

QHD (2,560 x 1,440)

To play the game at QHD (i.e. 2,560 x 1,440), you should have a high-end graphics card – if pretty visuals are important to you. By the time you get to this resolution, it becomes very apparent that AMD GPUs deliver better performance than their Nvidia counterparts. For instance, an RX 6600M is faster than an RTX 3060, and an RX 6800M is faster than an RTX 3080.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 2022
    2560x1440 Extreme Quality Preset AA:T2X Filmic SM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
114 (59min) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK
MSI Raider GE76 12UHS @175 W TGP
84 (40min) fps ∼39%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
82 (40min) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
82 (42min) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
72 (33min) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
66 (32min) fps ∼31%
AMD Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H
Lenovo Legion 5
59 (42min) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
44 (19min) fps ∼20%

UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

The game gets really demanding on 4K displays. Running the game at a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 and Extreme preset can push even the best notebook GPUs to their limits. Only the RTX 3080 Ti managed to somewhat approach the 60 FPS mark.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 2022
    3840x2160 Extreme Quality Preset AA:T2X Filmic SM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
68 (31min) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
49 (21min) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK
MSI Raider GE76 12UHS @175 W TGP
49 (20min) fps ∼35%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
47 (32min) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
42 (18min) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
39 (16min) fps ∼28%
AMD Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H
Lenovo Legion 5
29 (13min) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
28 (3min) fps ∼20%

Note

Because gaming tests are very time-consuming and are often constrained by installation or activation limits, we are only able to provide you with part of the benchmark results at the time of publishing this article. We will be adding more graphics cards over the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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low
1920x1080
Basic Quality Preset
T2X SMAA
med.
1920x1080
Balanced Quality Preset
T2X SMAA
high
1920x1080
Ultra Quality Preset
T2X Filmic SMAA
ultra
1920x1080
Extreme Quality Preset
T2X Filmic SMAA
QHD
2560x1440
Extreme Quality Preset
T2X Filmic SMAA
4K
3840x2160
Extreme Quality Preset
T2X Filmic SMAA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
315n3
287n3
246n3
245n3
194n3
131n3
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX
353
339
272
271
200
124
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
304n2
278.5n2
224.5n2
218n2
165n2
106n2
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT
349
331
261
256
189
117
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
262
237
187n3
179n3
132n3
82n3
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
307
273
204
196
145
89
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
205
183
145
139
107
68
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
180
170
141
140
107
70
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
209
162
160
114
68
AMD Radeon RX 6800
225
209
146
145
105
64
NVIDIA Titan RTX
166
134
106
105
77
47
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
151
143
115
113
81
50
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
145.5n2
115n2
113n2
81n2
49
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
159
121
118
82
49
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
175
162
121
118
84
48
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
142
106
103
72
42
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
165
138
103
98
70
42
AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
86
54
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
127
111
87
85n2
61.5n2
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low med. high ultra QHD 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
95
89
66
40
AMD Radeon RX 6800M
160
122
119
82
47
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT
305
160
113
105
73
43
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
138
99
97
66
39
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
76
53
32
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
116
105
79
76
52
32
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
133
118
90
83
60
36
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
150
135
97
92
64
37
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
111
104n2
77n2
75n3
49n2
28
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
58
37
23
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
112
95n2
71n2
68n2
47.5n2
29n2
AMD Radeon RX 6600
228
131
90
84
56
33
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
129
115
83
79
56
33
AMD Radeon RX 6600M
113
114.5n2
83.5n2
77n2
53.5n2
28.5n2
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
126
114
82
71
54
18
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
89
80
56
54
38
22
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT
87
69
53
42
28
11
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop)
93
83
58
54
37
24
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
89
81
59
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
85
75
55
50
35
21
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low med. high ultra QHD 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Desktop)
79
46
48
42
29
17
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
70
66
56
43
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
31
18
11
7
AMD Radeon 680M
57.5n2
50n2
37.5n2
34n2
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
37
33
15
17
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
23
20
16
15
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
20
14
11
AMD Radeon 660M
25
21
15
14
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
28
27
20
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
24
22
15
14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
11
(-) * 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

XMG Neo 15 (RTX 3080) - Click on the image to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 15 (RTX 3080) - Click on the image to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 17 (RTX 3070) - Click on the image to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 17 (RTX 3070) - Click on the image to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Core 15 (RTX 3060) - Click on the image to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Core 15 (RTX 3060) - Click on the image to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Focus 17 (RTX 3050 Ti) - Click on the image to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Focus 17 (RTX 3050 Ti) - Click on the image to open the configurator (bestware.com)
Device Graphics card Processor RAM Operating system
MSI Raider GE76 12UHS Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti @175 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-12900HK 2 x 16 GB DDR5 Windows 11
XMG Neo 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 @165 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
XMG Neo 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
XMG Core 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 @130 W TGP (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
XMG Focus 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti @75 W TGP (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Radeon RX 6800M (12 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Lenovo Legion 5 AMD Radeon RX 6600M (8 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 5800H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 AMD Radeon 680M AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS 2 x 16 GB DDR5 Windows 11
Zotac ZBOX CI665 Nano Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1165G7 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Desktop PC I MSI GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-12900K 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Desktop PC II Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE (24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (8 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 Super (4 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6800 (16 GB DDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (12 GB DDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6600 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (6 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X 2 x 16 GB DDR5 Windows 11
Desktop PC III Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super FE Intel Core i9-11900K 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
4K monitors Nvidia driver AMD driver
Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Acer Predator XB321HK ForceWare 526.47 Adrenalin 22.10.3
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Florian Glaser, 2022-11- 4 (Update: 2022-11- 4)