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Civilization VI: Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Better late than never. At the end of 2016, we got caught up in the excitement of Pascal, Kaby Lake and co. and entirely forgot about Civilization VI. To rectify our mistake, we are putting the latest addition to the Civilization family in the spotlight with multiple notebook and desktop PC tests.
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Civilization VI

For the original German article, see here.

Graphics

The first time you see this turn-based strategy game with its comic visuals, you might think it runs easily on PCs. That is far from the truth: Civilization VI can run on entry-level systems, but if you expect 20-40 fps consistently with high settings or resolutions, we recommend choosing a powerful system. The graphics card is usually the limiting factor for games, but in Civilization VI the processor is just as important.

Civilization VI
Civilization VI
Civilization VI

Our tower PC uses an Intel Core i7-6700K. We ran the game with a GeForce GTX 1060, a GTX 1070 and a GTX 1080: on all settings and resolutions, the frame rates were identical across the graphics cards. On notebooks, we did not notice significant performance increases from a GeForce GTX 980M and upwards. In summary: after a certain level, the graphics performance is not nearly as important as the CPU.

With weaker and/or older processors, the GPU performance is even significantly slowed down. As such, you should not be surprised to see a few relatively "faster" gaming platforms fall behind otherwise "slower" devices. Furthermore, lowering the settings and/or resolutions does not result in a great performance increase. A GTX 980 would perform between 61 FPS (3840x2160 pixels, high settings) and 90 FPS (1024x768, minimum settings).

Civilization VI
Civilization VI
Civilization VI

Now that we are talking about settings, let us take a look at the presets provided in this game. The developer, Firaxis Games, has made it possible to change the game quality with two sliders, which are dubbed "Performance Impact" and "Memory Impact". Advanced users can also manually tweak the video settings, via an additional, detailed graphics menu (also covers the lighting, shadows, overlay, terrain, water and character portraits). Vertical synchronization and optional frame limiter settings can also be found in this extra menu.

Most options can only be turned on or off. Some settings are presented as sliders, but there does not seem to be a great difference between "Low" and "Ultra" - at least from far away. It seems that only "Minimal" settings hurt the game atmosphere due to missing shadows.

Civilization VI
Civilization VI
Civilization VI

Depending on your taste, you will either like or dislike the comic style of this game. We like the fact that this game is very memory-conservative and takes up a mere 8 GB on a storage device. This is a rarity in 2016 where some games can take up to 70 GB (Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Doom, etc). We also appreciate the option to deactivate the intro video and the ability to activate new settings without needing a restart of the game. Sadly, the long loading times are a definite weakness of the game, as it can take ages to load maps, even with an SSD.

Civilization VI
Civilization VI
Civilization VI

Fans will be happy to know that we did not encounter any graphical issues, such as bugs or crashes, during our testing. There were some problems with changing the resolution (due to wrong scaling, the mouse did not work properly). These issues could be remedied with a restart of the game. Civilization VI can be started in DirectX 12, but this typically led to worse performance for us. As such, we ran our tests with the DirectX 11 mode. A note about the anti-aliasing: the game supports MSAA, which is light on many GPUs.

Civilization VI
Civilization VI
Civilization VI

Benchmark

Keeping with tradition, Civilization VI includes an in-game graphics benchmark, which runs for 40 seconds (including the "Warm-up Phase"). This benchmark measures the frame rate and frame times. Sadly, at the end of the benchmark, the report only includes an average of the latter.

Civilization VI
Civilization VI
Civilization VI

The procedure to determine the average fps is a little awkward. The user will have to go to the benchmark file in the Documents folder in Windows (see screenshot #2). This file must be opened and the detailed frame rates must be calculated together (see screenshot #3). We will be using FRAPS to determine the average fps (see video).

Results

If you have a cheap office or multimedia notebook with a processor integrated graphics chip, you will need to run Civilization at minimal details and/or resolutions. The Intel HD Graphics 4600 was only able to produce 31 fps with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels and minimal details. This was sufficient for the turn-based strategy game. At a resolution of 1366x768 pixels and medium settings, the game needs a dedicated GPU like the GeForce 940MX or better.

Minimum Preset
Minimum Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Ultra Preset + 4x MSAA
Ultra Preset + 4x MSAA

For FHD and high settings, the gamer needs a powerful CPU and GPU. The "Medium" preset runs well starting from a GeForce GTX 950M, whereas the "High" preset requires a GeForce GTX 960M. The "Ultra" preset needs a GeForce GTX 965M or better. 4K fans will be looking for a GeForce GTX 970M or stronger to run this game.

Verdict: Civilization VI runs on almost every system (to a certain extent) and does not need a GeForce GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 to run at max settings (like a few other modern games). However, this game is demanding and, considering the visuals it offers, the fps should be higher.

Other systems (Intel, AMD, etc.) will be added in the near future.

Civilization VI
    3840x2160 High Preset     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1366x768 Medium Preset     1024x768 Minimum Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
65.2 (min: 47) fps ∼39%
66.7 (min: 54) fps ∼36%
66.1 (min: 53) fps ∼49%
73.9 (min: 60) fps ∼99%
73.5 (min: 60) fps ∼45%
90.1 (min: 76) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
65.1 (min: 52) fps ∼39%
66.7 (min: 54) fps ∼36%
66.2 (min: 54) fps ∼49%
74.2 (min: 62) fps ∼100%
73.7 (min: 61) fps ∼45%
90.1 (min: 75) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
78 (min: 61) fps ∼47%
87 (min: 68) fps ∼47%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
61 (min: 48) fps ∼37%
71 (min: 54) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
64.4 (min: 52) fps ∼39%
63.8 (min: 52) fps ∼35%
66.5 (min: 54) fps ∼49%
74.5 (min: 62) fps ∼100%
74.1 (min: 61) fps ∼45%
89.7 (min: 74) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
61.3 (min: 49) fps ∼37%
64.1 (min: 52) fps ∼35%
66.2 (min: 54) fps ∼49%
74.3 (min: 60) fps ∼100%
73.5 (min: 62) fps ∼45%
89.9 (min: 75) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK
Asus G752VS
52.6 (min: 43) fps ∼31%
50.9 (min: 40) fps ∼28%
52.1 (min: 42) fps ∼38%
58.9 (min: 48) fps ∼79%
58.5 (min: 47) fps ∼36%
72.2 (min: 56) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
50.6 (min: 41) fps ∼30%
47.5 (min: 38) fps ∼26%
50.7 (min: 38) fps ∼37%
57.4 (min: 46) fps ∼77%
56.7 (min: 44) fps ∼35%
70.3 (min: 58) fps ∼31%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
58 (min: 45) fps ∼35%
57 (min: 45) fps ∼34%
68 (min: 49) fps ∼37%
76.5 (min: 59) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC
57.5 (min: 44) fps ∼34%
68 (min: 51) fps ∼37%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
54.5 (min: 42) fps ∼33%
63.5 (min: 47) fps ∼35%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
51 (min: 41) fps ∼31%
55 (min: 43) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
44.7 (min: 36) fps ∼27%
47.6 (min: 37) fps ∼26%
56.4 (min: 43) fps ∼41%
66.7 (min: 51) fps ∼90%
63.2 (min: 46) fps ∼39%
77.2 (min: 62) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
36.3 (min: 29) fps ∼22%
43.1 (min: 31) fps ∼23%
51.3 (min: 41) fps ∼38%
66.1 (min: 53) fps ∼89%
69.8 (min: 56) fps ∼43%
87.7 (min: 68) fps ∼39%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
18.4 (min: 13) fps ∼11%
23.1 (min: 17) fps ∼13%
32.4 (min: 23) fps ∼24%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
36.1 (min: 26) fps ∼20%
48.2 (min: 33) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
36.6 (min: 27) fps ∼20%
42.7 (min: 34) fps ∼31%
49.6 (min: 37) fps ∼30%
60.8 (min: 50) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
20.8 (min: 16) fps ∼12%
24.6 (min: 18) fps ∼13%
32.7 (min: 23) fps ∼24%
46.2 (min: 31) fps ∼62%
60.1 (min: 43) fps ∼37%
82.4 (min: 61) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
19.8 (min: 15) fps ∼11%
25.9 (min: 18) fps ∼19%
46.4 (min: 33) fps ∼28%
60.4 (min: 43) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
9.9 (min: 7) fps ∼5%
13.8 (min: 10) fps ∼10%
27.4 (min: 18) fps ∼17%
61.2 (min: 46) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
19.3 (min: 15) fps ∼12%
38 (min: 30) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
14 fps ∼9%
32.9 fps ∼15%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
10 (min: 8) fps ∼6%
30.9 (min: 28) fps ∼14%
Civilization VI - 3840x2160 High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
78 (min: 61, max: 117) fps ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Desktop PC, 6700K
65.2 (min: 47) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, 6700K
65.1 (min: 52) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Desktop PC, 6700K
64.4 (min: 52) fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Desktop PC, 6700K
61.3 (min: 49) fps ∼67%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
61 (min: 48, max: 89) fps ∼67%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
58 (min: 45, max: 84) fps ∼64%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
57 (min: 45, max: 84) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
57.5 (min: 44, max: 84) fps ∼63%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
54.5 (min: 42, max: 79) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile
Asus G752VS, 6820HK
52.6 (min: 43) fps ∼58%
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC, 4790K
51 (min: 41, max: 74) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
MSI GT62VR, 6820HK
50.6 (min: 41) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
Schenker W504, 4700MQ
44.7 (min: 36) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Schenker W504, 4700MQ
36.3 (min: 29) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Schenker XMG A505, 4720HQ
20.8 (min: 16) fps ∼23%
AMD Radeon R7 370
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB, 4790K
18.4 (min: 13, max: 29) fps ∼20%

Overview

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1920x1080
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3840x2160
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224.1
163.6
129.8
121.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
152.9
116.8
92.4
90.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
83
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
105.6
84.8
69.8
63.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
111.4
83
59.4
53.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile
72.2n5
58.5n5
52n5
51.6n5
66.3n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
77.2
63.2
56.4
47.6
44.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
64.2n2
51.9n2
46.85n2
47.5n5
43.8n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
98.7n2
76.15n2
50.2n2
45.2n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
87.7
69.8
51.3
43.1
36.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
112.5
85.8
51
43
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
60.8
49.6
42.7
36.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
69.9n2
57.35n2
42.4n3
34n3
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
107.6
76.4
39.3
33.9
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
39.4
29.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
141
82.7
35
28.6
23
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
82.4
60.1
32.7
24.6
20.8
AMD Radeon Pro 555
30.2
23.3
AMD Radeon RX 540
74
52
32
23
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AMD Radeon Pro 455
69
28.8
21.6
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
123.3
62.2
22.7
20.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
60.4
46.4
25.9
19.8
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
76.65n4
47.85n4
20.55n4
18.2n2
9.7
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
56.3n3
30.6
12.4n3
11.5
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
86
45.6
14.7
10.6
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
52.1n3
27.4n3
13.8n3
10.5n3
10.1
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
52.3
25.4
9.9
5.6
Intel UHD Graphics 620
37.7n13
15.84n13
6n3
5.5n2
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
9.7
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
18.3
7
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
29.4
12.1
AMD Radeon HD 6310
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
AMD Radeon R7 M340
AMD Radeon HD 6970M
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NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
AMD Radeon R9 M385X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670
Intel HD Graphics 6000
AMD Radeon Pro 5600M
AMD Radeon Pro 450
61
25.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
AMD Radeon HD 8610G
Intel HD Graphics 5300
AMD Radeon HD 7870M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
30.5
13.9
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
AMD Radeon HD 8830M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
AMD Radeon HD 6990M
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
ATI Radeon Xpress X1250
VIA Chrome9 HC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
AMD Radeon HD 8280
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
AMD Radeon R9 M390
AMD Radeon R5 M330
Intel Tiger Lake-U Xe Graphics G4
AMD Radeon HD 8790M
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
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NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
AMD Radeon HD 7640G
unknown
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200
AMD Radeon HD 8650M
ATI Radeon HD 4100
AMD Radeon R9 M380
NVIDIA GeForce 305M
AMD Radeon RX Vega Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce 3 Go
NVIDIA GeForce 705M
NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
ATI Radeon HD 4225
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
Intel UHD Graphics 615
29.5
NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
AMD Radeon RX 640
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
AMD Radeon 625
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
32.9
14
AMD Radeon R7 M270
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
AMD Radeon HD 7650M
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
42.2
20.2
Intel Iris Graphics 550
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
AMD Radeon RX Vega 2
NVIDIA GeForce G 102M
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4550
NVIDIA GeForce 710M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
NVIDIA GeForce 4 420 Go
NVIDIA GeForce G 107M
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AMD Radeon R9 M390X
VIA S3 Graphics ProSavage8
ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860
ATI Radeon HD 4200
Intel Iris Pro Graphics P580
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5750
NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
AMD Radeon HD 7340
AMD Radeon HD 7310
AMD Radeon R7 M265
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850
AMD Radeon 530
60.4n2
28.1n2
12.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
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AMD Radeon HD 7690M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
66.8
30.2
11.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce 4 488 Go
AMD Radeon R9 M395X
VIA S3G UniChrome Pro
ATI Mobility Radeon X1800
Intel HD Graphics P630
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost
AMD Radeon R9 M470X
AMD Radeon HD 6430M
AMD Radeon R5 M315
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
AMD Radeon R7 M260
AMD Radeon R5 M335
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ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
48.85n2
28.35n2
6.9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
38
19.3
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Hybrid X2
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
56.5
29
13.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M G
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce 945M
NVIDIA GeForce 820M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
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AMD Radeon R7 M465
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
AMD Radeon HD 7590M
AMD Radeon RX 490M
ATI Mobility Radeon 7000 IGP
AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
AMD Radeon HD 8310G
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5600 / 5650
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5770
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
Intel HD Graphics 610
25.6
9.8
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
AMD Radeon Pro 460
Intel UHD Graphics G4 (Lakefield GT1 48 EU)
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Intel HD Graphics 4400
20.3
7.5
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
ATI Radeon HD 4250
Qualcomm Adreno 680
AMD Radeon HD 6850M
AMD Radeon HD 8210
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS
Intel UHD Graphics 617
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
Intel HD Graphics 530
18.9
7.1
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
AMD Radeon HD 7730M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 6830M
AMD Radeon HD 6950M
NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
ATI Mobility Radeon X800
AMD Radeon RX 570X (Laptop)
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ATI Mobility Radeon M7
AMD Radeon HD 8770M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v
AMD Radeon Pro 560
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
AMD Radeon R6 (Mullins)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870
NVIDIA GeForce 610M
ATI Radeon Xpress X1270
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
30.5
14.6
7.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M
Intel HD Graphics 515
21.5
10.3
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
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AMD Radeon HD 8850M
AMD Radeon HD 8590M
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 7190M
NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go (200 / 100)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX
NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
AMD Radeon HD 8450G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5165
AMD Radeon HD 6370M
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Intel Tiger Lake-U Xe Graphics G1
ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
Intel HD Graphics 510
24.5
9.4
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
AMD Radeon HD 6290
Intel HD Graphics 630
41.55n2
15.75n2
ATI Mobility Radeon X1700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
12.2
5.2
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
AMD Radeon 610
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
NVIDIA GeForce GT 625M
AMD Radeon R9 M395
ATI Mobility 128 M3
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
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ATI Mobility Radeon X1350
AMD Radeon HD 7490M
AMD Radeon R9 M470
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120M
NVIDIA GeForce G 103M
AMD Radeon R9 M290X
AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo)
AMD Radeon HD 8400
Intel HD Graphics 615
20.6
9.2
AMD Radeon HD 7970M
SIS Mirage M661FX
AMD Radeon HD 6450M
Intel UHD Graphics 605
12.7
5.5
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150
NVIDIA GeForce 410M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GT
ATI Radeon Xpress X1200
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
59.78
48.74
24.04
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
NVIDIA GeForce MX450 N18S-G5
AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
AMD Radeon HD 8670M
NVIDIA ION 2
AMD Radeon HD 7520G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
ATI Radeon HD 3200
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
NVIDIA GeForce 4 460 Go
NVIDIA GeForce G 110M
AMD Radeon HD 8510G
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AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16
VIA Castle Rock
ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra
Intel HD Graphics P530
Intel HD Graphics 2500
SIS Mirage 3+ 672MX
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410
AMD Radeon HD 7950M
Intel Iris Graphics 540
AMD Radeon HD 6380G
AMD Radeon R5 M420
NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G
AMD Radeon R7 M380
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon HD 8970M
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Intel HD Graphics 2000
AMD Radeon HD 8550G
AMD Radeon HD 8250
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT
Intel UHD Graphics P630
AMD Radeon R7 M370
AMD Radeon 540X
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 320M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
NVIDIA GeForce G210M
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
NVIDIA GeForce 320M
AMD Radeon RX 540X
AMD Radeon HD 8410G
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
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NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5200
ATI Mobility Radeon X1450
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
ATI Radeon IGP 340M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300
NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M
AMD Radeon Pro 555X
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
AMD Radeon HD 6570M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
AMD Radeon HD 6650M
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
Intel HD Graphics 505
9.7
AMD Radeon R9 M265X
AMD Radeon HD 7670M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
AMD Radeon R5 M430
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
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AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
21.6
8.5
AMD Radeon HD 8870M
ATI Radeon HD 3100
AMD Radeon HD 7290
Intel HD Graphics 5500
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
AMD Radeon R7 M445
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
AMD Radeon HD 6320
AMD Radeon HD 7570M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 545v
AMD Radeon HD 7660G
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
AMD Radeon HD 8750M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
AMD Radeon R5 M240
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
27.3
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M
Intel HD Graphics (Skylake)
AMD Radeon R9 M365X
AMD Radeon RX 570 (Laptop)
ATI Mobility Radeon M6
ATI Mobility Radeon X600
AMD Radeon HD 7750M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
AMD Radeon HD 6250
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
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AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100
73
51.1
18.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
AMD Radeon 520
NVIDIA GeForce 910M
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
SIS Mirage 3 671MX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Intel UHD Graphics G7 (Lakefield GT2 64 EU)
AMD Radeon HD 7600G
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
AMD Radeon R9 M295X
AMD Radeon R9 M375
Intel HD Graphics 4000
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
AMD Radeon R7 M260X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
Intel HD Graphics 4200
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AMD Radeon R9 M370X
AMD Radeon HD 7470M
ATI Mobility Radeon X300
AMD Radeon HD 7430M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 260M
AMD Radeon R5 M230
AMD Radeon R9 M270
NVIDIA GeForce 7150M
ATI Mobility Radeon X2500
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Laptop)
ATI Mobility Radeon 9100 IGP
AMD Radeon HD 6870M
AMD Radeon HD 8690M
AMD Radeon R5 M320
AMD Radeon HD 8330
Intel UHD Graphics 630
19.8
14.4
AMD Radeon HD 7610M
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
VIA S3G UniChrome Pro II
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ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M
Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
NVIDIA GeForce MX130
69.7
36.7
15.8
AMD Radeon HD 7500G
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5
85
39
14.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
Intel Tiger Lake-U Xe Graphics G7
Intel HD Graphics 4600
27.55n2
8.55n2
AMD Radeon R7 M360
AMD Radeon HD 8570M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
50
22
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
Intel HD Graphics 520
27.9
10
Silicon Motion SM502
ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
AMD Radeon HD 7510M
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AMD Radeon R9 M385
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M
Intel HD Graphics 620
25.8n4
9.6n3
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v
AMD Radeon RX 580X (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GE
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
AMD Radeon HD 8650G
25.6
11.2
AMD Radeon 630
AMD Radeon 620
NVIDIA GeForce 315M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650
NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M
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NVIDIA GeForce MX110
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
AMD Radeon HD 7550M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go
AMD Radeon HD 6330M
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon R9 M485X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
SIS Mirage 2 M760
NVIDIA GeForce4 4200 Go
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800
ATI Radeon HD 4270
AMD Radeon HD 7530M
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX
AMD Radeon HD 7770M
Intel UHD Graphics 600
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
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NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
AMD Radeon HD 8180
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
AMD Radeon R4 (Kaveri)
NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
Intel HD Graphics 5000
AMD Radeon HD 8730M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
AMD Radeon HD 8350G
Intel HD Graphics 500
AMD Radeon HD 8550M
AMD Radeon R5 M255
38.4
22.6
10
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000
ATI Mobility Radeon X700
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AMD Radeon HD 7630M
ATI Radeon IGP 320M
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
ATI Mobility Radeon X1800XT
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000)
ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
VIA Chrome9HD
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 560v
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
ATI Mobility Radeon X800XT
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 150M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870
NVIDIA GeForce 310M
AMD Radeon R7 M460
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430
Intel HD Graphics 5600
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
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Qualcomm Adreno 685
Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell)
AMD Radeon RX 5300M
AMD Radeon R9 M275
Qualcomm Adreno 630
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon R7 M440
36.4
26.1
9.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
Intel Xe DG1 (iDG1LP) Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce 845M
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
Intel HD Graphics 3000
NVIDIA GeForce 825M
Intel Iris Graphics 5100
AMD Radeon HD 7850M
ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
ATI Mobility Radeon 9800
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Laptop)
Intel Extreme Graphics 2
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AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce 405M
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
19.6
NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145
AMD Radeon HD 8240
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
(-) * 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

Desktop-PCs Platform I Platform II
Mainboard Asus Z170-A Asus Z97-Deluxe
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Intel Core i7-4790K (Haswell)
Graphics Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 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)
RAM 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Memory Crucial MX100 SSD (256 GB)
Crucial M500 SSD (480 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
OCZ Trion 150 SSD (960 GB)
Intel SSD 530 (240 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Schenker Notebooks Schenker W504 Schenker XMG A505 Schenker S413
Mainboard Intel HM87 Intel HM87 Intel HM87
Processor Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4720HQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4750HQ (Haswell)
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M (8 GB GDDR5)
GTX 970M (6 GB GDDR5)
GTX 880M (8 GB GDDR5)
GTX 870M (6 GB GDDR5)
GTX 860M Kepler (4 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
RAM 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Device Samsung SSD 840 EVO (250 GB) Micron M600 SSD (128 GB)
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HDD (1.000 GB)
Intel SSD
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
MSI Notebooks MSI GT62VR MSI GE72 MSI PE60 MSI GP62 MSI CX61 MSI CX61
Mainboard Intel HM170 Intel HM170 Intel HM170 Intel HM86 Intel HM86 Intel HM86
Processor Intel Core i7-6820HK (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-5700HQ (Broadwell) Intel Celeron 2970M (Haswell) Intel Core i5-4200M (Haswell)
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2016 (2 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce GT 720M (2 GB DDR3)
RAM 4 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 1 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2 x 4 GB DDR4-2133 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Device Samsung NVMe MZVPV128 SSD (128 GB) Toshiba THNSNJ128G8NU SSD (128 GB)
WDC WD10JPVX HDD (1.000 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
Toshiba MQ01ABF050 HDD (500 GB) WDC Scorpio Blue HDD (1.000 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Asus Notebooks Asus G752VS Asus N551ZU
Mainboard Intel CM236 AMD K15.1
Processor Intel Core i7-6820HK (Skylake) AMD FX-7600P (Kaveri)
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5)
RAM 4 x 16 GB DDR4-2400 2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Device Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7 SSD (512 GB) Samsung SSD 830 (256 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Monitor Nvidia Driver AMD Driver Intel Driver
2 x Asus PB287Q ForceWare 376.33 Crimson 16.12.2 15.40.28.4501
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Florian Glaser, 2017-01-13 (Update: 2017-01-13)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.