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Dead Island 2: Laptop and desktop benchmarks

Zombie invasion in a pretty setting. Dead Island 2 might not be the best game of the year, but the mixture of splatter action and dignified Hollywood atmosphere definitely has its appeal. You can find the hardware requirements in our benchmark check.
Dead Island 2

Test notebooks

XMG Neo 17 E23 (RTX 4090)
XMG Neo 17 E23 (RTX 4090)
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23 (RTX 4080)
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23 (RTX 4080)
XMG Pro 15 E23 (RTX 4060)
XMG Pro 15 E23 (RTX 4060)
XMG Focus 15 E23 (RTX 4050)
XMG Focus 15 E23 (RTX 4050)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (RX 6800S)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (RX 6800S)

We are currently running our gaming benchmarks with these laptops. Clicking on the photos will take you to the respective manufacturer's homepage. All other test systems (tower PCs, mini PCs, ...) are listed at the end of the article.

Technology

Thanks to the easy-going entry and the intuitive controls, Dead Island 2 manages to captivate players quickly.

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The first-person title also has a lot to offer graphically. The American (hilly) landscapes, in which Dead Island 2 is set, shine among other things with a high level of foresight, fancy buildings, and many details - be it inside or outside. The character models and the effects (smoke, sparks, etc.) are also impressive. Minor graphics and clipping errors, which we encountered in the course of the test, are not a big problem overall.

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The graphics menu also hardly needs to be criticized either. Changes are applied without a restart and there are short explanations for the individual settings. While the resolution, picture mode, VSync, maximum frame rate, the field of view, motion blur, and brightness (SDR or HDR) can be adjusted in the display tab, over 10 detail options are waiting in the extended menu, which can be globally adjusted via preset. Either FXAA or TAA is responsible for edge smoothing. The AMD technologies FSR 2 and Variable Shading are on board. Special Nvidia features like DLSS are missing.

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Technically, Dead Island 2 makes quite a mature impression in relation to many other recently released games if you disregard the occasional jerkiness, which can occur regardless of the hardware performance and the selected settings in our experience. The fact that the shaders have to be optimized at every game start is not noticeable due to the rather short duration (no comparison to The Last of Us) especially since the intro videos can be skipped and the loading times are pleasantly short (at least on SSDs).

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Benchmarks

Since Dead Island 2 does not contain an integrated benchmark, we use a specially defined sequence. After the tutorial, the main character reaches the mansion of a well-known Hollywood star and is allowed to move around free of zombies for a while, which benefits reproducible measurements and results.

As you can see in the following video, we run with the character for a good 20 seconds through the stylish mansion, where there are also a few other characters. The frame rate is recorded with the CapFrameX tool. Since this is a fast-paced title from the first-person perspective, the average framerate should be at least at a level of 40 or even better 60 FPS.

Results


FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

We would describe the graphics requirements of Dead Island 2 as moderate. With an iGPU on the level of the Intel Iris Graphics G7, you have to limit yourself to 1,280 x 720 pixels and minimum settings (just over 50 FPS), but with stronger iGPUs like the Radeon 680M, on the other hand, usable frame rates are also possible in 1,920 x 1,080 (approx. 60 FPS @Low, approx. 40 FPS @High). Only starting from the Ultra preset and onwards a dedicated mid-range GPU is absolutely necessary.

Dead Island 2
    1920x1080 Low Preset AA:Low T     1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:High T     1920x1080 High Preset AA:High T     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:High T
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
299 (132.4min, 152.1P0.1, 206P1) fps ∼62%
265 (109.5min, 132.8P0.1, 174.1P1) fps ∼64%
250 (20.3min, 22.6P0.1, 159.1P1) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
265 (58.5min, 147.4P0.1, 183.5P1) fps ∼55%
230 (86.1min, 140.7P0.1, 164.1P1) fps ∼55%
229 (117.4min, 125.2P0.1, 152.6P1) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Neo 17 E23
225 (100.6min, 124.6P0.1, 146.9P1) fps ∼47%
207 (106.9min, 116.6P0.1, 144.4P1) fps ∼50%
206 (98min, 108.9P0.1, 138.3P1) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23
219 (70.7min, 116.9P0.1, 145P1) fps ∼46%
206 (76.8min, 104.9P0.1, 140.5P1) fps ∼50%
201 (103.5min, 108.6P0.1, 119.9P1) fps ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
209 (66.6min, 112.1P0.1, 149.5P1) fps ∼44%
170.3 (85.4min, 95P0.1, 124.6P1) fps ∼41%
158.8 (20.9min, 22P0.1, 116.7P1) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Focus 15 E23
192.8 (107.9min, 122.1P0.1, 140.1P1) fps ∼40%
142.3 (9.31min, 34.4P0.1, 105.5P1) fps ∼34%
133.5 (20.9min, 22.8P0.1, 101.6P1) fps ∼34%
AMD Radeon RX 6800S, R9 6900HS
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
177.4 (82.1min, 88.4P0.1, 125.4P1) fps ∼68%
162.5 (11.9min, 80.2P0.1, 103.4P1) fps ∼34%
134.3 (57.8min, 74.3P0.1, 99.4P1) fps ∼32%
122.9 (12.2min, 12.4P0.1, 86.5P1) fps ∼31%
AMD Radeon 680M, R9 6900HS
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
62.4 (32min, 32.5P0.1, 34.3P1) fps ∼24%
51.6 (12min, 14.2P0.1, 26.2P1) fps ∼11%
39.5 (14.9min, 17.4P0.1, 20.9P1) fps ∼9%
32.4 (7.38min, 7.91P0.1, 13.5P1) fps ∼8%
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
Zotac ZBOX CI665 Nano
29 (5min, 7.46P0.1, 17.3P1) fps ∼11%
23.3 (3.18min, 3.29P0.1, 4.69P1) fps ∼5%
17.9 (9.35min, 9.4P0.1, 10.3P1) fps ∼4%
15.9 (6.97min, 7.08P0.1, 8.73P1) fps ∼4%

QHD (2,560 x 1,440)

2,560 x 1,440 pixels demand a bit more from the graphics card, although a reasonably up-to-date mid-range GPU is sufficient here as well (we determined more than 70 FPS with the RTX 4050 at maximum settings).

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    2560x1440 Ultra Preset AA:High T
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
231 (107.5min, 124.2P0.1, 166.5P1) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
227 (88.9min, 97.8P0.1, 136P1) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Neo 17 E23
198.2 (65.9min, 119.5P0.1, 135.3P1) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23
172.1 (94.8min, 114P0.1, 132.1P1) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
101.9 (47.8min, 58.8P0.1, 67.3P1) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Focus 15 E23
76.5 (5.62min, 6.51P0.1, 24.3P1) fps ∼20%

UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

The hardware requirements in the 4K sector are also not overly high. Even a GeForce RTX 4050 (with a high TGP) cracks the 40 FPS mark at maximum details.

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    3840x2160 Ultra Preset AA:High T
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
129.3 (71.9min, 74P0.1, 85.7P1) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
123.7 (73.2min, 74.7P0.1, 84.7P1) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Neo 17 E23
101.2 (39.3min, 44.9P0.1, 66.6P1) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23
82.1 (36.4min, 42.2P0.1, 50.7P1) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
47.4 (23min, 24.4P0.1, 26.8P1) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Focus 15 E23
40.8 (14.6min, 16.7P0.1, 21.5P1) fps ∼13%

Note

Since gaming tests are very time-consuming and often restricted by installation or activation limits, we can only provide you with a part of the benchmarks at the time of publication. We will be adding more graphics cards in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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PosModel< PrevNext >Dead Island 2
 Dead Island 2 (2023)
low
1920x1080
Low Preset
Low TAA
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
High TAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
High TAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
High TAA
QHD
2560x1440
Ultra Preset
High TAA
4K
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
High TAA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
354n3
347n3
302n3
273n3
267n3
165.1n3
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX
365
317.5n2
288n2
261n2
227n2
129.05n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Super
368n2
352.5n2
313.5n2
279n2
228.5n2
122.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
265
230
229
227
123.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
309
306
284
283
211
101.4
AMD Radeon RX 7900 GRE
312.5n2
303.5n2
252n2
189.6n2
153.3n2
86.75n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
226
218.5n2
198.65n2
193.85n2
188.35n2
98n2
AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT
376.5n2
366.5n2
290.5n2
202.5n2
147.45n2
78.7n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
219
206
201
172.1
82.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070
326
319
275
249
168
79.5
AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT
353
318
238
166.2
119.9
62.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16G
330
309
229
166.3
113.7
55.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8G
321n3
314n3
225n3
162.5n3
110.5n3
55.2n3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
167.9
192.85n2
171.3n2
160.95n2
111.65n2
52.5
Intel Arc A770
217
187.3
149
117.8
88.2
46
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060
304
258
184.2
138
89.7
43.5
AMD Radeon RX 7600
285
245
181.9
129.7
88
44.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
189.9
195.35n2
161.9n2
153.65n2
99.95n2
47.4
AMD Radeon RX 7600M XT
260n2
223.5n2
168.2n2
119.2n2
81.9n2
40.65n2
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low med. high ultra QHD 4K
Intel Arc A750
204
174
138.1
107.5
79
40.4
AMD Radeon RX 7600S
201
168.1
122.7
113.1
Intel Arc A580
189.1
165.9
127.3
96.3
70.1
34.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
198.5n2
171.8n3
133.1n3
120.6n3
69.15n2
40.8
AMD Radeon 780M
51.8
45.2
31.4
27.3
(-) * 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.

All test systems

Gerät Grafikkarte Prozessor Arbeitsspeicher
Notebooks
XMG Neo 17 E23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 @175 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6X) Intel Core i9-13900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 @175 W TGP (12 GB GDDR6X) Intel Core i9-13900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
XMG Pro 15 E23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-13900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
XMG Focus 15 E23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 @140 W TGP (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-13900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 AMD Radeon RX 6800S (8 GB GDDR6) & AMD Radeon 680M AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Tower-PCs
Custom I Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 (16 GB GDDR6X)
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-12900K 2 x 16 GB DDR4
Custom II Palit GeForce RTX 4090 GameRock OC (24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE (24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (8 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
lNvidia 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 6950 XT (16 GB DDR6)
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
Mini-PCs
Minisforum NUCXi7 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 @125 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 8 GB DDR4
Minisforum HX99G AMD Radeon RX 6600M @100 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Morefine S500+ AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR4
Zotac ZBOX CI665 Nano Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1165G7 2 x 8 GB DDR4
4K Monitors Operating System Nvidia Driver AMD Driver
Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Gigabyte M32U Windows 11 ForceWare 531.79 Adrenalin 23.4.3
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Florian Glaser, 2023-05- 8 (Update: 2023-05- 8)