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Death Stranding laptop and desktop benchmarks

Between genius and madness. Technically and atmospherically, Death Stranding turns out to be a great title. The story and gameplay, however, tend to be absurd - in a positive as well as negative sense. You can find out here which GPU is required for this unique gaming experience.
Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪 🇷🇺
Death Stranding

Technical

When it comes to absolute hits in terms of graphics, the first thing that comes to mind are titles based on the CryEngine or Frostbite 3 engines. But Death Stranding's Decima engine doesn't need to hide behind the big players in any way. On the contrary: The quality of the landscapes sets new standards and often appears photorealistic due to the far-reaching views, the credible topography, the extremely dense vegetation, the varied textures, and the successful effects (lighting, weather, etc.).

Death Stranding
Death Stranding
Death Stranding
Death Stranding

The same applies for the characters, who are very well modeled after their real-life counterparts and impress with a high level of detail. In combination with the fantastic art design, Death Stranding creates an outstanding atmosphere that is unparalleled in 2020.

Death Stranding
Death Stranding
Death Stranding
Death Stranding

Because of the many (high-quality) video sequences and the strong story portion, the game is sometimes more reminiscent of a movie, which is naturally a matter of taste for players. Without wanting to reveal anything of the story: Death Stranding loves to constantly raise new questions and confront players with a very mysterious world (characters, dialogues, events, etc.). Here and there, one could almost get the impression that the story writers had consumed certain psychedelic substances.

Death Stranding
Death Stranding
Death Stranding
Death Stranding

When it comes to gameplay, we're also a bit divided. In the end, you're a mailman, who carries or transports parcels around. Whether this motivates in the long run is questionable. However, we were mostly disturbed by the sometimes unclear and sometimes completely exaggerated menus and game elements, respectively. Be it the character or the transport system. The latter feels more like work than fun, although this may have been planned/intended considering the alleged message of the game (according to the motto "against all odds", the character fights through all obstacles - physical and mental). If that didn't make any sense to you: Death Stranding is relatively difficult to explain; it's best to try it out yourself.

Death Stranding
Death Stranding
Death Stranding
Death Stranding

But back to the technical aspect. The graphics options are neither particularly limited nor particularly extensive. As you can see in the following screenshots, the picture mode, aspect ratio, resolution, vertical synchronization, and maximum frame rate (up to 240 FPS) can be adjusted in the upper area of the clean but scroll-heavy graphics menu. Below that, there are almost 10 detailed settings ranging from model quality to motion blur (including the display of VRAM). Ray tracing isn't supported, but in return, Death Stranding masters the exciting Nvidia DLSS technology, which was deactivated for our tests, though. Death Stranding offers four different presets so that players don't have to tinker with the settings forever to find the perfect mix.

Death Stranding
Death Stranding
Death Stranding
Death Stranding

Somewhat unusual is the fact that the second-highest preset is named "Default" instead of "High". The idea behind it: "Default" should correspond to the console version released in November 2019. The adjusted settings are - in contrast to many other games - adopted without restarting the game. However, the presets don't have a great effect on the game's performance or appearance. With a download size of about 64 GB, Death Stranding is definitely not a small game. The first loading process also takes its time.

"Low" preset
"Low" preset
"Medium" preset
"Medium" preset
"Default" preset
"Default" preset
"Very High" preset
"Very High" preset

Benchmarks

For the speed measurements we use an automatic save point that is created near to the beginning of the game ("Smart Drug Delivery" mission). From the starting point we follow the path downhill to the river for about 30 seconds. You can follow the exact sequence by watching the video below.

Results

FHD (1920x1080)

Although weaker graphics cards also have to nibble at moderate settings and resolutions, Death Stranding proves to be surprisingly well optimized in terms of the provided graphics quality. While low-end chips on the level of the GeForce MX350 are only enough for a maximum of 1280x720 pixels and minimal details, a mid-range chip like the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti delivers decent frame rates, even if they're not super smooth, when running the game at 1920x1080 pixels (it doesn't matter if "Medium", "Default" or "Very High" is selected).

Death Stranding
    1920x1080 Very High Preset     1920x1080 Default Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, i9-9900K
169 (122min) fps ∼82%
170 (122min) fps ∼81%
173 (127min) fps ∼82%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080, i9-9900K
147 (116min) fps ∼71%
151 (120min) fps ∼72%
163 (120min) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG, i9-9900K
138 (78min) fps ∼67%
141 (87min) fps ∼67%
155 (91min) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2070, i9-9900K
125 (105min) fps ∼61%
127 (106min) fps ∼61%
138 (115min) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF, i7-9750H
113 (61min) fps ∼55%
115 (91min) fps ∼55%
125 (94min) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2060, i9-9900K
107 (88min) fps ∼52%
111 (91min) fps ∼53%
118 (93min) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
Alienware 17 R4, i7-7820HK
102 (69min) fps ∼50%
104 (72min) fps ∼50%
106 (73min) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE, i7-9750H
94.7 (56min) fps ∼46%
98.7 (60min) fps ∼47%
106 (70min) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile
Asus G752VS, 6820HK
90 (56min) fps ∼44%
91.6 (61min) fps ∼44%
97.1 (67min) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD, i7-9750H
89 (68min) fps ∼43%
92.1 (75min) fps ∼44%
99.4 (78min) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
MSI GT62VR, 6820HK
64.9 (42min) fps ∼32%
66.3 (43min) fps ∼32%
71.4 (46min) fps ∼34%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
MSI Alpha 15, R7 3750H
64.1 (47min) fps ∼31%
65.8 (52min) fps ∼31%
71.1 (56min) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
MSI GP75 Leopard 9SC, i7-9750H
57.3 (45min) fps ∼28%
58.8 (49min) fps ∼28%
64.2 (50min) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
MSI GE72 7RE, i7-7700HQ
35.2 (11min) fps ∼17%
35.8 (23min) fps ∼17%
38.9 (26min) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
MSI GL62M 7RD, i7-7700HQ
29.9 (16min) fps ∼15%
30.3 (23min) fps ∼14%
32.6 (23min) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
MSI Prestige 14, i7-10710U
17.1 (10min) fps ∼8%
17.4 (10min) fps ∼8%
18.4 (10min) fps ∼9%
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
MSI Prestige 14, i7-10510U
13.4 (8min) fps ∼7%
13.7 (9min) fps ∼7%
14.7 (9min) fps ∼7%

QHD (2560x1440)

If you want to enjoy Death Stranding with maximum details on a QHD display (2560x1440), you'll need at least a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, which is often only sufficient for Full HD and limited settings with other triple-A games.

Death Stranding
    2560x1440 Very High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
133 (108min) fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
108 (93min) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
103 (78min) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2070
90.6 (78min) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
78.8 (53min) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2060
76.4 (65min) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i7-7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
75.2 (47min) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
64.7 (49min) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK
Asus G752VS
63.4 (40min) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
59.9 (42min) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
41.5 (28min) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP75 Leopard 9SC
36 (25min) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
20.6 (7min) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD
17 (10min) fps ∼12%

UHD (3840x2160)

A genuinely high-end GPU is only necessary in the 4K range. 3840x2160 pixels and the "Very High" preset are run passably starting with the GeForce RTX 2060 - at least in our benchmark sequence, which is quite demanding.

Death Stranding
    3840x2160 Very High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
78.8 (63min) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
61.8 (45min) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
56.4 (47min) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2070
51 (40min) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
42.6 (33min) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2060
42.3 (36min) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i7-7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
41.6 (31min) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
34.7 (24min) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK
Asus G752VS
33.1 (22min) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
31.5 (24min) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
21.4 (15min) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP75 Leopard 9SC
17.8 (13min) fps ∼11%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
12.3 (6min) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD
8.6 (5min) fps ∼5%

Note

Since gaming tests are very time intensive and often hindered by installation or activation limits, we can only provide a portion of the benchmarks at the time of publishing. Further graphics cards will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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 Death Stranding (2020)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
Default Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Very High Preset
QHD
2560x1440
Very High Preset
4K
3840x2160
Very High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
184
178
173
107
164
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT (Desktop)
218
210
209
206
143
84.2
NVIDIA Titan RTX
196
181
172
167
125
73.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
189
161
148
146
105
60.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
174
173
170
169
133
78.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
186
163
151
147
108
61.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
149
147
108
60
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
181
155
141
138
103
56.4
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
167
129
121
117
88.4
49.2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
194
144
133
130
93.7
53.2
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
203
138
128
125
87.9
47.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
172
138
127
125
90.6
51
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
145
128.2
117.8
120n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
152.65n2
125.5n2
114.8n2
112.5n2
78.8
42.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
152.95n2
121.1n2
111.55n2
108.65n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
190
127
118
114
80.6
45.1
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
198
134
124
121
85.6
46.4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
170
118
107
103
72.1
38.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
137
106
104
102
75.2
41.6
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lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
173
118
111
107
76.4
42.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
164.3
114.5
104.3
101.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
99.6
96.5
89
89.6n2
61.1
36.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
146.6n3
102n3
93.1n3
91n3
64.7
34.7
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
195
128
118
115
82
42
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
94.6
67
36
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile
129
97.1
91.6
90
63.4
33.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
147
93.8
86
84.3
58.5
31.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
151
99.4
90.2n2
87.25n2
59.9
31.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
138
86.7
79.3
77.6
53.3
28.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
136.1
87.7
81.3
78.4
AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
132n2
82.6n2
75n2
73.9n2
52n2
27n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
108
71.4
66.3
64.9
41.5
21.4
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
99.9
71.1
65.8
64.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
105.25n4
64.1n4
59.15n4
57.45n4
36
17.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
98.2
58.7
54.4
52.7
35.6
17.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
74.4
38.9
35.8
35.2
20.6
12.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
62.4
32.6
30.3
29.9
17
8.6
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
43.15n2
26.65n2
25.55n2
24.9n2
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
40
18.4
17.4
17.1
PosModel< prevnext >Death Stranding
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
18.5
11.8
9.5
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
33.05n2
15.45n2
14.1n2
14.2
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
33.4
14.7
13.7
13.4
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
25.7
16.2
14.4
11.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
24
15.6
14.3
14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
38.2
20.3
18.5
18.3
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
33.5
Intel UHD Graphics 620
12.5
8.3
(-) * 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 Operating system
Desktop PC I MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6)
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 i7-8086K, Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop PC III Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia Titan X (Pascal) (12 GB GDDR5X)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5)
Zotac GeForce GT 1030 (2 GB GDDR5)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (8 GB GDDR6))
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8 GB HBM2)
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 (8 GB GDDR5)
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT76 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-9900K 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 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
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
MSI GL62 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX350 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10710U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX330 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10510U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Alpha 15 AMD Radeon RX5500M (4 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
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Florian Glaser, 2020-08- 6 (Update: 2020-08- 6)
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.