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Doom 2016 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 05/30/2016

Devil Worship. Even though - or maybe precisely because - Doom has an old-school vibe, fans of Shooter-games get downright spoiled with an onslaught of action effects. Does the title only push gamers to their limits - or notebooks as well? Our benchmark check has the answer.

For the original German article, see here.

Graphics

With the new version - or, more accurately, the reboot - of Doom, developer id Software gets rid of the controversial mega-textures the predecessor-engine id Tech 5 made use of. This engine powered games like Rage, Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within and caused plenty of resentment because of the high RAM usage and laggy textures. Although id Tech 6 also suffers from visible texture changes (fast camera panning, low object distance), it's not quite as noticeable as before.

One of the main plus points of the new engine is dynamic lighting. As far as light and shadows are concerned, Doom doesn't have to hide behind graphically more elaborate shooter-game colleagues like Star Wars Battlefront. Across the board, the id Tech 6 engine impresses with great effects - be it reflections, sparks, or other particles. Water, smoke, animation and textures are also (save for a few exception) up to the current standard.

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In addition, the gaming universe appears to be very cohesive throughout, which isn't something we can say about all titles. The more brightly colored inside and outside environment might not universally appeal, however. While Doom 3 was predominantly gray, the successor makes use of yellow, brown and red hues, which make the game appear warmer. The new look is well-suited for the action-oriented gameplay. Instead of in-your-face fear and horror, the new Doom focuses on sweat-inducing gunfights with hordes of demons.

From an objective viewpoint, the game design definitely has some flaws. In addition to old-fashioned and uninspiring tasks (look for keycard x, activate generator y,...), the storyline itself fades completely into the background in the heat of the moment, so the user has to try to understand what's going on from the various entries. Speaking of entries: even though Doom appears to be "going back to the roots", there are many modern features which don't - at least in our opinion - mash well with the game and have a negative impact on the atmosphere, although they do invite the user to explore the sometimes massive levels. We could've done without the challenges and collectibles, for example. The weapons upgrades do make sense though, because the secondary mode allows the use of alternative tactics.

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The core element of a shooter is gunplay - and this is where Doom excels. It doesn't matter if we are talking about the weapons design, camera, or the feedback when hitting the target: there are hardly any other games which feel so perfect. The controls are also top notch. Thanks to the extremely fast movement and close-quarters combat, the user sometimes gets sucked into a fighting frenzy, with the player character performing acrobatic feats. In other words: the "flow" is great. Because Doom comes across as a lighthearted game despite the inherent brutality, we find it easy to forgive the shortcomings. 

Back to the graphics. Unlike other engines, id Tech 6 isn't based on DirectX, but on the much rarer API OpenGL (id Software has promised a patch for the successor Vulkan, which is supposed to decrease the driver overhead just like Microsoft does with DirectX 12 and AMD with Mantle). We really like the fact that Doom can be adjusted in so many ways. Within the options menu, there are dozens of sliders which allow the user to adjust the game to their needs - and that without requiring a restart.

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Since the Ego-Shooter looks very nice even with the details set to low, the hardware requirements are pretty stringent, as the benchmarks show. We also have to criticize the fact that Doom occupies over 50 GB on the hard drive. According to the minimum requirements, the gaming rig needs to be equipped with at least 8 GB of RAM and 64-bit Windows. Speaking of RAM: in order to use the maximum shadow-setting "Nightmare", over 5 GB of VRAM are a must. For our tests, we only used the standard quality levels low, medium, high and ultra. The last two include FXAA and SMAA, respectively. Doom also supports the anti-aliasing technologies TAA 1TX, FXAA 1TX, SMAA 1TX and TSSAA 8TX.

Users who install the title on an SSD can look forward to very short load times, although the game start itself can still take a little while. If the game is installed on a regular platter-based hard drive, a bit more patience is required. We didn't experience any technical problems during our testing period; only our 4K monitor had some scaling issues with non-native resolutions (at times, no fullscreen was possible).

Video Settings
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Benchmark

For our frame rate speed tests we use a passage from the first campaign. The sequence is about 30 seconds long and starts with a warm-up (see video). The passage is typical for the gameplay and the demands are neither above nor below average. For standard FPS games, 35+ fps is normally sufficient for a stutter-free experience - since Doom is a higher-tempo game, we suggest 45+ fps. Our recommendations are based on that assumption.

Results

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We hinted at it earlier: the hardware requirements are very stringent indeed. Most business or inexpensive multimedia notebooks can't produce playable frame rates at any settings. A GeForce 920M, for example, has issues already with 12280 x 720 pixels and the low preset. When we tried the HD Graphics 4600 and Iris 6100, Doom didn't even start (we had the latest driver installed). 

For medium details and 1366 x 768 pixels, a powerful mid-range GPU or an older high-end GPU - think GTX 860M - is required. A GTX 960M wasn't much faster on the ultra setting, which goes to show that Doom requires a lot of VRAM. 2 GB are without a doubt a limiting factor (our Kepler GTX-860M has 4 GB).

Low Preset
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Medium Preset
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High Preset
High Preset
Ultra Preset
Ultra Preset

Only very high-end notebooks can handle a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The preset medium only runs stutter-free if the notebook in question is equipped with a GTX 880M or better; the preset high requires a GTX 965M respectively GTX 970M. For the preset ultra, nothing less than a GTX 980M will do. At a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, Doom pretty much stutters on all notebooks. A combination of 4K and high settings even brings a desktop GPU like the GeForce GTX 980 to its knees. For smooth gameplay, a GTX 980 Ti or GTX 1080 is required.

Nvidials Maxwell architecture seems suited best, as AMD GPUs and older Kepler graphics cards don't nearly offer equivalent performance. The CPU only plays a secondary role. Note: at lower frame rates, the entire gameplay becomes sluggish. The title really comes into its own at frame rates of about 60 fps.

Benchmark results for additional GPUs will follow at a later date.

Doom
    3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM     1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1366x768 Medium Preset     1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
56.5 fps ∼50%
137 (min: 112) fps ∼68%
145 (min: 120) fps ∼73%
158 (min: 124) fps ∼79%
171 (min: 124) fps ∼85%
175 (min: 141) fps ∼87%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
46 (min: 41) fps ∼41%
127 (min: 107) fps ∼63%
134 (min: 111) fps ∼67%
147 fps ∼73%
176 (min: 149) fps ∼88%
173 (min: 149) fps ∼86%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
38.2 (min: 33) fps ∼34%
83 (min: 67) fps ∼41%
90 fps ∼45%
105 (min: 99) fps ∼52%
136 fps ∼68%
158 (min: 128) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
34.4 (min: 30) fps ∼31%
97.5 (min: 82) fps ∼48%
104 (min: 89) fps ∼52%
114 (min: 99) fps ∼57%
172 (min: 144) fps ∼86%
177 (min: 152) fps ∼88%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
22.6 (min: 19) fps ∼20%
51.2 (min: 38) fps ∼25%
57 (min: 39) fps ∼29%
62 (min: 44) fps ∼31%
101.4 (min: 75) fps ∼50%
121.7 (min: 93) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
18.1 (min: 15) fps ∼16%
41.4 (min: 30) fps ∼20%
47.4 (min: 34) fps ∼24%
50 (min: 39) fps ∼25%
76.6 (min: 56) fps ∼38%
98.9 (min: 74) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, 6700K
Desktop PC
14.2 (min: 12) fps ∼13%
38.8 (min: 31) fps ∼19%
49.1 (min: 42) fps ∼25%
54.4 (min: 47) fps ∼27%
89.9 (min: 75) fps ∼45%
110 (min: 92) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
40.4 (min: 33) fps ∼20%
46.3 (min: 38) fps ∼23%
52.6 (min: 42) fps ∼26%
79 (min: 65) fps ∼39%
93 (min: 42) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
37.4 (min: 29) fps ∼19%
41.3 (min: 33) fps ∼21%
47 (min: 38) fps ∼23%
69.4 (min: 54) fps ∼35%
79.4 (min: 61) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
33.4 (min: 26) fps ∼17%
35.1 (min: 28) fps ∼18%
39.6 (min: 32) fps ∼20%
59 (min: 47) fps ∼29%
68.7 (min: 53) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
28 (min: 12) fps ∼14%
33.3 (min: 28) fps ∼17%
37 (min: 31) fps ∼18%
56.3 (min: 47) fps ∼28%
68.9 (min: 59) fps ∼34%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
12.9 (min: 10) fps ∼12%
27.5 (min: 20) fps ∼14%
40.8 (min: 31) fps ∼21%
67 (min: 49) fps ∼33%
87 (min: 71) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
26.8 (min: 22) fps ∼13%
28.7 (min: 23) fps ∼14%
31.6 (min: 26) fps ∼16%
47.4 (min: 38) fps ∼24%
56.4 (min: 44) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
21.9 (min: 17) fps ∼11%
28.6 (min: 24) fps ∼14%
31 (min: 26) fps ∼15%
51 (min: 41) fps ∼25%
62 (min: 51) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
14.4 (min: 10) fps ∼7%
30.5 (min: 25) fps ∼15%
38.5 (min: 31) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
17.2 (min: 14) fps ∼9%
19.7 (min: 16) fps ∼10%
31.8 (min: 26) fps ∼16%
39.6 (min: 33) fps ∼20%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
25.2 (min: 21) fps ∼12%
27.7 (min: 23) fps ∼14%
50.6 (min: 42) fps ∼25%
51 (min: 43) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
16.8 (min: 11) fps ∼8%
19.8 (min: 15) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
15.2 fps ∼8%
21.4 fps ∼11%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     Doom
 Doom (2016)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1366x768
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
FXAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
SMAA
4k
3840x2160
High Preset
FXAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
1812
97.52
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
143.6
129.5
117
114.9
86.4
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
175
171
145
1373
64.252
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
179.9
170.2
145.552
144.25
65.85
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
1322
50.62
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
134
128
53.9
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
1495
143.25
1279
121.315
50.65
 18NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
173
176
134
127
46
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
1152
1092
44.4
 22AMD Radeon R9 Fury
158
136
90
83
38.2
 23AMD Radeon R9 Nano
95
86.7
37.9
 24NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
177
172
104
97.5
34.4
 25AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
81.6
80.4
75
73.6
31.9
 26NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
196.4
193.6
123.4
100.152
41.4
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
194
178
106
99.7
34.2
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
80
30
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
143.52
135.772
985
9316
30.53
 36AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
73.7
72.5
68
65.9
27.1
 40NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
170.1
161.2
108.8
99.252
34.3
Pos      Model                                     Doom
lowmed.highultra4k
 41NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
127
91.1
86.2
28.4
 45AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
80
29.7
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
121.7
101.4
572
563
22.6
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
142.8
126.8
74
68
21.6
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
117
105.3
68.72
62.94
21.2
 65NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
69
23.3
 68NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
98.9
76.6
47.4
41.4
18.1
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
113.5
82.2
46.3
44.2
11.8
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
54
46.5
18.3
 82NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
103.32
76.752
49.858
489
16.854
 86AMD Radeon R7 370
87
67
40.8
27.5
12.9
 88NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
79.4
69.4
41.3
37.4
 89NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
110
89.9
49.1
38.8
14.2
 97AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
47
43.4
14.7
 100NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
81.33
68.53
403
37.43
14.4
 102AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
38.7
60.9
22.2
15.4
 104NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
68.7
59
35.1
33.4
 106AMD Radeon HD 8970M
74.7
69.3
42.2
40.8
 119AMD Radeon Pro 460
65
30.3
29.7
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
69.43
57.23
33.63
28.43
Pos      Model                                     Doom
lowmed.highultra4k
 123AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
56
37
22
21
 129AMD Radeon Pro 555
63.5
19.5
 130AMD Radeon Pro 455
53.1
19.8
 131NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
87.152
64.052
29.552
21.152
9.452
 133NVIDIA GeForce MX150
63.194
49.65
21.895
23.23
 138*AMD Radeon RX 540
29.7
23.5
12.5
 139*AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Mobile
30.5
15.6
 140NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
56.4
47.4
28.7
26.8
 148NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
62
51
28.6
21.9
 149AMD Radeon Pro 450
53.4
20.4
 155AMD Radeon R9 M280X
51
50.6
27.7
25.2
 229NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
38.55
30.55
14.854
12.352
 232AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
25.1
10.4
 233NVIDIA GeForce 940M
39.6
31.8
17.2
 234NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
37.6
29.2
15
 239AMD Radeon R7 M445
35
28
14
 255NVIDIA GeForce 930M
34
27.5
 257AMD Radeon 530
18.152
8.3
 261NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
29.5
24.1
 262Intel Iris Graphics 540
31.5
Pos      Model                                     Doom
lowmed.highultra4k
 297AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
22.3
 299*AMD Radeon R7 M460
23.3
13.3
7.9
 302AMD Radeon R7 M360
21.8
12
7.4
 304NVIDIA GeForce 920M
19.8
16.8
 308AMD Radeon R7 M440
22
13
8.1
 315AMD Radeon R7 M340
20.2
 319Intel UHD Graphics 630
23.3
18.1
 320Intel HD Graphics 630
23.9
19.9
 326Intel UHD Graphics 620
25.5
 327Intel HD Graphics 620
22.22
16.6
9.7
 328AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
13.3
10.9
 385AMD Radeon HD 8650G
14.3
 396AMD Radeon R5 M255
25.2
18.7
9.6
 401Intel HD Graphics 520
21.3
17.3
9.9
 403NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
21.4
15.2
 426Intel HD Graphics 5500
9.2
14.7
 435*Intel HD Graphics 615
12.9
10.1
 527AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
9.3
* Smaller values are better. / * 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
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.
123Uncertain – 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 Custom Nvidia Custom AMD
Mainboard Asus Z170-A Asus Z97-Deluxe
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Intel Core i7-4790K (Haswell)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
PNY GeForce GTX 950 (2 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
Storage 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)
GPU 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 Samsung SSD 840 EVO (250 GB)
Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD (500 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 GE72 MSI PE60 MSI GP62 MSI CX61 MSI CX61
Mainboard Intel HM170 Intel HM170 Intel HM86 Intel HM86 Intel HM86
Processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-5700HQ (Broadwell) Intel Celeron 2970M (Haswell) Intel Core i5-4200M (Haswell)
GPU 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 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 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 Home 64 Bit Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Other notebooks Asus N551ZU
Mainboard AMD K15.1
Processor AMD FX-7600P (Kaveri)
GPU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5)
RAM 2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Samsung SSD 830 (256 GB)
OS Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Monitor Nvidia driver AMD driver Intel driver
2 x Asus PB287Q ForceWare 365.19 Crimson 16.15.2.1 15.40.22.4424
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Florian Glaser, 2016-05-30 (Update: 2016-06-15)
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