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Dota 2 Reborn: Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

MOBA Heavyweight. With up to one million players online at any given time, Dota 2 is far and away the most popular game on Valve's Steam platform. This highly competitive game and eSport has come a long way since its origins as a mod for Blizzard's Warcraft III, and now runs as a stand-alone, free-to-play game on Valve's Source 2 Engine. The Source 2 Engine is well-optimized and very scalable, but has a reputation for being more CPU than GPU dependent. Do the resolutions and graphics options have a large impact on performance? What CPU and GPU you need for your notebook to keep framerates steady during even the most hectic late-game battles is the subject of this article.

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Graphics

Dota 2 has come a long way since its initial 2003 release as a mod for Blizzard's Warcraft III. The low-poly models, simple textures, and basic effects of Defense of the Ancients have understandably transformed over the years, most markedly in the move to a Valve-backed Source engine game—and then again as it was ported to Valve's Source 2 engine a few years later. The once sparse and simple battlefield of the Dire and Radiant has become a fully flushed-out world complete with weather effects, day and night cycles, and lushly detailed terrain and wildlife unique to each side of the battlefield.

Dota 2 officially moved to the Source 2 engine in the latter half of 2015 after an extensive period of beta testing. The Source 2 engine is not only only prettier than the original Source, adding better textures, particle effects, and a unified lighting system, but it is better optimized as well: Valve added support for DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs, and improved multithreading. The changes are meant to make the already extremely scalable engine even more so, improving performance both on low-end notebooks with the settings down and high-end enthusiast desktop systems with all the bells and whistles. Because of the improved multithreading support, Dota 2 should make full use of all available CPU cores and threads, meaning we should expect to see the CPU have a greater impact on performance than more GPU-intensive games.

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The benchmarks collected are from a variety of CPU and GPU combinations which cover high, middle, and low-end systems. To account for the full measure of scalability possible with the Source 2 engine, the range of systems include a desktop with an i7 4790K and Geforce GTX 1080 on the high end while the low end extends all the way down to a Cherry Trail Atom Z8300 with integrated graphics. A variety of resolutions and detail presets were used, ranging from 720p and minimum detail to 2160p on ultra.

The i7 4790K desktop was tested with multiple cards, including both Nvidia (GTX 1080, 980 Ti, 1050 Ti, and 1050) and AMD (Radeon R9 Fury, RX 480, R9 290X, and R9 280X). Although Dota 2 and the Source 2 engine have a reputation for being CPU-bound, that did not seem to be the case for our tower with the 4790K. The difference was most pronounced at 2160p (4k) resolution and ultra details, where the Nvidia GTX 1080 soundly trounced the last generation (but still high-end) R9 Fury with 26% higher FPS on average. Switching to a GTX 1050 (2GB) yielded a 63% decrease in average FPS. At 1080p/ultra, however, even the 2GB GTX 1050 performed on par with the GTX 1080. For the desktop, it seems that a cutting-edge graphics card like the GTX 1080 is only able to prove its worth and differentiate itself from low-end cards at the highest possible resolutions and detail levels.

This is not to say at all that the CPU is more important than the GPU for Dota 2. On the contrary, the array of notebook benchmarks ranging from the 6820HQ and 7700HQ down to Core M and Atom processors reveal the extent to which a dedicated GPU is necessary to play Dota 2 at smooth framerates at 1080p. Even the beefy 7700HQ fails to delivery playable framerates above 768p and medium settings with the HD630 integrated graphics. Thus, if you want to play at 1080p and high detail, at least a GTX 965M or 1050 are recommended for the best performance.

If you are stuck on a laptop with integrated graphics, your best bet will be to lower the resolution and effects as much as possible to stop the GPU from bottlenecking your system. However, you will need a system with a relatively powerful (quad-core) CPU in order to high framerates even then.

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As mentioned earlier, Valve gives the user a lot of control over most aspects of the visuals, offering options regarding screen ratio, exclusive/bordered/windowed mode, and rendering options for additional effects such as ambient occlusion, fog, normal mapping, VSync, anti-aliasing, and texture/shadow quality. Aside from sheer resolution, the rendering options will provide the most flexibility for performance and appearance tweaking. Each setting can be tweaked on its own, but Valve offers four presets on a slider from "Fastest" to "Best Looking":

The first preset, "Fastest", turns off every effect in the game. Texture, particle, and shadow quality are all set to low, and the render quality is set to 56%, causing everything in the game to appear pixelated and blurry. It isn't pretty, but if you are playing on integrated graphics you will probably need to use either this setting or the next.

The second preset enabled animated portraits, additive light passes, world lighting, fog, and tree wind, making the environments much less sparse and lifeless. Texture and effects quality are bumped up to medium, and shadow quality to high. The render quality is set to 74%, resulting in a significantly clearer (though still not sharp) image of the battlefield.

The third preset adds ambient occlusion, normal maps, cloth simulation, grass, anti-aliasing, specular, specular and light blooms, and a higher quality HUD. Textures, effects, and shadows are all set to high now, while the game render quality is finally set to maximum fidelity at 100%.

The fourth and best looking preset enables high quality water, ground parallax, and ambient creatures. The only settings which remain off by default are "Ultra" quality shadows and VSync (which may be up to the taste of the player).

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Graphical Settings (second highest)
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Graphical Settings (lowest)

Dota 2 is a game with deep level of configurability that matches its hero pool and skill ceiling. The game takes days to get familiar with, months to learn the strategies, and a lifetime (if ever) to master. Its focus on ranked competitive play and tournaments (such as the multi-million dollar The International) mean that it is highly configurable to account for player preferences. Nearly everything from hotkeys, camera style, default behaviors, and mouse interactions are configurable. While the loading times used to be the biggest issue when starting matches, the optimization of the Source 2 engine has greatly ameliorated this problem. 

Audio Options
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Hotkey Options

Few games offer the excitement, depth, and graphical fidelity that Dota 2 offers with its 5 v 5 competitive online multiplayer.

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Benchmark

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timedemo from a competitive match was used to benchmark the game and measure average and minimum FPS with different graphical presets. Firstly, if you don't have Dota, then you can download it over Steam for free with a Steam account (which is also free). While Dota 2 is technically "free-to-play" as opposed to plain old free, it is probably the best example of a game where the mechanics and balance are completely untouched by the monetary system.

The timedemo is downloaded and then copied to the SteamApps\common\dota 2 beta\game\dota directory. Using the command line, navigate to your SteamApps\common\dota 2 beta\game\win\win64 directory using the cd <dir> command. Ensure Steam is running in the background, then run dota2.exe with the argument -steam +timedemo 1971360796 +timedemo_start 50000 +timedemo_end 51000 +fps_max 0 -novconsole -autoconfig_level 3 -high -w 3840 -h 2160 -fullscreen (for example, if your Steam library is in your D: drive, the full command would be:

"D:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\dota 2 beta\game\bin\win64\dota2.exe" -steam +timedemo 1971360796 +timedemo_start 50000 +timedemo_end 51000 +fps_max 0 -novconsole -autoconfig_level 3 -high -w 3840 -h 2160 -fullscreen

The "level 3" in the argument refers to the highest detail setting, whereas the -w and -h arguments set the desired resolution. To run the benchmark with a different preset, change the level to 0 and the resolution to your preference. The benchmark will run for roughly a minute, then stop. The results will be saved to your game\dota directory.

Results
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Directory

To see your results, navigate to your dota 2 beta\game\dota directory and locate the Source2Bench.csv file. Open the file (see second screenshot below) and note the average FPS (in the third column) and FPS variability in the 4th column. Note the Engine as well if DirectX 11 is not used (e.g. OpenGL or Vulkan).

Results

If you have a laptop that has either only integrated graphics (HD 520) or a weak, older graphics card (Nvidia 630M), you don't have to give up on your dream of becoming the next champion of The International tournament just yet. Even without a strong CPU or GPU, Dota 2 can run at fair speeds as long as the resolution is turned down and the details are reduced. Even an Intel Core M-powered tablet with HD 515 graphics can run Dota 2 at an average of 50 FPS once the resolution and effects are reduced. The first and most effective step is dropping to 720 or 768p resolution to avoid being bottlenecked by the poor fill-rate of old and integrated GPUs. If this isn't enough, turn off all of the graphical options or set them to "low". Then, toggle each one on and off and see if you find the performance hit worth the graphical fidelity. "Game Screen Render Quality" is the first thing to increase, as it makes the game much clearer visually and the heroes more distinctive. After that, turn on animated portraits and basic lighting effects. These changes alone make the game world look much better than on the lowest settings while still minimizing the load on your CPU and GPU.

Best Looking (1080p)
Best Looking (1080p)
Fastest (1080p)
Fastest (1080p)

An expensive, bleeding-edge system is not at all needed to run Dota 2. As long as you have a quad-core CPU (such as the i7-6700HQ), a last-gen and low-end card such as the 940MX will allow you to run the game at 1080p and medium details while maintaining a fluid 60 FPS or above. If you want to run Dota 2 at 4k resolution with the highest settings and not drop below the all-important 60 FPS in the heat of battle, though, a strong CPU and at least a GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB VRAM) are a must: the GTX 1050 Ti with i7-4790K in our desktop just squeaked by with an average of 63 FPS (58 FPS minimum) at 4k resolution and max settings.

Verdict: Dota 2 runs on almost every system, but it is difficult to maintain a smooth framerate on a dual-core system with integrated GPU—even with more powerful Intel Iris Graphics, such as those on the 2016 MacBook Pro. For the best combination of smoothness and visual fidelity, you will want preferably a quad-core CPU and at least a 940MX to enjoy smooth, detailed gameplay at 1080p with medium settings. A quad-core CPU with more powerful GPU, such as a GTX 965M or better, will be needed if you want to turn on all the graphical effects. Finally, if you want to push the resolution all the way up to 4k, at least a GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1060 are recommended.

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

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    3840x2160 ultra (3/3) best looking     1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking     1920x1080 high (2/3)     1920x1080 med (1/3)     1366x768 med (1/3)     1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
132 (114min) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC
129 (110min) fps ∼73%
141 (123min) fps ∼75%
142 (121min) fps ∼70%
147 (126min) fps ∼100%
149 (128min) fps ∼70%
177 (154min) fps ∼73%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
102 (90min) fps ∼58%
130 (111min) fps ∼70%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
88 (82min) fps ∼50%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
86 (81min) fps ∼49%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
84 (80min) fps ∼48%
136 (119min) fps ∼73%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 4790K
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X
68 (64min) fps ∼39%
137 (121min) fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
63 (58min) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop), 4790K
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
47.4 (44min) fps ∼27%
139 (123min) fps ∼74%
112 (95.3min) fps ∼60%
156 (144min) fps ∼76%
124 (108.7min) fps ∼61%
136 (118.4min) fps ∼64%
148 (129.9min) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
44.1 (36min) fps ∼25%
77.3 (65min) fps ∼41%
84 (71min) fps ∼41%
93 (79min) fps ∼43%
99 (84min) fps ∼41%
AMD Radeon Pro 455, 6820HQ
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
22.8 (21min) fps ∼13%
61.5 (58min) fps ∼33%
67.2 (63min) fps ∼33%
Intel HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
7.2 (1.8min) fps ∼4%
19.9 (18min) fps ∼11%
23.2 (21min) fps ∼11%
42.9 (38min) fps ∼29%
50.8 (45.1min) fps ∼24%
75.6 (65min) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
117 (97min) fps ∼63%
126 (106min) fps ∼62%
143 (123min) fps ∼67%
154 (121min) fps ∼64%
AMD Radeon Pro 450, 6700HQ
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
67.2 (60min) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
45.1 (42min) fps ∼24%
48.9 (45min) fps ∼24%
60 (58min) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
45 (42min) fps ∼24%
48.4 (45min) fps ∼24%
92 (78min) fps ∼63%
95 (78min) fps ∼44%
101 (85min) fps ∼42%
Intel Iris Graphics 540, 6360U
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016
34.6 (31min) fps ∼19%
39.5 (33min) fps ∼19%
29.2 (26min) fps ∼14%
68.5 (57min) fps ∼32%
46.9 (40min) fps ∼22%
85 (71min) fps ∼35%
59.8 (49min) fps ∼25%
Intel Iris Graphics 550, 6267U
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)
33.6 (30min) fps ∼18%
40.3 (36min) fps ∼20%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
31.3 (27min) fps ∼17%
36.4 (31min) fps ∼18%
40.3 (34min) fps ∼19%
51.3 (42min) fps ∼21%
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
26.2 (24min) fps ∼14%
29.1 (27min) fps ∼14%
63.5 (53min) fps ∼30%
86.3 (71min) fps ∼36%
Intel HD Graphics 615, i5-7Y54
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
25.1 fps ∼13%
27.4 fps ∼13%
52.7 fps ∼25%
59.1 fps ∼24%
Intel HD Graphics 620, i7-7500U
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
24.2 (21min) fps ∼13%
27 (24min) fps ∼13%
50.7 (44min) fps ∼24%
59.6 (55min) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
24.1 (23min) fps ∼13%
25.4 (23min) fps ∼12%
49.7 (43min) fps ∼23%
57 (50min) fps ∼24%
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6500U
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
22.4 fps ∼12%
25.8 fps ∼13%
48.3 fps ∼23%
Intel HD Graphics 630, i7-7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
22.2 (20min) fps ∼12%
26.1 (24min) fps ∼13%
69 (58min) fps ∼32%
120 (96min) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
21.5 (20min) fps ∼12%
23.3 (21min) fps ∼11%
73 (61min) fps ∼34%
116 (96min) fps ∼48%
AMD Radeon R7 M440, A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
21 (18min) fps ∼11%
22.5 (20min) fps ∼11%
49.5 (38min) fps ∼20%
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
20.6 (17min) fps ∼11%
23 (20min) fps ∼11%
51 (40min) fps ∼21%
AMD Radeon R5 M430, i5-7200U
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
19.1 fps ∼10%
20.6 fps ∼10%
50.6 fps ∼24%
74 fps ∼31%
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
13.9 (11min) fps ∼7%
16 (14min) fps ∼8%
47.9 (38min) fps ∼20%
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
Cube i9
8.1 (7.1min) fps ∼4%
9.4 (8.7min) fps ∼5%
27.2 (22min) fps ∼19%
30 fps ∼14%
25.4 (21.5min) fps ∼12%
48 (42.2min) fps ∼20%
Intel HD Graphics 4000, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
16.9 (14min) fps ∼8%
40.2 (36min) fps ∼19%
96 (81min) fps ∼40%
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300
Chuwi Hi12
7.2 (6min) fps ∼4%
15.2 (13min) fps ∼7%
20 (18min) fps ∼8%
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri), FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
28.6 (25min) fps ∼13%
39 (33min) fps ∼16%
Intel HD Graphics 3000, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
19.4 (17min) fps ∼9%
50.9 (42min) fps ∼21%
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AMD Radeon R9 280X
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X, 4790K
137 (121min) fps ∼73%
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC, 4790K
136 (119min) fps ∼73%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
130 (111min) fps ∼70%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
MSI GE72 965M Ti, 6700HQ
77.3 (65min) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
MSI PE60 2QD, 6700HQ
66.7 (59.5min) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
MSI GP62 2QD, 5700HQ
45.1 (42min) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
MSI CX72 6QD, 6700HQ
45 (42min) fps ∼24%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
Asus N551ZU-CN007H, FX-7600P
31.3 (27min) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD, 2970M
25.3 (23min) fps ∼14%
3840x2160 ultra (3/3) best looking
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
132 (114min) fps ∼75%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
102 (90min) fps ∼58%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
88 (82min) fps ∼50%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
86 (81min) fps ∼49%
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC, 4790K
84 (80min) fps ∼48%
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X, 4790K
68 (64min) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
MSI GE72 965M Ti, 6700HQ
44.1 (36min) fps ∼25%

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1920x1080
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
169.95n3
143.2n3
144.3n3
140.3n3
142.8n3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
170.35n2
155.15n2
146.85n2
134.9n2
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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
220.9
169.8
166.1
144.7
122.2
NVIDIA Titan RTX
166.05n26
153.6n26
151.1n26
141.9n26
139.15n26
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
242
167.3
174.7
139.3
105.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
162.9n5
140.5n5
137.6n5
128.6n5
127.4n3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
163.7n3
148.9n3
146.2n3
141.2n3
139.3n3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
155n32
142n32
133.5n32
126.5n32
110.5n6
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
203
143.2
159.6
106.1
86.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
135.2
124.6
123.4
111.8
116.4n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
173.5n4
158.5n4
153n4
141n4
140.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
145n28
133n28
123n29
117n28
107n7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
145.2n3
135.5n3
130.5n3
124.6n3
119
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
149.5n8
137.5n8
132.5n8
124.5n8
125n9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
141.5n4
126.8n4
124.05n4
114.05n4
120n3
AMD Radeon VII
185.2
164.25
159.9
147.4
78.4
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
145.3n4
134.75n4
92.25n4
99.7n4
92.15n4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
155.6
141.8
137.6
130.3
116.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
146n19
132n19
120n19
115n19
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
155.5n4
139n4
130n4
124n4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
128.15n2
103.5n2
102.15n2
99.8n2
129
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
146.8n6
134.9n6
123.6n6
117.85n6
102
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
144.9
132.2
126.4
119.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
149.95n2
137.25n2
131.5n2
123.2n2
110.7n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
147.2n9
130n9
124n9
117.1n9
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
126
118.3
86.4
85.1
84.4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
163.7n2
154n2
150.25n2
138.4n2
96.2n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
119.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
155.4n6
142.3n6
135n6
127n6
103
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
142.7
134.2
126.6
121.2
105
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
143n13
133.7n13
127.1n13
120.6n13
92.8n4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
139n18
126.5n18
117.9n18
111.5n18
87
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
169.8
152.9
153.9
138.4
95.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
116.9
110.2
106
102.4
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56
112
107.4
102.3
95.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
142.5n4
129.5n4
119.5n4
115n4
79.35n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
161.3
147
146.6
140
91.7
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop)
149.1
131.2
122.4
124.3
77.4
AMD Radeon RX 5600M
123.5n2
119n2
107n2
103.5n2
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
132
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
143n11
130.2n11
121.3n11
116n11
85
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
163.7
152.4
145.9
136.7
85.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
145n3
138n3
121n3
109n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
126.9
118.2
111.7
109.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
113n3
102.1n3
93.8n3
86.3n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Desktop)
182.8
166.7
156.8
141.1
78.3
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
130
102
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
138.5n2
123n2
113.55n2
106.55n2
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
88
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
117.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
143n8
126.5n8
118.55n8
112n8
51.8
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
106.5n2
99.5n2
93.5n2
87.5n2
53
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
137
125
111
107
53.9
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
86
77
76.3
69
AMD Radeon RX 5300M
113
108
97.9
94.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
125.1n18
110.5n18
100.75n18
92.8n18
50n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
124.35n2
99.65n2
97.3n2
91.95n2
59.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
140n11
119n11
112n11
106n11
51.5n3
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
86
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
120n5
105n5
94n5
88n5
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
141.4n3
124.8n3
113.6n3
106.7n3
47.9
NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
133.5n4
117n4
90.1n4
74.6n4
27.7
AMD Radeon R9 290X
136
84
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
127
119
108
94.6
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
102
105
84.5
78.3
41.1
AMD Radeon R9 280X
137
68
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
126n2
108.05n2
91.5n2
86n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
178
161
141
125
63
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
126n17
112n17
87.6n17
81.15n16
31.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
111.9
104.2
98.1
93.5
46
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16
103
99
75
72
38.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
129.5n2
121.5n2
124n3
112n3
47.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
139n2
128n2
114.5n2
105.95n4
36.15n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
149.5
134.1
115.5
104.1
37.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
99
93
84
77.3
44.1
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
80
73.1
65.6
60.7
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
63.7n2
45.15n2
39.05n2
38.4n2
20.1
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
85.3
94.6
71
68.7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
82.35n62
65.7n62
46.2n62
42.95n62
20n7
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NVIDIA GeForce MX350
124n11
112n11
83.3n11
76.1n11
29.7
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
86.4n2
78.3n2
52.8n2
49.35n2
AMD Radeon RX 640
111.5n2
94.25n2
52.55n2
49.25n2
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
100.5n2
86.5n2
48.55n2
34.85n2
9.4
AMD Radeon Pro 555
56.5
AMD Radeon Pro 455
67.2
61.5
22.8
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
112.15n20
93.5n20
63.15n20
56.95n20
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
116n3
107n3
69.6n3
63.8n3
23.65n2
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
113.85n6
100.45n6
68.2n6
62n6
24.3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
77.25n28
55.05n28
36n28
34.1n29
15.95n2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
113.8
49.5
19.5
18.1
7.3
AMD Radeon RX 540
74.4
62.5
47.1
38.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
105.8
96.5
73.2
66.7
AMD Radeon Pro 450
67.2
AMD Radeon 540X
71.2
45.4
46.7
43.6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
99.85n2
76.25n2
45.6n2
42.45n2
16.95n2
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
51.3
40.3
36.4
31.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
64
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
82.7n17
51n17
30.1n17
27.6n17
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
66n9
55.2n9
34.6n9
30.2n9
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Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
59.8
37.2
15.3
14
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
73
33.3
22
20
Intel UHD Graphics Xe 32EUs (Tiger Lake-H)
84.75n2
61.65n2
33.9n2
31.3n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
108n6
82.2n6
49.65n6
45.95n6
21
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
126.7
113
58
43.2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
97.45n12
81.5n12
50.65n12
47.85n12
NVIDIA GeForce MX130
61.4n2
52.55n2
28.95n2
24.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
101n3
89.8n3
48.4n3
46.35n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
70.5n25
61.2n25
38.1n25
34.9n25
14.7
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
97.3n20
77n20
47.4n20
44.3n20
13.5
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
60
48.9
45.1
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
69.3n6
37.8n6
17.6n4
19.6n6
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
91
74
35.5
33.2
AMD Radeon R9 M375
59.5
48.8
33.1
30
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
90.25n6
63.5n6
32.15n6
27.9n6
11.9n2
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
86.3
63.5
29.1
26.2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
95
64
29.7
25
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
64
63
Intel Iris Graphics 550
81.9n2
45.15n2
28.2n3
24.7n3
AMD Radeon 530
95.05n4
57.4n4
30n3
27.7n3
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AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
91.2n18
70.6n18
42.3n18
39.65n18
8.5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
76.5
57.3
29
26.9
NVIDIA GeForce MX110
92.8n2
78.8n2
36.4n2
32.95n2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
80n2
59.35n2
28.55n2
21.4n2
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
83.3
68
36.4
33.5
Intel Iris Graphics 540
65.2n3
46.9n3
29.2n3
26.85n2
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
47.9
16
13.9
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57
49.7
25.4
24.1
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
39
28.6
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
67
57
27.3
25.3
AMD Radeon R7 M440
49.5
22.5
21
AMD Radeon R7 M340
46
38
21
18
AMD Radeon 520
84.5
45.8
19
17.9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
68.9
46.2
37.9
31.4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5
93.3
74.2
41.4
39.1
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
77.2n10
38.6n10
22n10
20.35n10
Intel UHD Graphics 630
78.5n10
49.6n10
20.6n10
18.35n10
7n2
Intel HD Graphics 630
120
69
26.1
22.2
Intel UHD Graphics G7 (Lakefield GT2 64 EU)
53.45n2
22.55n2
15.35n2
14.65n2
Intel HD Graphics 530
75.6
50.8
23.2
19.9
7.2
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AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
37.9
24.1
17.7
16.7
Intel UHD Graphics 620
71.95n88
43.95n88
19.85n88
17.65n88
6.95n4
Intel HD Graphics 620
70.8n2
53.35n2
23.5n2
24.2
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
28.2
AMD Radeon HD 8650G
45.45n2
32.1n2
16.8
15.5
3.9
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
116
73
23.3
21.5
AMD Radeon R5 M430
74
50.6
20.6
19.1
AMD Radeon R5 M255
83.4
63.4
27.3
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
62n7
44.6n7
20.9n7
17.7n7
Intel HD Graphics 520
48.3
25.8
22.4
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
87.6
44.5
20.5
18.4
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
105
61.9
21.8
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
34.15n2
21.2n2
Intel HD Graphics 6000
54.7
33.9
16.7
15.4
Intel Iris Graphics 5100
61.5
38.8
18.1
16.7
6.1
Intel HD Graphics 4600
99.4
62.1
21.8
Intel HD Graphics 5500
63n2
33.75n2
14.35n2
13.4n3
Intel UHD Graphics 617
67.2
28.2
14.6
13.6
Intel UHD Graphics 615
53.95n6
26.1n6
12.85n6
11.3n5
Intel HD Graphics 615
57.4n4
31.85n4
15.7n4
14.1n4
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AMD Radeon HD 7660G
48.3
29.8
15.5
14.5
Intel HD Graphics 515
48
27.7n2
9.4
8.1
Intel UHD Graphics 610
54.4
23.1
10.6
9.7
Intel HD Graphics 610
52.5
34.9
Intel HD Graphics 4400
60.3
31.5
14.5
Intel HD Graphics 510
66.2
41.8
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
33.3n2
26.9
11.8
10.8
Intel UHD Graphics 605
34.8n4
14.3n4
7.4n3
6.7
Intel HD Graphics 505
32
22
Intel HD Graphics 4000
96
40.2
16.9
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
32.3n2
19n2
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
26.2
21
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
28.7
18.4
AMD Radeon HD 8400
36.55n2
20.85n2
8.6
8
AMD Radeon HD 8350G
32.3
21.7
10.8
9.9
AMD Radeon HD 8330
27.1
Intel UHD Graphics 600
32.8n15
15.5n15
7.5n14
7n14
Intel HD Graphics 500
22.1n3
15.3n2
5.6
5.1
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
28.65n2
18.25n2
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
21.3
11.4
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AMD Radeon HD 7420G
33.8
17.3
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
20
15.2
7.2
Intel HD Graphics 3000
49.5n2
20.35n2
8.3
7.4
AMD Radeon HD 8210
12.7
9.6
5
4.6
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
24.7
9.7
5.5
5.4
(-) * 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.
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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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