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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.
Dota 2

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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Dota 2
Dota 2

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).

Dota 2
Main Menu
Graphical Settings (Best Looking)
Graphical Settings (second highest)
Graphical Settings (second lowest)
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
Gameplay Options
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

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
Results
Directory
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.

Dota 2 Reborn
    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 ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC
129 (110min) fps ∼55%
141 (123min) fps ∼57%
142 (121min) fps ∼54%
147 (126min) fps ∼100%
149 (128min) fps ∼54%
177 (154min) fps ∼57%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
102 (90min) fps ∼44%
130 (111min) fps ∼53%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
88 (82min) fps ∼38%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
86 (81min) fps ∼37%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
84 (80min) fps ∼36%
136 (119min) fps ∼55%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 4790K
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X
68 (64min) fps ∼29%
137 (121min) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
63 (58min) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop), 4790K
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
47.4 (44min) fps ∼20%
139 (123min) fps ∼57%
112 (95.3min) fps ∼46%
156 (144min) fps ∼59%
124 (108.7min) fps ∼47%
136 (118.4min) fps ∼49%
148 (129.9min) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
44.1 (36min) fps ∼19%
77.3 (65min) fps ∼31%
84 (71min) fps ∼32%
93 (79min) fps ∼34%
99 (84min) fps ∼32%
AMD Radeon Pro 455, 6820HQ
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
22.8 (21min) fps ∼10%
61.5 (58min) fps ∼25%
67.2 (63min) fps ∼26%
Intel HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
7.2 (1.8min) fps ∼3%
19.9 (18min) fps ∼8%
23.2 (21min) fps ∼9%
42.9 (38min) fps ∼29%
50.8 (45.1min) fps ∼18%
75.6 (65min) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
117 (97min) fps ∼48%
126 (106min) fps ∼48%
143 (123min) fps ∼52%
154 (121min) fps ∼50%
AMD Radeon Pro 450, 6700HQ
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
67.2 (60min) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
45.1 (42min) fps ∼18%
48.9 (45min) fps ∼19%
60 (58min) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
45 (42min) fps ∼18%
48.4 (45min) fps ∼18%
92 (78min) fps ∼63%
95 (78min) fps ∼34%
101 (85min) fps ∼33%
Intel Iris Graphics 540, 6360U
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016
34.6 (31min) fps ∼14%
39.5 (33min) fps ∼15%
29.2 (26min) fps ∼11%
68.5 (57min) fps ∼25%
46.9 (40min) fps ∼17%
85 (71min) fps ∼27%
59.8 (49min) fps ∼19%
Intel Iris Graphics 550, 6267U
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)
33.6 (30min) fps ∼14%
40.3 (36min) fps ∼15%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
31.3 (27min) fps ∼13%
36.4 (31min) fps ∼14%
40.3 (34min) fps ∼15%
51.3 (42min) fps ∼17%
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
26.2 (24min) fps ∼11%
29.1 (27min) fps ∼11%
63.5 (53min) fps ∼23%
86.3 (71min) fps ∼28%
Intel HD Graphics 615, i5-7Y54
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
25.1 fps ∼10%
27.4 fps ∼10%
52.7 fps ∼19%
59.1 fps ∼19%
Intel HD Graphics 620, i7-7500U
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
24.2 (21min) fps ∼10%
27 (24min) fps ∼10%
50.7 (44min) fps ∼18%
59.6 (55min) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
24.1 (23min) fps ∼10%
25.4 (23min) fps ∼10%
49.7 (43min) fps ∼18%
57 (50min) fps ∼18%
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6500U
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
22.4 fps ∼9%
25.8 fps ∼10%
48.3 fps ∼18%
Intel HD Graphics 630, i7-7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
22.2 (20min) fps ∼9%
26.1 (24min) fps ∼10%
69 (58min) fps ∼25%
120 (96min) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
21.5 (20min) fps ∼9%
23.3 (21min) fps ∼9%
73 (61min) fps ∼26%
116 (96min) fps ∼37%
AMD Radeon R7 M440, A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
21 (18min) fps ∼9%
22.5 (20min) fps ∼9%
49.5 (38min) fps ∼16%
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
20.6 (17min) fps ∼8%
23 (20min) fps ∼9%
51 (40min) fps ∼16%
AMD Radeon R5 M430, i5-7200U
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
19.1 fps ∼8%
20.6 fps ∼8%
50.6 fps ∼18%
74 fps ∼24%
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
13.9 (11min) fps ∼6%
16 (14min) fps ∼6%
47.9 (38min) fps ∼15%
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
Cube i9
8.1 (7.1min) fps ∼3%
9.4 (8.7min) fps ∼4%
27.2 (22min) fps ∼19%
30 fps ∼11%
25.4 (21.5min) fps ∼9%
48 (42.2min) fps ∼15%
Intel HD Graphics 4000, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
16.9 (14min) fps ∼6%
40.2 (36min) fps ∼15%
96 (81min) fps ∼31%
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300
Chuwi Hi12
7.2 (6min) fps ∼3%
15.2 (13min) fps ∼6%
20 (18min) fps ∼6%
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri), FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
28.6 (25min) fps ∼10%
39 (33min) fps ∼13%
Intel HD Graphics 3000, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
19.4 (17min) fps ∼7%
50.9 (42min) fps ∼16%
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1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X, 4790K
137 (121min) fps ∼56%
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC, 4790K
136 (119min) fps ∼55%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
130 (111min) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
MSI GE72 965M Ti, 6700HQ
77.3 (65min) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
MSI PE60 2QD, 6700HQ
66.7 (59.5min) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
MSI GP62 2QD, 5700HQ
45.1 (42min) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
MSI CX72 6QD, 6700HQ
45 (42min) fps ∼18%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
Asus N551ZU-CN007H, FX-7600P
31.3 (27min) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD, 2970M
25.3 (23min) fps ∼10%
3840x2160 ultra (3/3) best looking
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
132 (114min) fps ∼56%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
102 (90min) fps ∼44%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
88 (82min) fps ∼38%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
86 (81min) fps ∼37%
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC, 4790K
84 (80min) fps ∼36%
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X, 4790K
68 (64min) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
MSI GE72 965M Ti, 6700HQ
44.1 (36min) fps ∼19%

Overview

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low
1280x720
min (0/3) fastest
med.
1366x768
med (1/3)
high
1920x1080
high (2/3)
ultra
1920x1080
ultra (3/3) best looking
4K
3840x2160
ultra (3/3) best looking
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
294n4
266.15n4
254.5n4
237.1n4
232n4
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX
259.5
242.9
196.9
178.3
158.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
291.95n2
258.3n2
249.05n2
233.45n2
227.15n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
257.7n2
231.2n2
217.1n2
194.95n2
184.2n2
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT
265.7
217.1
198.9
183.6
153.2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
302.5n3
267.6n3
258.8n3
243.4n3
225.9n3
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
233.7n2
183.55n2
199.45n2
166.9n2
140.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
265.75n14
224.6n15
216.8n15
212.65n14
201.95n14
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
278.9n3
242.4n3
234.1n3
216.6n3
211.1n3
NVIDIA RTX A6000
160.5
144.8
138.7
131.2
127.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB
211.4
186.6
175.8
160.95
156.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
170.35n2
155.15n2
146.85n2
134.9n2
128.55n2
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
220.9
169.8
166.1
144.7
122.2
AMD Radeon RX 6800
223.8n3
188.7n3
145.1n3
127.5n3
102.3n3
NVIDIA Titan RTX
171.6n31
160.6n31
155.2n31
148.1n31
146.1n31
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
298.5
264.5
249
230.1
193.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
178.4n42
165.65n42
157.55n44
150.95n44
126.55n18
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
156.7n6
137.2n6
133.45n6
125n6
125.4n4
AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT
195.75n2
158.2n2
153.85n2
131.45n2
101.45n2
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
163.7n3
148.9n3
146.2n3
141.2n3
139.3n3
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
243.8n3
167.3n3
174.7n3
139.3n3
105.8n3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
158n41
143n41
134n41
128n41
110n13
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
191.35n6
169.8n6
162.4n6
149.7n6
125.45n6
AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
141n2
113.7n2
113.1n2
94.6n2
77.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
168.4n33
153.6n33
146.05n34
138n34
129n4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
155.75n2
141.7n2
138.35n2
128.55n2
116.4n2
AMD Radeon RX 6800M
146.1
126.2
125.5
114.8
95.2
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT
250.5n3
164.1n3
170.75n3
135.6n3
96.7n3
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
211.5n2
161.05n2
170.35n2
120.4n2
86.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
173.5n4
158.5n4
153n4
141n4
140.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
153n57
139.4n57
130n58
120n57
109n11
AMD Radeon RX 6800S
149n3
128.4
128n3
107n3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
178.3n5
161.7n5
155.6n5
147.1n5
114.65n4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
145.2n3
135.5n3
130.5n3
124.6n3
119
AMD Radeon RX 6700M
130
123
112
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
149.5n8
137.5n8
132.5n8
124.5n8
125n9
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
299.75n2
258.65n2
252.1n2
232.35n2
159.75n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
155.8n6
141.6n6
136.5n6
128.55n6
127.8n5
AMD Radeon VII
185.2
164.3
159.9
147.4
78.4
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low med. high ultra 4K
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
158.2n5
147.1n5
92.4n5
103n5
93.3n5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
155.6
141.8
137.6
130.3
116.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
151n48
140n48
131n48
123.5n48
94.9n11
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 2060 Super (Desktop)
231.05n4
204.75n4
199.5n4
185.05n4
120.95n4
AMD Radeon RX 6600
216.6n2
143.3n2
168.05n2
118.55n2
85.08n2
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
195.05n2
174.8n2
155.65n2
145.9n2
99.55n2
AMD Radeon RX 6650M
141
130.7
118
100
AMD Radeon RX 6600M
144.6n5
120.2n5
113n6
100.3n6
81.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
147.2n9
130n9
124n9
117.1n9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
144.9
132.2
126.4
119.6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
163.7n2
154n2
150.25n2
138.4n2
96.2n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
119.9
Intel Arc A730M
109.3
94.2
90.4
80.4
AMD Radeon RX 6700S
145.1
114.7
103
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
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
139n18
126.5n18
117.9n18
111.5n18
87
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050
203.9
177.4
169.2
154.7
93.1
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
220.4n2
212.45n2
184.95n2
168n2
98.9n2
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 Ti (Desktop)
218.1
189.7
181
167.8
94.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
287.4n3
252n3
230.95n3
210.9n3
94.9n3
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT
214.95n2
196.85n2
144.5n2
110.1n2
66.75n2
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop)
212n2
181.85n2
148.5n2
142.65n2
77.65n2
AMD Radeon RX 5600M
123.5n2
119n2
107n2
103.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
143n11
130.2n11
121.3n11
116n11
85
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
148.05n26
134n26
117.95n26
113n26
54.05n6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
132
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
296.4n3
257.8n3
219.2n3
197.2n3
86.5n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
126.9
118.2
111.7
109.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Desktop)
293.4n3
258.4n3
209.3n3
190.75n3
79.5n3
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
130
102
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
139n17
130n17
119.4n17
114n17
61.85n4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
113n3
102.1n3
93.8n3
86.3n3
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AMD Radeon RX 6500M
121.5
106.1
102.2
94.8
Intel Arc A370M
99.1n3
83.5n3
68.4n3
66.3n3
39.5
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
120n3
113n3
106n3
103n3
53
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
137
125
111
107
53.9
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
86
77
76.3
69
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 Mobile
159.3n3
143.6n3
138.1n3
129.6n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
124.35n2
99.65n2
97.3n2
91.95n2
59.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
121.6n20
106.55n20
96.25n20
89.45n20
45n3
AMD Radeon RX 5300M
113
108
97.9
94.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
140n11
119n11
112n11
106n11
51.5n3
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
86
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
120n5
105n5
94n5
88n5
NVIDIA T1200 Laptop GPU
155n3
131n3
114n3
107n3
109
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
141.4n3
124.8n3
113.6n3
106.7n3
47.9
Intel Arc A350M
102.9
83.5
63.9
62.1
NVIDIA T600 Laptop GPU
149.4
127.6
115.8
107.1
NVIDIA T550 Laptop GPU
113.3n3
103.8n3
92.3n3
85.2n3
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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 MX550
142.05n2
126.7n2
111.2n2
103.9n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
126n2
108.05n2
91.5n2
86n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
178
161
141
125
63
AMD Radeon 680M
111.2n13
96n13
72.2n13
60.6n13
18.15n2
NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
133.5n4
117n4
90.1n4
74.6n4
27.7
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
126n21
112n21
87.6n21
81.15n20
32.4n2
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)
88.85n2
81.1n2
70.7n2
66.2n2
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
68.3n3
50n3
39.8n3
38.4n3
20.1
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
85.3
94.6
71
68.7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
97.4n151
74.6n151
50.6n151
46.8n151
20n11
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NVIDIA GeForce MX350
121.7n14
113.45n14
83.05n14
75.85n14
29.7
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
86.4n2
78.3n2
52.8n2
49.35n2
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
98.4
78.4
45.3
42.9
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
112.3n21
94.4n21
64n21
57n21
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
81.9n79
63.9n79
39.1n79
35.9n80
15.95n2
AMD Radeon 660M
108.95n4
91.05n4
55.85n4
48.35n4
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
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Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen)
117.7n2
87.75n2
53.1n2
48.95n2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
82.7n19
52.7n19
30.1n19
27.8n18
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
66.7n10
53.6n10
32.35n10
29.25n10
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
59.8
37.2
15.3
14
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
75.9n11
35.7n11
25.6n11
23.9n11
Intel UHD Graphics Xe 32EUs (Tiger Lake-H)
126.2n3
76.6n3
35.75n2
33.3n3
12.1
Intel UHD Graphics 770
154.6
95.4
43
40
14.2
Intel UHD Graphics Xe 750 32EUs (Rocket Lake)
129n4
74n4
35.2n4
32.2n4
12.4
Intel UHD Graphics 730 (Rocket Lake)
90.8
59
26.8
24.5
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
126.7
113
58
43.2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
106.9n42
83.95n42
50.65n42
47.9n42
17.75n8
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
98.2n45
77.1n45
46.9n45
43.9n45
15.85n2
NVIDIA GeForce MX130
95n3
71.4n3
35n3
28n3
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
101n3
89.8n3
48.4n3
46.35n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
70n29
60n29
38n29
34.6n29
14.7
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
92.6n7
63n7
31.9n7
27.7n7
11.9n2
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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
81.3n3
43.5n3
28.35n4
24.95n4
AMD Radeon 530
95.05n4
57.4n4
30n3
27.7n3
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
92.8n19
70.7n19
42.4n19
39.8n19
18.75n2
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 Graphics (Ryzen 7000)
157.8
61.8
25.7
23.6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
68.9
46.2
37.9
31.4
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AMD Radeon RX Vega 5
91.7n2
72.65n2
38.8n2
36.65n2
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
77.2n12
36.3n12
21.9n12
20.2n12
8.8
Intel UHD Graphics 630
79n11
49.7n11
21n11
18.8n11
7n2
Intel UHD Graphics Xe 16EUs (Tiger Lake-H)
111n2
57.55n2
23.45n2
21.75n2
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
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
37.9
24.1
17.7
16.7
Intel UHD Graphics 620
72n92
43.95n92
19.85n92
17.65n92
6.95n4
Intel HD Graphics 620
70.8n2
53.35n2
23.5n2
24.2
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
28.2
Qualcomm Adreno 690
57.5
54.5
38.8
29.4
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
21
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
64.2n11
44.6n11
20.9n11
18.7n11
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
94.4n2
57.8n2
20.6n2
18.1
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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 (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
53.1n5
22.4n5
12.8n5
11.5n5
Intel UHD Graphics 617
67.2
28.2
14.6
13.6
Intel UHD Graphics 615
55.3n7
25.9n7
12.9n7
11.45n6
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU)
73.8
24.1
16.8
15.5
Intel HD Graphics 615
57.4n4
31.85n4
15.7n4
14.1n4
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
58.75n2
27.4n2
11.7n2
10.65n2
Intel HD Graphics 610
58.4n2
29.95n2
12.3
11
Intel HD Graphics 4400
60.3
31.5
14.5
Intel HD Graphics 510
66.2
41.8
Intel UHD Graphics (Elkhart Lake 16 EU)
24.3
10.9
5.8
5.2
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
57.8n6
22.8n5
11.8n5
10.9n5
Intel UHD Graphics 605
35.45n6
14.3n6
7.4n5
6.7n3
Intel HD Graphics 505
32
22
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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
33.55n18
15.4n18
7.3n17
6.9n17
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
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
33.8
17.3
Qualcomm Adreno 618
27.6
19.7
9.6
8.7
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

 

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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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