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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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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).

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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 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC
129 (min: 110) fps ∼76%
141 (min: 123) fps ∼82%
142 (min: 121) fps ∼74%
147 (min: 126) fps ∼100%
149 (min: 128) fps ∼77%
177 (min: 154) fps ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
132 (min: 114) fps ∼78%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
102 (min: 90) fps ∼60%
130 (min: 111) fps ∼75%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
88 (min: 82) fps ∼52%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
86 (min: 81) fps ∼51%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
84 (min: 80) fps ∼50%
136 (min: 119) fps ∼79%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 4790K
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X
68 (min: 64) fps ∼40%
137 (min: 121) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
63 (min: 58) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop), 4790K
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
47.4 (min: 44) fps ∼28%
139 (min: 123) fps ∼80%
156 (min: 144) fps ∼82%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
117 (min: 97) fps ∼68%
126 (min: 106) fps ∼66%
143 (min: 123) fps ∼74%
154 (min: 121) fps ∼70%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
44.1 (min: 36) fps ∼26%
77.3 (min: 65) fps ∼45%
84 (min: 71) fps ∼44%
93 (min: 79) fps ∼48%
99 (min: 84) fps ∼45%
AMD Radeon Pro 455, 6820HQ
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
22.8 (min: 21) fps ∼13%
61.5 (min: 58) fps ∼36%
67.2 (min: 63) fps ∼35%
AMD Radeon Pro 450, 6700HQ
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
67.2 (min: 60) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
45 (min: 42) fps ∼26%
48.4 (min: 45) fps ∼25%
92 (min: 78) fps ∼63%
95 (min: 78) fps ∼49%
101 (min: 85) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
45.1 (min: 42) fps ∼26%
48.9 (min: 45) fps ∼26%
60 (min: 58) fps ∼31%
Intel Iris Graphics 550, 6267U
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)
33.6 (min: 30) fps ∼19%
40.3 (min: 36) fps ∼21%
Intel Iris Graphics 540, 6360U
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2016
34.6 (min: 31) fps ∼20%
39.5 (min: 33) fps ∼21%
29.2 (min: 26) fps ∼15%
68.5 (min: 57) fps ∼35%
46.9 (min: 40) fps ∼24%
85 (min: 71) fps ∼39%
59.8 (min: 49) fps ∼27%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
31.3 (min: 27) fps ∼18%
36.4 (min: 31) fps ∼19%
40.3 (min: 34) fps ∼21%
51.3 (min: 42) fps ∼23%
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
26.2 (min: 24) fps ∼15%
29.1 (min: 27) fps ∼15%
63.5 (min: 53) fps ∼33%
86.3 (min: 71) fps ∼39%
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
24.2 (min: 21) fps ∼14%
27 (min: 24) fps ∼14%
50.7 (min: 44) fps ∼26%
59.6 (min: 55) fps ∼27%
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y54
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
25.1 fps ∼15%
27.4 fps ∼14%
52.7 fps ∼27%
59.1 fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
24.1 (min: 23) fps ∼14%
25.4 (min: 23) fps ∼13%
49.7 (min: 43) fps ∼26%
57 (min: 50) fps ∼26%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
22.2 (min: 20) fps ∼13%
26.1 (min: 24) fps ∼14%
69 (min: 58) fps ∼36%
120 (min: 96) fps ∼55%
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6500U
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
22.4 fps ∼13%
25.8 fps ∼14%
48.3 fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
21.5 (min: 20) fps ∼12%
23.3 (min: 21) fps ∼12%
73 (min: 61) fps ∼38%
116 (min: 96) fps ∼53%
AMD Radeon R7 M440, A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
21 (min: 18) fps ∼12%
22.5 (min: 20) fps ∼12%
49.5 (min: 38) fps ∼23%
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri), FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
28.6 (min: 25) fps ∼15%
39 (min: 33) fps ∼18%
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
20.6 (min: 17) fps ∼12%
23 (min: 20) fps ∼12%
51 (min: 40) fps ∼23%
Intel HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
7.2 (min: 1.8) fps ∼4%
19.9 (min: 18) fps ∼12%
23.2 (min: 21) fps ∼12%
42.9 (min: 38) fps ∼29%
50.8 (min: 45.1) fps ∼26%
75.6 (min: 65) fps ∼34%
AMD Radeon R5 M430, 7200U
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
19.1 fps ∼11%
20.6 fps ∼11%
50.6 fps ∼26%
74 fps ∼34%
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
13.9 (min: 11) fps ∼8%
16 (min: 14) fps ∼8%
47.9 (min: 38) fps ∼22%
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
Cube i9
8.1 (min: 7.1) fps ∼5%
9.4 (min: 8.7) fps ∼5%
27.2 (min: 22) fps ∼19%
30 fps ∼16%
25.4 (min: 21.5) fps ∼13%
48 (min: 42.2) fps ∼22%
Intel HD Graphics 4000, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
16.9 (min: 14) fps ∼9%
40.2 (min: 36) fps ∼21%
96 (min: 81) fps ∼44%
Intel HD Graphics 3000, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
19.4 (min: 17) fps ∼10%
50.9 (min: 42) fps ∼23%
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300
Chuwi Hi12
7.2 (min: 6) fps ∼4%
15.2 (min: 13) fps ∼8%
20 (min: 18) fps ∼9%
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3840x2160 ultra (3/3) best looking
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
132 (min: 114) fps ∼78%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
102 (min: 90) fps ∼60%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
88 (min: 82) fps ∼52%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
86 (min: 81) fps ∼51%
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC, 4790K
84 (min: 80) fps ∼50%
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X, 4790K
68 (min: 64) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
MSI GE72 965M Ti, 6700HQ
44.1 (min: 36) fps ∼26%
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X, 4790K
137 (min: 121) fps ∼79%
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC, 4790K
136 (min: 119) fps ∼79%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
130 (min: 111) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
MSI GE72 965M Ti, 6700HQ
77.3 (min: 65) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
MSI PE60 2QD, 6700HQ
66.7 (min: 59.5) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
MSI GP62 2QD, 5700HQ
45.1 (min: 42) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
MSI CX72 6QD, 6700HQ
45 (min: 42) fps ∼26%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
Asus N551ZU-CN007H, FX-7600P
31.3 (min: 27) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD, 2970M
25.3 (min: 23) fps ∼15%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Dota 2 Reborn
 Dota 2 Reborn (2015)
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
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
220
193
191
173
1562
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
128.152
103.52
102.152
99.82
129
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
119.9
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
142.7
134.2
126.6
121.2
105
 9*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
114
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
132
 19AMD Radeon R9 Fury
130
102
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
88
 34NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
117.9
 40AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
86
 45AMD Radeon R9 290X
136
84
 54AMD Radeon R9 280X
137
68
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
139
112.1
89
84
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
63
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
156
139
47.4
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
154
143
126
1153
34
 88NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
99
93
84
77.3
44.1
 114NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
155.82
129.52
77.252
68.852
24.3
 119*AMD Radeon Pro 555
56.5
Pos      Model                                     Dota 2 Reborn
lowmed.highultra4k
 120*AMD Radeon Pro 455
67.2
61.5
22.8
 131*AMD Radeon Pro 450
67.2
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
105.8
96.5
73.2
66.7
 138AMD Radeon R9 M280X
51.3
40.3
36.4
31.3
 142NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
64
 210NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
1013
89.83
48.43
46.352
 213NVIDIA GeForce 940M
60
48.9
45.1
 229*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
47.9
16
13.9
 230AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
86.3
63.5
29.1
26.2
 235NVIDIA GeForce 930M
64
63
 236*Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
95
64
29.7
25
 237*Intel Iris Graphics 550
40.3
33.6
 243Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
802
59.352
28.552
21.42
 244Intel Iris Graphics 540
72.42
57.72
34.352
34.6
 274NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
57
49.7
25.4
24.1
 275AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
39
28.6
 283NVIDIA GeForce 920M
67
57
27.3
25.3
 286AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
51
23
20.6
 287AMD Radeon R7 M440
49.5
22.5
21
 293AMD Radeon R7 M340
46
38
21
18
Pos      Model                                     Dota 2 Reborn
lowmed.highultra4k
 294AMD Radeon 520
84.5
45.8
19
17.9
 296Intel UHD Graphics 630
75.92
47.752
21.852
19.32
 297Intel HD Graphics 630
120
69
26.1
22.2
 299Intel HD Graphics 530
75.6
50.8
23.2
19.9
7.2
 304AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
33.1
23.2
 305*Intel UHD Graphics 620
69.42
43.952
18.72
16.952
 306*Intel HD Graphics 620
70.82
53.352
23.52
24.2
 307AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
28.2
 364AMD Radeon HD 8650G
62
37.4
 369NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
116
73
23.3
21.5
 374AMD Radeon R5 M430
74
50.6
20.6
19.1
 375AMD Radeon R5 M255
83.4
63.4
27.3
 379Intel HD Graphics 520
48.3
25.8
22.4
 380Intel Iris Graphics 6100
87.6
44.5
20.5
18.4
 381NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
105
61.9
21.8
 400Intel HD Graphics 4600
99.4
62.1
21.8
 402Intel HD Graphics 5500
74
37.6
15.7
13.9
 407*Intel HD Graphics 615
57.44
31.854
15.74
14.14
 448Intel HD Graphics 515
48
27.72
9.4
8.1
 449Intel HD Graphics 4400
60.3
31.5
14.5
Pos      Model                                     Dota 2 Reborn
lowmed.highultra4k
 450*Intel HD Graphics 610
52.5
34.9
 451*Intel HD Graphics 510
66.2
41.8
 481*Intel HD Graphics 505
32
22
 490Intel HD Graphics 4000
96
40.2
16.9
 493AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
32.4
20.3
 496*Intel HD Graphics 500
15.9
 498AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
26.2
21
 500AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
28.7
18.4
 514AMD Radeon HD 8400
37.3
20.6
 527AMD Radeon HD 8330
27.1
 548Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
28.652
18.252
 554AMD Radeon HD 7420G
33.8
17.3
 579Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
20
15.2
7.2
 598Intel HD Graphics 3000
50.9
19.4
* 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 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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I am a university Lecturer and researcher in English writing, but I like to keep myself busy. Between weightlifting, MMA, and SCUBA diving, one of my life-long interests has always been computers. I used Macs until about 17 years ago when I switched to PCs because of an interest in games, but I'm still interested in top quality laptops that push the design envelope.