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Dragon's Dogma 2 review: Laptop and desktop benchmarks

Mixed performance. Dragon's Dogma 2 may be good in terms of gameplay but from a technical standpoint, it still appears to be half-baked in its current state. Nevertheless, we battled our way through the role-playing game with the help of several graphics cards.
Dragon's Dogma 2

Test systems

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (RTX 4090)
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (RTX 4090)
Razer Blade 16 Mid 23 (RTX 4080)
Razer Blade 16 Mid 23 (RTX 4080)
XMG Pro 15 E23 (RTX 4070)
XMG Pro 15 E23 (RTX 4070)
Razer Blade 14 Mid 23 (RTX 4060)
Razer Blade 14 Mid 23 (RTX 4060)
Medion Erazer Scout E20 (RTX 4050)
Medion Erazer Scout E20 (RTX 4050)
Asus TUF Gaming Advantage A16 (RX 7600S & 780M)
Asus TUF Gaming Advantage A16 (RX 7600S & 780M)
Lenovo Yoga Pro 7 14 (Arc 8)
Lenovo Yoga Pro 7 14 (Arc 8)
Philips Evnia 8000 Series 41.5" UHD OLED gaming monitor
Philips Evnia 8000 Series 41.5" UHD OLED gaming monitor

We currently carry out our gaming benchmarks with these devices. Clicking on the photos will take you to the respective manufacturer's website. More details on their specifications are listed at the end of the article.

Tech

While Dragon's Dogma 2 has largely received high to very high ratings from the press, the verdict from gamers is rather inconsistent, resulting in Steam currently only giving it an average rating of "Mixed". We can understand the criticism, as there are still a few problems with the game—especially technical ones. One of the most frequently criticized points is its performance (especially in cities).

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But before we take a look at the game's hardware requirements, here are a few words about its tech. Dragon's Dogma 2 is based on Capcom's own RE Engine, which was also used for the Resident Evil 4 remake that also ran sub-optimally at launch. The similarities can be seen in its graphics menu in particular, which strongly resembles Resi 4—with all its strengths and weaknesses. The controls only appear to be designed for PCs/mouse and keyboard operation to a limited extent.

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Dragon's Dogma 2
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A positive aspect is how many settings options you get to play about with. Although there are only two presets (High and Low), the graphics menu gives you dozens of detail settings that aren't only explained via text descriptions—they also feature comparison images at times. Adding to this are modern features such as upscaling (DLSS & FSR) and ray tracing. The package is completed by a handy VRAM display. According to this, Dragon's Dogma 2 consumes or requires around 6.6 GB in Full HD/High, around 6.8 GB in QHD/High and almost 7.4 GB in UHD/High, which is quite steep—but no longer a rarity these days. All changes are applied without needing to restart the game.

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Dragon's Dogma 2

Visually, we would describe Dragon's Dogma 2 as looking solid to good. In relation to how hardware-hungry it is, however, you would come to expect better visuals by now—or rather better performance. The relatively chic and atmospheric panoramas are offset by rather clumsy animations and regular pathfinding problems or errors in collision detection. Nevertheless, the game's combat system is fun. The developers could do with working on its loading times a little. Compiling shaders when first launching the game can take quite a long time, especially on weaker systems. The game also isn't terribly stable as of yet. We were faced with several crashes during our test.

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Dragon's Dogma 2
Dragon's Dogma 2

Benchmark

The settlement, which is reached shortly after the start of the game or tutorial, serves as our benchmark location. We used the CapFrameX tool to record a 20-second run along a fixed route. In contrast to cities, where there were strange drops in performance at times, our sequence remained relatively constant and didn't produce any major anomalies. However, it is also evident that Dragon's Dogma 2 can be quite CPU-heavy (at least with very powerful GPUs), meaning that the processor is limited in places.

Results


FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

Users of iGPUs will not be happy with Dragon's Dogma 2. While the Radeon 780M crashed reproducibly despite having the latest driver installed, the Intel Arc 8 was not even fast enough for 1,280 x 720 pixels and minimum settings (just under 20fps). For Full HD displays, you should pick a dedicated mid-range graphics card. Then even maximum settings run smoothly in some cases (e.g. with the GeForce RTX 4050).

Dragon's Dogma 2
    1920x1080 Low Preset     1920x1080 High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
114.9 (44.5min, 58.5P0.1, 82.9P1) fps ∼100%
111.9 (59.3min, 73.4P0.1, 86.1P1) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
85.5 (36min, 52P0.1, 58.3P1) fps ∼74%
82.9 (30.7min, 45P0.1, 53.6P1) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16
76.8 (39min, 43.6P0.1, 54.8P1) fps ∼67%
70.7 (37.9min, 39.8P0.1, 44.7P1) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX
Razer Blade 16 Mid 23
70.5 (25.4min, 34.1P0.1, 52P1) fps ∼61%
68.5 (29.6min, 35.2P0.1, 45.3P1) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
68.8 (33.5min, 35.1P0.1, 49.4P1) fps ∼60%
65.7 (33.2min, 35.7P0.1, 49.7P1) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS
Razer Blade 14 Mid 23
62.3 (32.4min, 36.7P0.1, 44.8P1) fps ∼54%
57.2 (28min, 31.4P0.1, 38.3P1) fps ∼51%
AMD Radeon RX 7600S, R9 7940HS
Asus TUF Gaming Advantage A16
56.7 (21min, 22.6P0.1, 31.7P1) fps ∼49%
54.7 (27.4min, 28.5P0.1, 39P1) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H
Medion Erazer Scout E20
62.2 (38.7min, 39.2P0.1, 48.3P1) fps ∼54%
52.9 (35.8min, 36.3P0.1, 41.9P1) fps ∼47%
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Ultra 7 155H
Lenovo Yoga Pro 7 14
18 (13.1min, 13.6P0.1, 14.8P1) fps ∼16%
14.5 (2.52min, 2.78P0.1, 10.3P1) fps ∼13%
AMD Radeon 780M, R9 7940HS
Asus TUF Gaming Advantage A16

QHD (2,560 x 1,440)

On QHD monitors, you don't need a high-end model either—as long as you're not in cities. Mid-range models such as a Radeon RX 7600S or a GeForce RTX 4060 are well equipped for a combination of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and the High preset.

Dragon's Dogma 2
    2560x1440 High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
111.1 (53.6min, 60.2P0.1, 80.2P1) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
82.4 (34.5min, 53.9P0.1, 57.3P1) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16
70.4 (36.7min, 37.4P0.1, 39.8P1) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX
Razer Blade 16 Mid 23
67.7 (29.4min, 31.9P0.1, 45.7P1) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
57.4 (31.8min, 36.9P0.1, 44P1) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS
Razer Blade 14 Mid 23
45.8 (12.3min, 15.5P0.1, 37P1) fps ∼41%
AMD Radeon RX 7600S, R9 7940HS
Asus TUF Gaming Advantage A16
41.7 (33.7min, 34.3P0.1, 35.9P1) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H
Medion Erazer Scout E20
36 (23min) fps ∼32%

UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

It only gets really demanding in the 4K range. A combination of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and the High preset requires a GeForce RTX 4080 or faster. Including upscaling, the requirements are not quite as high. With DLSS or FSR Quality activated, you can get started with a GeForce RTX 4070 with the aforementioned settings (while also using ray tracing).

Dragon's Dogma 2
    3840x2160 High Preset     3840x2160 High Preset + Quality DLSS + RT     3840x2160 High Preset + Quality FSR + RT
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
91 (59.5min, 61.4P0.1, 71.7P1) fps ∼100%
91.7 (18.7min, 57.4P0.1, 63.7P1) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
67.4 (35.5min, 36.4P0.1, 44.1P1) fps ∼74%
68.6 (31.6min, 33.2P0.1, 37.1P1) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16
51 (30.4min, 33.3P0.1, 38.1P1) fps ∼56%
58.1 (6.49min, 23.5P0.1, 38.8P1) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX
Razer Blade 16 Mid 23
49.1 (24.3min, 28.2P0.1, 34.8P1) fps ∼54%
56.7 (24.3min, 25.7P0.1, 35.6P1) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
32.9 (24.2min, 24.6P0.1, 25.9P1) fps ∼36%
39.8 (27.9min, 28.3P0.1, 31.8P1) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS
Razer Blade 14 Mid 23
27.6 (14.8min, 15.5P0.1, 21.2P1) fps ∼30%
34.3 (23.4min, 24P0.1, 27.3P1) fps ∼37%
AMD Radeon RX 7600S, R9 7940HS
Asus TUF Gaming Advantage A16
24.2 (15min, 17.4P0.1, 21.9P1) fps ∼27%
26.3 (19.8min, 21.7P0.1, 24.2P1) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H
Medion Erazer Scout E20
18.4 (4.25min, 4.33P0.1, 16.6P1) fps ∼20%
19.5 (11.4min, 12.9P0.1, 16.5P1) fps ∼21%

Overview

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low
1920x1080
Low Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
QHD
2560x1440
High Preset
4K
3840x2160
High Preset

3840x2160
High Preset + Quality DLSS + RT

3840x2160
High Preset + Quality FSR + RT
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
101
101.4
99.1
98.4
95.2
97
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX
100.4
101.9
101
89.9
93.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
114.9
111.9
111.1
91
91.7
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT
85.5
82.9
82.4
67.4
68.6
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
102.8
101.8
98.3
65.8
70.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
76.8
70.7
70.4
51
58.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
100.8
100.8
98.3
65.5
65.4
61.4
AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT
113.7
109.2
90.6
55
58
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
70.5
68.5
67.7
49.1
56.7
AMD Radeon RX 6800
98.1
89.7
72.2
44.4
48.2
NVIDIA Titan RTX
89.2
72.3
59.3
41.3
45.8
44.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
69.8
65.5
42.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
76.35n2
72.85n2
59.35n2
32.9
39.8
AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT
79.6
70.8
57.7
33.9
38.1
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
80
71.8
57
34.3
37.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
65.2n2
58.85n2
49.4n2
30.7n2
36.2n2
33.45n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
76.4
60.8
51
31.8
35.1
33.1
Intel Arc A770
52.1
47.8
39
24.7
AMD Radeon RX 7600
84.2
77.5
58.9
30.3
35.7
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low high QHD 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
64.7n2
60.25n2
45.8
27.6
34.3
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT
74.8
65.3
46.2
25.1
29.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
54.2
52.7
49.3
33.9
38.7
37.5
Intel Arc A750
48.2
41.3
33.6
20.7
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
51.3
48.5
34.6
20.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
65.8
59.2
44.9
28.4
33.6
31.3
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
76.6
70.8
53.9
30.4
AMD Radeon RX 7600M
49.5
34.6
19.6
AMD Radeon RX 7600S
56.7
54.7
41.7
24.2
26.3
Intel Arc A580
47.1
43.2
34.4
21.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
61.5
55.8
42
25.8
30.2
27.7
AMD Radeon RX 6600
58.4
53.1
38.4
21
25
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
67.1
62.3
46.6
27.2
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
61.7
57
42.1
22.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
42.9n2
38.25n2
28.3n2
15.25n2
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT
19.8
19.3
11.8
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop)
36
31.2
23.5
14.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
62.2
52.9
36
18.4
19.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Desktop)
31
26.3
18.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 Mobile
15.8
14.5
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low high QHD 4K
Intel Arc A380
22
18.9
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
18
14.5
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
?Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.

Test system details

Laptop Graphics card Processor RAM
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 @150 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6X) Intel Core i9-13900H 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Razer Blade 16 Mid 23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 @175 W TGP (12 GB GDDR6X) Intel Core i9-13950HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
XMG Pro 15 E23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-13900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Razer Blade 14 Mid 23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS 2 x 8 GB DDR5
Medion Erazer Scout E20 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 @100 W TGP (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-13700H 2 x 8 GB DDR5
Asus TUF Gaming Advantage A16 AMD Radeon RX 7600S (8 GB GDDR6) & AMD Radeon 780M AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS 2 x 8 GB DDR5
Lenovo Yoga Pro 7 14 Intel Arc 8 Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Tower PC Graphics card Processor RAM
Asus ROG Strix Z790-F Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 (16 GB GDDR6X)
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT (20 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-13900K 2 x 24 GB DDR5 G.Skill
4K monitor Operating system Nvidia driver AMD driver Intel driver
Philips Evnia 42M2N8900 Windows 11 551.86 24.3.1 101.5379
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Florian Glaser, 2024-03-27 (Update: 2024-03-27)