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Dying Light 2 in test: Notebook and desktop benchmarks

The zombies are loose. In Dying Light 2, players fight their way through a post-apocalyptic open-world and collect all kinds of items. We looked at the technology and the graphics demands.
Dying Light 2

Technology

Rarely has a destroyed world been so appealing: This or something similar could sum up the visuals of Dying Light 2. The developer Techland, who was responsible for the western series Call of Juarez in the past, has managed to create a very coherent overall look.

Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2

Among the positive aspects are especially the enormous render distance and the dense vegetation, which provide a great atmosphere. Even indoors, there are usually an astonishing amount of details. Furthermore, the game scores with a chic lighting, which helps give environments natural coloring. Another highlight is the landscape simulation, with trees and grasses swaying in the wind. There is also rarely anything to complain about in terms of texture sharpness. Only the shadow quality and some animations could be better for our taste.

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Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2

When it comes to the graphics options, PC fans get their money's worth. The video menu, which has more than 20 settings, consists of a simple and an advanced tab. Those who don't feel like eternal detail tuning can conveniently choose from several presets, which either fall back on DirectX 11 or DirectX 12.

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Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2

Techland has even taken the trouble to include extra presets for ray tracing. The latter affects the options Ambient Occlusion, Sun Shadows, Flashlight, Global Illumination and Reflections, whereby you often have to look for the optical differences with a magnifying glass - the performance loss, however, is considerable, as we will see in a moment. However, upscaling via DLSS or FSR is possible to save performance.

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Dying Light 2
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Top: Except for ray tracing, all changes are applied directly without restarting. The technology also cut a stable figure in the test. We did not have to complain about any crashes or major graphics errors in the benchmarks. The loading times, the duration of the game start and the download size (approx. 43 GB) are completely acceptable.

Benchmark

Our benchmark sequence takes place outdoors. We use the tool CapFrameX to record a fixed sprint in the garden of the estate for about 20 seconds, which you browse with an acquaintance shortly after the game starts. Since this is a fast-paced action title from the first-person perspective, the average should be at least 40 FPS, or better yet, 60 FPS.

Results

For the benchmarks, we mainly use rental devices from our partners at XMG (Schenker Technologies) and MSI.

FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

The graphics requirements are still not particularly high in Full HD. GPUs from the lower mid-range, like the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti can at least handle minimum details. Representatives from the upper mid-range (e.g. the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti) are also suitable for the presets Medium to High.

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    1920x1080 Low Quality     1920x1080 Medium Quality     1920x1080 High Quality
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
152 (53.5min, 71.2P0.1, 122P1) fps ∼16%
140 (53.9min, 83.4P0.1, 119P1) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
139 (66.4min, 74.9P0.1, 118P1) fps ∼15%
128 (60.1min, 66P0.1, 109P1) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
108 (51.2min, 59.5P0.1, 92P1) fps ∼11%
97.8 (52.8min, 57.1P0.1, 86.1P1) fps ∼12%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
107 (53.4min, 62.3P0.1, 75.6P1) fps ∼11%
91.5 (45.9min, 60P0.1, 67.7P1) fps ∼11%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
99.6 (42.7min, 72.3P0.1, 88.7P1) fps ∼11%
87.3 (39.7min, 70.6P0.1, 79.6P1) fps ∼11%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
92.7 (40.9min, 61.9P0.1, 82.8P1) fps ∼10%
81.8 (38.4min, 64.7P0.1, 75.6P1) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
73.4 (32.2min, 37P0.1, 67P1) fps ∼8%
65.4 (34.8min, 46.2P0.1, 60.1P1) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
49.6 (42.7min, 42.9P0.1, 45.5P1) fps ∼5%
44 (37min, 38.4P0.1, 40.5P1) fps ∼5%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
59.4 (40min, 47.5P0.1, 54.4P1) fps ∼6%
47 (29.5min, 42.3P0.1, 43.3P1) fps ∼5%
40.1 (28.4min, 34.3P0.1, 37P1) fps ∼5%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
42.6 (35.1min, 37P0.1, 39P1) fps ∼4%
33.4 (28.5min, 29.8P0.1, 30.8P1) fps ∼4%
27.8 (23.8min, 24.5P0.1, 25.6P1) fps ∼3%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
37.6 (29.9min, 30.5P0.1, 32.3P1) fps ∼4%
28.7 (21min, 22.7P0.1, 24.5P1) fps ∼3%
23.8 (20.3min, 20.3P0.1, 20.7P1) fps ∼3%

QHD (2,560 x 1,440)

With QHD displays, it is almost impossible to avoid a high-end system. A mix of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and the High preset at least yearns for a GeForce RTX 3060.

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    2560x1440 High Quality
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
106 (56.5min, 60.7P0.1, 92.7P1) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
94.6 (49.2min, 59.1P0.1, 83.9P1) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
70.1 (46.9min, 55.6P0.1, 65.1P1) fps ∼9%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
64.5 (45.6min, 46.2P0.1, 48.8P1) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
61.8 (32.9min, 44.9P0.1, 56.3P1) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
57.4 (30.6min, 41.7P0.1, 53.2P1) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
46 (28.1min, 36.4P0.1, 42.9P1) fps ∼6%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
30.3 (26min, 26.1P0.1, 27.9P1) fps ∼4%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
26.5 (20.3min, 21.3P0.1, 24.1P1) fps ∼3%

UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

It gets really crisp in the 4K range. When using high details, even the strongest notebook chips have to nibble at the 40 FPS mark (GeForce RTX 3080 etc.).

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    3840x2160 High Quality
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
62.1 (41.7min, 51.1P0.1, 56.6P1) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
53.8 (34.4min, 42.8P0.1, 49.9P1) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
38.2 (28min, 28.7P0.1, 34.4P1) fps ∼5%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
34 (20.1min, 22.2P0.1, 31.1P1) fps ∼4%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
32.6 (20.7min, 22.9P0.1, 27P1) fps ∼4%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
31.2 (21.4min, 24.8P0.1, 28.4P1) fps ∼4%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
24.5 (16.5min, 18.2P0.1, 22.5P1) fps ∼3%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
15.3 (13.7min, 13.7P0.1, 13.8P1) fps ∼2%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
13 (11.3min, 11.4P0.1, 11.5P1) fps ∼2%

Raytracing

The situation is similarly hard for ray tracing. Without DLSS, the frame rate drops by more than 50% at the maximum ray tracing preset, so that almost all laptop GPUs are already overtaxed in Full HD. As is often the case with ray tracing, the optical improvements are out of proportion to the performance loss. Techland should therefore add significant optimizations.

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    1920x1080 High Quality Raytracing
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
67.9 (4.05min, 7.44P0.1, 36.6P1) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
59.7 (4.25min, 6.59P0.1, 31.8P1) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
42.2 (4.42min, 6.15P0.1, 22.3P1) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
36 (5.07min, 5.26P0.1, 21.1P1) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
33.3 (5.53min, 5.83P0.1, 21P1) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
26.1 (3.8min, 4.89P0.1, 12.5P1) fps ∼10%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
17.8 (1.957min, 2.67P0.1, 9.2P1) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
6.75 (2.2min, 2.56P0.1, 4.56P1) fps ∼2%

Note

Since gaming tests are very time-consuming and often hindered by installation or activation limits, we can only provide you with a part of the benchmarks for the publication of the articles. More graphics cards will be installed in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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1920x1080
Medium Quality
high
1920x1080
High Quality
QHD
2560x1440
High Quality
4K
3840x2160
High Quality
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
231.55n2
201.3n2
163.7n4
117.85n4
60.75n4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
184.1
160.4
140.9
97.8
48.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
95
64
32
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
80
64
58.35n2
39.7n2
23
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
105.05n2
74.6n2
62.2n2
41
21
AMD Radeon RX 7600S
79.1
65.7
43.2
20.8
Intel Arc A570M
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
31.1
29.9
Intel Arc A310
Intel Arc Graphics 140V
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 6GB Laptop GPU
Intel Graphics 4-Cores iGPU (Arc)
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
AMD Radeon 780M
22.9
19.6
18
Apple M3 Max 30-Core GPU
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
AMD Radeon RX 6550S
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AMD Radeon RX 6450M
AMD Radeon 610M
Apple M3 10-Core GPU
AMD Radeon RX 7700S
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
Apple M4 10-core GPU
Apple M3 8-Core GPU
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
AMD Radeon 740M
AMD Radeon RX 7600M
AMD Radeon 760M
Intel Arc 7-Core iGPU
AMD Radeon RX 7900M
AMD Radeon RX 7600M XT
Qualcomm Snapdragon X Adreno X1-85 (4.6 TFLOPS)
AMD Radeon 880M
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
Intel Arc A530M
Qualcomm Snapdragon X Adreno X1-85 (3.8 TFLOPS)
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AMD Radeon Steam Deck 8CU
AMD Radeon 890M
Intel Arc Graphics 130V
AMD Radeon RX 6550M
(-) * 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 systems

XMG Neo 15 (RTX 3080) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 15 (RTX 3080) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 17 (RTX 3070) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 17 (RTX 3070) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Core 15 (RTX 3060) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Core 15 (RTX 3060) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Focus 17 (RTX 3050 Ti) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Focus 17 (RTX 3050 Ti) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)

Device
Graphics card Processor Memory Operating system
XMG Neo 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 @165 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Neo 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Core 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 @130 W TGP (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Focus 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti @75 W TGP (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Radeon RX 6800M (12 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
MSI Prestige 14 Evo Intel Iris Xe (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1185G7 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
MSI Prestige 14 Evo Intel Iris Xe (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1195G7 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 AMD Radeon Vega 7 AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Desktop PC I MSI GeForce RTX 3090 (24 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Desktop-PC II Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE (24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 (12 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6) GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 Super (4 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5)
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (12 GB DDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6600 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (6 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 2 x 32 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop PC III Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super FE Intel Core i9-11900K 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
4K monitors Nvidia drivers AMD drivers
Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Acer Predator XB321HK ForceWare 511.65 Adrenalin 22.2.1
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Florian Glaser, 2022-02- 8 (Update: 2022-02- 8)