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ELEX Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 10/28/2017

Diamond in the rough. Although at first glance ELEX appears unpolished, beneath the tough exterior there is a suspenseful and multi-faceted role-playing game that skillfully weaves sci-fi and fantasy elements together. But how well does the mixed-genre game run on various laptop and desktop GPUs? Read on to find out.

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Graphics

For the original German review, see here.

The fact that ELEX is a game designed by the German developer Piranha Bytes is clear after just a few minutes. ELEX has inherited almost all the same strengths and weaknesses as prior Piranha Bytes productions – both the Gothic and the Risen series.

Let us start with our criticisms. The choppy controls are definitely one of the open-world RPG's greatest shortcomings. The battles are often chaotic, and the climbing passages feel unpolished. The character tends to get caught on small protrusions, forcing the player to use the jump key. On the whole, the animations are no longer in step with the times – to the point that the player often feels somewhat embarrassed on behalf of the developers.

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Along the same lines, the texture quality does not measure up to some other RPG games, such as The Witcher 3. The level of detail on ground and object surfaces is generally mediocre. In addition to all this, the game is plagued by a variety of clipping and gameplay bugs. In one case, ELEX completely ceased to show in-game text, though restarting the game rectified this problem. The sometimes-exaggerated depth-of-field also irritated us.

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Nevertheless, turning our attention to the title's positive characteristics: The game world is elaborately crafted – teeming with thick vegetation, diverse and realistic landscape architecture, and a wide range of vision that encompasses gorgeous panoramas. Many RPG competitors' worlds feel very generic by comparison. Alongside the great level design, the game also offers fluid changeovers from day to night and vice versa, a weather system, and lovely light-and-shadow play. The overall package is rounded off by the game's exceptionally original style that – as previously mentioned – brings sci-fi elements into a post-apocalyptic fantasy world.

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In the realm of graphics options, Piranha Bytes pulls out all the stops. The menu includes over 10 settings, most of which can be regulated across a gradation of levels. The settings range from anisotropic filtering to render distance. The fact that the image freezes for a few seconds after a change in shader quality is normal. In the realm of anti-aliasing, ELEX utilizes the post-process FXAA and SMAA techniques. As usual, these do a mediocre job (grasses still flicker, for example) and make the image faintly blurry.

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Because all settings changes are immediately adopted, the game does not need to be restarted – very commendable. Load times – at least on an SSD – are completely reasonable. The same goes for the game size, which comes to around 27 GB. Meanwhile, the lack of explanatory notes regarding the various settings proved quite frustrating. The dearth of presets was also somewhat irritating, given that all the options need to be hand-tuned.

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As the screenshots further down reveal, there are massive differences between the individual quality settings. While ELEX looks quite ugly at minimum settings (extremely muddy textures, hardly any shadows), starting at medium details the world begins to come into its own. At the high and maximum settings, the textures and shadows sharpen once again, but the intensified sharpness is not substantially more pleasing to the eye. The built-in fps limit means that the game maxes out at 122 fps – regardless of chosen settings. VSync was always deactivated in our tests, and the scaling option (also located in the video menu) was always set to 100%.

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Benchmark

Because most of ELEX takes place outdoors, we used an outside sequence for our benchmarks. After the player has explored a limited area on a plateau and left a satellite station via elevator, thereby completing the tutorial, ELEX throws the player out into the world. After just a few meters, we meet the first NPC. Starting at that point, we sprint with the main character along a fixed route for around 30 seconds – a path that Fraps records.

Thanks to the representativeness of the character, with the help of the benchmark we can get a good idea of the game's expected average performance. In order to play ELEX properly, you will need an average of at least 35-40 fps – though hardcore gamers will of course only be satisfied at a higher frame rate.

Results

As long as you do not try to run the game on a low-end chip or a GPU integrated into the processor (the Intel HD Graphics 630, for instance, is much too weak), ELEX's hardware demands are reasonable. 1280x720 pixels and minimum settings run very smoothly on a low mid-range graphics card. At these settings, we got over 50 fps out of the GeForce MX150.

Low / Off
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Medium / Off, 4x AF
Medium / Off, 4x AF
High / On, FXAA, 8x AF
High / On, FXAA, 8x AF
Ultra / On, SMAA, 16x AF
Ultra / On, SMAA, 16x AF

For 1920x1080 pixels, an upper mid-range model is far better. While it is possible to play the game at normal details starting with a GeForce GTX 1050, a combination of Full HD resolution and high details requires a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. A genuine gaming laptop is only necessary for maximum settings. Depending on the resolution, we recommend either a GeForce GTX 1060 (1920x1080), a GeForce GTX 1070 (2560x1440), or a GeForce GTX 1080 (3840x2160). The processor did not limit the frame rate on any of the devices we used in our tests.

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    3840x2160 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x     2560x1440 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x     1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x     1920x1080 High / On AA:FX AF:8x     1920x1080 Medium / Off AF:4x     1280x720 Low / Off
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
44.4 (min: 42) fps ∼100%
120 (min: 110) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
32.7 (min: 30) fps ∼74%
64.2 (min: 60) fps ∼100%
97 (min: 89) fps ∼81%
122 (min: 117) fps ∼100%
122 (min: 120) fps ∼100%
122 (min: 120) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
32.1 (min: 30) fps ∼72%
61.4 (min: 57) fps ∼96%
98.1 (min: 90) fps ∼82%
119 (min: 102) fps ∼98%
122 (min: 120) fps ∼100%
122 (min: 120) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
28 (min: 25) fps ∼63%
54.1 (min: 50) fps ∼84%
82.6 (min: 76) fps ∼69%
106 (min: 100) fps ∼87%
122 (min: 119) fps ∼100%
122 (min: 121) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
25.8 (min: 24) fps ∼58%
49.6 (min: 45) fps ∼77%
78.8 (min: 73) fps ∼66%
98.3 (min: 90) fps ∼81%
118 (min: 111) fps ∼97%
122 (min: 120) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
19.6 (min: 18) fps ∼44%
38.7 (min: 35) fps ∼60%
58.3 (min: 54) fps ∼49%
76.6 (min: 71) fps ∼63%
94.8 (min: 88) fps ∼78%
122 (min: 120) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
18.5 (min: 17) fps ∼42%
35.8 (min: 33) fps ∼56%
55.5 (min: 51) fps ∼46%
72.6 (min: 68) fps ∼60%
88.2 (min: 83) fps ∼72%
122 (min: 120) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
17.1 (min: 15) fps ∼39%
33.4 (min: 30) fps ∼52%
54.2 (min: 49) fps ∼45%
69.1 (min: 64) fps ∼57%
84.5 (min: 78) fps ∼69%
120 (min: 117) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
6.6 (min: 5) fps ∼15%
19.6 (min: 17) fps ∼31%
31 (min: 25) fps ∼26%
41.9 (min: 38) fps ∼34%
52.2 (min: 48) fps ∼43%
102 (min: 92) fps ∼83%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
8.7 (min: 8) fps ∼20%
16.7 (min: 15) fps ∼26%
25.3 (min: 23) fps ∼21%
34.2 (min: 31) fps ∼28%
41.9 (min: 39) fps ∼34%
83.1 (min: 76) fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
6.6 (min: 5) fps ∼15%
16.5 (min: 15) fps ∼26%
26 (min: 23) fps ∼22%
34.5 (min: 32) fps ∼28%
43.3 (min: 39) fps ∼35%
93 (min: 84) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
15.1 (min: 14) fps ∼13%
21.1 (min: 19) fps ∼17%
25.6 (min: 24) fps ∼21%
49.5 (min: 46) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030), 7700HQ
MSI PL62
15.2 (min: 13) fps ∼13%
20.4 (min: 18) fps ∼17%
25.2 (min: 23) fps ∼21%
52.2 (min: 47) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
14.2 (min: 12) fps ∼12%
31 (min: 28) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
8.1 (min: 6) fps ∼7%
11 (min: 10) fps ∼9%
14.2 (min: 12) fps ∼12%
31.6 (min: 27) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
19.3 (min: 17) fps ∼16%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
7 (min: 6) fps ∼6%
14 (min: 11) fps ∼11%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     ELEX
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low
1280x720
Low / Off
med.
1920x1080
Medium / Off
4xAF
high
1920x1080
High / On
8xAF FXAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra / On
16xAF SMAA
4k
3840x2160
Ultra / On
16xAF SMAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
120
44.4
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
121.7
119.3
114.9
44.2
 4NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop)
120.5
120.2
101.4
79.8
26.1
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
122
122
122
97
32.7
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
122
122
119
98.1
32.1
 9*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
109
110
112
87
28.6
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
122
122
106
82.6
28
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
122
118
98.3
78.8
25.8
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
121.52
97.52
82.32
64.952
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
122
94.8
76.6
58.3
19.6
 22AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
118.6
96.7
75.6
58.3
20.5
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
122
88.2
72.6
55.5
18.5
 34NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
120
84.5
69.1
54.2
17.1
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
102
52.2
41.9
31
6.6
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
83.1
41.9
34.2
25.3
8.7
 88NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
93
43.3
34.5
26
6.6
 113NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
55.7
28.6
22
15.1
2.5
 114NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
52.2
25.2
20.4
15.2
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
49.5
25.6
21.1
15.1
Pos      Model                                     ELEX
lowmed.highultra4k
 211NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
28.82
13.452
10
7.4
 214NVIDIA GeForce 940M
31.6
14.2
11
8.1
 283NVIDIA GeForce 920M
19.3
 294AMD Radeon 520
17.3
8.1
6.6
 297Intel HD Graphics 630
14
7
 304AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
6
 305*Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.6
5.2
 306*Intel HD Graphics 620
11
5.3
* 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

Device Graphics Card Processor RAM Operating System
Desktop-PC I 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)
Intel Core i7-6700K 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC II Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11 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)
Intel Core i7-4790K 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Alienware 17 R4 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus G752VS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus GL753VD Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL62 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI PE60 Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI PL62 Nvidia GeForce MX150 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX72 Nvidia GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP62 Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX61 Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Monitor Nvidia driver AMD driver
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 388.00 Crimson 17.10.1
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Florian Glaser, 2017-10-28 (Update: 2017-11- 5)