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Elex 2 in test: Notebook and desktop benchmarks

A typical Piranha Bytes adventure. Almost 4.5 years after the first part, Elex 2 is the sequel to the atmospherically dense sci-fi/fantasy role-playing game. We took a look at the graphics requirements in different resolutions and detail levels.
Elex 2

Technology

At first glance, the technical conclusion is quite sober. Analogous to the predecessor, the Elex 2 lags noticeably behind the current possibilities. The animations, the texture quality and the amount of polygons often leave a lot to be desired or could be better. In general, the visual differences compared to the first Elex are limited (shadows and lighting are a bit nicer now).

Elex 2
Elex 2
Elex 2
Elex 2

Despite the aforementioned limitations, the overall look is very atmospheric. Thanks to the dense vegetation, the believable, varied landscape and the lively fauna and flora, the game creates a great atmosphere - as you would expect from Piranha Bytes. We especially liked the plants and trees swaying in the wind. The unique style, which mixes science fiction with classic "forest and meadow" fantasy elements, is a matter of taste.

Elex 2
Elex 2
Elex 2
Elex 2

The graphics menu turns out to be quite unspectacular. While you can adjust the resolution and the picture mode in the upper area, there are about 10 quality and detail controls in the lower area. It is a pity that text explanations and practical presets are missing again. On the other hand, changes are applied directly without restarting, which saves time, although the image often hangs for seconds when changing the shader quality - Elex 1 sends its regards - which gives the impression that the game is frozen.

Elex 2
Elex 2

Not everything else runs smoothly from a technical point of view, either. We had the problem that the frame rate was stuck at a much too low value on one computer despite various resolutions and settings. In this case, a restart of the game helped. It also happened from time to time that lower settings led to slightly worse results than higher settings, which of course shouldn't be the case. We would describe the Elex 2 graphics at medium details setting as decent.

Benchmark

Since the title doesn't include an integrated benchmark, we use a specially set sequence. As you can see in the following video, we run a certain route in the outdoor area with the main character for about 30 seconds. The corresponding area is reached directly after the intro videos. The frame rate is recorded with the CapFrameX tool. Because it is "only" an RPG from the third-person perspective, 40 FPS+ is sufficient as an average.

Results

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

FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

Although the visual improvements are rather small, Elex 2 has a much bigger graphics appetite than its predecessor. To be able to play the title with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, at least a mid-range GPU has to be under the hood. The GeForce GTX 1650 (Ti), for example, is fast enough for low and medium settings. For high to maximum details, however, it should be a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 3050 Ti.

Elex 2
    1920x1080 Low / Off     1920x1080 Medium / On AA:FX AF:16x     1920x1080 High / On AA:FX AF:16x     1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
93.3 (56.6min, 62.3P0.1, 69.2P1) fps ∼54%
92.5 (55.8min, 63.8P0.1, 69.2P1) fps ∼59%
92.1 (58.9min, 63.1P0.1, 69.7P1) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
97.6 (32.8min, 46.5P0.1, 68.5P1) fps ∼57%
87 (52.3min, 57.4P0.1, 66.8P1) fps ∼55%
86.6 (54.2min, 60P0.1, 64.6P1) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
97.9 (32min, 48.5P0.1, 68.9P1) fps ∼57%
88.1 (32.7min, 38.5P0.1, 67.6P1) fps ∼56%
84.8 (36.5min, 45.1P0.1, 63.6P1) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
98.5 (29min, 42.6P0.1, 67.9P1) fps ∼57%
89.3 (36.3min, 44.5P0.1, 65.9P1) fps ∼56%
83.6 (56.2min, 59P0.1, 68.5P1) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
97 (36.9min, 43.2P0.1, 70.7P1) fps ∼56%
87.2 (22.1min, 54.4P0.1, 66P1) fps ∼55%
82.8 (32.7min, 39P0.1, 62.3P1) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
87.9 (15.3min, 31.8P0.1, 56.4P1) fps ∼51%
78.9 (29.2min, 37.2P0.1, 58.5P1) fps ∼50%
69.9 (34.4min, 40.5P0.1, 55.5P1) fps ∼21%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
64.2 (36.2min, 37.2P0.1, 44.2P1) fps ∼37%
61.3 (42.5min, 44P0.1, 46.9P1) fps ∼39%
60.9 (31.2min, 43.5P0.1, 45.8P1) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
62.8 (33.8min, 36.6P0.1, 41.8P1) fps ∼37%
55 (29.4min, 33.1P0.1, 42.9P1) fps ∼35%
49.6 (33.1min, 33.8P0.1, 41P1) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
61.2 (19.7min, 28.4P0.1, 38.7P1) fps ∼36%
53 (21.2min, 24.3P0.1, 36.4P1) fps ∼34%
48.4 (29.4min, 32P0.1, 36.2P1) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
52.2 (26.7min, 29P0.1, 36.2P1) fps ∼30%
46.1 (25.8min, 27.7P0.1, 31.3P1) fps ∼27%
39.2 (19.2min, 23P0.1, 26.1P1) fps ∼25%
34.6 (19min, 20P0.1, 24.9P1) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
50.4 (24.6min, 25.1P0.1, 27.9P1) fps ∼29%
43.4 (9.59min, 23P0.1, 28.2P1) fps ∼25%
37.1 (24.8min, 27P0.1, 30.4P1) fps ∼23%
32.8 (7.69min, 14.4P0.1, 24.4P1) fps ∼10%
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
Honor MagicBook 14
18.9 (8.52min, 9.48P0.1, 12.1P1) fps ∼11%
16.1 (11.5min, 12P0.1, 13.5P1) fps ∼9%
13.9 (3.96min, 4.99P0.1, 9.1P1) fps ∼9%
12.4 (7.38min, 7.7P0.1, 8.96P1) fps ∼4%

QHD (2,560 x 1,440)

Owners of QHD displays will have a hard time avoiding a high-end representative at higher settings. 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and maximum settings require at least an GeForce RTX 3060 or Radeon RX 6800M.

Elex 2
    2560x1440 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
83.6 (33.8min, 40.9P0.1, 60.7P1) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
79.5 (58.2min, 59.2P0.1, 63.8P1) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
74.9 (45.2min, 47.6P0.1, 52.6P1) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
65.9 (41.6min, 49.8P0.1, 55.5P1) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
61.7 (43.6min, 47.3P0.1, 51.4P1) fps ∼49%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
52 (40.7min, 42.1P0.1, 44.3P1) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
50.3 (35.1min, 37.7P0.1, 41.7P1) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
35.2 (26.8min, 27.9P0.1, 30.1P1) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
33.8 (22.8min, 23.5P0.1, 27.7P1) fps ∼27%

UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

When using a 4K monitor, even the strongest notebook chips reach their limit. With a mix of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and full details, even the GeForce RTX 3080 has to struggle.

Elex 2
    3840x2160 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
66.1 (48.6min, 50.5P0.1, 55.2P1) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
59.6 (22.6min, 31.1P0.1, 49.1P1) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
44.9 (22.3min, 30.2P0.1, 37.3P1) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
38.7 (30.2min, 31.7P0.1, 33.6P1) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
36.1 (26.9min, 28.9P0.1, 31.2P1) fps ∼35%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
29.4 (26.2min, 26.5P0.1, 26.9P1) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
28.6 (23.5min, 23.7P0.1, 24.6P1) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
17.7 (14.1min, 14.5P0.1, 15.2P1) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
14.3 (10.9min, 11P0.1, 12.2P1) fps ∼14%

Note

Since gaming tests are very time-consuming and often restricted 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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PosModel< PrevNext >Elex 2
 Elex 2 (2022)
low
1920x1080
Low / Off
med.
1920x1080
Medium / On
16xAF FXAA
high
1920x1080
High / On
16xAF FXAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra / On
16xAF SMAA
QHD
2560x1440
Ultra / On
16xAF SMAA
4K
3840x2160
Ultra / On
16xAF SMAA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
97.6
87
86.6
83.6
66.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
93.3
92.5
92.1
79.5
59.6
AMD Radeon RX 6800
69
67.9
65.1
65.1
63.6
44
NVIDIA Titan RTX
111
105
98
95.4
81.2
47.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
93.5
89.5
59.75n2
50.65n2
39.55n2
28.2
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
72.4
75.1
69.5
59
50.9n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
97
87.2
82.8
74.9
44.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
97.9
88.1
84.8
65.9
38.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
107.4
96.65n2
88.3
69.5
41.2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
110
104
94.1n2
84.55n2
AMD Radeon RX 6800M
64.2
61.3
60.9
52
29.4
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
75.7
78.1
71.3
67.6
53
29.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
98.4
96.8n2
88.3n2
81.55n2
61.75n2
35.3n2
AMD Radeon RX 6800S
63.8
61.7
58.1
45.1
25.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
95.6
89.7
79.9
72.8
53.4
30.5
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
92.1n2
81.2
73.9
56.3
33.2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
99.4
94.4
86.7
77.9
58.3
33.5
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
78
79
72.7
67.7
52.1
29.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
87.9
78.9
69.9
50.3
28.6
PosModel< PrevNext >Elex 2
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
87.3
83.3
74.7
67.9
49.7
28
AMD Radeon RX 6600
71
70.6
65.1
60.6
44.1
24.4
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
74.9
73
67
61.2
46
26.7
AMD Radeon RX 6600M
70.8n3
71.4n3
67.6n4
66.1n4
58
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
73.3
70.8
64.5
58.8
43.4
24.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop)
75.8
69.2
60.9
54.2
37.6
20
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
71.8
65
57.5
53.1
35.2
18.4
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT
64.8
59.7
40.5
33.8
21.7
5.87
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop)
60.3
55.3
48.4
42.9
30.1
16.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
61.2
53
48.4
33.8
17.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
66
58.9n2
54n2
48.8n2
33.1n2
15.15n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
65.3
59.5
51.8
46.7
33.1
17.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Desktop)
60.9
54.8
47.1
25.9
23.03n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
55.6
54.2
48.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
52.2
46.1
39.2
34.6
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
20.1
19.3
19.4
18.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
50.4
43.4
37.1
32.8
NVIDIA T1200 Laptop GPU
43.1
39.3
34.2
29.6
NVIDIA T600 Laptop GPU
38.5
35.7
30.5
26.9
AMD Radeon 680M
37.8
31.3
26.4
22.6
PosModel< PrevNext >Elex 2
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
6.7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
19.65n2
17.2n2
15.1n2
13.5n2
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
12.6
5.46
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
5.17
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
16.7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
14
13
8
7
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
11.4
9.87
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
12.64n2
11n2
9.63n2
11.6
7.55
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
16.7
13.8
12.1
10.2
(-) * 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

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 11
XMG Neo 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
XMG Core 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 @130 W TGP (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
XMG Focus 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti @75 W TGP (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
MSI GL75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
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 i7-1195G7 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Honor MagicBook 14 Intel Iris Xe (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1165G7 1x 16 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 511.79 Adrenalin 22.2.3
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Florian Glaser, 2022-03-10 (Update: 2022-03-10)