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Evolve Benchmarked

Florian Glaser (translated by Martina Osztovits), 02/25/2015

Exciting idea. After Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios published their next multimedia experiment. This time they use the CryEngine from the shooter expert Crytek instead of Valve's Source engine. Our benchmark test will reveal how this impacts hardware requirements.

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Technology

Unlike Crysis 3Evolve is based on the fourth generation instead of the third generation of the CryEngine, which, for example, shows its muscles in Ryse: Son of Rome. Compared to the previous big project of the developers, graphics improved tremendously.

Evolve
Evolve
Evolve
Evolve
Evolve
Evolve

While textures and polygon count are rather adequate in Left 4 Dead, Evolve is much more hardware-intensive. Apart from the sharpness of objects, the quality of the effects, including smoke, fire, light, or other particles (energy rays, etc.) is particularly convincing. The characters appear more detailed and more lovingly designed, too. The level of Battlefield 4 or Crysis 3 is not completely reached, but the performance is very good for a game designed for multi-player fights. Points of critique are only the level design and the color choice, which is slightly too monotonous or dull over time.

Evolve
Evolve
Evolve
Evolve
Evolve
Evolve

We appreciate that changing the graphics settings does not require restarting the game (not all settings can be changed when a game is running). Speaking about settings: The video menu has just three options. Apart from the display mode, you can only change resolution, gamma value and the overall quality (four presets). The advanced graphics menu offers more options, including five detail or quality controls, vertical synchronization, and various anti-aliasing modes. Those owning an Nvidia notebook can select the significantly better TXAA instead of SMAA, SMAA 1TX or FXAA.

Evolve
Evolve
Evolve
Evolve
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Evolve

We were not completely satisfied with Evolve in terms of technology. For example, the frame rate sometimes falls by above 50% during effect-intensive fights. Many systems generally suffered from stuttering, although their performance was sufficient on paper (especially with low and medium settings). In addition, loading and game starts should be bit faster. Hence, the developers should spend a little more time on optimization. So far, the title does not run completely smoothly.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings

Benchmark

We use the beginning of the monster tutorial as the benchmark sequence. After a short camera movement, "Goliath" runs, jumps and climbs through quite a linear jungle. As soon as the monster reaches a higher plateau, we stop recording with the Fraps tool and record minimum and average fps. The latter roughly corresponds to what you can expect from the game. The sequence is neither undemanding nor particularly computationally intensive. Comfortable gameplay should be possible with a benchmark result of 35+.

Results

Since the graphics quality can only be reduced to some extent (even the low preset still looks acceptable), the hardware requirements are steep. Entry-level or older mid-range GPUs like the HD Graphics 4600 or the GeForce GT 740M are generally too weak for the title. At least a GeForce GT 750M is required for low details and a resolution of 1024x768 pixels. If you want to enjoy medium settings and 1366x768 to 1600x900 pixels, you'll have to own a powerful all-round chip like the GeForce GTX 850M. 1920x1080 pixels and the (very) high preset won't run smoothly with weaker graphics cards than a GeForce GTX 780M or GTX 870M.

Unfortunately, we could not test the Radeon R9 M290X, since the driver installation was messed up and not even a system restore could resolve this problem. In the coming weeks, the results from other AMD chips will follow (most of them low-end and mid-range). All benchmarks considered, Evolve is very demanding and definitely calls for a real gaming notebook with higher settings.

Evolve
    1920x1080 Very High Graphics Quality AA:1TX SM     1920x1080 High Graphics Quality AA:FX     1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality     1024x768 Low Graphics Quality
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
Desktop-PC
87.1 (min: 67) fps ∼49%
97.6 (min: 70) fps ∼49%
97.8 (min: 60) fps ∼43%
104.3 (min: 65) fps ∼38%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
103 (min: 32) fps ∼58%
125 fps ∼63%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 3770K
Desktop-PC
75.1 (min: 65) fps ∼42%
85.9 (min: 68) fps ∼43%
97.1 (min: 69) fps ∼43%
106.1 (min: 66) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
61.9 (min: 44) fps ∼35%
67.1 (min: 51) fps ∼34%
87.7 (min: 64) fps ∼39%
93.6 (min: 65) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
51.4 (min: 41) fps ∼29%
57.5 (min: 47) fps ∼29%
86.9 (min: 60) fps ∼39%
94.9 (min: 59) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
48.6 (min: 42) fps ∼27%
55.7 (min: 48) fps ∼28%
83.2 (min: 57) fps ∼37%
91.3 (min: 59) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
45.2 (min: 40) fps ∼25%
50.9 (min: 44) fps ∼26%
81.8 (min: 59) fps ∼36%
89.9 (min: 62) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
40 (min: 35) fps ∼22%
46 (min: 40) fps ∼23%
78 (min: 57) fps ∼35%
88 (min: 62) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
28.8 (min: 25) fps ∼16%
32.8 (min: 28) fps ∼16%
60.4 (min: 55) fps ∼27%
74.7 (min: 63) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
27.6 (min: 24) fps ∼16%
32.4 (min: 28) fps ∼16%
61.1 (min: 55) fps ∼27%
82.4 (min: 72) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
23 (min: 20) fps ∼13%
26.9 (min: 22) fps ∼14%
51.3 (min: 46) fps ∼23%
69 (min: 60) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
21.8 (min: 19) fps ∼12%
24.9 (min: 21) fps ∼13%
46.1 (min: 41) fps ∼20%
62.1 (min: 56) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
12.2 (min: 9) fps ∼7%
14.3 (min: 12) fps ∼7%
27.2 (min: 22) fps ∼12%
35.9 (min: 29) fps ∼13%
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
13 (min: 11) fps ∼7%
15.7 (min: 14) fps ∼8%
27.5 (min: 22) fps ∼12%
35.7 (min: 29) fps ∼13%
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ
Schenker S413
12 (min: 10) fps ∼6%
21 (min: 11) fps ∼9%
28 (min: 20) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
9.2 (min: 4) fps ∼5%
20.2 (min: 18) fps ∼9%
26.3 (min: 23) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
8.4 (min: 5) fps ∼5%
10.1 (min: 7) fps ∼5%
19.8 (min: 13) fps ∼9%
26.5 (min: 17) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
7.1 fps ∼4%
13.7 fps ∼6%
18.7 fps ∼7%
AMD Radeon HD 8650G, A10-5750M
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
18.5 (min: 15) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
6.3 (min: 3) fps ∼3%
12 (min: 10) fps ∼5%
16.2 (min: 14) fps ∼6%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
11 (min: 9) fps ∼5%
14.7 (min: 12) fps ∼5%
Intel Iris Graphics 5100, 4258U
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2013-10
14.4 (min: 8) fps ∼6%
19.1 (min: 15) fps ∼7%

Test Systems

Four of our test devices stem from Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, GTX 970M, GTX 980M, Radeon R9 M290X)
  • W503 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 765M, GTX 770M, GTX 780M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

Each of these notebooks has Windows 7 64-bit installed.

Nvidia provided us with further test devices:

In addition, Intel provided us with the:

  • Schenker S413 (Core i7-4750HQ, 8 GB DDR3, Iris Pro Graphics 5200)

The desktop computers house CPUs/APUs from Intel and AMD, SSDs from Micron, Intel, and Samsung, motherboards from Intel and Asus and graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD.

Used GPU driver: Nvidia 347.52, AMD 14.12, Intel 15.36.14.64.4080

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Evolve
 Evolve (2015)
low
1024x768
Low Graphics Quality
med.
1366x768
Medium Graphics Quality
high
1920x1080
High Graphics Quality
FXAA
ultra
1920x1080
Very High Graphics Quality
1TX SMAA
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
274.8
225.7
199
177.8
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
104.3
97.8
97.6
87.1
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
222.82
190.552
114.652
101.32
 20NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI
189.3
178.3
130.7
117.2
 27NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
211.4
176.4
94.6
85.7
 35AMD Radeon R9 290X
125
103
 42NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
123.654
114.054
76.84
68.254
 44AMD Radeon R9 280X
106.1
97.1
85.9
75.1
 46NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
159.4
117.9
65.6
57.1
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
126.352
102.652
62.93
55.63
 57AMD Radeon R9 M295X
132.7
89.4
61
53.3
 64AMD Radeon R7 370
132.44
99.63
56.48
49.07
 66NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
91.3
83.2
55.7
48.6
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
133.8
98.7
53
46.7
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
89.9
81.8
50.9
45.2
 72NVIDIA Quadro K5100M
103.2
79.1
43.4
38.1
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
115.32
84.052
46.13
40.53
 80NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
88
78
46
40
 95NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
86.24
65.65
35.57
31.27
Pos      Model                                     Evolve
lowmed.highultra
 106NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
74.7
60.4
32.8
28.8
 108NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
82.4
61.352
32.62
28.52
 117NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
67.452
48.73
263
23.052
 120NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
67.952
50.32
26.252
22.52
 123AMD Radeon R9 M280X
59
44.5
23.9
20.8
 126AMD Radeon HD 6870
60
52
29.2
25.7
 128NVIDIA GeForce 945M
59.9
36.8
20.9
18
 129NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
62.1
46.1
24.9
21.8
 148NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
51
39.3
19.3
16
 151NVIDIA Quadro K3100M
54.9
42.1
23.2
20.5
 153AMD Radeon R9 M370X
62.5
40.4
21.6
18.5
 178NVIDIA GeForce 845M
27.2
20
10.3
10.1
 181AMD Radeon R9 M265X
32.3
25.6
15.5
12.8
 190NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
35.9
27.2
14.3
12.2
 193NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
36.1
25.6
 194NVIDIA Quadro K1100M
27.2
21.3
11.4
10.4
 195NVIDIA GeForce 940M
34.84
25.24
13.73
11.93
 198AMD Radeon R9 M375
41.1
31.1
16.7
 207NVIDIA GeForce 840M
35.72
25.42
13.352
11.052
 213AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
35.7
27.5
15.7
13
Pos      Model                                     Evolve
lowmed.highultra
 214Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
28
21
12
 215AMD Radeon R7 384 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
31.8
24.7
13.6
 216NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
26.5
19.8
10.1
8.4
 217NVIDIA GeForce 930M
32.82
23.62
 220NVIDIA GeForce 830M
29.5
21.5
11.2
8.1
 239AMD Radeon R7 M260X
19.6
14.3
7.8
6.9
 248AMD Radeon R7 M270
30.72
23.12
12.82
10.952
 249AMD Radeon R7 M265
34.8
26.2
14.8
13
 253NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
26.3
20.2
9.2
 254AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
26.7
20.4
10.6
8.8
 255AMD Radeon R8 M365DX
27.4
20.1
11.1
 259AMD Radeon R7 M360
27.9
20.5
11.2
9.6
 271AMD Radeon R7 M340
26
16.2
9.8
6.1
 272NVIDIA GeForce 920M
25.43
18.83
9.83
7.23
 276Intel HD Graphics 530
15.52
11.252
6.3
5.7
 279AMD Radeon R7 M260
25.4
19.3
10.3
 283AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
19.3
14.1
7.8
 314Intel HD Graphics 5600
19
13.5
7.7
6.7
 340AMD Radeon HD 8650G
18.5
 345NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
16.2
12
6.3
Pos      Model                                     Evolve
lowmed.highultra
 348AMD Radeon R5 M335
22.2
14.5
8.5
5.2
 350AMD Radeon R5 M330
20.1
15
8.3
 351AMD Radeon R5 M255
26.2
19.5
10.4
8.7
 355Intel HD Graphics 520
11.1
8
 356Intel Iris Graphics 6100
19.92
14.72
8.22
6.32
 357NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
18.7
13.7
7.1
 359AMD Radeon R5 M240
23
17.5
 368Intel HD Graphics 6000
18.7
13.5
 371Intel Iris Graphics 5100
19.1
14.4
 376Intel HD Graphics 4600
13.32
9.82
 378Intel HD Graphics 5500
13.83
10.23
6.452
6.1
 391Intel HD Graphics 5000
12.7
9.6
5.5
2.9
 424Intel HD Graphics 4400
13.8
10.1
 454Intel HD Graphics 5300
7
5.1
2.8
1.1
 463AMD Radeon HD 7480D
10.7
 464Intel HD Graphics 4000
12.2
 472AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
12.7
9.2
 473AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
11.1
7.5
 501AMD Radeon HD 8330
8.7
6.4
 523Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
5.4
3.9
Pos      Model                                     Evolve
lowmed.highultra
 533Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
7.7
5.7
 634Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
3.2
1.7
* 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.
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Florian Glaser, 2015-02-25 (Update: 2015-02-25)