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FIFA 15 Benchmarked

New engine, renewed appeal. After years of getting less attention, the 2015 version of the PC game boasts nicely improved graphics. Our review takes a look at how various notebook graphics card perform when playing the game.
Florian Glaser, Sabine Kückemanns (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 🇩🇪 🇵🇱
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 For the original German article, see here.

Technology

Compared to its predecessor, Fifa 15 has significantly higher demands on the hardware. Of course that shouldn't be a surprise, since the new version uses the powerful Ignite Engine (Playstation 4, Xbox One) and not the older Impact Engine (Playstation 3, Xbox 360), which was already behind the times last year. Fifa 15 finally has spectators in the stands worth taking a look at, as the characters are a lot more life-like than they used to be. The players look better, too - not only as far as the sharpness of the textures is concerned, but also because of their realistic appearance: some of the virtual players now look strikingly similar to the human counterparts they are modeled after. We also can't find many faults with the lighting, the grass, the number of polygons in use, and the general atmosphere.

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From a technical standpoint, the performance is quite decent, although there's still room for improvement. We especially liked the animations. Although the main competitor PES offers a slightly more realistic gaming experience, Fifa 15 is definitely stepping up to the first division this time around. The commentators are also convincing and describe the game play on the field nicely.

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Unfortunately, the graphics menu only contains a handful of options. Aside from the resolution and the rendering quality (medium details are missing), the user can only adjust anti-aliasing. At least EA doesn't use FXAA, but the higher-quality MSAA for this purpose. The framerate can be reduced as well, which might decrease the notebook noise level in some cases. Should micro-stutters become an issue, Windows Aero can be turned off as well (see screenshots down below).

We didn't experience the ominous bug that has all players, including the goalkeepers, charge towards the ball (supposedly, this issue can be remedied by choosing a longer name for the PC). We did notice, however, that load times are significantly longer with Intel GPUs. If Fifa 15 runs suspiciously slow, graphics switching can be the culprit. In this, case, changing the preset in the Nvida driver to "high-performance processor" (the default is "auto-select") solves  the issue and the game then starts with the GeForce GPU every single time.

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Benchmark

We use the same benchmark process we followed when evaluating the predecessor: we use a kick-off game between FC Bayerna and Borussia Dortmund in the Allianz Arena. To be as fair as possible, we use identical options (6 min half time length, semi-professional difficulty, Fall, 3 PM, fair weather...). We start recording using the tool Fraps as soon as the referee blows the starting whistle. After exactly seven minutes of game time (that's not equivalent to "real" time), we stop the test.

The performance can drop by half or even 2/3 during replays (Fifa 14 had the same issue), so it's best if the frame rate is at least 50 or even better 60 fps from the start. We try to avoid replay situations altogether or at least shorten them with a mouse click should they occur. Because of the mediocre replay performance, the minimum fps can fluctuate as well. This is why some weaker graphics cards can at times seemingly outperform their more powerful siblings. The average frame rates vary slightly from pass to pass as well, but at least they are more consistent (+/-10 %).

Results

Unlike Fifa 14, which was very playable even with low-end GPUs at medium to high settings, Fifa 15 can push bargain notebooks to their limits. Case in point: the HD Graphics 4600 graphics card integrated into the current Intel processor generation. With a frame rate of about 52 fps at 1280 x 720 pixels and details on low, there is not much headroom for higher-end settings. Those who'd like to run Fifa 15 with the details set to high, a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, and 2x anti-aliasing, will have to make sure that they have a dedicated GPU from AMD or Nvidia (~62 fps @ GeForce GT 740M) at their disposal. Middle-class graphics cards like the GeForce GT 750M can handle a resolution of 1920 x 1080 Pixel and 4x MSAA. High-end GPUs are not going to be tasked much: a Geforce GTX 860M allowed us to play at frame rates of above 100 fps. Hopefully EA will continue to improve the engine for the next version.

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GeForce GTX 780 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
268.7 (min: 168) fps ∼90%
284.4 (min: 237) fps ∼80%
326.1 (min: 284) fps ∼72%
Radeon R9 290X, 2600K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X Desktop
204 (min: 0) fps ∼69%
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
189.3 (min: 163) fps ∼64%
227.9 (min: 168) fps ∼64%
280.8 (min: 254) fps ∼62%
GeForce GTX 760, 3770K
Desktop-PC
181.3 (min: 126) fps ∼61%
219 (min: 187) fps ∼61%
309.8 (min: 264) fps ∼68%
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
166.1 (min: 109) fps ∼56%
208.3 (min: 113) fps ∼58%
251.8 (min: 196) fps ∼56%
GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
157.4 (min: 68) fps ∼53%
210.6 (min: 169) fps ∼59%
267.8 (min: 178) fps ∼59%
Radeon R9 280X, 3770K
Desktop-PC
147.8 (min: 106) fps ∼50%
269.8 (min: 134) fps ∼75%
301.1 (min: 254) fps ∼66%
GeForce GTX 750 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
134.8 (min: 92) fps ∼45%
178.1 (min: 105) fps ∼50%
253.2 (min: 228) fps ∼56%
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
119.5 (min: 47) fps ∼40%
173.9 (min: 135) fps ∼49%
246.8 (min: 211) fps ∼54%
GeForce GTX 770M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
115.7 (min: 63) fps ∼39%
173.2 (min: 156) fps ∼48%
224.4 (min: 178) fps ∼50%
Radeon R9 M290X, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
111.3 (min: 63) fps ∼37%
184.9 (min: 170) fps ∼52%
194.4 (min: 173) fps ∼43%
GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
95 (min: 44) fps ∼32%
141.6 (min: 124) fps ∼40%
180.1 (min: 161) fps ∼40%
GeForce GTX 765M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
92.6 (min: 42) fps ∼31%
139.9 (min: 120) fps ∼39%
206 (min: 189) fps ∼45%
GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
55.6 (min: 49) fps ∼19%
84.6 (min: 71) fps ∼24%
112.7 (min: 87) fps ∼25%
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180B3
Schenker S413
16.9 (min: 14) fps ∼10%
40.7 (min: 35) fps ∼14%
67 (min: 55) fps ∼19%
92 (min: 73) fps ∼20%
GeForce GT 640M, 2637M, Lite-On LMT-256M3M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
42 (min: 36) fps ∼14%
Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
29 (min: 23) fps ∼10%
61 (min: 58) fps ∼17%
81 (min: 73) fps ∼18%
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
36.2 (min: 30) fps ∼12%
61.9 (min: 36) fps ∼17%
76.1 (min: 50) fps ∼17%
GeForce GT 720M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
MSI CX61-i572M
30.3 (min: 0) fps ∼10%
47.2 (min: 0) fps ∼13%
66 (min: 0) fps ∼15%
Radeon HD 8650G, A10-5750M, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
20.6 (min: 18) fps ∼7%
36.6 (min: 31) fps ∼10%
52 (min: 42) fps ∼11%
GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM, Seagate Momentus 7200.5 ST9750420AS
Asus N56VM
28.7 (min: 24) fps ∼10%
42 (min: 34) fps ∼12%
59 (min: 48) fps ∼13%
Iris Graphics 5100, 4258U, Apple SSD SM0256F
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2013-10
25.8 (min: 21) fps ∼9%
42 (min: 36) fps ∼12%
56 (min: 47) fps ∼12%
HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
20.9 (min: 18) fps ∼7%
36 (min: 31) fps ∼10%
52.3 (min: 45) fps ∼12%
HD Graphics 4000, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
15.7 (min: 12) fps ∼5%
24.6 (min: 19) fps ∼7%
32.4 (min: 24) fps ∼7%

Review Systems

Four of our review notebooks are courtesy of Schenker Technologies:

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, 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)

All these notebooks feature 64-bit Windows 7. Thanks to Micron for supplying a 480 GB Crucial M500 SSD.

One additional review notebook is from Nvidia:

  • HP Envy 15-j011sg (Core i5-4200M, 12 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 740M)

We used the following drivers for our tests: Nvidia 344.11, AMD 14.7 RC3, Intel 10.18.10.3907

We've also included benchmark results from other notebooks, which potentially could have different drivers installed.

Übersicht

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AMD Radeon HD 6450M
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
AMD Radeon HD 6320
AMD Radeon HD 6970M
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AMD FirePro W5170M
AMD Radeon HD 7520G
AMD Radeon HD 7490M
AMD Radeon HD 7500G
AMD Radeon HD 7480D
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
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NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
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NVIDIA Quadro NVS 5100M
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
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AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
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AMD Radeon HD 6380G
AMD Radeon HD 6370M
AMD Radeon HD 6290
AMD Radeon HD 6250
AMD FirePro W2100
AMD FirePro W7170M
AMD Radeon 530
AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
AMD Radeon HD 7570M
AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
AMD Radeon HD 6330M
AMD FirePro W5130M
AMD Radeon 610
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
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128.5n4
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AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 6640G2
AMD Radeon HD 7310
AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 7690M
AMD Radeon HD 7340
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
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AMD Radeon HD 6645G2
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NVIDIA Quadro P4200
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4150
AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
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332.8
259.7
210.6
103.3
AMD Radeon HD 7430M
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
Intel HD Graphics 630
AMD Radeon HD 7850M
Intel HD Graphics 510
Intel Iris Graphics 550
Intel HD Graphics 505
Intel Iris Graphics 540
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132.7n2
91.3n3
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NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
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280.8
227.9
189.3
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267.8
210.6
157.4
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NVIDIA Quadro M4000M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
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NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 130M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6400
AMD Radeon HD 6790
AMD Radeon HD 6570M
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
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AMD Radeon HD 6620G
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon HD 6870
AMD Radeon HD 6550D
AMD Radeon HD 6310
AMD FirePro W4190M
AMD FirePro W4100
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
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AMD FirePro M5950
NVIDIA Quadro M620
AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
AMD Radeon HD 6950M
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AMD Radeon HD 7470M
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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.
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Florian Glaser, 2014-10- 7 (Update: 2016-02-18)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.
Bernhard Pechlaner
Translator: Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).