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FIFA 16 Notebook Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 10/12/2015

Routine Kick. Few games have the mass appeal of the FIFA football series. We took a look at its various aspects and our benchmark results will tell you what hardware you need to run FIFA 16 well. Is an entry-level system powerful enough to run the game fluidly?

Fifa 16

For the original German article, see here.

Engine

The predecessor may have had better graphics, but FIFA 16 is looking to make changes. The newest addition to the FIFA family upholds the long tradition of making virtual stadiums come alive with realistic sounds and visuals. There are even excited fans singing in the stands and waving team flags.

Fifa 16
Fifa 16
Fifa 16

Low requirements are a blessing, but they do lead to some "blocky" characters. The fans in the stands could be a lot more realistic with more polygons and better textures.

The pretty 3D grass only shines in zoomed shots. As players of the FIFA series already know, the frame rate drops rapidly during replays and the performance can drop by more than 50%.

Fifa 16
Fifa 16
Fifa 16

The Ignite engine does not have smooth transitions between the menus. In fact, it is quite annoying when the game stutters every time you move to another menu. The commentators will often end up "repeating" themselves. Although there is plenty of commentary in the English version of the game, you will quickly realize that they are saying the same things in different ways.

FIFA 16
Fifa 16
Fifa 16

Unfortunately, we had some issues starting our benchmarks, especially on notebooks that were updated from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10. Either the launcher gave an error due to the .NET Framework or Windows quit the application with the error "FIFA 16 is no longer working". In these cases, the gamer just has to keep trying until it works.

Fifa 16
Fifa 16
Fifa 16

Benchmark

As last year, we use a kickoff game between FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund in the Alliance arena as our benchmark sequence. We used the same settings everywhere to ensure that results are comparable. Our match takes place in autumn at 3 PM with clear skies. The half time lasts 6 real minutes, of which we only tested 60 seconds (= 7 game minutes).

To avoid repeats, we kept the ball in mid-field and stayed away from throw-ins, fouls and goals. As we could not always keep to this plan, it might be that the fps numbers are a little off. If you want to run FIFA 16 fluidly, we recommend a system that achieves an average of 60 fps in the benchmark.

Results

The performance is quite similar to FIFA 15. No surprise, as both games look quite similar. Notebooks, without a dedicated GPU and only an IGP (HD Graphics 4600HD Graphics 5500HD Graphics 5300...) can run FIFA 16 with low details and resolutions around 1280x720 pixels decently.

For the rendering quality "High", 2x MSAA and a 1366x768 pixels resolution, the computer should have a middle-class GPU like the GeForce GT 750M. 4x AA and a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels only run well once you have a GeForce GTX 850M or better. FIFA 16 can be quite demanding at the 4K resolution as the 3840x2160 pixels resolution, 2x MSAA and the "High" quality setting require at least a GeForce GTX 970M or higher.

Low Settings
Low Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
4K Settings
4K Settings
Low Settings
Low Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
4K Settings
4K Settings

To achieve higher frame rates than 30 or 60 fps, you have to set the "Frame Rate" in the game settings to "No Limit on fps". Weaker models will perform better if Aero is turned off in Windows (translucent windows). Low settings may lead to a limit depending on the graphics chip. For example, our desktop PC with a GeForce GTX 980 could only surpass the weaker, mobile GeForce GTX 980M of the XMG U506 (Core i7-3770K vs. Core i5-6600K) at the two highest settings.

Update 03.10.15: on systems with weaker CPUs, FIFA 16 will run slowly despite sufficient frame rate. The Core i5-5250U (Intel NUC5i5RYK), the Core i7-2637M (Acer Aspire M3-581TG) and the Kaveri FX-7600P (Asus N551ZU-CN007H) were affected. We encountered the same problem last year with FIFA 15.

FIFA 16
    3840x2160 High Preset AA:2x MS     1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x MS     1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS     1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
Desktop-PC
123.5 (min: 117) fps ∼46%
243.5 (min: 221) fps ∼77%
241.3 (min: 209) fps ∼71%
265.6 (min: 229) fps ∼61%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
128 (min: 120) fps ∼47%
206 (min: 185) fps ∼65%
256 (min: 219) fps ∼75%
267 (min: 232) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
88.2 (min: 35) fps ∼33%
192.2 (min: 101) fps ∼61%
220 (min: 152) fps ∼65%
242.5 (min: 227) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
73.1 (min: 69) fps ∼27%
160.2 (min: 138) fps ∼51%
222.2 (min: 201) fps ∼65%
241 (min: 221) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
68.4 (min: 23) fps ∼25%
170.9 (min: 160) fps ∼54%
212.9 (min: 118) fps ∼63%
236.3 (min: 192) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, 3770K
Desktop-PC
58.4 (min: 30) fps ∼22%
156.8 (min: 149) fps ∼50%
222.8 (min: 114) fps ∼66%
265.6 (min: 177) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
57.3 (min: 27) fps ∼21%
135.7 (min: 121) fps ∼43%
200.3 (min: 105) fps ∼59%
244.9 (min: 225) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
44.5 (min: 42) fps ∼16%
108.1 (min: 95) fps ∼34%
161.8 (min: 148) fps ∼48%
208.6 (min: 135) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
34.2 (min: 31) fps ∼13%
78.7 (min: 31) fps ∼25%
135.4 (min: 53) fps ∼40%
224.2 (min: 128) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
29.9 (min: 28) fps ∼11%
77.9 (min: 34) fps ∼25%
114.3 (min: 57) fps ∼34%
173 (min: 106) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
49.1 (min: 46) fps ∼16%
77.2 (min: 66) fps ∼23%
143.4 (min: 125) fps ∼33%
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
29.6 (min: 25) fps ∼9%
58 (min: 55) fps ∼17%
84 (min: 77) fps ∼19%
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ
Schenker S413
10.8 (min: 9) fps ∼4%
38.2 (min: 31) fps ∼12%
62.5 (min: 51) fps ∼18%
117 (min: 95) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
30.8 (min: 27) fps ∼10%
52.2 (min: 47) fps ∼15%
93.4 (min: 88) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
24 (min: 20) fps ∼8%
41.7 (min: 36) fps ∼12%
77.5 (min: 70) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
23 (min: 20) fps ∼7%
35 (min: 30) fps ∼10%
73 (min: 59) fps ∼17%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
20.3 (min: 16) fps ∼6%
37.4 (min: 35) fps ∼11%
77.1 (min: 69) fps ∼18%
Intel HD Graphics 5500, 5010U
Intel NUC Kit NUC5i3RYH
18.1 (min: 7) fps ∼6%
35.7 (min: 31) fps ∼11%
55.9 (min: 50) fps ∼13%
Intel HD Graphics 3000, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
0 fps ∼0%

Test Systems

Four of our test models are from Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, GTX 970M, GTX 980M)
  • A505 (Core i7-4720HQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 960M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

Three notebooks were provided by Nvidia:

Intel added one more:

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

The desktop PCs use CPUs/APUs from Intel and AMD, SSDs from Micron, Intel and Samsung, Mainboards from Intel and Asus and graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD. We use the Asus PB287Q as our 4K monitor.

GPU drivers: Nvidia 355.98, AMD 15.8 Beta, Intel 10.18.15.4279 (Win 10) or 10.18.14.4264 (Win 7) 

Overview

Show Restrictions
      Model
FIFA 16
 FIFA 16 (2015)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
high
1366x768
High Preset
2x MSAA
ultra
1920x1080
High Preset
4x MSAA
4K
3840x2160
High Preset
2x MSAA
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
304.1
290.1
289.1
270.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
306
219
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
370
208
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
291
201
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
357.3
319.8
266.4
118.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
210.5n2
161
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
162
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
250
157
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
265.6
241.3
243.5
123.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
352.1n2
318.75n2
281.75n2
123.55n2
AMD Radeon R9 390X
128
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI
302.4
247
173.1
70.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
391
340
298
127
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
225
120
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
241
111
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
253.5n2
114
AMD Radeon R9 290X
267
256
206
128
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
302.3n4
253.85n4
194.9n4
88.6n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
72
      Model
FIFA 16
lowhighultra4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
241.15n4
218.35n4
171.65n4
69.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
296.2
281.7
192.5n2
87.1n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
241
222.2
160.2
73.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
265.6
222.8
156.8
58.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
233.7n3
183.6n3
127.4n3
51
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
244.9
200.3
135.7
57.3
AMD Radeon HD 8970M
194.4
141.2
109.6
AMD Radeon R9 M390
233
190
111
54
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
177.8n3
145n3
99.35n4
44.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
224.2
135.4
78.7
34.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
170.75n2
108.2n2
72.8n2
AMD Radeon R9 M385X
59.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
173
114.3
77.9
29.9
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
78
69
53
19.5
NVIDIA GeForce 945M
201
103.7
69.3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
143.4
77.2
49.1
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
123.4n2
68.8n2
45n3
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
98.1
59.3
36.5
AMD Radeon R7 M370
27.9
15.6
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
88.5
57.9
38.5
      Model
FIFA 16
lowhighultra4K
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
84
58
29.6
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
117
62.5
38.2
10.8
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
93.4
52.2
30.8
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
99.7
57.8
36.4
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
92.6
50
34.1
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
91.2
51.2
31.7
Intel Iris Graphics 540
65
38.8
AMD Radeon R7 M265
69
49.1
27.5
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
106
56
35.1
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
43.1
37.6
19.3
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
62
45.2
23.3
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX
48.15n2
18.7
7.9
AMD Radeon R7 M460
88.1
51.8
24.5
AMD Radeon R7 M360
72.4n3
59.7n3
23.9n3
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
75.25n2
46
28.2
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
77.5
53.8
25
AMD Radeon R7 M340
82.1
52.4
24
AMD Radeon R6 M340DX
56.1
40.4
23.9
Intel HD Graphics 530
87.6
46.2
25.8
Intel HD Graphics 620
78.4
50.9
29.3
      Model
FIFA 16
lowhighultra4K
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
49.65n2
31.1n2
16
Intel HD Graphics 5600
70
39.8
20.8
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
73
35
23
AMD Radeon R5 M335
58.3
39.7
18.4
AMD Radeon R5 M330
51n2
35.8n2
AMD Radeon R5 M255
87.2
52.2
23.6
Intel HD Graphics 520
44n9
31.4n7
20.9n3
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
51.2n3
37.2n3
20.95n2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
77.5
41.7
24
AMD Radeon R5 M240
50
38.5
Intel HD Graphics 6000
53
39
21.3
Intel HD Graphics 4600
59.1n2
31n2
17.55n2
Intel HD Graphics 5500
49.15n2
34.75n2
17.65n2
Intel HD Graphics 515
42
Intel HD Graphics 4400
49.7
25.3
Intel HD Graphics 5300
26.3
15.3
Intel HD Graphics 4000
60
26
16
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
33.5
20.7
Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell)
38.1
20.6
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
36.5
14.2
9
      Model
FIFA 16
lowhighultra4K
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
22.6
14.8
(-) * 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.
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Florian Glaser, 2015-10-12 (Update: 2015-10-12)