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FIFA 16 Notebook Benchmarks

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?
Florian Glaser, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 🇩🇪 🇵🇱
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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%.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming Laptops - 643 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood, growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 1990s. I was especially fascinated with computer games, even from an early age. From Monkey Island through Lands of Lore to Doom, I tried every game I could get my hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with my focus mostly being on high-performance gaming laptops.
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