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FIFA 18 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Mark Riege), 10/03/2017

Bumpy start. You might think that due to the routine, EA could not do too much wrong in the yearly FIFA update. But, you would be mistaken since the release of version 18 is creating several negative headlines. We evaluate the (technical) situation with several notebooks and desktop PCs.

FIFA 18

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As we reported on the day of its official release, a multitude of buyers are currently having trouble with the soccer simulation. While Amazon customers may receive their order late due to a strike, other users complain about downloads that are not working. Even though we were spared these problems during downloading and the installation of FIFA 18 (it needs about 34 GB on the hard drive), there were various irregularities during the test.

It began with starting the game, which lead to most headaches and head shaking. Even though FIFA 18 ran flawlessly on the first test device with a GeForce GTX 980, after changing to a GeForce GTX 1060, suddenly the game did not want to start anymore at all (only the Launcher worked). The same occurred in a large part of our remaining systems with a Pascal GPU.

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After some tips from various forums did not bring any improvements, in order to continue testing, we reinstalled Origin several times. And lo and behold, in the second or third try, most of the times FIFA 18 worked again. However, the error message regarding Microsoft's .NET framework, which would pop up in some places and which was also present in older FIFA titles, could not be remedied, since the developer still has not fixed this.

The fact that you can hardly find any results in the chart below (as of 9/30/2017), has to do with the restrictive installation policy by Origin and EA, which only allows a certain amount of new systems per day, as was the case in the past with other games. Even changing the graphics card uses one activation. Due to this fact, it will still take a while until we will have been able to check all of our notebooks and desktop PCs. Since the system requirements have hardly changed compared to the predecessor, FIFA 17 is a good indicator for the expected performance.

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Anyone who has hoped for a similarly great jump in the graphics capabilities as in the predecessor (EA changed to the Frostbite engine in 2016) might be rather disappointed. Besides the sometimes prettier figures and smaller improvements (lighting, audience crowds, animations etc.), hardly anything has changed visually. Overall, FIFA 18 achieves a good but not exciting graphics level. Too many details get lost in the normal camera perspective for our tastes. The technical framework is only noticeably effective in close-ups or replays.

Low settings
Low settings
Medium settings
Medium settings
High settings
High settings
Ultra settings
Ultra settings
4K settings
4K settings

The graphics menu, which can be opened outside the game and is not very comprehensive, follows the predecessor to a large extent. Besides the resolution and the screen mode, you can only change the overall quality (4 steps) and the smoothing of the edges. Here EA uses MSAA again, which does a decent job. The remaining menu items are concerned with the frame rate and the DirectX-mode, which is new.

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While the optional frame lock was completely turned off for the tests, we set DirectX on version 11.0. Although in theory, DirectX 12 brings more performance due to the lower overhead, in all the games released until now, DX12 tended towards a lower performance, which is also the case for FIFA 18 in our experience. Anyone who does not feel like tuning the graphics settings, or does not know how, can also activate the Auto mode in most settings.

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Benchmark

To compare the performance with FIFA 17, we use our benchmark sequence with the same game options as in the previous year. It is based on a match between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the "Allianz Arena" under a clear sky in summer at 2pm in the afternoon. We record 7 minutes (game minutes, not real-time) of the first halftime with the Fraps tool.

Since the frame rates during interruptions such as fouls and corner kicks are limited to 30 FPS, independent of the frame lock settings, we avoid such scenes and repeat the benchmark if necessary, so that there are no strange values in the minimum FPS. You can follow the whole procedure in the video below.



Results

In the following days and weeks, the benchmark chart below will be continually expanded with new graphics chips. In the beginning, we mainly have Nvidia GPUs from the high-end range. Later we will add weaker GeForce models and graphics cards by AMD and Intel. So stay tuned!

FIFA 18
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS     1920x1080 High Preset AA:2xMS     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1366x768 Medium Preset     1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
210 (min: 176) fps ∼84%
315 (min: 290) fps ∼100%
319 (min: 298) fps ∼97%
351 (min: 316) fps ∼99%
356 (min: 324) fps ∼100%
364 (min: 339) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
171 (min: 142) fps ∼69%
298 (min: 264) fps ∼95%
312 (min: 284) fps ∼95%
344 (min: 309) fps ∼97%
346 (min: 312) fps ∼97%
356 (min: 326) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
155 (min: 128) fps ∼62%
272 (min: 246) fps ∼86%
278 (min: 238) fps ∼84%
292 (min: 254) fps ∼82%
318 (min: 289) fps ∼89%
330 (min: 299) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
117 (min: 92) fps ∼47%
254 (min: 203) fps ∼81%
291 (min: 273) fps ∼88%
333 (min: 304) fps ∼94%
352 (min: 312) fps ∼99%
359 (min: 327) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
113 (min: 94) fps ∼45%
251 (min: 202) fps ∼80%
285 (min: 259) fps ∼86%
329 (min: 283) fps ∼93%
347 (min: 312) fps ∼97%
361 (min: 321) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
104 (min: 80) fps ∼42%
219 (min: 187) fps ∼70%
248 (min: 221) fps ∼75%
272 (min: 247) fps ∼77%
286 (min: 248) fps ∼80%
288 (min: 255) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
62.3 (min: 49) fps ∼25%
149 (min: 111) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
55.6 (min: 45) fps ∼22%
132 (min: 103) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
51.6 (min: 44) fps ∼21%
126 (min: 106) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030), 7700HQ
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
31.1 (min: 27) fps ∼12%
71.4 (min: 61) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
fps ∼0%
76.1 (min: 60) fps ∼24%
93 (min: 67) fps ∼28%
121 (min: 99) fps ∼34%
191 (min: 175) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
36.6 (min: 29) fps ∼12%
43.6 (min: 32) fps ∼13%
62.1 (min: 50) fps ∼17%
130 (min: 104) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
37.2 (min: 30) fps ∼12%
43.9 (min: 33) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
fps ∼0%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     FIFA 18
 FIFA 18 (2017)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
2xMSAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
4xMSAA
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
346.4
355.1
310.4
303.2
249.3
 4NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop)
344.6
331.3
310.6
305.4
187.6
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
330
310
187
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
364
351
319
315
210
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
309
301
198
 9*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
284
279
253
240
166
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
356
344
312
298
171
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
330
292
278
272
155
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
361
329
285
251
113
 22AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
347.8
344
318.7
313.1
158.2
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
359
333
291
254
117
 34NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
288
272
207.52
191.52
104
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
293
232.4
188.6
152.92
62.3
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
132
55.6
 88NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
126
51.6
 113NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
241.2
101.6
94.7
76.3
31.3
 114NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
154.92
99.8
74.92
71.43
31.1
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
191
121
93
76.1
 211NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
122.62
66.22
51.052
46.452
Pos      Model                                     FIFA 18
lowmed.highultra4k
 214NVIDIA GeForce 940M
43.9
37.2
 234*AMD Radeon 530
95.3
51.6
39.6
 243Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
69.5
38.8
 294AMD Radeon 520
102.4
44
35.7
32.6
 296Intel UHD Graphics 630
74.652
41.72
32.32
26.952
 297Intel HD Graphics 630
69
37.7
 299Intel HD Graphics 530
65.5
29.5
21.7
19.2
 304AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
42.6
19.4
 305*Intel UHD Graphics 620
65.1
31.5
24.9
23.8
 306*Intel HD Graphics 620
51.3
29
 338Intel HD Graphics 5600
71
 407*Intel HD Graphics 615
45.2
 450*Intel HD Graphics 610
35.1
* 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.
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 Systems

Device Graphics Card Processor RAM Operating System
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-6700K 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC II Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11 GB GDDR5X)
Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti (6 GB GDDR5)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury (4 GB HBM)
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X (4 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3 GB GDDR5)
MSI Radeon R7 370 (2 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-4790K 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus G752VS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus GL753VD Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL62 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI PE60 Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP62 Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX61 Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Monitor Nvidia Driver AMD Driver
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 385.69 Crimson 17.9.3
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