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FIFA 21 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Football champion. Year after year a new part of the extremely successful FIFA series is released. Read here if something has changed in the system requirements.
Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser, Brian Burriston (translated by Christian Hintze), 🇩🇪 🇷🇺
FIFA 21

Technology

It's no surprise that FIFA 21 continues to rely on the Frostbite Engine from Battlefield developer DICE. The technical framework is very well optimized thanks to years of use (= moderate hardware requirements) and offers a high stability. No wonder publisher EA uses the engine for many other of their games (e.g. Star Wars Squadrons, Anthem, Mass Effect Andromeda, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Need for Speed Heat & Dragon Age Inquisition).

FIFA 21
FIFA 21
FIFA 21
FIFA 21

Unfortunately, FIFA 21 does not unlock the full potential of the engine. While the stadiums feel very atmospheric due to many visual and acoustic details ("confetti", stadium speakers, fan chants, ...), the players could exhibit a more realistic face mimic in the year of 2020, even though they sport sharp and detailed textures.

FIFA 21
FIFA 21
FIFA 21
FIFA 21

In general, the differences to FIFA 20 are quite small. Once again, besides the unnecessarily nested menus, we must also criticize the fact that the graphics options are only accessible outside the game and they turn out very spartan from a PC point of view. You can only change the resolution, picture mode, overall quality, anti-aliasing (2x to 4x MSAA) and frame rate limit.

Low Preset
Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Ultra Preset
Ultra Preset

From medium details upwards, we would call FIFA 21 respectable (keyword audience). There are subjectively hardly any differences between the presets Medium, High and Ultra. Attention: Like its predecessor, FIFA 21 uses DirectX 12 as the graphic interface, which requires suitable hard- and software. With a size of 35 GB, the soccer simulation does not take up too much space on the storage device. 

FIFA 21

Benchmarks

Our benchmark sequence resembles 1:1 the previous year's version. With FC Bayern Munich we start a classic kick-off match against Borussia Dortmund, which takes place in Sanderson Park under a clear summer sky at 2 pm. Because repetitions (fouls, penalties, etc.) can push the frame rate down considerably and thus falsify the results, we try to avoid corresponding situations and if possible only kick back and forth in midfield. 

Due to the low GPU requirements, FIFA 21 often limits the CPU even in higher resolutions and detail levels, which is rather unusual in the gaming area. Because it is a fast title where fast reactions are important (especially in multiplayer), you should get at least 50 to 60 FPS on average. 

Results

FHD (1920 x 1080)

A mixture of 1920 x 1080 pixels and the Medium preset under challenges even beginner graphics cards. A GeForce MX330 already reaches almost 80 FPS. The latter model even produces maximum details plus 4x MSAA fluidly on the screen. 

FIFA 21
    1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS     1920x1080 High Preset AA:2xMS     1920x1080 Medium Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG, i9-9900K
271 (min: 38.8, 99% > 194) fps ∼68%
274 (min: 51.3, 99% > 196) fps ∼69%
279 (min: 48.8, 99% > 197) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, i9-9900K
254 (min: 53.4, 99% > 181) fps ∼64%
255 (min: 57.9, 99% > 179) fps ∼64%
266 (min: 57.3, 99% > 185) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080, i9-9900K
242 (min: 17.3, 99% > 171) fps ∼61%
243 (min: 77.6, 99% > 170) fps ∼61%
253 (min: 67.4, 99% > 178) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2070, i9-9900K
241 (min: 52.3, 99% > 169) fps ∼61%
244 (min: 15.2, 99% > 173) fps ∼61%
254 (min: 53.6, 99% > 177) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2060, i9-9900K
240 (min: 18, 99% > 171) fps ∼60%
244 (min: 51.6, 99% > 171) fps ∼61%
254 (min: 14.2, 99% > 178) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE, i7-9750H
210 (min: 14.2, 99% > 147) fps ∼53%
217 (min: 22.4, 99% > 152) fps ∼55%
227 (min: 48.6, 99% > 155) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF, i7-9750H
210 (min: 14.2, 99% > 158) fps ∼53%
211 (min: 12.9, 99% > 155) fps ∼53%
223 (min: 10.8, 99% > 164) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD, i7-9750H
209 (min: 15.7, 99% > 157) fps ∼53%
214 (min: 67.7, 99% > 159) fps ∼54%
225 (min: 14.6, 99% > 168) fps ∼54%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
MSI Alpha 15, R7 3750H
164 (min: 5.72, 99% > 116) fps ∼41%
168 (min: 47.2, 99% > 118) fps ∼42%
169 (min: 4.08, 99% > 120) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
MSI GP75 Leopard 9SC, i7-9750H
149 (min: 71.3, 99% > 99.9) fps ∼38%
161 (min: 92, 99% > 107) fps ∼40%
167 (min: 18.3, 99% > 109) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile
Asus G752VS, 6820HK
147 (min: 50.5, 99% > 105) fps ∼37%
149 (min: 51.5, 99% > 114) fps ∼37%
150 (min: 55.2, 99% > 110) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
Alienware 17 R4, i7-7820HK
147 (min: 39.6, 99% > 109) fps ∼37%
149 (min: 62.4, 99% > 118) fps ∼37%
150 (min: 7.71, 99% > 120) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
MSI GT62VR, 6820HK
130 (min: 38, 99% > 94.6) fps ∼33%
133 (min: 57.2, 99% > 104) fps ∼33%
137 (min: 13.2, 99% > 107) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
MSI GE72 7RE, i7-7700HQ
127 (min: 38, 99% > 82.5) fps ∼32%
142 (min: 57, 99% > 89) fps ∼36%
149 (min: 77, 99% > 94.3) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
MSI GL62M 7RD, i7-7700HQ
114 (min: 47.3, 99% > 82.3) fps ∼29%
128 (min: 59.7, 99% > 81.4) fps ∼32%
136 (min: 46.6, 99% > 85.1) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
MSI Prestige 14, i7-10710U
80.1 (min: 36.1, 99% > 53.9) fps ∼20%
88.3 (min: 42.8, 99% > 55.6) fps ∼22%
95.4 (min: 39.3, 99% > 57) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
MSI Prestige 14, i7-10510U
63.1 (min: 40.1, 99% > 47) fps ∼16%
75.1 (min: 36.6, 99% > 49.8) fps ∼19%
79.5 (min: 15.4, 99% > 52.1) fps ∼19%

QHD (2560 x 1440)

For QHD monitors with 2560 x 1440 pixels, the GPU must not be particularly powerful either. Even graphics cards from the lower middle class like the GeForce GTX 1050 have no problems with the ultra preset.

FIFA 21
    2560x1440 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
264 (min: 9.52, 99% > 182) fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
251 (min: 26.6, 99% > 180) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2070
240 (min: 52.5, 99% > 172) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
239 (min: 18.4, 99% > 168) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2060
236 (min: 98.6, 99% > 165) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
210 (min: 16.3, 99% > 146) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
206 (min: 13.4, 99% > 156) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
203 (min: 21.7, 99% > 150) fps ∼52%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
163 (min: 45, 99% > 116) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i7-7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
144 (min: 42.6, 99% > 110) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK
Asus G752VS
140 (min: 57.5, 99% > 103) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
129 (min: 47.1, 99% > 89.9) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP75 Leopard 9SC
115 (min: 15.6, 99% > 76.9) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
99.9 (min: 40.8, 99% > 71.6) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD
84.5 (min: 47.6, 99% > 65.9) fps ∼22%

UHD (3840 x 2160)

If you own a 4k screen (3840 x 2160) and want to play in full details, you will be happy with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which can only adequately handle a maximum of 1920 x 1080 pixels and medium settings in other games (see e.g. Mafia Definitive Edition, Horizon Zero Dawn, or Death Stranding).

FIFA 21
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
247 (min: 20.3, 99% > 176) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
224 (min: 17.9, 99% > 160) fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
223 (min: 69.3, 99% > 152) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2070
194 (min: 72, 99% > 135) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
173 (min: 14.3, 99% > 129) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2060
171 (min: 78.7, 99% > 124) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
146 (min: 68.1, 99% > 113) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i7-7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
139 (min: 46.6, 99% > 97.5) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
136 (min: 60.7, 99% > 110) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK
Asus G752VS
128 (min: 19.6, 99% > 76.8) fps ∼39%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
106 (min: 43.8, 99% > 82.7) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
88.7 (min: 33.9, 99% > 69.8) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP75 Leopard 9SC
77.2 (min: 30.7, 99% > 36.8) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
58.8 (min: 21.5, 99% > 43.6) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD
49.9 (min: 20.7, 99% > 37.3) fps ∼15%

Note

Since gaming tests are very time intensive and often hindered by installation or activation limits, we can only provide a portion of the benchmarks at the time of publishing. Further graphics cards will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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PosModel< prevnext >FIFA 21
 FIFA 21 (2020)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
2xMSAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
4xMSAA
QHD
2560x1440
Ultra Preset
4xMSAA
4K
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
4xMSAA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
269
266
255
254
251
247
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
255
253
243
242
239
223
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
228
227
211
210
211
205
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
278
278
274
238
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
284
279
274
271
264
224
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
231
226
216
211
212
176
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
233
229
215
216
215
200
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
258
259
248
250
241
210.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
258
253.5
243.5
241.5
239.5
208.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
225
223
211
210
206
173
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
228
229
216
215
212
181
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
251
259
243
245
244
180
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
264
261
247
248
243
152
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
156
150
149
147
144
139
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
260
254
244
240
236
171
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
231
227
217
210
210
146
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
263
262
248
249
242
164
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile
155
150
149
147
140
128
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
220
217
208
206
196
139
PosModel< prevnext >FIFA 21
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
231
227
214
214
187
120
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
227
225
214
209
203
136
AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
276
272
261
254
203
126
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
176
169
168
164
163
106
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
137
137
133
130
129
88.7
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
151
115
70
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
182.1n2
146.4n2
140.7n2
131.05n2
115
77.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
231
224
206
184
145
86.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
173
149
142
127
99.9
58.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
175
136
128
114
84.5
49.9
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
150
95.4
88.3
80.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
143
92.7
84.1
65.9
48
24
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
131.3
76.1
70.9
54.4
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
57.6
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
125
79.5
75.1
63.1
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
105.3
55.1
50.9
41.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
94.9
64.9
55.4
35.7
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
93.4
61.5
50
41.8
(-) * 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.
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.

Testsystems

Device Graphics Card Processor RAM Operating System
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 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 i7-8086K, Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC III Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia Titan X (Pascal) (12 GB GDDR5X)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5)
Zotac GeForce GT 1030 (2 GB GDDR5)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (8 GB GDDR6))
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8 GB HBM2)
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 (8 GB GDDR5)
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT76 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-9900K 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Alienware 17 R4 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus G752VS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 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 Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX350 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10710U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX330 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10510U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Alpha 15 AMD Radeon RX5500M (4 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
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Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H ForceWare 456.55 Adrenalin 20.9.2
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Florian Glaser, 2020-10-17 (Update: 2020-10-17)
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.
Christian Hintze
Translator: Christian Hintze - Editor
Because of my interest in computer games I started studying computer science, became a psychologist, but stayed true to the games and the hardware. For example during my year abroad in London as a games tester at Sega. In my spare time I find a balance between PC games and sports (meanwhile mainly indoor soccer and running after my toddler), playing guitar and building bamboo bikes (well, so far only one under guidance).