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Fallout 76 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Alex Alderson), 11/19/2018

Stale post-apocalypse. Fallout 76 has been received poorly by critics and players. Bugs, missing NPCs, weak story; the list of shortcomings is seemingly endless. Unfortunately, the game engine will not win many plaudits either, as we will discuss in our benchmark article.

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Fallout 76

Technology

We have only spent a short time playing Fallout 76, so we are in a limited position to judge the game, but the benchmark demonstrates the shortcomings of the Creation Engine that underpins the latest instalment in the Fallout series. We did not experience any crashes or connection losses, but the graphics look noticeably outdated compared to other modern triple-A titles.

Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76

Texture sharpness, or better described as texture weakness, is one of Fallout 76’s biggest downfalls. The surfaces of objects look muddy just like they did in Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, which are ten and three years old respectively. Bethesda has developed Fallout 76 on the same engine as they did with Fallout 4, so it should be no surprise that the former looks like its predecessor. Bethesda continues to struggle with animating facial expressions or NPC gestures too, which both look archaic for a game released in 2018.

Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76

Bethesda has also done a poor job at optimising the PC version for use with a keyboard and mouse. The controls feel inaccurate, while the key bindings make no sense. They are so strange that it almost like Bethesda has used a random generator to assign them. Using the infamous Pip-Boy is a chore on PC too, which will undoubtedly have many players shaking their heads.

Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76

The game has plenty of graphics settings though. There are dozens of settings in the Options menu including the basics like resolution, image mode, image quality and viewing distance. The developers have also included presets, which is always a good thing. Unfortunately, changing some settings, like the resolution, only take effect once the game has been restarted. Thankfully, the intro videos are skippable, which cuts down the time it takes to restart the game. However, the game takes an age to load irrespective of whether it has been installed on an HDD or an SSD, which is disappointing.

Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76
Fallout 76

Atmospherically, Fallout 76 exudes the same post-apocalyptic charm as its predecessors. The game has high draw distances, which combine with the huge open-world map to create the impression that there are endless places to explore. Moreover, the day-night cycle provides variety to otherwise barren landscape and ensures that the game does not start to feel monotonous.

Fallout 76
Fallout 76

Incidentally, users must install Fallout 76 using the Bethesda Launcher. The launcher looks and feels like other gaming platforms like Epic Games Launcher, and currently contains a few Bethesda games. Fallout 76 is a 48 GB download at launch, which is a moderate download size for modern triple-A games.

Benchmarks

Our benchmark sequence begins outside the eponymous Vault 76, which starts after creating a character a short tutorial. We then ran until we reached the bottom of a staircase near the Vault, which generally took around 30 seconds. We recorded minimum and average framerates using FRAPS. The sequence is relatively graphically demanding, but the game will push systems harder during action sequences.

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

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Unfortunately, Fallout 76 has a 60 FPS lock that we could not disable. Worse still, there is a bug at the time of writing for displays with refresh rates higher than 60 Hz where framerates will only a maximum of half the refresh rate. So, Fallout 76 will currently only run at a maximum of 37/38 FPS on a 75 Hz monitor. The bug affected both the ASUS G752VS and the G752VY. The only solution currently is to play the game on a 60 Hz display.

Results

HD (1,280 x 720)

One advantage of Fallout 76 being built on an outdated engine is that it can run on older hardware. Integrated GPUs like Intel HD Graphics 630 are not powerful enough to even play the game at 1,280 x 720 at low graphics, but older dedicated GPUs like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M can play the game comfortably at these settings. Even the 1D12 GeForce MX150 in the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro can play Fallout 76 at over 50 FPS in 720p. The game does look unimpressive when played on the low preset though.

Fallout 76
    1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
60 fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
59.9 fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
60 (min: 57) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
60 (min: 55) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
60 (min: 57) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
60 (min: 57) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
60 (min: 57) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
60 (min: 57) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
60 (min: 56) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
59.9 (min: 54) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
59.9 (min: 55) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
59.8 (min: 53) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
59.8 (min: 52) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
59.9 (min: 53) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
59.6 (min: 52) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
57.3 (min: 50) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
57.8 (min: 50) fps ∼92%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
54.4 (min: 42) fps ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
29.7 (min: 24) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
29.2 (min: 26) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
20.5 (min: 13) fps ∼33%
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
18.5 (min: 15) fps ∼29%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
15.3 (min: 11) fps ∼24%

FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

We would recommend using at least a GeForce GTX 1050 or a GeForce GTX 965M to play the game in 1080p on the ultra preset. GPUs like the GeForce GTX 960M or the GeForce MX150 only achieve sub 40 FPS on the medium preset, which is not a great experience in our opinion.

Fallout 76
    1920x1080 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
59.9 fps ∼95%
59.9 fps ∼100%
60 fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
59.9 fps ∼95%
59.9 fps ∼100%
59.9 fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
59.9 (min: 56) fps ∼95%
59.9 (min: 57) fps ∼100%
60 (min: 57) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
59.9 (min: 56) fps ∼95%
59.9 (min: 56) fps ∼100%
60 (min: 57) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
59.9 (min: 55) fps ∼95%
59.9 (min: 56) fps ∼100%
60 (min: 57) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
59.8 (min: 54) fps ∼95%
59.8 (min: 54) fps ∼100%
59.9 (min: 55) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
59.8 (min: 54) fps ∼95%
59.9 (min: 54) fps ∼100%
59.9 (min: 55) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
59.8 (min: 52) fps ∼95%
59.8 (min: 53) fps ∼100%
59.9 (min: 53) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
59.8 (min: 54) fps ∼95%
59.9 (min: 57) fps ∼100%
60 (min: 57) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
59.8 (min: 51) fps ∼95%
59.8 (min: 54) fps ∼100%
59.9 (min: 54) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
55.5 (min: 38) fps ∼88%
58.9 (min: 44) fps ∼98%
59.4 (min: 45) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
45.3 (min: 33) fps ∼72%
48.4 (min: 32) fps ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
36.6 (min: 32) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
47.2 (min: 34) fps ∼75%
50.8 (min: 38) fps ∼85%
58.5 (min: 53) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
36.9 (min: 25) fps ∼59%
39.8 (min: 33) fps ∼66%
46.1 (min: 36) fps ∼77%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
39.6 (min: 27) fps ∼63%
40.5 (min: 27) fps ∼68%
47 (min: 39) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
27.1 (min: 20) fps ∼43%
28.5 (min: 21) fps ∼48%
35 (min: 30) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
25.4 (min: 21) fps ∼42%
29 (min: 22) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
20 (min: 12) fps ∼32%
21.4 (min: 13) fps ∼36%
26.4 (min: 18) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
19.4 (min: 10) fps ∼32%
23.5 (min: 16) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
11.6 (min: 7) fps ∼19%
12.6 (min: 7) fps ∼21%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
6.9 (min: 4) fps ∼12%

QHD (2,560 x 1,440) & UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

Playing Fallout 76 at either QHD or UHD on the ultra preset benefits from a genuine gaming GPU. A GeForce GTX 980M or GeForce GTX 1060 are needed to play the game in QHD on the ultra preset. We would recommend at least a GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q to play the game at UHD on the same preset.

Fallout 76
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset     2560x1440 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
59.6 fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
59.9 (min: 56) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
54.2 (min: 46) fps ∼86%
59.7 (min: 51) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
51.6 (min: 45) fps ∼82%
59.8 (min: 53) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
45.6 (min: 39) fps ∼72%
59.8 (min: 53) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
44.6 (min: 38) fps ∼71%
59.8 (min: 53) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
40.8 (min: 34) fps ∼65%
59.8 (min: 52) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
30.9 (min: 19) fps ∼49%
57.4 (min: 41) fps ∼96%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
30 (min: 25) fps ∼48%
56.8 (min: 51) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
27.7 (min: 23) fps ∼44%
52.5 (min: 42) fps ∼88%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
22.8 (min: 17) fps ∼36%
42.5 (min: 24) fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
16.2 (min: 12) fps ∼26%
32 (min: 19) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
12.9 (min: 8) fps ∼20%
24.4 (min: 19) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
8.1 (min: 6) fps ∼13%
18.2 (min: 13) fps ∼30%

Overview

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      Model
Fallout 76
 Fallout 76 (2018)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
59.9
59.9
59.9
59.9
59.9
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
60
60
59.9
59.9
59.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
60
60
59.9
59.9
54.2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
60
60
59.8
59.8
49.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
60
59.9
59.8
59.8
51.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
60n2
60n2
59.9n2
59.9n2
44.45n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
60
59.9
59.9
59.8
44.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
59.9
59.9
59.8
59.8
40.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
60
60
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
60
60
59.9
59.9
30.9
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
60
60
59.9
59.9
36.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
60
60
59.9
59.8
30
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
59.9
59.9
59.8
59.8
27.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
59.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
59.8
59.4
58.9
55.5
22.8
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
50.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
60
50.3
46.25n2
44.2n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
60
58.5
50.8
47.2
16.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
59.8
46.1
39.8
36.9
12.9
      Model
Fallout 76
lowmed.highultra4k
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
36.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
59.9
47
40.5
39.6
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
59.4
38.8
34.1
29.9
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
33.1
31.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
59.6
35
28.5
27.1
8.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
54.3
21.6
16.5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
56.1n2
24.95n2
20.4n2
20
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
57.3
29
25.4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
44.5n2
24.2n2
22.3n2
21.6n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
24.4
12
10.7
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
29.7
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
41.9
22.5
17.9
16.2
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
28.3
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
20.5
Intel HD Graphics 630
15.3
6.9
Intel HD Graphics 530
14.8
Intel UHD Graphics 620
18.5
Intel HD Graphics 5600
15.1
(-) * 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
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 OS
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
Alienware 17 R4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Acer Triton 700 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2x 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 (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 1 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
ASUS G752VY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GS60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 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 GL72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 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 PL62 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX72 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8 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 416.94 Adrenalin 18.11.1
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