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Far Cry Primal Notebook Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 03/07/2016

Stone Age with modern technology. While the fourth iteration was placed in an imaginary region somewhere close to the Himalayas, “Far Cry Primal” jumps back more than 10000 years. We checked the hardware requirements for surviving in the wilderness.

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Graphics

As with the predecessor, “Far Cry Primal” is based on Ubisoft Montreal's own Dunia 2 engine. Therefore, the graphics quality is very similar to the previous title. Not only does “Far Cry Primal”  convinces with sharp textures, nice illumination and rich vegetation but the details of the figures and animals are also pretty good. However, there is still room for improvements in terms of effects. Besides the water presentation, the flames are rather second-rate.

However overall, the technology leaves a good impression. “Far Cry Primal” certainly does not have to hide behind other first-person shooters or action blockbusters like “Call of Duty Black Ops 3”, “Rise of the Tomb Raider” or “Just Cause 3”. The title cannot quite match the graphics quality of “Star Wars Battlefront” (Frostbite 3 engine).

Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal

The graphics menu is a positive aspect. Changes to the settings are accepted without a restart and “Far Cry Primal” also offers several presets that adjust the overall quality with just one click. If you want to have control over all settings, you will find around 10 individual options in the sub-menu "Quality Settings". Unfortunate: Unlike many competitors, the title only supports the anti-aliasing modes FXAA and SMAA. High-quality versions like MSAA and TXAA are missing completely and have to be enforced via drivers.

Speaking of drivers: We did not have any problems with Nvidia devices with the brand-new ForceWare 362.00. Currently, many players are having problems with launch issues, errors and crashes.

Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal

We only had a problem with the activation limit of the gaming platform Uplay (is required for the installation), which – similar to Origin – allows only a certain number of new systems per day. This means that we have to add benchmarks for AMD devices over the next few days.

Otherwise, the technology leaves a sophisticated impression and we did not encounter any serious graphics errors or bugs during the tests. Compared to “Far Cry 4”, we even noticed some small improvements. For instance, you can now skip the annoying intro videos. Subjectively, the loading times are slightly shorter. Another surprise is the moderate file size. While other titles from 2015 and 2016 occupy more than 30 GB, “Far Cry Primal”  needs only 16 GB.

Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal

The title does not seem to have very high requirements in terms of processor. As long as the CPU is somewhat up to date, the limiting factor will usually be the graphics card. The processor only had a certain influence with minimum settings on our Intel test systems. As far as we can say, graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia are pretty much on par.

Video Settings
Video Settings
Quality Settings
Quality Settings
Advanced Setttings
Advanced Setttings

Benchmark

We really have to praise the integrated benchmark that runs for almost one minute and shows a camera flight through a heavily vegetated valley. Based on our experience, the frame rate of the benchmark represents actual gameplay very well, so the results are very meaningful. You can enjoy “Far Cry” with anything above 35 fps if occasional stutters are not an issue for you.

Note: The VRAM indicator at the end of the benchmark (see video) should not be trusted. For starters, the value varies from one benchmark run to another, and there are also strange outliers in both directions on some systems. We still checked all presets in FHD with a GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB VRAM). Here are the average results of two runs:

  • Low @70% VRAM load
  • Medium @80% VRAM load
  • High @82% VRAM load
  • Very High @84% VRAM load
  • Ultra @94% VRAM load

Results

As with most first-person shooters, the hardware requirements are quite high. The minimum requirements are already pretty steep. You need at least a mid-range GPU to play “Far Cry Primal” with a notebook. Only a GeForce GT 750M or 940M, manages somewhat smooth game play at 1280x720 pixels and Low preset. Users with older or less powerful entry-level GPUs or mainstream chips like the GeForce GT 740M or HD Graphics 4600 will probably regret the purchase.

Low
Low
Medium
Medium
High
High
Very High
Very High
Ultra
Ultra
Low
Low
Medium
Medium
High
High
Very High
Very High
Ultra
Ultra

You will need a serious gaming notebook if you want to play the title at 1920x1080 pixels. Low details require at least a GeForce GTX 860M and medium settings at least a GTX 960M. You should use a GeForce GTX 870M or better for high graphics settings, while the preset Ultra requires a modern high-end chip (GTX 970M or better).

Currently, 3840x2160 is not smoothly playable on any mobile chip with good graphics settings. Even desktop chips like the GeForce GTX 980 are not powerful enough for a combination of 4K and High. We will have to wait and see if the performance can be improved via updates. All our benchmarks were performed with the official retail version, including day 1 patch (1.1.0).

Far Cry Primal
    3840x2160 High Preset AA:SM     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM     1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM     1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:SM     1920x1080 Low Preset     1280x720 Low Preset
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
37 (min: 33) fps ∼51%
68 (min: 52) fps ∼56%
91 (min: 69) fps ∼71%
102 (min: 74) fps ∼72%
115 (min: 84) fps ∼97%
116 (min: 84) fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
29 (min: 27) fps ∼40%
63 (min: 49) fps ∼52%
88 (min: 75) fps ∼68%
99 (min: 85) fps ∼70%
118 (min: 101) fps ∼100%
135 (min: 102) fps ∼85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
20 (min: 18) fps ∼27%
46 (min: 36) fps ∼38%
62 (min: 53) fps ∼48%
69 (min: 59) fps ∼49%
82 (min: 70) fps ∼69%
98 (min: 75) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
16 (min: 15) fps ∼22%
36 (min: 28) fps ∼30%
50 (min: 44) fps ∼39%
56 (min: 49) fps ∼40%
66 (min: 59) fps ∼56%
86 (min: 66) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
14 (min: 13) fps ∼19%
30 (min: 23) fps ∼25%
41 (min: 35) fps ∼32%
46 (min: 38) fps ∼33%
54 (min: 45) fps ∼46%
85 (min: 65) fps ∼53%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
13 (min: 9) fps ∼18%
33 (min: 23) fps ∼27%
47 (min: 39) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, 6700K
Desktop PC
12 (min: 11) fps ∼16%
32 (min: 23) fps ∼26%
46 (min: 40) fps ∼36%
51 (min: 46) fps ∼36%
59 (min: 54) fps ∼50%
110 (min: 93) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
10 (min: 9) fps ∼14%
29 (min: 22) fps ∼24%
41 (min: 35) fps ∼32%
46 (min: 40) fps ∼33%
53 (min: 48) fps ∼45%
78 (min: 59) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
11 (min: 10) fps ∼15%
25 (min: 19) fps ∼21%
34 (min: 29) fps ∼26%
39 (min: 33) fps ∼28%
45 (min: 38) fps ∼38%
76 (min: 58) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
9 (min: 8) fps ∼12%
22 (min: 17) fps ∼18%
32 (min: 27) fps ∼25%
36 (min: 32) fps ∼26%
42 (min: 38) fps ∼36%
77 (min: 65) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
8 (min: 7) fps ∼11%
18 (min: 14) fps ∼15%
26 (min: 22) fps ∼20%
29 (min: 25) fps ∼21%
34 (min: 29) fps ∼29%
59 (min: 46) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
19 (min: 14) fps ∼16%
26 (min: 23) fps ∼20%
29 (min: 26) fps ∼21%
61 (min: 51) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
6 (min: 5) fps ∼8%
15 (min: 12) fps ∼12%
22 (min: 20) fps ∼17%
25 (min: 23) fps ∼18%
29 (min: 27) fps ∼25%
56 (min: 49) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
12 fps ∼9%
14 fps ∼10%
30 (min: 27) fps ∼19%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
19 (min: 16) fps ∼16%
26 (min: 19) fps ∼20%
29 (min: 20) fps ∼21%
40 (min: 30) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
9 (min: 7) fps ∼7%
12 (min: 11) fps ∼9%
13 (min: 12) fps ∼9%
16 (min: 14) fps ∼14%
29 (min: 23) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
12 (min: 11) fps ∼9%
13 (min: 13) fps ∼9%
15 (min: 15) fps ∼13%
30 (min: 27) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
21 (min: 18) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
9 (min: 8) fps ∼7%
10 (min: 9) fps ∼7%
11 (min: 10) fps ∼9%
21 (min: 19) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
6 fps ∼5%
6 fps ∼4%
15 fps ∼9%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
7 (min: 6) fps ∼5%
8 (min: 7) fps ∼7%
15 (min: 12) fps ∼9%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Far Cry Primal
 Far Cry Primal (2016)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
SMAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
SMAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
SMAA
4k
3840x2160
High Preset
SMAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
157
136
129
121
64
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
102
91
83
78
62
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
73.52
72.52
712
 4NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop)
72
66
61
58
64
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
78
72
69
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
154
141
125
106.52
49.52
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
157
138
1253
1073
493
 8*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
92
87
41
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
98
97
86
85
56
 11NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
157.52
128.52
113.52
922
39.52
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
1183
1033
937
867
375
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
154
126
112
83
40
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
92
76
34
 18AMD Radeon R9 Fury
116
102
91
68
37
 19AMD Radeon R9 Nano
143
112
98
71
36
 20NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
135
99
88
63
29
 21AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
97
86
78
62
31
 22NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
153
107
94
68
32
 27NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI
69
64
63
60
27
Pos      Model                                     Far Cry Primal
lowmed.highultra4k
 28NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
127.52
94.52
84.52
69.52
282
 31AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
133
95
85
59
28
 32*AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
85
75
69
55
25
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
1165
875
767
597
254
 34*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
81
71
53
22
 36NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
112
100
80
54.52
27
 39AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
54
26
 48AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
63
59
53
51
 51NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
983
713
633
463
20.52
 55NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
115
60
53
37
16
 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
53
40
17
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
135
61
54
41
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
904
564
49.54
364
16
 61NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
103
67
59
42
17
 69NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
125
57
51
38
15
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
94.52
482
422
30.52
 73AMD Radeon R7 370
47
33
13
 75NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
85
46
41
30
14
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
110
51
46
32
12
 83AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
106
48
43
29
13
Pos      Model                                     Far Cry Primal
lowmed.highultra4k
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
93.54
45.54
40.54
284
112
 89NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
76
39
34
25
11
 91AMD Radeon HD 8970M
101
50
44
35
 103AMD Radeon Pro 460
74
35
32
21
 105NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
724
33.54
29.54
21.54
92
 112NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
67.52
30.52
272
19.52
72
 113NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
612
27.52
242
18
 117*AMD Radeon Pro 555
76
31
28
 118*AMD Radeon Pro 455
70
32
30
20
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
59
29
26
18
8
 129*AMD Radeon Pro 450
29
26
17
 130NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
53.54
24.54
224
16.54
 133NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
56
25
22
15
6
 136AMD Radeon R9 M280X
40
29
26
19
 204NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
29
13
12
9
 206*NVIDIA Quadro M520
46
20
18
12
 207NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
325
145
134
102
 209NVIDIA GeForce 940M
292
13
12
 215AMD Radeon R7 M445
27
12
10
 226*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
15
9
8
Pos      Model                                     Far Cry Primal
lowmed.highultra4k
 227AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
31
14
 230NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
21
10
9
 231NVIDIA GeForce 930M
27
 232*Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
32
15
 233*Intel Iris Graphics 550
26.52
132
10
 235*NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
24
11
9
 238Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
28
13
 239Intel Iris Graphics 540
223
113
8
 269NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
21
10
 270AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
10
5
 271AMD Radeon R8 M365DX
18
6
 272*AMD Radeon R7 M460
22
10
8
7
 275AMD Radeon R7 M360
202
92
7.52
7
 280AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
23
10
9
 281AMD Radeon R7 M440
20.6
9.9
8.9
 288NVIDIA GeForce 920M
21
 290Intel HD Graphics 630
19
 292Intel HD Graphics 530
16
 296AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
13
8
 298*Intel UHD Graphics 620
19
Pos      Model                                     Far Cry Primal
lowmed.highultra4k
 299*Intel HD Graphics 620
182
92
8
 300AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
13.52
7
 331Intel HD Graphics 5600
16
8
 357AMD Radeon HD 8650G
17
 362NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
15
 366AMD Radeon R5 M330
19
9
8
5
 367AMD Radeon R5 M430
19
9
 368AMD Radeon R5 M255
22
10
8
 370NVIDIA GeForce 910M
16
8
7
5
 372Intel HD Graphics 520
152
72
6
4
 374NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
15
6
6
 393Intel HD Graphics 4600
132
62
 399*Intel HD Graphics 615
12
5
 440Intel HD Graphics 515
11
5
 441Intel HD Graphics 4400
12
 471Intel HD Graphics 5300
8
3
 472*Intel HD Graphics 505
3