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Final Fantasy XV Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Alex Alderson), 02/07/2018

Heavyweight. Final Fantasy XV is due for release on PC next month, after console owners have been enjoying the open-world roleplaying game since the end of 2016. In the meantime, Square Enix have released a benchmarking tool as a way to shorten the wait for fans of the series. Update: Benchmarks of the final version

Final Fantasy XV

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While we cannot yet judge the Windows version of the Luminous Engine which underpins Final Fantasy XV, such as the implementation of keyboard controls, the engine convinces us visually despite its hefty System requirements. As demonstrated in the screenshots and video below, Final Fantasy XV impresses on the PC with its enormous draw distance, thick vegetation and its attention to detail.

Added to that is the unique design, which while potentially looking somewhat strange for Western gamers at first, feels fresh and atmospheric. Moreover, when the texture quality is set to higher levels, Final Fantasy XV competes with the open-world competition, examples being Assassin's Creed Origins, Ghost Recon Wildlands and The Witcher 3.

Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV

The benchmark tool includes options to test at three resolutions and with three qualitative presets. The resolutions are 1,280 x 720, 1,920 x 1,080, or 3,840 x 2,160 in windowed or full screen mode, and Lite, Standard and High qualitative presets. These vary the levels of antialiasing, draw distance, effects, lighting, shadows, and sharpness among others. Our editorial staff would consider good graphics to be at medium settings, while they consider high to maximum settings look first-class save for minor exceptions.

Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV

Meanwhile, the benchmark's built-in scoring system is contentious. Unusually, instead of distributing the refresh rate, the benchmark calculates a score and splits benchmarked machines into eight categories. The benchmark considers a system with a score of under two thousand points to render Final Fantasy XV unplayable, whereas a score of twelve thousand points is recommended for optimum performance. In our editorial staff's experience, a score of four and half thousand points or more is needed to play the game at relatively high settings and still at over forty frames per second.

There are several tables on the Square Enix benchmark homepage, which can compare your system's score with other graphics cards. This makes it easy to see whether your system's score is normal or below average.

Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV

As is the case with most games, Final Fantasy is GPU-heavy, with the CPU being a limiting factor when playing at lower qualities and resolutions. Bear in mind that one pass of the benchmark took, on average, in excess of six minutes. Integrated benchmarks typically are finished in under half that time. Our editorial staff would therefore recommend a greater degree of patience than usual when letting the Final Fantasy XV benchmark run.

Benchmarks

The high system requirements mean that Final Fantasy XV is unsuitable to be played on budget office and multimedia devices that have only a processor based or low-end dedicated GPU. Even a GeForce GTX 960M or GTX 1050 can only comfortably manage minimal details set at a resolution of 1,280 x 720. Moreover, our editorial staff could only consistently achieve forty FPS at 1,920 x 1,080 on Standard when using a minimum of a GeForce GTX 980M.

Lite Quality 720p
Lite Quality 720p
Standard Quality 1080p
Standard Quality 1080p
High Quality 1080p
High Quality 1080p
High Quality 2160p
High Quality 2160p
Lite Quality 720p
Lite Quality 720p
Standard Quality 1080p
Standard Quality 1080p
High Quality 1080p
High Quality 1080p
High Quality 2160p
High Quality 2160p

As may be expected, playing the game at the highest settings is out of reach for all but a few graphics cards. Playing comfortably at 1,920 x 1,080 on High required at least a GeForce GTX 980 or GTX 1060. While not officially supported by the benchmark, laptops with a GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 should sufficiently run at 2,560 x 1,440. By contrast, 3,840 x 2,160 currently overwhelms all notebook GPUs and even gives a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti a run for its money.

Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
    3840x2160 High Quality     1920x1080 High Quality     1920x1080 Standard Quality     1280x720 Lite Quality
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
42.3 (min: 31) fps ∼66%
92 fps ∼63%
129 (min: 89) fps ∼76%
173 (min: 112) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
34 fps ∼53%
77.2 (min: 24) fps ∼53%
108 (min: 76) fps ∼64%
160 (min: 115) fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
30.4 (min: 22) fps ∼48%
69 fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
31.8 fps ∼50%
64.2 (min: 23) fps ∼44%
83.3 (min: 61) fps ∼49%
97.6 (min: 63) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
28.1 fps ∼44%
63 (min: 19) fps ∼43%
89.9 (min: 68) fps ∼53%
149 (min: 106) fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
24.9 fps ∼39%
58.2 (min: 17) fps ∼40%
82.8 (min: 54) fps ∼49%
134 (min: 88) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
24.8 fps ∼39%
55.1 (min: 35) fps ∼37%
78 (min: 52) fps ∼46%
136 (min: 92) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
18.4 fps ∼29%
43.4 (min: 12) fps ∼30%
61.5 (min: 50) fps ∼36%
118 (min: 84) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
17.1 fps ∼27%
44.6 (min: 10) fps ∼30%
63 (min: 46) fps ∼37%
121 (min: 80) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
16.7 fps ∼26%
41 (min: 3) fps ∼28%
58.6 (min: 46) fps ∼35%
110 (min: 54) fps ∼50%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
14.2 (min: 2) fps ∼22%
30.4 (min: 3) fps ∼21%
55.9 (min: 41) fps ∼33%
98 (min: 39) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC
12.8 fps ∼20%
35.6 (min: 21) fps ∼24%
55.3 (min: 40) fps ∼33%
101 (min: 74) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
12.7 fps ∼20%
34.2 (min: 3) fps ∼23%
50.2 (min: 39) fps ∼30%
95.4 (min: 56) fps ∼44%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
25.6 (min: 3) fps ∼17%
50.2 (min: 36) fps ∼30%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 4790K
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X
40.8 (min: 27) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
9.1 fps ∼14%
25.3 (min: 4) fps ∼17%
37.1 (min: 27) fps ∼22%
74.2 (min: 37) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
23.4 fps ∼16%
37.1 (min: 25) fps ∼22%
74 (min: 54) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
22.7 fps ∼15%
33.3 (min: 26) fps ∼20%
62 (min: 41) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
20 fps ∼14%
30.7 (min: 23) fps ∼18%
62 (min: 37) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
7.6 fps ∼12%
19.7 (min: 2) fps ∼13%
30.7 (min: 21) fps ∼18%
56.1 (min: 24) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
18.6 fps ∼13%
30.2 (min: 22) fps ∼18%
62 (min: 27) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop), 4790K
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
3 fps ∼5%
15.5 fps ∼11%
26.2 (min: 20) fps ∼16%
54 (min: 39) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
3.9 fps ∼6%
13.8 fps ∼9%
22.6 (min: 15) fps ∼13%
44.7 (min: 16) fps ∼21%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
12.9 (min: 2) fps ∼9%
26.4 (min: 16) fps ∼16%
52.3 (min: 38) fps ∼24%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
21.4 (min: 16) fps ∼13%
51.8 (min: 34) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
11.9 fps ∼8%
19 (min: 14) fps ∼11%
38 (min: 22) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
10 fps ∼7%
17.3 (min: 12) fps ∼10%
35 (min: 15) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
5.9 fps ∼4%
8.9 (min: 7) fps ∼5%
18.1 (min: 4) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
17.9 fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
13.4 fps ∼6%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
10.3 (min: 2) fps ∼5%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
4.3 fps ∼3%
8.3 fps ∼4%

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Update

We have been able to look at the final version of the game given that Final Fantasy XV has now been released on PC. As the benchmark had already suggested, graphically Final Fantasy XV looks first-class. The screenshots below are at maximum details.

It is worth bearing in mind that you will need to have plenty of storage to appreciate the full Final Fantasy XV experience. The game requires 148 GB of storage including the freely available high-resolution DLC. Because of this record-breaking storage requirement, we installed Final Fantasy XV onto an external HDD rather than on our test equipment SSDs. This resulted in extremely high load times.

Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV

Conversely, the retail version has many graphics options, all of which can be applied without restarting the game and are outlined by text. NVIDIA GPU owners should be pleased by the Gameworks effects, which include HairWorks, VXAO, TurfEffects, and ShadowLibs.

Together with the aforementioned high-resolution content, Final Fantasy XV is a beautiful game which tests hardware to its limits. Accordingly, Final Fantasy XV is heavy on RAM and video memory. Konami includes an optional FPS counter which provides various information to better understand the extent to which your system is being tested.

Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV

Speaking of that: Konami has implemented maximum frame rate limit of 120 FPS. During our testing, we rarely encountered technical problems, although on some devices we noticed strong stutters every now and again irrespective of settings.

We have re-tested Final Fantasy XV against some graphics cards to give you a better impression of the game’s final performance. We tested performance at medium to high quality, driving between the ‘Outpost Hammerhead’ and the quest location ‘The Errand Prince’. The settings used in this test are listed in the leftmost section of the table below.

Graphics card HD Graphics 630 (7700HQ) GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5) GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5) GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
1.920 x 1.080, Highest Preset, High-Res DLC, Nvidia Gameworks Effects 1.2 FPS 12 FPS 24 FPS 30 FPS 39 FPS 54 FPS 57 FPS 59 FPS
2.560 x 1.440, Highest Preset, High-Res DLC, Nvidia Gameworks Effects - 9 FPS 17 FPS 20 FPS 25 FPS 37 FPS 42 FPS 41 FPS

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
 Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018)
low
1280x720
Lite Quality
med.
1920x1080
Standard Quality
high
1920x1080
High Quality
4k
3840x2160
High Quality
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
173
129
92
42.33
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
148.9
124.7
91
43.5
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
160
108
693
32.22
 7*AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
137.554
85.054
58.55
27.75
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
97.6
83.3
764
31.82
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
146
87
63
27.7
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
149
89.9
63
28.1
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
130
86
64
27.2
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
134
82.8
55.754
24.52
 18NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
136
78
55.1
24.8
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
50.62
 24NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
121
63
44.6
17.1
 25AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
106.5
60.1
31.9
15
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
118
61.5
43.4
18.4
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
98
55.9
30.4
14.2
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
110
60.52
415
16.552
 39*AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
81.8
41.2
20.4
 41NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
101
55.3
35.6
12.8
 42NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
73
47.2
33.9
14.6
Pos      Model                                     Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
lowmed.high4k
 46AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
50.2
25.6
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
95.4
50.2
34.2
12.7
 60*AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870
9
 61AMD Radeon R9 280X
40.8
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
65.82
37.43
24.63
 66NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
62
33.3
22.7
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
74.2
37.1
25.3
9.1
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
54
26.2
15.5
3
 79NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
59.054
30.454
19.154
7.6
 83AMD Radeon R7 370
51.8
21.4
 88*AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
54.4
26.1
6.5
 95AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
52.3
26.4
12.9
 98NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
62
30.7
20
 116NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
44.7
22.6
13.8
3.9
 123AMD Radeon Pro 555
35.5
16.7
3.7
 125NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
32
15.3
 126NVIDIA GeForce MX150
29.35
14.654
8.254
 133*AMD Radeon RX 540
24.5
9.2
4.1
 134*AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Mobile
9
4
 143NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
38
19
11.9
Pos      Model                                     Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
lowmed.high4k
 150AMD Radeon R9 M280X
10.3
 151*AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
31.13
16.43
 223NVIDIA GeForce MX130
22.5
 224NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
18.1
8.9
5.9
 226*AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
23.552
122
5.1
 227NVIDIA GeForce 940M
17.9
 249NVIDIA GeForce 930M
15.7
 255NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
17.3
8.2
5
 296NVIDIA GeForce 920M
13.4
 311Intel UHD Graphics 630
9.5
4.8
 312Intel HD Graphics 630
9.752
4.3
 314Intel HD Graphics 530
9.3
 317AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
8
4
 318Intel UHD Graphics 620
9.64
4.62
2.6
 319Intel HD Graphics 620
8.9
 351Intel HD Graphics 5600
8.7
 388AMD Radeon R5 M255
11.8
 392*AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
11.7
5.5
 393Intel HD Graphics 520
7
 394Intel Iris Graphics 6100
9.4
Pos      Model                                     Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
lowmed.high4k
 395NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
9.5
 415Intel HD Graphics 4600
9.6
 417Intel HD Graphics 5500
16.1
 466Intel HD Graphics 4400
9.1
 467*Intel HD Graphics 610
6.1
 516AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
5.5
* 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
Alienware 17 R4 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 1 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 (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 390.77 Adrenalin 18.2.1
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Florian Glaser, 2018-02- 7 (Update: 2018-03-20)