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For Honor Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, Klaus Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 02/23/2017

Trinity. After Rainbow Six Siege and The Division, Ubisoft releases their next Triple-A title, which focuses primarily on riveting multiplayer battlers. Knights, Samurai and Vikings - For Honor actually pits three different factions against each other. Our review focuses primarily on how different GPUs handle the various swinging swords, katanas and axes.

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Graphics

Not surprisingly, Ubisoft once again relies on their own AnvilNext Engine, which the company uses for various other titles its lineup in either a beefed-up or pared-down version (Assassin‘s Creed-series, Rainbow Six SiegeSteepGhost Recon Wildlands, ...). From a technical standpoint, For Honor leaves us with a good to very good impression. The textures are largely sharp and the intricate details as well as the good-looking effects are other positive attributes. The gaming universe, which is based on medieval times, contains plenty of atmosphere.

One of the game's most differentiating attributes is the combat system, which seems to follow the principle "easy to learn, but difficult to master". Thanks to the multitude of maneuvers and varied as well as nicely choreographed animations and finishing moves, For Honor doesn't feel stale and routine nearly as quickly as the hack-and-slash competitor Ryse from Crytek (which features quite similar gameplay). The standard opponents in single player mode, however, do get boring after a while and might invite the user to just keep on clicking. Speaking of single player mode: For Honor requires a constant online connection, even though this shouldn't be necessary unless the game is running in multi player or in co-op mode.

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The developers did a good job with the options menu. In order to avoid crowding, the options are separated into two separate menus. The Display tab allows for monitor adjustments like mode, resolution, frequency, vertical synchronization, field of view, and contrast.    

The Graphics tab allows the user to change ten options - texture filter, anti-aliasing (FXAA, SMAA, TAA), ambient occlusion and motion blur, among others - which are explained at length in some cases. We recommend to leave "render scaling" at 100 % if at all possible, since the picture tends to be fuzzy otherwise.

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Users who don't want to spend a lot of time fine-tuning the game can just simply use one of the four quality presets. We used the highest preset called "Extreme" for our screenshots as well as the benchmark video. Except for the extremely demanding SSAA, all other settings are set to their respective maximum here, which results in an outstanding visual experience. The comparison photos below show that shadows don't quite look as clean on "High".

The preset "Medium" is almost indistinguishable from "High", which translate into a marginal gain in performance. The "Low" setting - and hence minimum details - results in a significant loss in texture quality and also in atmosphere, since both ambient occlusion and anti-aliasing are turned off and the shadows are weak to boot. We'd never call For Honor ugly, though - particularly in light  of the frame rates, which increase significantly at the lowest settings.

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An indicator within the options menu shows how much VRAM is going to be needed. Compared to other games released in 2016 and 2017 (examples: Resident Evil 7Call of Duty Infinite WarfareDeus Ex Mankind Divided, ...), For Honor doesn't require too much video RAM. With the preset "Extreme" active, the game uses 2 GB for Full-HD and 4 GB for 4K resolution.

Most of the settings can be adjusted while a game is running, but some require switching back to the main menu. A restart of the game is seemingly never necessary  - a good thing, considering the long initial load time and the fact that the intro videos can't be skipped. Within the game, the load times are acceptable (we tested with both HDDs and SSDs).

Options
Options
Display
Display
Graphics - Extreme
Graphics - Extreme
Graphics - High
Graphics - High
Graphics - Medium
Graphics - Medium
Graphics - Low
Graphics - Low

We didn't run into any technical issues during benchmarking and when playing, although For Honor didn't run properly in fullscreen mode when using Nvidia's Optimus technology and refused to run with the integrated GPU altogether. This is particularly surprising because the title is part of Nvidia's gaming program "The way it‘s meant to be played" and we had the newest driver (ForceWare 378.66) installed as well. 

Otherwise, we didn't encounter any anomalies like graphic errors or crashes. At the time of writing, For Honor requires about 36 GB of disk space. The download itself is 32 GB - a so-so result, considering modern games usually require between 10 and 70 GB.

Benchmark

Just like Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege and The Division, For Honor comes with an integrated benchmark test, which can be accessed using the graphics menu. The sequence consists of a 70 second camera sweep through and above a battlefield. Because of the numerous effects (fire, smoke, explosions, physics etc.) and rapid camera movement, this benchmark is almost a "worst case scenario". During the first few single player missions, our primary test rig (MSI GT62VR 6RD with Core i7-6820HK & GeForce GTX 1060) averaged a frame rate plus of 10 % compared to the benchmark sequence.

We appreciate the analysis at the end of the test, which shows the minimum, average and maximum fps (and even a breakdown into different zones). Values below 45 appear in orange and those below 30 in red. For multiplayer gaming we recommend at least 40 fps, even though the third-person perspective isn't quite as sensitive to frame rates. For single player mode, a lower frame rate might be acceptable as well.

Results

To play For Honor at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, a current top-of-the-line GPU is needed. GeForce GTX 1070 is required to push the preset "High" beyond 40 fps. The notebook standard resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels has much lower demands. The setting "Extreme" runs without stutters with a GeForce GTX 970M or better; the preset "High" requires a GeForce GTX 965M and "Medium" at least a GeForce GTX 960M.

Extreme Preset
Extreme Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
Low Preset
Low Preset

Benchmark tests with less powerful Nvidia, Intel and AMD GPUs are going to follow in the next days/weeks. Entry-level and inexpensive or older midrange GPUs are likely only going to work at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and at low to medium settings.

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    3840x2160 Extreme Preset AA:T AF:16x     3840x2160 High Preset AA:T AF:8x     1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:T AF:16x     1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:8x     1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:T AF:4x     1366x768 Medium Preset AA:T AF:4x     1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
60.5 (min: 36) fps ∼62%
139 (min: 75) fps ∼78%
189 (min: 148) fps ∼79%
198 (min: 157) fps ∼79%
271 (min: 172) fps ∼97%
305 (min: 194) fps ∼92%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
49.5 (min: 31) fps ∼51%
115 (min: 74) fps ∼64%
157 (min: 117) fps ∼65%
166 (min: 129) fps ∼66%
253 (min: 160) fps ∼91%
302 (min: 170) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
43.4 (min: 34) fps ∼45%
108 (min: 78) fps ∼60%
146 (min: 119) fps ∼61%
154 (min: 122) fps ∼61%
218 (min: 142) fps ∼78%
242 (min: 160) fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
33.2 (min: 24) fps ∼60%
47.7 (min: 37) fps ∼49%
108 (min: 81) fps ∼60%
148 (min: 119) fps ∼62%
158 (min: 125) fps ∼63%
241 (min: 187) fps ∼86%
293 (min: 166) fps ∼88%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
35.3 (min: 28) fps ∼36%
83.1 (min: 61) fps ∼46%
115 (min: 93) fps ∼48%
121 (min: 98) fps ∼48%
198 (min: 140) fps ∼71%
279 (min: 188) fps ∼84%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
33.4 (min: 26) fps ∼34%
78.7 (min: 47) fps ∼44%
108 (min: 88) fps ∼45%
116 (min: 91) fps ∼46%
190 (min: 142) fps ∼68%
275 (min: 194) fps ∼83%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
30 (min: 23) fps ∼31%
72.4 (min: 41) fps ∼40%
99.8 (min: 61) fps ∼42%
105 (min: 67) fps ∼42%
173 (min: 113) fps ∼62%
212 (min: 145) fps ∼64%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
22.3 (min: 17) fps ∼41%
31.6 (min: 25) fps ∼32%
77 (min: 58) fps ∼43%
107 (min: 86) fps ∼45%
112 (min: 91) fps ∼45%
268 (min: 197) fps ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC
21.8 (min: 15) fps ∼40%
31.8 (min: 25) fps ∼33%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
20.6 (min: 16) fps ∼37%
29.6 (min: 24) fps ∼30%
69.8 (min: 53) fps ∼39%
97 (min: 80) fps ∼40%
102 (min: 79) fps ∼41%
244 (min: 175) fps ∼73%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
33.6 (min: 28) fps ∼34%
76.5 (min: 60) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
23.8 (min: 19) fps ∼24%
58.8 (min: 37) fps ∼33%
80.1 (min: 56) fps ∼33%
85.4 (min: 58) fps ∼34%
159 (min: 104) fps ∼57%
202 (min: 124) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
19.7 (min: 15) fps ∼20%
48.9 (min: 35) fps ∼27%
68 (min: 54) fps ∼28%
71.4 (min: 58) fps ∼28%
198 (min: 152) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
18.5 (min: 14) fps ∼19%
45.8 (min: 34) fps ∼26%
63.4 (min: 36) fps ∼26%
67 (min: 45) fps ∼27%
126 (min: 88) fps ∼45%
179 (min: 120) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
45.8 (min: 33) fps ∼26%
62.9 (min: 51) fps ∼26%
66.2 (min: 53) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop), 4790K
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
13.5 (min: 10) fps ∼14%
42.8 (min: 31) fps ∼24%
53.2 (min: 42) fps ∼22%
64.5 (min: 52) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GL62 7RD
39 (min: 27) fps ∼22%
53.6 (min: 43) fps ∼22%
57.5 (min: 45) fps ∼23%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
35 (min: 26) fps ∼20%
50.6 (min: 41) fps ∼21%
52.8 (min: 42) fps ∼21%
142 (min: 111) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
36.8 (min: 26) fps ∼21%
49.9 (min: 39) fps ∼21%
52.6 (min: 42) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
10.8 (min: 9) fps ∼11%
27.1 (min: 20) fps ∼15%
38.6 (min: 30) fps ∼16%
41.1 (min: 33) fps ∼16%
78.5 (min: 60) fps ∼28%
111 (min: 86) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
22.7 (min: 16) fps ∼13%
33.2 (min: 26) fps ∼14%
35.3 (min: 28) fps ∼14%
94 (min: 56) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
10.5 (min: 8) fps ∼6%
13.9 (min: 11) fps ∼6%
14.4 (min: 12) fps ∼6%
44.4 (min: 32) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
13.8 (min: 11) fps ∼6%
14.3 (min: 12) fps ∼6%
25.8 (min: 21) fps ∼9%
43.9 (min: 35) fps ∼13%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
21.5 (min: 13) fps ∼12%
25.9 (min: 17) fps ∼11%
28.6 (min: 18) fps ∼11%
45.8 (min: 33) fps ∼16%
67 (min: 45) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
34.4 (min: 26) fps ∼10%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     For Honor
 For Honor (2017)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
4xAF TAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
8xAF TAA
ultra
1920x1080
Extreme Preset
16xAF TAA
4k
3840x2160
High Preset
8xAF TAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
22714
2177
2176
1746
77.713
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
248
219
213
176
79
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
305
198
189
139
60.5
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
265.6
190.1
177.53
134.93
59.43
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
302
166
157
115
49.5
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
242
154
1463
1083
43.52
 11NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
293
158
148
108
47.7
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
279
121
115
83.1
35.3
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
275
116
108
78.7
33.4
 23AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
268
112
107
77
31.6
 25NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
178.52
105
94.84
70.554
30
 27NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
31.8
 30AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
244
101.22
96.752
68.72
29.6
 35AMD Radeon R9 290X
76.5
33.6
 42NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
202
85.4
80.1
58.8
23.8
 47NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
159.8
664
62.54
45.954
 48NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
198
71.4
68
48.9
19.7
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
179
67
63.4
45.8
18.5
 60NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
64.5
53.2
42.8
13.5
Pos      Model                                     For Honor
lowmed.highultra4k
 61NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
146.8
58.82
55.32
39.82
 74AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
142
52.8
50.6
35
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
52.6
49.9
36.8
 79NVIDIA Quadro M2200
78
52.3
50.5
36.2
 95NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
111
41.1
38.6
27.1
10.8
 118*AMD Radeon Pro 450
82.3
29.3
27.9
19.4
 119NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
94
35.3
33.2
22.7
 125AMD Radeon R9 M280X
67
28.6
25.9
21.5
 195NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
47.552
16.32
15.652
11.72
 197NVIDIA GeForce 940M
43.9
14.3
13.8
 206*NVIDIA Quadro M600M
36.3
24.6
23.1
16
 214*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
20.6
7.1
 215AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
40.6
14.9
 256AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
32
11.7
 266AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
28.9
10.5
 274NVIDIA GeForce 920M
34.4
 276Intel HD Graphics 630
26.7
10.3
 278Intel HD Graphics 530
23.8
8.4
 283AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
19.9
7.3
 284*Intel HD Graphics 620
23.4
8.9
Pos      Model                                     For Honor
lowmed.highultra4k
 316Intel HD Graphics 5600
21.9
8.5
 353AMD Radeon R5 M255
29.3
17.1
 357Intel HD Graphics 520
17.42
7.4
 359NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
24.7
14.3
 378Intel HD Graphics 4600
11.1
 384*Intel HD Graphics 615
16.8
6.2
 425Intel HD Graphics 515
17.2
6.6
 426Intel HD Graphics 4400
13.1
 457*Intel HD Graphics 505
12.1
 474AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
14.5
4.9
* 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

Desktop PCs Platform I Platform II
Mainboard Asus Z170-A Asus Z97-Deluxe
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Intel Core i7-4790K (Haswell)
GPU 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)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 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)
RAM 2x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Crucial MX100 SSD (256 GB)
Crucial M500 SSD (480 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
OCZ Trion 150 SSD (960 GB)
Intel SSD 530 (240 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Schenker Notebooks Schenker W504 Schenker XMG A505 Schenker S413
Mainboard Intel HM87 Intel HM87 Intel HM87
Processor Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4720HQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4750HQ (Haswell)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M (8 GB GDDR5)
GTX 970M (6 GB GDDR5)
GTX 880M (8 GB GDDR5)
GTX 870M (6 GB GDDR5)
GTX 860M Kepler (4 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
RAM 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Samsung SSD 840 EVO (250 GB) Micron M600 SSD (128 GB)
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HDD (1000 GB)
Intel SSD
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
MSI Notebooks MSI GT62VR MSI GE72 MSI PE60 MSI GP62 MSI CX61 MSI CX61 MSI GE 72 7RE-046 MSI GL62 7RD
Prozessor Intel Core i7-6820HK (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-5700HQ (Broadwell) Intel Celeron 2970M (Haswell) Intel Core i5-4200M (Haswell) Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Kaby Lake)
Grafikkarte Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2016 (2 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce GT 720M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Arbeitsspeicher 4 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 1 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2 x 4 GB DDR4-2133 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 2 x 4 GB DDR4 2 x 4 GB DDR4
Massenspeicher Samsung NVMe MZVPV128 SSD (128 GB) Toshiba THNSNJ128G8NU SSD (128 GB)
WDC WD10JPVX HDD (1.000 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
Toshiba MQ01ABF050 HDD (500 GB) WDC Scorpio Blue HDD (1.000 GB) Samsung SSD, Toshiba Trion 150 SSD Samsung SSD, Toshiba Trion 150 SSD
Betriebssystem Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Windows 10 64 Bit Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus Notebooks Asus G752VS Asus N551ZU
Mainboard Intel CM236 AMD K15.1
Processor Intel Core i7-6820HK (Skylake) AMD FX-7600P (Kaveri)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5)
RAM 4x 16 GB DDR4-2400 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7 SSD (512 GB) Samsung SSD 830 (256 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Monitor Nvidia driver AMD driver Intel driver
2 x Asus PB287Q ForceWare 378.66 Crimson 17.2.1 15.40.28.4501
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Florian Glaser, Klaus Hinum, 2017-02-23 (Update: 2017-03- 7)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).