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Fortnite Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 01/30/2018

Battle Royale. Epic Games' Fortnite is a new survival shooter and wants to join the success of PUBG. We check the hardware requirements of the colorful multiplayer title. Is a low-end PC sufficient or do you need a high-end GPU similar to PUBG?

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Fortnite

Graphics

A good copy is better than a bad original: Fortnite meets almost all the requirements for this motto. The gameplay is sometimes extremely similar to PlayerUnknown‘s Battlegrounds. After a short lobby phase, an aircraft brings you and other players (up to 99 in total) to a deserted island where you have to fight your rivals while the area gets smaller. You can either play alone, in teams, or squads. The biggest unique feature of Fortnite is the ability to build houses and barricades by collecting wood, stone or metal with your pickax. These constructions can create new tactical possibilities, either for movements or defense.

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The controls of Fortnite are much smoother compared to PUBG, which is not only a result of the higher basic speed and softer animations, but also the better overall performance. This is a bit surprising since both titles are based on the Unreal Engine 4. The differences in terms of texture quality should be one reason. PUBG does not really shine with crisp textures in the first place, but objects are much more detailed compared to Fortnite. The latter can, however, hide the muddy textures with its pleasing comic design, which is comparable to some titles from Blizzard (like Overwatch). Fortnite also convinces with an atmospheric day-night cycle and changing lighting conditions.

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There is not much to criticize about the graphics options. The corresponding menu consists of 14 settings, starting with the picture mode all the way up to an FPS counter, and they are applied without a restart. You can also choose an automatic mode or use one of four presets if you do not want to change them individually. The presets do not just change several quality settings, they also change the resolution. The low preset, for example, is only displayed in 480p, and the medium setting in 720p, which noticeably affects the sharpness. The performance is increased significantly in return though. There is an optional FPS limit for 30, 60, or 120 frames per second. A switch for VSync is obviously available as well.

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Fortnite can be installed via Epic Games launcher. The gaming platform is comparable to its rivals Steam, Uplay, and Origin, but it has more in common with Blizzard's Battlenet due to the limited number of games. Our test is based on the Free2Play version of Fortnite, which occupies about 16 GB on your hard drive right now, so it is similar to PUBG (13 GB). The developer could improve the loading and connection times, which are a slightly too long for our taste. We also encountered some error messages (not unlike PUBG), but Fortnite is currently still in an early-access state, so you should not be too critical here.

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Benchmarks

The PvE missions are not included in the F2P version and there is no replay feature according to our information, so we use the classic Battle Royale mode for our benchmarks. All players are thrown into a kind of lobby and can play around before the actual game starts. Because of the bigger spawn area and the 10 instead of 60-second countdown, it is unfortunately not easy to follow a certain sequence (see video) compared to PUBG, and there are some performance fluctuations even if it works. It is a fast first-person shooter, so the target result should be higher than 60 FPS. We would say you should at least manage 40 FPS to play Fortnite.

Results

If you ignore low and medium settings, which are often limited by the CPU on powerful systems (compare notebook and desktop versions of the GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080, for example), the frame rate depends on the performance of the graphics card.

Low Preset
Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Epic Preset
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Low Preset
Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Epic Preset
Epic Preset

You will need an upper mainstream GPU like the GeForce GTX 1050 if you want to play Fortnite at high settings and 1080p. A combination of Full HD and the Epic preset requires a GeForce GTX 970M or better, while more expensive GPUs only pay off at higher resolutions. QHD panels (2560x1440 pixels) require a GeForce GTX 1060 or better, and at least a GeForce GTX 1080 is needed for 4K displays (3840x2160 pixels). The requirements are still moderate if you take in all the results. The main rival PUBG performs much worse and suffers from annoying performance drops.

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Fortnite
    3840x2160 Epic Preset     2560x1440 Epic Preset     1920x1080 Epic Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
51.4 (min: 49) fps ∼80%
107 (min: 99) fps ∼91%
163 (min: 148) fps ∼82%
203 (min: 181) fps ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
45.7 (min: 43) fps ∼71%
95.3 (min: 88) fps ∼81%
146 (min: 131) fps ∼74%
199 (min: 191) fps ∼85%
285 (min: 236) fps ∼76%
327 (min: 258) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
41.8 (min: 40) fps ∼65%
87.5 (min: 82) fps ∼75%
123 (min: 114) fps ∼62%
141 (min: 117) fps ∼60%
143 (min: 123) fps ∼38%
214 (min: 190) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition
36 (min: 32) fps ∼56%
72 (min: 61) fps ∼62%
109 (min: 78) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
39.3 (min: 37) fps ∼61%
78.8 (min: 74) fps ∼67%
129 (min: 122) fps ∼65%
181 (min: 170) fps ∼77%
286 (min: 202) fps ∼76%
317 (min: 281) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
35 (min: 32) fps ∼55%
73.1 (min: 69) fps ∼62%
111 (min: 93) fps ∼56%
140 (min: 101) fps ∼60%
151 (min: 121) fps ∼40%
288 (min: 194) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
32 (min: 31) fps ∼50%
88 (min: 77) fps ∼44%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
25.3 (min: 23) fps ∼40%
72 (min: 63) fps ∼36%
95 (min: 67) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
26.4 (min: 25) fps ∼41%
53.7 (min: 50) fps ∼46%
90.8 (min: 84) fps ∼46%
117 (min: 106) fps ∼50%
246 (min: 218) fps ∼66%
345 (min: 269) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
25.3 (min: 23) fps ∼40%
53.1 (min: 50) fps ∼45%
91.4 (min: 88) fps ∼46%
116 (min: 110) fps ∼49%
242 (min: 218) fps ∼65%
316 (min: 292) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
23.6 (min: 22) fps ∼37%
50.3 (min: 47) fps ∼43%
80.4 (min: 75) fps ∼41%
105 (min: 97) fps ∼45%
177 (min: 153) fps ∼47%
208 (min: 177) fps ∼40%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
18.4 (min: 14) fps ∼29%
38.9 (min: 35) fps ∼33%
64.5 (min: 51) fps ∼33%
79 (min: 68) fps ∼34%
207 (min: 181) fps ∼55%
346 (min: 240) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
18.8 (min: 17) fps ∼29%
39.8 (min: 37) fps ∼34%
62.8 (min: 58) fps ∼32%
85.9 (min: 81) fps ∼37%
178 (min: 166) fps ∼47%
214 (min: 182) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC
22 (min: 18) fps ∼34%
60 (min: 52) fps ∼30%
82 (min: 60) fps ∼35%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
17.3 (min: 13) fps ∼27%
58.9 (min: 44) fps ∼30%
88 (min: 74) fps ∼37%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 4790K
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X
47.5 (min: 39) fps ∼24%
60 (min: 51) fps ∼26%
158 (min: 113) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
12.5 (min: 9) fps ∼20%
44.8 (min: 36) fps ∼23%
65 (min: 53) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
8.8 (min: 7) fps ∼14%
28.8 (min: 25) fps ∼25%
45.1 (min: 41) fps ∼23%
61 (min: 56) fps ∼26%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
30.2 (min: 24) fps ∼15%
41 (min: 28) fps ∼17%
106 (min: 79) fps ∼28%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
31 (min: 22) fps ∼16%
39.1 (min: 31) fps ∼17%
116 (min: 88) fps ∼31%
313 (min: 221) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
14.4 (min: 13) fps ∼23%
30.8 (min: 28) fps ∼26%
49.2 (min: 46) fps ∼25%
64.6 (min: 60) fps ∼27%
163 (min: 140) fps ∼43%
230 (min: 197) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
9.8 (min: 9) fps ∼15%
24.7 (min: 23) fps ∼21%
38.7 (min: 35) fps ∼20%
51.1 (min: 46) fps ∼22%
128 (min: 108) fps ∼34%
181 (min: 152) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
40 (min: 37) fps ∼20%
51 (min: 47) fps ∼22%
135 (min: 98) fps ∼36%
187 (min: 140) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
3.7 (min: 2) fps ∼6%
18.7 (min: 17) fps ∼16%
34.2 (min: 27) fps ∼17%
34.2 (min: 27) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
5.1 (min: 3) fps ∼8%
17.8 (min: 16) fps ∼15%
30.5 (min: 28) fps ∼15%
39.8 (min: 36) fps ∼17%
99.1 (min: 89) fps ∼26%
160 (min: 135) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
21.8 (min: 21) fps ∼11%
23.8 (min: 20) fps ∼10%
65 (min: 56) fps ∼17%
196 (min: 130) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
25 (min: 23) fps ∼13%
33.5 (min: 31) fps ∼14%
86.7 (min: 81) fps ∼23%
163 (min: 127) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
9.5 (min: 8) fps ∼5%
12.8 (min: 11) fps ∼5%
43.7 (min: 37) fps ∼12%
111 (min: 93) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
12.2 (min: 11) fps ∼5%
35.7 (min: 31) fps ∼10%
122 (min: 107) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
29 (min: 23) fps ∼8%
66 (min: 43) fps ∼13%
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
35.3 (min: 13) fps ∼7%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     Fortnite
 Fortnite (2018)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Epic Preset
4k
3840x2160
Epic Preset
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
203
163
51.4
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
370.8
210.2
198.8
169.6
60.2
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
327
285
199
146
45.7
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
214
143
200.54
1504
41.62
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
109
36
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
317
286
181
129
39.3
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
258
188
127
109
33.5
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
288
151
1423
1113
34.852
 17NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
88
32
 18NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
122
101
 21AMD Radeon R9 Fury
95
72
25.3
 23NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
316
242
116
91.4
25.3
 24AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
348.3
130.2
105.4
80.2
23.2
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
345
246
117
90.8
26.4
 31AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
346
207
79
64.5
18.4
 32NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
208
177
102.32
78.952
23.152
 35AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
238.5
183.1
80.6
59.5
 40NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
82
60
22
 45AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
88
58.9
17.3
Pos      Model                                     Fortnite
lowmed.highultra4k
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
214
178
85.9
62.8
18.8
 60AMD Radeon R9 280X
158
60
47.5
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
70.12
51.552
8.8
 65NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
65
44.8
12.5
 66NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
230
163
64.6
49.2
14.4
 77NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
53.3
42
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
1842
131.52
51.052
39.352
9.8
 82AMD Radeon R7 370
106
41
30.2
 93AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
313
116
39.1
31
 96NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
34.2
34.2
3.7
 114NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
160
99.1
39.8
30.5
5.1
 121AMD Radeon Pro 555
82
28.8
22.9
 123NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
162.4
47
36
24.5
 124NVIDIA GeForce MX150
1942
81.352
32.952
24.32
 140NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
196
65
23.8
21.8
 148*AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
183
86
30.8
 221NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
111
43.7
12.8
9.5
 223*AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
136.52
42.352
20.42
9.1
 224NVIDIA GeForce 940M
122
35.7
12.2
 246NVIDIA GeForce 930M
56.8
Pos      Model                                     Fortnite
lowmed.highultra4k
 252NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
76.7
21.2
14.5
11.4
 293NVIDIA GeForce 920M
66
29
 309Intel HD Graphics 630
68
24.2
 311Intel HD Graphics 530
45
19.5
 314AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
29.4
9
 315Intel UHD Graphics 620
53.6
22.4
7.6
 316Intel HD Graphics 620
39.1
10.1
 385AMD Radeon R5 M255
40.1
14.3
 390Intel HD Graphics 520
25.8
7.1
 392NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
38
13.1
 412Intel HD Graphics 4600
39.6
12.4
 414Intel HD Graphics 5500
72.6
 421*Intel HD Graphics 615
35.3
 463Intel HD Graphics 4400
46.5
11
 464*Intel HD Graphics 610
26
* 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

System GPU CPU 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
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 Display Nvidia driver AMD driver
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 390.65 Adrenalin 18.1.1
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Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.