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GRID Autosport Benchmarked

Pedal to the metal. In line with the current trend, racing-game expert Codemasters follows up successful games with sequels and releases at least one flagship product every year. The latest addition to the simulator series, GRID Autosport, is intended to be a very comprehensive package which offers a lot of variety. Our review is predominantly aimed at notebook users who would like to know how much horsepower is actually needed to guarantee a smooth gaming experience.

Technology

For the original German article, see here.

GRID Autosport is based on Codemasters' own EGO engine (now in version 3), which has seen many improvements and optimizations over the years.  Although there aren't really any obvious differences between the new game and the previous generation at first glance (GRID 2 had very similar hardware requirements as well), the overall visual appearance doesn't have to hide from the competition.

In addition to various textures as well as light and shadow effects, most of the different race cars compare well to those offered by the competing racing game Need for Speed Rivals from 2013. There's no question that there is still room for improvement in some areas, however.

The standout feature and a major plus of GRID Autosport is the highly adjustable graphics menu. While Need for Speed Rivals only offers a handful of options, Codemasters' product has more than 20 of them, which allow the user to tailor the game to his or her liking. In addition, there are 5 presets (Ultra Low to Ultra) and several anti-aliasing options. Aside from CMAA and MSAA, GRID Autosport also supports (Q)CSAA and EQAA, although the latter two options are reserved for  Nvidia and AMD, respectively.

Great: since all graphics options can be adjusted on the fly, the user doesn't have to stop and restart the game after each and every adjustment. We don't really like the fact that the menus are nested within each other, however. Although we've seen this practice in the past, it makes operation a bit convoluted and not as smooth as it could be.

Aside from a few software crashes and freezes in some scenes, which we weren't able to reproduce, the technology seems up to par. AMD notebooks therefore shouldn't have start-up issues like we experienced with F1 2013.

Considering the game was released this year, the hardware requirements are actually pretty modest. Although the visual appearance of the game has undergone subtle improvements, Autosport runs smoother than GRID 2 with the settings on low. High settings do require a certain amount of power, but overall the graphics engine certainly isn't a resource hog.

A dual-core CPU and a middle-class GPU are enough for a decent race track experience. On the Intel side, a quad-core CPU only has advantages as long as the settings are on low (see the results for the GT 750M and the GTX 850M). Only with very potent GPUs the CPU performance can become a limiting factor.

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Benchmark

Just like previous Codemasters products, GRID Autosports contains an integrated benchmark, which is accessible directly via the graphics menu. The AI then completes a lap at the Grand Prix in San Francisco in about 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Since the benchmark sequence is not always identical, but varies during each run (placement, duration, etc.), the results are also not consistent. Multiple repeats of the benchmark test resulted in variations of up to 15 %. In some cases, a weaker GPU might thus place ahead of a more powerful one.

Results

Thanks to support from both AMD and Nvidia we were able to extend our inventory of graphics cards with a few current desktop models. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti managed a frame rate of 123 fps and easily outperforms all single-GPU notebooks with the settings on ultra. The most powerful mobile GPU provides similar performance to a middle-class desktop card: the GeForce GTX 880M, for example, reaches 77 fps on ultra and is thus quite comparable to the GeForce GTX 760 (73 fps), which sells for 200-300 Euro ($275-$410). All things considered, even a GeForce GTX 860M (doesn't matter if Kepler or Maxwell) can guarantee a smooth gaming experience.

A typical allrounder-notebook is powerful enough to support a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, provided that 4x MSAA is not checked. Even with the DDR3 version of the GeForce GT 750M, we still measured frame rates of just above 40 fps. With the normal preset and a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, low-end GPUs from the Intel HD Graphics 4600 on up are sufficient. Only users stuck with very old or weak GPUs might have to resort to the lowest settings.

Please note: at this time, the integrated benchmark is not able to record frame rates below 12.5 fps.

GRID: Autosport
    1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS     1920x1080 High Preset     1366x768 Medium Preset     1024x768 Ultra Low Preset
GeForce GTX 780 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
122.6 (89min) fps ∼82%
139.4 (104min) fps ∼69%
159.9 (119min) fps ∼69%
284.3 (213min) fps ∼66%
Radeon R9 290X, 2600K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X Desktop
92 (66min) fps ∼61%
118 (88min) fps ∼59%
129 (101min) fps ∼56%
253 (196min) fps ∼59%
Radeon R9 280X, 3770K
Desktop-PC
90.8 (73min) fps ∼61%
117.5 (92min) fps ∼59%
143.6 (109min) fps ∼62%
288.4 (212min) fps ∼67%
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
76.8 (64min) fps ∼51%
114.9 (90min) fps ∼57%
139.6 (109min) fps ∼61%
226 (190min) fps ∼53%
GeForce GTX 760, 3770K
Desktop-PC
73.2 (60min) fps ∼49%
128.7 (107min) fps ∼64%
154.8 (124min) fps ∼67%
290.2 (222min) fps ∼68%
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
70.9 (60min) fps ∼47%
108.1 (86min) fps ∼54%
127 (102min) fps ∼55%
197.1 (162min) fps ∼46%
GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
62.3 (53min) fps ∼42%
120 (91min) fps ∼60%
129.1 (103min) fps ∼56%
227.3 (189min) fps ∼53%
Radeon R9 M290X, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
62 (51min) fps ∼41%
95.7 (70min) fps ∼48%
112.6 (87min) fps ∼49%
211.5 (168min) fps ∼49%
GeForce GTX 750 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
52.6 (42min) fps ∼35%
100.1 (78min) fps ∼50%
153.6 (117min) fps ∼67%
262.4 (200min) fps ∼61%
GeForce GTX 770M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
46.5 (37min) fps ∼31%
92.6 (77min) fps ∼46%
130.3 (104min) fps ∼56%
199.6 (166min) fps ∼46%
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
42.6 (35min) fps ∼28%
95.6 (77min) fps ∼48%
123.1 (98min) fps ∼53%
232.4 (183min) fps ∼54%
GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
36.1 (27min) fps ∼24%
73.4 (51min) fps ∼37%
109.8 (88min) fps ∼48%
175.5 (144min) fps ∼41%
GeForce GTX 765M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
34.8 (29min) fps ∼23%
74.1 (59min) fps ∼37%
130.7 (99min) fps ∼57%
191.9 (156min) fps ∼45%
GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
20.1 (16min) fps ∼13%
43 (31min) fps ∼21%
88 (73min) fps ∼38%
186.2 (149min) fps ∼43%
Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
17.5 (13min) fps ∼12%
37 (30min) fps ∼18%
71 (60min) fps ∼31%
151 (116min) fps ∼35%
GeForce GT 640M, 2637M, Lite-On LMT-256M3M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
16.2 (13min) fps ∼11%
32.8 (25min) fps ∼16%
68 (51min) fps ∼29%
120 (93min) fps ∼28%
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
14.4 (13min) fps ∼10%
30.7 (22min) fps ∼15%
64.4 (52min) fps ∼28%
141.4 (120min) fps ∼33%
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180B3
Schenker S413
14.3 (13min) fps ∼10%
33.4 (27min) fps ∼17%
60 (49min) fps ∼26%
140 (112min) fps ∼33%
GeForce GT 720M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
MSI CX61-i572M
12.5 (0min) fps ∼8%
15.6 (0min) fps ∼8%
32.5 (0min) fps ∼14%
82.9 (0min) fps ∼19%
HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
12.5 (12.5min) fps ∼8%
19.7 (16min) fps ∼10%
45.8 (36min) fps ∼20%
119.5 (97min) fps ∼28%

Review Systems

Four of our review notebooks are from Schenker Technologies:

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, Radeon R9 M290X)
  • W503 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 765M, GTX 770M, GTX 780M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

All these systems run 64-bit Windows 7. A special thanks goes out to Micron for sending us a 480 GByte Crucial M500 SSD.

An additional review notebook was provided by Nvidia:

  • HP Envy 15-j011sg (Core i5-4200M, 12 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 740M)

We used the following GPU drivers: Nvidia 340.43 Beta, AMD 14.6 RC2 Beta, Intel 10.18.10.3652 Beta.

We've also included benchmarks from other notebooks, which might make use of different drivers.

Results

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Vivante GC4000
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AMD Radeon Pro 5600M
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core
AMD Radeon HD 6870
AMD Radeon HD 6850M
AMD Radeon HD 6320
AMD Radeon HD 6330M
AMD Radeon 780M
AMD Radeon 680M
AMD Radeon HD 6790
NVIDIA GeForce MX570
Qualcomm Adreno 420
AMD Radeon Pro 460
AMD Radeon Pro 560
AMD Radeon HD 6680G2
AMD Radeon Pro 555
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
AMD Radeon HD 6690G2
AMD Radeon HD 6720G2
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
AMD Radeon HD 6290
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AMD FirePro W5130M
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
AMD Radeon HD 7310
NVIDIA GeForce 320M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G
NVIDIA GeForce G 107M
Qualcomm Adreno 612
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
122.15n2
60.35n2
28.9n2
14.75n2
NVIDIA GeForce G 110M
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5200
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
Qualcomm Adreno 220
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Qualcomm Adreno 205
Qualcomm Adreno 203
Qualcomm Adreno 200
PowerVR SGX544MP2
SIS Mirage 3 671MX
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS SLI
Qualcomm Adreno 730
Qualcomm Adreno 225
Qualcomm Adreno 530
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AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
VIA S3G UniChrome Pro II
AMD Radeon HD 6450M
AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6250
AMD Radeon Graphics (Ryzen 7000)
AMD Radeon 630
AMD Radeon 625
AMD FirePro M8900
AMD FirePro W5170M
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AMD Radeon 520
AMD Radeon HD 6640G2
AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
AMD Radeon HD 6310
AMD Radeon 760M
AMD FirePro W4190M
AMD Radeon 540X
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
181.2n2
117n2
104.15n2
74.8n2
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AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
AMD Radeon HD 6545G2
AMD Radeon HD 6550D
AMD Radeon HD 6950M
AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6970
AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
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AMD Radeon HD 6570M
Qualcomm Adreno 509
NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
PowerVR GE8300
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
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AMD Radeon Pro 555X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56
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AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 7290
AMD Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire
AMD Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire
AMD Radeon HD 6970M
AMD Radeon HD 6990M
Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR
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AMD Radeon HD 7670M
ATI Radeon HD 5850
Apple A13 Bionic GPU
ATI Radeon HD 5770
Apple A12Z Bionic GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
NVIDIA T600 Laptop GPU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
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Qualcomm Adreno 304
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 260M
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
PowerVR GE8322 / IMG8322
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
166
136
PowerVR G6400
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 6515G2
Qualcomm Adreno 630
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PowerVR SGX540
VIA S3 Graphics ProSavage8
PowerVR SGX543MP2
Qualcomm Adreno 540
PowerVR SGX535
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Qualcomm Adreno 680
Qualcomm Adreno 660
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Qualcomm Adreno 642L
Qualcomm Adreno 642
SIS Mirage M661FX
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AMD Radeon R5 M430
AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
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AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
AMD Radeon HD 6510G2
AMD Radeon 660M
AMD FirePro W4170M
AMD FirePro W2100
187
62
23
14
AMD Radeon HD 6380G
AMD Radeon HD 6370M
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
AMD Radeon 620
AMD Radeon 610
AMD Radeon 610M
AMD FirePro W4100
261
71
34
19
AMD FirePro M5950
AMD FirePro M4000
AMD FirePro M6100
283
135
94
48
AMD FirePro M3900
AMD FirePro M4100
AMD Radeon 530
175.4
62.2
AMD FirePro M2000
AMD Radeon HD 6775G2
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AMD Radeon HD 6830M
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AMD FirePro M6000
AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100
Qualcomm Adreno 330
AMD FirePro M5100
213
101
44
26
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
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AMD Radeon HD 6650M
AMD Radeon HD 6770M
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5600 / 5650
Apple A12X Bionic GPU
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
PowerVR G6200
AMD Radeon Pro W6800
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
AMD Radeon HD 6870M
AMD FirePro W7170M
232
116
99
67
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AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
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AMD Radeon HD 6430M
AMD Radeon R6 (Mullins)
AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
70.1
30.66
16.99
AMD Radeon HD 7340
NVIDIA GeForce MX130
NVIDIA GeForce MX110
AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon R5 M420
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AMD Radeon Pro 450
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
81
32.2
17
12.5
NVIDIA T500 Laptop GPU
AMD Radeon PRO W6600M
Silicon Motion SM502
AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
AMD Radeon HD 6645G2
AMD Radeon Pro 455
AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce 315M
(-) * 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
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
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.
?Uncertain – 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.
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