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GRID Autosport Benchmarked

Florian Glaser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 07/06/2014

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 (min: 89) fps ∼82%
139.4 (min: 104) fps ∼69%
159.9 (min: 119) fps ∼69%
284.3 (min: 213) fps ∼66%
Radeon R9 290X, 2600K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X Desktop
92 (min: 66) fps ∼61%
118 (min: 88) fps ∼59%
129 (min: 101) fps ∼56%
253 (min: 196) fps ∼59%
Radeon R9 280X, 3770K
Desktop-PC
90.8 (min: 73) fps ∼61%
117.5 (min: 92) fps ∼59%
143.6 (min: 109) fps ∼62%
288.4 (min: 212) fps ∼67%
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
76.8 (min: 64) fps ∼51%
114.9 (min: 90) fps ∼57%
139.6 (min: 109) fps ∼61%
226 (min: 190) fps ∼53%
GeForce GTX 760, 3770K
Desktop-PC
73.2 (min: 60) fps ∼49%
128.7 (min: 107) fps ∼64%
154.8 (min: 124) fps ∼67%
290.2 (min: 222) fps ∼68%
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
70.9 (min: 60) fps ∼47%
108.1 (min: 86) fps ∼54%
127 (min: 102) fps ∼55%
197.1 (min: 162) fps ∼46%
GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
62.3 (min: 53) fps ∼42%
120 (min: 91) fps ∼60%
129.1 (min: 103) fps ∼56%
227.3 (min: 189) fps ∼53%
Radeon R9 M290X, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
62 (min: 51) fps ∼41%
95.7 (min: 70) fps ∼48%
112.6 (min: 87) fps ∼49%
211.5 (min: 168) fps ∼49%
GeForce GTX 750 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
52.6 (min: 42) fps ∼35%
100.1 (min: 78) fps ∼50%
153.6 (min: 117) fps ∼67%
262.4 (min: 200) fps ∼61%
GeForce GTX 770M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
46.5 (min: 37) fps ∼31%
92.6 (min: 77) fps ∼46%
130.3 (min: 104) fps ∼56%
199.6 (min: 166) fps ∼46%
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
42.6 (min: 35) fps ∼28%
95.6 (min: 77) fps ∼48%
123.1 (min: 98) fps ∼53%
232.4 (min: 183) fps ∼54%
GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
36.1 (min: 27) fps ∼24%
73.4 (min: 51) fps ∼37%
109.8 (min: 88) fps ∼48%
175.5 (min: 144) fps ∼41%
GeForce GTX 765M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
34.8 (min: 29) fps ∼23%
74.1 (min: 59) fps ∼37%
130.7 (min: 99) fps ∼57%
191.9 (min: 156) fps ∼45%
GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
20.1 (min: 16) fps ∼13%
43 (min: 31) fps ∼21%
88 (min: 73) fps ∼38%
186.2 (min: 149) 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 (min: 13) fps ∼12%
37 (min: 30) fps ∼18%
71 (min: 60) fps ∼31%
151 (min: 116) fps ∼35%
GeForce GT 640M, 2637M, Lite-On LMT-256M3M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
16.2 (min: 13) fps ∼11%
32.8 (min: 25) fps ∼16%
68 (min: 51) fps ∼29%
120 (min: 93) fps ∼28%
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
14.4 (min: 13) fps ∼10%
30.7 (min: 22) fps ∼15%
64.4 (min: 52) fps ∼28%
141.4 (min: 120) fps ∼33%
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180B3
Schenker S413
14.3 (min: 13) fps ∼10%
33.4 (min: 27) fps ∼17%
60 (min: 49) fps ∼26%
140 (min: 112) fps ∼33%
GeForce GT 720M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
MSI CX61-i572M
12.5 (min: 0) fps ∼8%
15.6 (min: 0) fps ∼8%
32.5 (min: 0) fps ∼14%
82.9 (min: 0) fps ∼19%
HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
12.5 (min: 12.5) fps ∼8%
19.7 (min: 16) fps ∼10%
45.8 (min: 36) fps ∼20%
119.5 (min: 97) 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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AMD Radeon HD 6990M
AMD Radeon HD 6450M
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
AMD Radeon HD 6320
AMD Radeon HD 6970M
NVIDIA Quadro P600
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4130
AMD Radeon HD 6760G2
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100
AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100
AMD Radeon HD 6770M
AMD Radeon HD 6775G2
AMD Radeon HD 6545G2
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AMD Radeon HD 7490M
AMD Radeon HD 7500G
AMD Radeon HD 7480D
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NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M SLI
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AMD Radeon HD 6830M
AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
AMD Radeon HD 6380G
AMD Radeon HD 6370M
AMD Radeon HD 6290
AMD Radeon HD 6250
AMD FirePro W2100
187
62
23
14
AMD FirePro W7170M
232
116
99
67
AMD Radeon 530
175.4
62.2
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AMD Radeon HD 7570M
AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
AMD Radeon HD 6330M
AMD FirePro W5130M
AMD Radeon 610
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
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AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 6640G2
AMD Radeon HD 7310
AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 7690M
AMD Radeon HD 7340
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
AMD Radeon HD 6650M
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
NVIDIA Quadro 1000M
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
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AMD Radeon HD 6645G2
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AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
34.2n2
23.5
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
46
16.9
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57
24.5
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
AMD Radeon HD 7430M
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
AMD Radeon HD 7850M
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106
32.7
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
140
60
33.4
14.3
Intel HD Graphics 6000
94
32
22
13
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI
429.8
230.7
181.8n2
145.85n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M SLI
PowerVR SGX540
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
279.4
166.88n2
142n5
103n5
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
342
191.3
155.2
142.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
NVIDIA Quadro P3000
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX SLI
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
NVIDIA Quadro P520
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX SLI
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS SLI
AMD Radeon HD 6790
AMD Radeon HD 6570M
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
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147.1
100.24
91.33
75.04
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AMD Radeon HD 6870
AMD Radeon HD 6550D
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AMD FirePro W4100
261
71
34
19
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
AMD Radeon 630
AMD Radeon 620
AMD Radeon 625
AMD FirePro W4170M
AMD FirePro M6000
AMD FirePro M4100
AMD FirePro M8900
AMD FirePro M4000
AMD FirePro M5100
213
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26
AMD Radeon 540X
AMD FirePro M3900
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283
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AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
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AMD FirePro M5950
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AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
AMD Radeon HD 6950M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
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(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

 

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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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Florian Glaser, 2014-07- 6 (Update: 2014-07- 6)
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 ;-).