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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.
Florian Glaser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 🇩🇪

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 Crossfire
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 NVS 140M
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
AMD Radeon HD 6760G2
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AMD Radeon HD 6430M
AMD FirePro W5170M
AMD Radeon HD 7520G
AMD Radeon HD 7490M
AMD Radeon HD 7500G
AMD Radeon HD 7480D
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 320M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
155.1
53.8
25.2
13
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82.9
32.5
15.6
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NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
202.7n3
120.4n3
99.9n3
59.2n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop)
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 5100M
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
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AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
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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
AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
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 M3000M
380
186
151
81
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
217.3n7
109.69n7
83.64n7
49.85n8
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AMD Radeon HD 7310
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AMD Radeon HD 7690M
AMD Radeon HD 7340
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M SLI
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AMD Radeon HD 6645G2
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NVIDIA Quadro P4200
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4150
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 R4 (Beema)
54.65n2
20.9n2
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327.5
173.4
149.1
85.5
AMD Radeon HD 7430M
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
Intel HD Graphics 630
AMD Radeon HD 7850M
Intel HD Graphics 510
135.5
32.8
Intel Iris Graphics 550
Intel HD Graphics 505
51.5
19
Intel Iris Graphics 540
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
165.53n6
104.7n7
68.1n7
34n7
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312.3
151.7
132.4
74.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
166
136
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
161
131
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
210.75n2
129.7n2
113.4n3
70n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
227.3
129.1
120
62.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
NVIDIA Quadro M4000M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
315.9n2
178.9n2
156n2
129.4n2
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NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 130M
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NVIDIA GeForce Go 6400
AMD Radeon HD 6790
AMD Radeon HD 6570M
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
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AMD Radeon HD 6620G
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon HD 6870
AMD Radeon HD 6550D
AMD Radeon HD 6310
AMD FirePro W4190M
AMD FirePro W4100
261
71
34
19
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
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AMD Radeon HD 6480G
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AMD Radeon 620
AMD Radeon 625
AMD FirePro W4170M
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AMD FirePro M4100
AMD FirePro M8900
AMD FirePro M4000
AMD FirePro M5100
213
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44
26
AMD Radeon 540X
AMD FirePro M3900
AMD Radeon HD 6970
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55.5
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AMD FirePro M5950
NVIDIA Quadro M620
AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
AMD Radeon HD 6950M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
Intel Iris Graphics 5100
94
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NVIDIA Quadro NVS 120M
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
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NVIDIA Quadro M500M
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147.1
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91.33
75.04
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AMD Radeon HD 6690G2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M
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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)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.
Bernhard Pechlaner
Translator: 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 ;-).