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God of War in test: Notebook and desktop benchmarks

Clean porting. Almost four years after the Playstation 4 version, Sony Interactive brings the grandiose God of War to the PC. Find out whether the graphics are still up to date in our technology check, which also includes numerous benchmarks.
Florian Glaser, Brian Burriston (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy), 🇩🇪 🇳🇱 ...
God of War

Technology

Due to the Norse mythology, God of War is at first very reminiscent of Assassin's Creed Valhalla. While the Ubisoft counterpart mainly relies on its open world (which can quickly become repetitive due to a lot of generic content), God of War scores with detailed character drawings and - for gaming standards - intensive storytelling.

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God of War
God of War
God of War

In contrast to various other PC ports, which often give a lot of reason for criticism, Sony delivers a surprisingly mature product. We did not have to deal with a single crash or other inconsistencies during the test. Apart from the successful menu control, the crisp battle system should also be mentioned on the positive side.

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God of War
God of War
God of War

God of War also shows its best side visually. Despite its supposed age, the action adventure offers chic textures, a high level of detail and pretty lighting. In combination with the excellent art design, this results in a very coherent overall look.

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God of War
God of War
God of War

The developers also deserve praise for the graphics options. Although there are only 7 quality settings in the graphics menu, they can be comfortably adjusted via preset and do not require a restart when changes are made. The middle preset, which is called "Original", is supposed to be on the same level as the console version. The presets High and Ultra bring even more graphics splendor. All settings are accompanied by explanatory texts and sometimes by example pictures.

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God of War
God of War
God of War

Most of the picture options are in the display menu. Here, you can not only adjust the resolution (unfortunately, there is no classic full-screen mode), but also the motion blur, the graininess and the render scaling. In addition, there is V-Sync, an optional FPS limit and DLSS or FidelityFX. The package is rounded off by a VRAM display. Analogous to most current games, God of War requires quite a lot of video memory. In Full HD, it should be around 4 GB for high details and around 5 GB for maximum details (even minimum settings allow almost 3 GB).

Benchmark

Since God of War does not include a built-in benchmark function, we had to find our own sequence for the speed measurements. As you can see in the following video, we run after the main character's son for about 30 seconds, who is trained to hunt and find deer shortly after the game starts.

Results

For the benchmarks, we mainly use rental devices from our partners at XMG (Schenker Technologies) and MSI.

FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

Assuming that around 40 FPS is enough for a third-person title, even mid-range GPUs can handle God of War properly when using 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. For example, a GeForce GTX 1650 (Ti) displays the presets Low and Original smoothly. The preset High, meanwhile, yearns for a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 3050 Ti or Radeon RX 5600M. The Ultra Preset is only supported by a GeForce RTX 3060 with more than 40 FPS.

God of War
    1920x1080 Low Preset     1920x1080 Original Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
135 (67.1min, 80.2P0.1, 98.5P1) fps ∼35%
131 (70.5min, 82.9P0.1, 93.5P1) fps ∼27%
119 (68.2min, 75.2P0.1, 85.1P1) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
135 (60.6min, 83.7P0.1, 99.4P1) fps ∼35%
131 (67min, 77.9P0.1, 93.4P1) fps ∼27%
110 (60.5min, 69.8P0.1, 79.6P1) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
132 (62.7min, 81.9P0.1, 97.3P1) fps ∼34%
116 (51.1min, 71.5P0.1, 86.5P1) fps ∼24%
83.6 (56.7min, 61P0.1, 68.7P1) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
116 (42.2min, 65.5P0.1, 86.9P1) fps ∼30%
96.1 (52.5min, 64.9P0.1, 76.2P1) fps ∼20%
67.5 (45min, 55.2P0.1, 58.3P1) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
112 (55.9min, 59.3P0.1, 80.1P1) fps ∼29%
91.9 (31.3min, 48.3P0.1, 73.4P1) fps ∼19%
63.6 (29.4min, 46.7P0.1, 53.4P1) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
90 (38.9min, 48.7P0.1, 67.9P1) fps ∼23%
72.7 (36.2min, 51.7P0.1, 58.7P1) fps ∼15%
50.3 (29min, 32.3P0.1, 41.9P1) fps ∼14%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
59.5 (42.1min, 43.2P0.1, 46.4P1) fps ∼15%
51.2 (37.1min, 41.3P0.1, 42.9P1) fps ∼11%
37.6 (27.5min, 28.2P0.1, 29.1P1) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
66.2 (40.3min, 47.3P0.1, 51.5P1) fps ∼17%
52.4 (36.7min, 38P0.1, 42.8P1) fps ∼11%
35 (27.8min, 28.4P0.1, 28.9P1) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
79.5 (58.3min, 58.7P0.1, 66.3P1) fps ∼15%
63.2 (35.3min, 44.6P0.1, 51.1P1) fps ∼16%
51.4 (39.2min, 41.2P0.1, 44.7P1) fps ∼11%
34.8 (21.6min, 22.6P0.1, 26.7P1) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
56.6 (42.6min, 44.5P0.1, 48.3P1) fps ∼11%
46.1 (37.2min, 38.1P0.1, 40.5P1) fps ∼12%
36.1 (29min, 30.4P0.1, 32.2P1) fps ∼7%
23.6 (11.7min, 11.8P0.1, 14.6P1) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
52.5 (37.9min, 40P0.1, 46.2P1) fps ∼10%
42.8 (32.4min, 36.2P0.1, 37.4P1) fps ∼11%
33.6 (26.8min, 27.8P0.1, 29.1P1) fps ∼7%
22.2 (11.9min, 12.8P0.1, 15.7P1) fps ∼6%

QHD (2,560 x 1,440)

When using a QHD display (2,560 x 1,440), the system requirements only increase moderately compared to Full HD. Again, we would recommend a GeForce RTX 3060 or better for the Ultra Preset.

God of War
    2560x1440 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
105 (64.8min, 66.7P0.1, 78.5P1) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
94.1 (57.6min, 62.3P0.1, 76P1) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
69 (49.7min, 54.6P0.1, 58.6P1) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
56.1 (42.3min, 46.3P0.1, 49.3P1) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
52.4 (28.3min, 31.9P0.1, 45.1P1) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
41.5 (30.1min, 30.7P0.1, 34.6P1) fps ∼13%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
30.2 (23.6min, 24.1P0.1, 25P1) fps ∼9%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
28.3 (21.3min, 22.3P0.1, 23.4P1) fps ∼9%

UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

God of War only becomes really demanding in the 4K range. A mixture of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and maximum details even brings the current notebook front-runner, the GeForce RTX 3080, to its limits.

God of War
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
74.7 (34.1min, 54.4P0.1, 63P1) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
66.2 (37.6min, 51.1P0.1, 56.1P1) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
47.1 (38.7min, 38.9P0.1, 41.7P1) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
38.7 (25min, 27.1P0.1, 34.5P1) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
36.1 (20.4min, 27.2P0.1, 31.7P1) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
29.6 (21.2min, 22.8P0.1, 25.6P1) fps ∼10%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
19.7 (14.8min, 15.2P0.1, 16.1P1) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
18.4 (15.6min, 15.7P0.1, 16.3P1) fps ∼6%

Note

Since gaming tests are very time-consuming and often hindered by installation or activation limits, we can only provide you with a part of the benchmarks for the publication of the articles. More graphics cards will be installed in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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low
1920x1080
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Original Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
QHD
2560x1440
Ultra Preset
4K
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
187
157.5n2
144n2
117n2
100.95n2
71.25n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
209
181
163
117
98.7
64.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
135
131
110
94.1
66.2
AMD Radeon RX 6800
135
135
128
93.8
78
51.7
NVIDIA Titan RTX
174
149
124
89
72.8
48.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
158.5
140.6n2
114.55n2
80.3n2
65.95n2
46.4
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
134
132
111
76.4
61.7
39.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
132
116
83.6
69
47.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
116
96.1
67.5
56.1
38.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
124
97.65n2
80.65n2
57.35n2
45.2
31.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
68.9
60.5
40.6
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
125
108
85.9
60.2
48.7
30.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
112
91.9
63.6
52.4
36.1
AMD Radeon RX 6800S
91.9
78.7
57.4
46.2
29.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
119
97.7
77.5
53.2
45.6
30.7
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
115
98.8
82.2
59.7
49.3
33.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
130
109
88.2
61.7
50.3
33.7
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
126
108
87.3
60.7
48.6
31.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
90
72.7
50.3
41.5
29.6
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
113
93.1
75.4
53.8n2
43.75n2
29.8n2
AMD Radeon RX 6600
115
93.8
74.3
52.4
41.1
24.3
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
116
97
77.6
53.7
43
26.8
AMD Radeon RX 6600M
69.7n2
68.1n2
63.6n2
54.2n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050
88.6
73.2
57.2
38.2
32.6
22.7
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
112
91.4
74
51.8
41.4
24.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
61.3
53
37.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
82.1
66.9
53.4
35.8
29.2
20.9
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT
74.7
60
20.4
9.19
7.07
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop)
75.1
61.8
48.7
32.9
26.3
16.4
AMD Radeon RX 5600M
59.5
51.2
37.6
30.2
19.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
66.2
52.4
35
28.3
18.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
79.5
63.2
51.4
34.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
73.3
60.2
47
32
27.5
18.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Desktop)
66.1
53.4
42.3
27.2
19.3
5.08
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
56.6
46.1
36.1
23.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
46.65n2
38.35n2
31.65n2
20.35n2
AMD Radeon 680M
37.9
30.6
25
17.5
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
32.1
26.1
6.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
18.3
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AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
30.9
25.5
20.8
5.81
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
18.65n2
14.45n2
11.52n2
7.99n2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
15.7
11.3
6.1
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
11.8
1.91
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
15.7n3
14.3n3
AMD Radeon 540X
13.7
9.52
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
11.2
9.7
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
12.9
Intel UHD Graphics Xe 750 32EUs (Rocket Lake)
12.9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
20.5
15.35n2
12.25n2
8.78n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
15.9
12.6
9.85
6.94
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
15.1
12.3
(-) * 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.
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

XMG Neo 15 (RTX 3080) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 15 (RTX 3080) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 17 (RTX 3070) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 17 (RTX 3070) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Core 15 (RTX 3060) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Core 15 (RTX 3060) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Focus 17 (RTX 3050 Ti) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Focus 17 (RTX 3050 Ti) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)

Device
Graphics card Processor Memory Operating system
XMG Neo 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 @165 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Neo 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Core 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 @130 W TGP (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Focus 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti @75 W TGP (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Dell G5 15 SE AMD Radeon RX 5600M (6 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Evo Intel Iris Xe (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1185G7 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Evo Intel Iris Xe (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1195G7 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Radeon RX 6800M (12 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 AMD Radeon Vega 7 AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Desktop PC I MSI GeForce RTX 3090 (24 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC II Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE (24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 (12 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6) GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 Super (4 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5)
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (12 GB DDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6600 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (6 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 2 x 32 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop PC III Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super FE Intel Core i9-11900K 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
4K monitors Nvidia drivers AMD drivers
Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Acer Predator XB321HK ForceWare 511.23 Adrenalin 22.1.1
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