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Halo Infinite Performance Analysis

The return of Master Chief. After years of anticipation, Halo Infinite is finally out. We conducted our performance analysis to determine the system requirements.
Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 🇩🇪 🇳🇱 ...
Halo Infinite

Technology

The last few entries in the Halo series were not visually striking on PC. The game world always seemed empty and lifeless both outdoors and indoors. This was due in large part to the inherent limitations of the hardware of that time. Even though Halo Infinite does not boast breath-taking visuals, it manages quite an impressive presentation.

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In addition to the highly detailed character models, the effects (lighting, muzzle flash, …) impress. The texture quality is also on a very high level. Outdoors, the view distance does not disappoint.

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We did not have any true wow moments in the single-player campaign, which, unlike the free multi-player mode, costs 60 Euros (~$68). This was due to the repetitive nature of gameplay and missions. The good gunplay and motion fail to make up for this underlying flaw. This game loop consists of running from one room to another or from one area to another.

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PC gamers will be pleased with the graphics settings menu. It contains over 20 visual settings and various display settings. There are also built-in presets. However, some settings changes require a restart to take effect.

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There is also a VRAM gauge. Like many other modern titles, Halo Infinite requires a lot of video memory. For the ultra settings, you will need about 8 GB of VRAM.

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Quite unusually, Halo Infinite does not have a true fullscreen mode (the borderless fullscreen mode is coupled with the resolution scaling). In order to use the classic resolution, PC gamers will have to work with the windowed mode. The game features a frame rate limiter, which we disabled for our performance analysis. Vertical synchronisation was also disabled.

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Halo Infinite

Benchmark

Because the single-player campaign of Halo Infinite features a very idiosyncratic save system, we decided to use the tutorial mission, which takes place at the so-called Academy. The tutorial mission can be accessed from the main menu. As can be seen in the video below, our benchmark pass consists of a 20-second run along a specific route. Here, we run through outdoor and indoor areas.

We use CapFrameX to collect performance data. Our benchmark sequence reflects the most common type of load which the game is going to put on your system in the single-player mode. It is worth mentioning that we regularly encountered frame rate drops and unexplainable freezes in the single-player campaign.

Results

The benchmarks were conducted mainly using the laptops which our partners MSI and XMG (Schenker Technologies) lent us.

FHD (1920x1080)

Those who want to enjoy Halo Infinite at 1080p will need at least a mid-range GPU to do so. While the GeForce GTX 1650 (Ti) can handle Halo Infinite at low to medium settings, the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti or the GTX 1660 Ti will be required for high/ultra settings.

Halo Infinite
    1920x1080 Low Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
179 (40min, 64.1P0.1, 115P1) fps ∼43%
155 (47.5min, 65.2P0.1, 100P1) fps ∼42%
148 (58.7min, 76.5P0.1, 103P1) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
174 (39.5min, 66.2P0.1, 110P1) fps ∼42%
151 (48min, 68.7P0.1, 101P1) fps ∼40%
142 (48.7min, 70.4P0.1, 94.9P1) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
149 (56.1min, 81.1P0.1, 99P1) fps ∼36%
129 (45.3min, 73.9P0.1, 89.3P1) fps ∼35%
121 (29.4min, 51.5P0.1, 84.5P1) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
133 (52.3min, 71.3P0.1, 92.6P1) fps ∼32%
113 (45.6min, 57.6P0.1, 78.7P1) fps ∼30%
106 (36.3min, 57P0.1, 76.8P1) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
126 (59min, 81.3P0.1, 97.8P1) fps ∼30%
108 (54.2min, 66.5P0.1, 82.8P1) fps ∼29%
102 (54.1min, 64.4P0.1, 81.9P1) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
109 (40.3min, 56.8P0.1, 80.9P1) fps ∼26%
92.2 (38min, 53.4P0.1, 72.1P1) fps ∼25%
85.3 (35.4min, 41.1P0.1, 65.4P1) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
83.1 (47.1min, 51.2P0.1, 60.7P1) fps ∼20%
70.3 (40.6min, 43.1P0.1, 50.7P1) fps ∼19%
66.1 (24.4min, 32.3P0.1, 50.3P1) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
81.3 (43.3min, 46.6P0.1, 64.5P1) fps ∼19%
61.7 (28.2min, 34.9P0.1, 43P1) fps ∼17%
57 (29.7min, 32.6P0.1, 42.2P1) fps ∼13%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
62.5 (24.5min, 32.1P0.1, 41.4P1) fps ∼15%
50.1 (6.96min, 19.1P0.1, 34.5P1) fps ∼13%
44.6 (5.98min, 22.8P0.1, 30.7P1) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
70.4 (37.4min, 41.6P0.1, 52.3P1) fps ∼15%
62.2 (31min, 39.4P0.1, 48.2P1) fps ∼15%
48.5 (26.8min, 29.8P0.1, 37.2P1) fps ∼13%
43 (29.9min, 30.3P0.1, 32.7P1) fps ∼9%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
64.5 (40.2min, 41.8P0.1, 49.9P1) fps ∼14%
56.1 (37.7min, 41.3P0.1, 44.1P1) fps ∼13%
40.6 (23.1min, 23.7P0.1, 28.7P1) fps ∼11%
36 (16.3min, 19P0.1, 25P1) fps ∼8%

QHD (2560x1440)

PC gamers will need to have a true high-end GPU such as the GeForce RTX 3060 to achieve playable frame rates in Halo Infinite at 1440p and ultra settings. 

Halo Infinite
    2560x1440 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
121 (37.3min, 72.5P0.1, 87.5P1) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
114 (45.4min, 64.5P0.1, 82.1P1) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
92.3 (38.7min, 52.4P0.1, 69.7P1) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
79.5 (44.8min, 48.7P0.1, 60.1P1) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
73 (48.6min, 49.8P0.1, 57.9P1) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
58.4 (28.9min, 36.9P0.1, 47.7P1) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
43.4 (27.6min, 30.1P0.1, 33P1) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
37.5 (26.1min, 26.4P0.1, 28.5P1) fps ∼11%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
21.2 (12.5min, 13.6P0.1, 16.1P1) fps ∼6%

UHD (3840x2160)

At 4K and ultra settings, even the top-tier laptop GPUs such as the GeForce RTX 3080 struggle to achieve decent frame rates. Desktop GPUs do better here, because of the much higher TGPs.

Halo Infinite
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
76.9 (33.3min, 39.2P0.1, 58P1) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
70.1 (33.2min, 37.4P0.1, 55.3P1) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
52.9 (32.7min, 35.2P0.1, 43P1) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
46.2 (20.7min, 27.6P0.1, 37.5P1) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
41.2 (30.3min, 32.8P0.1, 35.4P1) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
27.8 (17.5min, 19.1P0.1, 21.9P1) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
19.7 (14.3min, 14.7P0.1, 15.7P1) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
14.9 (10.9min, 11.2P0.1, 12.2P1) fps ∼5%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
10.4 (5.62min, 5.95P0.1, 7.66P1) fps ∼4%

Note

Because benchmarking video games is very time consuming and is often constrained by installation/activation limits, at the time of publishing, we were able to provide only a part of our performance analysis of Halo Infinite. Other graphics cards will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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 Halo Infinite (2021)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
QHD
2560x1440
Ultra Preset
4K
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
172n2
148.5n2
146n2
115.5n2
75.25n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
229
198
188
142
83.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
174
151
142
114
70.1
AMD Radeon RX 6800
155
121
116
90.4
67.4
NVIDIA Titan RTX
144
125
119
95.5
68.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
260.3
168.35n2
146.85n2
139.15n2
100.15n2
59
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
133
108
103
74.25n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
149
129
121
92.3
52.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
125.5n2
107n2
101.05n2
74.95n2
43.2n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
124.95n2
107.15n2
101.1n2
65.5
34.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
108
81.2
47.2
AMD Radeon RX 6800M
52.2
52.6
48.1
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
113
92.5
88.4
78.7
42.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
116n2
100.95n2
96.05n2
73
41.2
AMD Radeon RX 6800S
114
93.5
88.3
61.4
30.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
104
87.7
82.5
69.7
67.2
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
95
83.3
79.2
67.2
67
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
115
99.9
100
77.7
68.2
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
87.8
71.3
67.5
67.1
36.7
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lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
109
92.2
85.3
58.4
27.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
112
88.2
85.65n2
65.7n2
51.75n2
AMD Radeon RX 6600
99.8
82.8
78.2
68.6
42.5
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
77.6
67.3
68.7
64.2
32.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050
90.9
78.5
73.8
70.4
64.5
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
84
70.3
70.8
58.9
29.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
80.3
71.7
68.3
68.6
54.5
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT
74.8
73
64.5
56
11.1
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop)
69.9
65.6
64.2
55.3
23.8
AMD Radeon RX 5600M
62.5
50.1
44.6
21.2
10.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
83.1
70.3
66.1
43.4
19.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
81.3
61.7
57
37.5
14.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
74.6
67.7
68
69.6
49.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Desktop)
73.4
71.3
68.9
63.6
36.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
52.1
45.8
42.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
111
62.2
48.5
43
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
101
56.1
40.6
36
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
60.9
41.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
65
23.3
15.8
7.72
AMD Radeon 680M
75.3
37.8
31.1
29.3
PosModel< PrevNext >Halo Infinite
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
36.6
33.1
32.7
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
21.2
15.7
10.5
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
27.1
18.8
16.6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
8.37
3.7
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
11.6
9.62
8.9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
14.5n2
9.69
9.2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
22.7
(-) * 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

Device GPU CPU RAM OS
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
Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Radeon RX 6800M (12 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
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)
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 497.09 Adrenalin 21.12.1
static version load dynamic
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Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming Laptops - 687 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood, growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 1990s. I was especially fascinated with computer games, even from an early age. From Monkey Island through Lands of Lore to Doom, I tried every game I could get my hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with my focus mostly being on high-performance gaming laptops.
Stanislav Kokhanyuk
Translator: Stanislav Kokhanyuk - Translator - 78 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I am a big fan of technology, which is why I try to keep up with it. Among my other passions are literature and writing, and so it should not be surprising to anyone at all that I have a four-year bachelor's degree in philology. However, my interests are not limited just to the world of technology, or, for that matter, the world of literature. I am also interested in people and the stories they have to tell. And more recently, I took an interest in artificial intelligence.
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