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Just Cause 4 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Alex Alderson), 12/08/2018

Rampage. Just Cause 4 is a real adventure playground like its predecessors. Read on in our benchmark article to find out which graphics cards are best for creating chaos.

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Just Cause 4

Technology

Avalanche Studios has developed Just Cause 4 using an updated version of its Apex game engine, the same engine that the company used to create its three-year-old predecessor. Just Cause 4 scores highly in our opinion for its long draw distances, its explosion effects and its physics system that provide entertaining chain reactions of destructible elements, but the textures leave a lot to be desired.

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We have a mixed impression with the game’s controls too. While the characters and gadgets like the grappling hook, parachute and wing-suit are easy to use, the menus are designed awfully for use with a keyboard and mouse. Cycling through menus is so unintuitive that it almost feels like the developers have never used a keyboard or mouse before.

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The best example of this is in the graphics menu, through which we could only cycle with the WASD buttons or the direction arrows. Additionally, the scrolling animation starts to behave weirdly depending on where the mouse pointer is on the page. Moreover, we could not confirm any changes by pressing enter, which is baffling.

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The poor menu design is even more frustrating considering the volume of settings. We counted 16, including those for adjusting the resolution, V-Sync, anisotropic filtering and image mode. The game also supports either FXAA or temporal SMAA anti-aliasing. Impressively, all settings can be changed without needing to restart the game.

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Unfortunately, the Apex engine that underpins Just Cause 4 needs further development. We noticed numerous graphical errors during our tests with the game particularly struggling with shadows. Moreover, we experienced several crashes, connection problems and scaling errors. A restart often fixed the latter issue though.

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Just Cause 4 also takes a while to load even when booting from an NVMe SSD. Additionally, the game takes up over 50 GB of storage at the time of writing. Please note, this may change with future patches and updates.

Benchmarks

Unfortunately, the lack of in-game checkpoints limited our choice of benchmark sequences, as restarting from a checkpoint often meant repeating large parts of a level. Ultimately, we chose to run our benchmark from the start of the game as it is the only part of the game that we consistently replicate across different systems. Starting our sequence from the beginning of the game is not a worst-case scenario, but please bear in mind that the game will stress systems harder than it does during our benchmark.

Low/Off, 1 x AF
Low/Off, 1 x AF
Medium/Off, 4 x AF
Medium/Off, 4 x AF
High/On, FXAA, 8 x AF
High/On, FXAA, 8 x AF
Very High/On, SMAA, 16 x AF
Very High/On, SMAA, 16 x AF

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We would recommend playing Just Cause 4 at a minimum of 40 FPS for a smooth experience. Our benchmark sequence lasts for around 30 seconds as demonstrated by the video below. We measured minimum and average frame rates using FRAPS for reference.

Results

HD (1280x720)

Just Cause 4 is GPU-heavy like many action games, so its performance depends mostly on the GPU that is being used. The importance of other components like the CPU is secondary. Integrated solutions like the Intel HD Graphics 630 can only average unplayable frame rates at 1280x720 on low graphics. However, older mobile dedicated GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M can handle the game comfortably at lowest settings.

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    1280x720 Low / Off AF:1x
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
179 (min: 161) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
180 (min: 171) fps ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
157 (min: 145) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
156 (min: 145) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
152 (min: 142) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
143 (min: 134) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
Desktop-PC
126 (min: 117) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
118 (min: 109) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 9900K
Desktop-PC
109 (min: 103) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
86.2 (min: 79) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
78 (min: 71) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
73.7 (min: 68) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
61.4 (min: 55) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
64.4 (min: 59) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
49.8 (min: 45) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
39 (min: 35) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
25 (min: 23) fps ∼11%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
17.3 (min: 15) fps ∼8%
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
16.2 (min: 14) fps ∼7%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
14.6 (min: 13) fps ∼6%

FHD (1920x1080)

We would recommend using at least a GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop) or a high-end GTX 9xxM series GPU if you want to play the game in 1080p on medium graphics. You will need at least a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop) to play the game smoothly at medium graphics and a GeForce GTX 980M for playing Just Cause 4 in 1080p at maximum graphics.

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    1920x1080 Very High / On AA:SM AF:16x     1920x1080 High / On AA:FX AF:8x     1920x1080 Medium / Off AF:4x
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
105.7 (min: 97) fps ∼66%
110 (min: 102) fps ∼67%
137.7 (min: 129) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
118 (min: 111) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
103 (min: 91) fps ∼65%
109 (min: 102) fps ∼66%
135 (min: 124) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
97 (min: 91) fps ∼61%
102 (min: 94) fps ∼62%
129 (min: 118) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
87.4 (min: 78) fps ∼55%
90 (min: 83) fps ∼55%
118 (min: 108) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
86.6 (min: 81) fps ∼54%
89.2 (min: 83) fps ∼54%
110 (min: 101) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
79.2 (min: 71) fps ∼50%
81 (min: 74) fps ∼49%
101 (min: 94) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
Desktop-PC
62.4 (min: 59) fps ∼39%
66.1 (min: 60) fps ∼40%
81.8 (min: 74) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 9900K
Desktop-PC
61.8 (min: 58) fps ∼39%
66.6 (min: 62) fps ∼41%
77.1 (min: 71) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
57.7 (min: 51) fps ∼36%
60.5 (min: 56) fps ∼37%
77.8 (min: 71) fps ∼36%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
62 (min: 57) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
46.2 (min: 42) fps ∼29%
48.2 (min: 44) fps ∼29%
59.4 (min: 54) fps ∼27%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
30.6 (min: 28) fps ∼19%
32 (min: 29) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
36 (min: 31) fps ∼23%
38.3 (min: 35) fps ∼23%
48.3 (min: 44) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
35.5 (min: 30) fps ∼22%
40.1 (min: 37) fps ∼24%
50.3 (min: 45) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
30.4 (min: 28) fps ∼19%
31.7 (min: 29) fps ∼19%
41 (min: 36) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
28.6 (min: 26) fps ∼18%
29.9 (min: 27) fps ∼18%
39.7 (min: 36) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
22.2 (min: 20) fps ∼14%
24 (min: 21) fps ∼15%
31.2 (min: 28) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
18.2 (min: 17) fps ∼11%
24.1 (min: 21) fps ∼11%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
15.1 (min: 13) fps ∼7%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
8.4 (min: 7) fps ∼4%

QHD (2560x1440) & UHD (3840x2160)

The game starts to get demanding at QHD or UHD resolutions. You will need at least a GeForce GTX 1060 or a GeForce GTX 980 to play the game comfortably in QHD at maximum graphics. Likewise, even the GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) struggles to play the game at maximum details in UHD.

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    3840x2160 Very High / On AA:SM AF:16x     2560x1440 Very High / On AA:SM AF:16x
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
48.1 (min: 44) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
69 (min: 64) fps ∼95%
86 (min: 80) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
40.5 (min: 36) fps ∼55%
74.3 (min: 70) fps ∼82%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
38.5 (min: 33) fps ∼53%
68.8 (min: 63) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
32.1 (min: 27) fps ∼44%
58.3 (min: 54) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
31.6 (min: 29) fps ∼43%
58.1 (min: 54) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
30.7 (min: 27) fps ∼42%
53.2 (min: 48) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 9900K
Desktop-PC
23.5 (min: 21) fps ∼32%
43.9 (min: 40) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
Desktop-PC
22.1 (min: 19) fps ∼30%
42.8 (min: 40) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
20.7 (min: 17) fps ∼28%
39.5 (min: 35) fps ∼43%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
21 (min: 19) fps ∼29%
42 (min: 38) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
16.9 (min: 15) fps ∼23%
31.5 (min: 27) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
13.2 (min: 10) fps ∼18%
25.2 (min: 23) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
11.6 (min: 8) fps ∼16%
24.1 (min: 22) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
10.8 (min: 9) fps ∼15%
20.4 (min: 17) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
6.5 (min: 4) fps ∼9%
14.9 (min: 13) fps ∼16%

Please note:

We could only provide a few benchmark results at the time of writing because of game activation limits. We will be updating the article in the coming days and weeks with more GPU benchmark results. Please bear with us though as gaming tests are often time-consuming.

Overview

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      Model
Just Cause 4
 Just Cause 4 (2018)
low
1280x720
Low / Off
1xAF
med.
1920x1080
Medium / Off
4xAF
high
1920x1080
High / On
8xAF FXAA
ultra
1920x1080
Very High / On
16xAF SMAA
4k
3840x2160
Very High / On
16xAF SMAA
NVIDIA Titan RTX
208
201
156
151
67
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
118
69
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
179
137.7
110
105.7
48.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
180
135
109
101n2
39.3n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
115.7
108
93.2
92.3
36.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
156
129
102
97
38.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
88
35.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
152
110
89.2
81.8n2
30.2n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
157
118
90
87.4
32.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
143
101
81
79.2
30.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
72
28.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
126.1
86.1
78.8
75.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
109
77.1
66.6
61.8
23.5
AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
118.8
89.6
72.5
69.4
25.8
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
113.5
82.7
65.9
61.7
22.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
126
81.8
66.1
62.4
22.1
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
62
21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
116.75n2
75.85n2
59.1n2
57n2
20.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
57.8
19.9
      Model
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lowmed.highultra4k
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
86.2
59.4
48.2
46.2
16.9
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
76.2
51.6
41.9
40.3
14
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
71.8n2
45.6n2
37.35n2
34.35n2
11.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
41.9
40.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
73.7
48.3
38.3
36
13.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
32.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
61.4
41
31.7
30.4
10.8
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
32
30.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
64.4
39.7
29.9
28.6
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
37.8
28.9
27.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
49.8
31.2
24
22.2
6.5
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
42.1
27.1
20.5
18.5
4.2
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
39
24.1
18.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
39.8
24.4
19.4
18.8
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
39.4
24.9
19.4
18.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
30.5
18.4
14.4
10.5
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
25
15.1
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
20.5
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
17.3
Intel UHD Graphics 630
15.5
8.9
      Model
Just Cause 4
lowmed.highultra4k
Intel HD Graphics 630
14.6
8.4
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
11.9
Intel UHD Graphics 620
13.95n2
AMD Radeon R5 M255
16.5
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
7.9
Intel HD Graphics 4600
10.5
Intel HD Graphics 5500
11.1
Intel HD Graphics 4400
7.4
Intel HD Graphics 505
4.8
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
7.3
(-) * 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
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.
123Uncertain – 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 Graphics Card Processor RAM OS
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
Desktop-PC II NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11 GB GDDR5X)
Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti (6 GB GDDR5)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury (4 GB HBM)
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X (4 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3 GB GDDR5)
MSI Radeon R7 370 (2 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-7740X 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
Alienware 17 R4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
Acer Triton 700 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
Asus G752VS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GT62VR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
Asus GL753VD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GL62 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
Asus G752VY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GS60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GL72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI PE60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI PL62 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI CX72 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GP62 NVIDIA GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI CX61 NVIDIA GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-bit
Asus N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-bit
4K Monitor NVIDIA driver AMD driver
2 x ASUS PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 416.94 Adrenalin 18.11.1
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