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Kingdom Come: Deliverance Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Katherine Bodner), 02/21/2018

My kingdom for a role-playing game. Kingdom Come: Deliverance was originally financed through Kickstarter and is an extremely ambitious Open World RPG. Will the medieval graphics look good, or suffer from performance problems? Find out in this benchmark article.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

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The Czech developer's studio Warhorse was founded in 2011 and the goal of its first project was definitely to go big: Kingdom Come: Deliverance presents itself as an enormous and very detailed role-playing game, whose scope comes close to other well-established games such as The Witcher 3, Elex, Fallout 4 or Skyrim.

Compared to the Elder Scrolls series, whose graphical content (the landscape, for example) often appears generic, Kingdom Come: Deliverance can boast with realistic medieval surroundings that offer a lot of depth and work well, even without fantasy elements such as dragons, elves and goblins. With skills to improve, trading to do and quests to fulfill, you will find a diverse range of possibilities and might lose yourself in this game for hours.

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Unfortunately, Kingdom Come: Deliverance still has to deal with various bugs (graphics glitches, clipping errors, ...), as well as some more general issues which annoyed us during our trial gaming session. This started with the controls, which - particularly during combat - seemed spongy and imprecise. The developers should also improve the way the game can be saved. Although you can use detours to save manually (sleeping in a bed, drinking special potions), your progress is usually only saved at specific events, which is why you often have to repeat long sequences after turning off the game.

Kingdom Come also has some performance issues which are not connected to the graphics card or chosen settings - we have not been able to find out where they are coming from. Even when you just stop your character in the middle of the countryside and do not move the camera, some systems suffer from extreme frame rate fluctuations. This means that PCs and notebooks that would actually offer sufficient performance can have issues with displaying this game. 

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Apart from that, we enjoyed Kingdom Come so far. Thanks to its depth, this RPG is a nice change to the current casual trend. If you are willing to spend a substantial amount of time getting used to the game, and can accept the game's smaller and larger deficiencies, you will be rewarded with a surprisingly unique experience.

Kingdom Come has made use of the CryEngine from Crysis-developer Crytek. Although many textures could be sharper even at maximum settings, and the animations and character's expressions leave a little to be desired, the title can impress with a harmonious overall look. This includes not only the generous views (there are some great panoramas), but also the thick vegetation with lots of grasses, plants and trees. The changing weather conditions also contribute to this special atmosphere.

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Kingdom Come offers plenty of configurable settings which you can use to adapt the optics to your system's capacities. Tuning fans will find 16 options in the expanded graphics menu, which are all explained shortly in separate windows. If you do not want to play around with these settings, you can simply use one of the five presets in the "normal" graphics menu. This still offers controllers to adjust resolution, image mode, vertical field of view and gamma. If necessary, you can also add an FPS display.

Talking of FPS: If you do not deactivate vertical synchronization through the console (press ^ in the game and then type the command "r_vsync 0"), the frame rate will be limited to the display's refresh rate. Of course, the FPS lock was turned off for our tests.

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Great: After changing settings you do not have to wait for the game to restart (unlike with many other games), although changing between the various presets on an HDD can feel like an eternity. If you install Kingdom Come on an SSD, you will be rewarded with noticeably shorter loading times. The game currently takes up about 34 GB of storage.

Benchmarks

Due to the subpar saving options, we used the beginning of the game for our speed tests. After the main character has a short discussion with his mother, he is quickly free to roam the first settlement. As you can see in the video below, we ran from our parent's house towards the village center for about 20 seconds, during which the frame rates dropped dramatically at some points.  

As Kingdom Come generally tends towards drops in performance, 50 FPS would be ideal - although even then you cannot avoid temporary judders.

Results

Games with low-end GPUs on the level of the Intel HD Graphics 630 or GeForce 920M / 940M will not be able to play this medieval RPG. Even low details and 1280x720 pixels are too demanding for cheaper GPUs. In order to play Kingdom Come at all, you will have to at least have a lower mid-range chip such as the GeForce MX150 or GTX 950M. For 1920x1080 pixels and a medium preset, the minimum is a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 970M.

Low Preset
Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Ultra-High Preset
Ultra-High Preset

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The device will need to be equipped with a real high-end GPU in order to play this game in high details. Only a GeForce GTX 1060 /GTX 980M can reach the 50 FPS mark. Maximum settings demand a GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 980. Only few manage resolutions above 1920x1080. Even the current king of notebook GPUs, the GeForce GTX 1080, will reach its limits when playing this game at 2560x1440 pixels and the ultra-high preset. Not a single test unit was able to display 3840x2160 pixels smoothly.

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    3840x2160 Ultra High Preset     2560x1440 Ultra High Preset     1920x1080 Ultra High Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
31 (min: 24) fps ∼78%
55.3 (min: 42) fps ∼81%
73 (min: 53) fps ∼79%
96 (min: 65) fps ∼78%
122 (min: 102) fps ∼81%
155 (min: 131) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
27.4 (min: 22) fps ∼69%
53.4 (min: 44) fps ∼79%
75 (min: 59) fps ∼82%
98.3 (min: 79) fps ∼80%
123 (min: 101) fps ∼81%
144 (min: 122) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
25.3 (min: 20) fps ∼63%
46.6 (min: 36) fps ∼69%
62.1 (min: 47) fps ∼68%
78.4 (min: 59) fps ∼64%
96.6 (min: 73) fps ∼64%
113 (min: 92) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
23.1 (min: 18) fps ∼58%
47.1 (min: 37) fps ∼69%
68.9 (min: 57) fps ∼75%
92.7 (min: 74) fps ∼75%
114 (min: 91) fps ∼75%
145 (min: 116) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
21.2 (min: 17) fps ∼53%
41.9 (min: 30) fps ∼62%
59.6 (min: 45) fps ∼65%
77.4 (min: 58) fps ∼63%
93.4 (min: 64) fps ∼62%
109 (min: 90) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
16.1 (min: 12) fps ∼40%
33.4 (min: 27) fps ∼49%
50.1 (min: 38) fps ∼54%
69.4 (min: 55) fps ∼56%
84.1 (min: 70) fps ∼56%
145 (min: 116) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
14.8 (min: 12) fps ∼37%
31.4 (min: 25) fps ∼46%
50.2 (min: 42) fps ∼55%
63.8 (min: 54) fps ∼52%
82.9 (min: 73) fps ∼55%
145 (min: 120) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
13.7 (min: 11) fps ∼34%
28.4 (min: 23) fps ∼42%
45.2 (min: 37) fps ∼49%
62 (min: 52) fps ∼50%
74.7 (min: 65) fps ∼49%
112 (min: 93) fps ∼57%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
14.5 (min: 12) fps ∼36%
30.2 (min: 25) fps ∼44%
44.7 (min: 34) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
12 (min: 9) fps ∼30%
24.1 (min: 19) fps ∼35%
38.4 (min: 33) fps ∼42%
51.8 (min: 42) fps ∼42%
62 (min: 53) fps ∼41%
97.3 (min: 77) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
26.6 (min: 20) fps ∼29%
35.2 (min: 28) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
6 (min: 3) fps ∼15%
16.9 (min: 13) fps ∼25%
28 (min: 22) fps ∼30%
40.5 (min: 32) fps ∼33%
49.5 (min: 42) fps ∼33%
107 (min: 84) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
8.2 (min: 5) fps ∼21%
18.5 (min: 13) fps ∼27%
29.3 (min: 23) fps ∼32%
41.4 (min: 35) fps ∼34%
49.9 (min: 45) fps ∼33%
96.1 (min: 84) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop), 4790K
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
22.9 (min: 17) fps ∼25%
32.5 (min: 26) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
25.1 (min: 20) fps ∼27%
33.3 (min: 23) fps ∼27%
41.6 (min: 36) fps ∼28%
93 (min: 65) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
6.5 (min: 5) fps ∼16%
14.1 (min: 11) fps ∼21%
22.2 (min: 17) fps ∼24%
31 (min: 26) fps ∼25%
37.4 (min: 33) fps ∼25%
74.2 (min: 58) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
4.2 (min: 2) fps ∼11%
10.3 (min: 8) fps ∼15%
17.5 (min: 14) fps ∼19%
24 (min: 20) fps ∼20%
28.4 (min: 25) fps ∼19%
68.4 (min: 57) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
15 (min: 12) fps ∼16%
19.8 (min: 16) fps ∼16%
23.8 (min: 20) fps ∼16%
55.6 (min: 47) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
12 (min: 9) fps ∼13%
18.1 (min: 14) fps ∼15%
22.1 (min: 18) fps ∼15%
51.6 (min: 44) fps ∼26%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11, 2400G
MSI B350I Pro AC - DDR4-2933 - 2GB GPU
14.1 (min: 11) fps ∼15%
18.7 (min: 15) fps ∼15%
22.3 (min: 18) fps ∼15%
50.6 (min: 41) fps ∼26%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2200G
MSI B350I Pro AC - DDR4-2933
18.3 (min: 16) fps ∼12%
36.8 (min: 25) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
7.9 (min: 6) fps ∼9%
9.7 (min: 8) fps ∼8%
11.3 (min: 9) fps ∼7%
27 (min: 19) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
7.5 (min: 4) fps ∼8%
10.1 (min: 7) fps ∼8%
12 (min: 9) fps ∼8%
29.3 (min: 24) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
15.2 (min: 4) fps ∼8%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
5.8 (min: 4) fps ∼4%
15.2 (min: 11) fps ∼8%
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
8.3 (min: 1) fps ∼4%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Kingdom Come: Deliverance
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low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra High Preset
4k
3840x2160
Ultra High Preset
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
155
122
96
73
31
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
144
121
92.1
66.6
32.8
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
144
123
98.3
75
27.4
 7*AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
132.554
113.94
88.54
66.654
33.34
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
113
96.6
1024
76.64
25.552
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
154
100
82
59.1
22.7
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
145
114
92.7
68.9
23.1
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
121
95
77
62
20.2
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
109
93.4
77.45
65.25
21.2
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
70.23
53.33
 24NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
145
84.1
69.4
50.1
16.1
 25AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
118.8
86.7
72.2
49.3
15.8
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
145
82.9
63.8
50.2
14.8
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
44.7
14.5
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
112
74.7
60.33
40.954
13.82
 42NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
110
66.8
52.7
38
12
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
97.3
62
51.8
38.4
12
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
107
49.5
38.93
283
6
 66NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
35.2
26.6
Pos      Model                                     Kingdom Come: Deliverance
lowmed.highultra4k
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
96.1
49.9
41.4
29.3
8.2
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
32.5
22.9
 79NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
83.62
39.52
32.152
23.652
6.5
 88*AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
53.3
32.5
28.3
21.4
 116NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
68.4
28.4
24
17.5
4.2
 125NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
50.4
20.5
 126NVIDIA GeForce MX150
45.852
20.252
18.1
12
 133*AMD Radeon RX 540
32.8
11.1
8.4
 143NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
55.6
23.8
19.8
15
 151*AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
50.6
22.3
18.7
14.1
 223NVIDIA GeForce MX130
32.1
14.2
11
8.1
 224NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
27
11.3
9.7
7.9
 226*AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
35.23
18.33
10.1
7.3
 227NVIDIA GeForce 940M
29.3
12
10.1
7.5
 249NVIDIA GeForce 930M
21.6
 255NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
23.8
9.6
8.1
5.9
 296NVIDIA GeForce 920M
15.2
 311Intel UHD Graphics 630
16.9
6.9
 312Intel HD Graphics 630
15.2
5.8
 314Intel HD Graphics 530
14
Pos      Model                                     Kingdom Come: Deliverance
lowmed.highultra4k
 317AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
9.4
4.4
 319Intel HD Graphics 620
11.5
5.7
 388AMD Radeon R5 M255
18.2
 393Intel HD Graphics 520
10.3
5
 395NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
12.6
 415Intel HD Graphics 4600
11.7
 417Intel HD Graphics 5500
12.1
 424*Intel HD Graphics 615
8.3
 466Intel HD Graphics 4400
10.8
 467*Intel HD Graphics 610
7.2
* Smaller values are better. / * 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 Operating System
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 i7-6700K 2 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 i7-4790K 2 x 4 GB DDR3 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
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 390.77 Adrenalin 18.2.2
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