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Mad Max Notebook Benchmarks

Brilliant. It has been four months since the Hollywood blockbuster was released and now its time for the video game. Unlike many other movie-to-game ports, Mad Max is impressive. Let us take a look at what it has to offer.
Florian Glaser, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 🇩🇪
Mad Max

For the original German article, see here.

Engine

Mad Max was developed by Avalanche Studios. They were also the producers of Just Cause. The game is action-packed from the third-person view. Like the movie, the game is packed with over-the-top effects, like massive explosions, which will no doubt please gamers.

This title qualifies as an Arcade game thanks to the intense fist fights, like those of Batman, and straightforward races. The available gadgets and tuning elements may be a bit demanding, but this is in no way a survival game like The Evil Within. Mad Max is not a hardcore game but is a lot of fun: There is a certain appeal to shutting off the brain for a few hours and racing at full speed through the desert. Overall, the game feels like a mix of Borderlands, Rage and the Pitch Black movie.

The PC version of Mad Max is very stable. We did not encounter any crashes or other abnormalities during our tests, but some users have complained about massive quest bugs. The engine of the game is well-designed. Although the Avalanche Engine cannot match the quality of a few other open-world games, like The Witcher 3 or Assassin's Creed Unity, it does manage a good job of putting the gamer in the world of Mad Max.

The developers deserve praise for the action and physics effects. Some should be improved, like flames, but overall the effects are very good and make the fights entertaining. Most gamers will keep playing simply due to the beautiful car explosions. The dust and smoke particles, which are created when racing through the landscape, are well done. Sadly, the texture quality of Mad Max is not great. A closer look reveals that many surfaces are blurry. Also, it cannot match the object density of GTA V or Far Cry 4.

As shown by our benchmarks, the hardware requirements are modest. If the performance is decent, the game will run fluidly. Thanks to the comprehensive tutorial, precise controls and good mechanics, the game quickly immerses players into the environment. The speech quality is a bit poor, which makes the characters sound rather unenthusiastic in the original English audio.

The story is not the focus of this game and can be considered a side dish. Despite fantastic gameplay, Mad Max feels repetitive, as the missions are always quite similar (destroy x, find y, conquer z, etc...). In short: we would have preferred a smaller, yet more detailed world.

Settings

Avalanche Studios deserves praise for its extensive graphics menu: a total of 22 settings. Sadly we found a few problems with these settings. Problem 1: if the keyboard is used to navigate the menu, some options will have to be selected by pressing the "E" key before they can be changed. Problem 2: after confirming the changes by pressing the E key again, the user has to click on "Apply" to implement the new settings. Otherwise, the settings will revert back to the old ones. Problem 3: Mad Max sometimes reduces the Hz frequency of the resolution by itself, but this only affects the menu and will not noticeably affect the gameplay.

Furthermore, the studio has included very different settings: sometimes the settings offer levels from "Off" to "Max" and sometimes they offer "Normal" to "High". The available presets only cover medium to high settings. If you want to play at minimum or maximum settings, you have to turn every option off/on in the menu by yourself. To avoid mistakes, we chose the 3 presets available for our tests. Annoying: the integrated Anti-Aliasing feature (probably FXAA) does not do a good job. Skewed borders and some objects tend to flicker a lot on levels.

Normal Preset @HD
Normal Preset @HD
High Preset @FHD
High Preset @FHD
Very High Preset @FHD
Very High Preset @FHD
High Preset @4K
High Preset @4K
Normal Preset @HD
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High Preset @FHD
High Preset @FHD
Very High Preset @FHD
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High Preset @4K
High Preset @4K

Benchmark

Mad Max overwrites saves without asking when certain checkpoints are reached. As such, finding an appropriate benchmark sequence was quite hard. We chose "Jeet's Stronghold" in the end as it can be unlocked in the first hour of play.

The active quest "Drive to Dead Barrens" leads us through a desolate street in bleak desert. You can see the start and end of our benchmark sequence in the video below. The frame rate of the benchmark is average. In short: there are times when its runs smoothly and then there are times when everything stutters. Due to the fast game pace, we recommend a minimum of 35 fps.

Results

Thanks to the relatively low hardware requirements, weak systems can run Mad Max decently (Metal Gear Solid V is not as kind). At 1024x768 pixels and minimum details, we could run the game at 38 fps on the entry-level HD Graphics 4600 IGP. A multimedia notebook with a GeForce GT 750M or higher is necessary for a resolution of 1366x768 pixels and the preset "Normal." With a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and the preset "High," the gamer would need a GeForce GTX 850M or better.

A combination of FHD and max details only runs on true gaming giants, like the GeForce GTX 960M. The performance difference between the "Very High" preset and max settings is not very large. Switching to max settings from the "Very High" preset dropped the frame rate from 56.2 to 48.8 fps on the GeForce GTX 870M (around 13%). Owners of a 4K display will not be happy playing this game on a notebook, as even the GeForce GTX 980M lacks the power to deliver a smooth experience on high details and a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. The desktop counterpart, the GeForce GTX 980, can deliver 46.6 fps.

Note: AMD GPU performances will be added in the next few days.

Mad Max
    3840x2160 High Preset AF:6x     1920x1080 Very High Preset AF:12x     1920x1080 High Preset AF:6x     1366x768 Normal Preset AF:2x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
Desktop-PC
46.6 (43min) fps ∼28%
138.3 (122min) fps ∼53%
140.5 (127min) fps ∼53%
225.6 (176min) fps ∼60%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
47.3 (44min) fps ∼28%
119 (103min) fps ∼45%
138 (89min) fps ∼52%
240 (197min) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
33 (28min) fps ∼20%
97.9 (75min) fps ∼37%
107.7 (88min) fps ∼41%
189.6 (155min) fps ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
26 (21min) fps ∼15%
77.9 (64min) fps ∼30%
84.2 (69min) fps ∼32%
169.1 (148min) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
24.1 (21min) fps ∼14%
67.9 (59min) fps ∼26%
76.6 (68min) fps ∼29%
145.3 (126min) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, 3770K
Desktop-PC
21.4 (19min) fps ∼13%
64.9 (59min) fps ∼25%
69.6 (64min) fps ∼26%
140.5 (126min) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
19 (17min) fps ∼11%
56.2 (48min) fps ∼21%
62 (52min) fps ∼23%
122 (105min) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
14.9 (13min) fps ∼9%
45.6 (41min) fps ∼17%
49.3 (44min) fps ∼19%
98.5 (88min) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
11.3 (9min) fps ∼7%
35.6 (30min) fps ∼14%
38.7 (34min) fps ∼15%
78.2 (68min) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
10.2 (9min) fps ∼6%
29.6 (26min) fps ∼11%
34.1 (30min) fps ∼13%
64.6 (58min) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
17.8 (14min) fps ∼7%
19.6 (16min) fps ∼7%
39.3 (32min) fps ∼10%
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
18.2 (16min) fps ∼7%
35.9 (32min) fps ∼10%
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ
Schenker S413
14 (10min) fps ∼5%
31 (24min) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
15.6 (12min) fps ∼6%
31.6 (23min) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
11.2 (9min) fps ∼4%
11.9 (10min) fps ∼4%
26.9 (24min) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
4.8 (0min) fps ∼2%
9.1 (0min) fps ∼3%
20.2 (0min) fps ∼5%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
20.2 (17min) fps ∼5%
Intel Iris Graphics 5100, 4258U
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2013-10
18.7 (14min) fps ∼5%
Intel HD Graphics 5500, 5010U
Intel NUC Kit NUC5i3RYH
7.4 (6min) fps ∼3%
8.3 (7min) fps ∼3%
18 (15min) fps ∼5%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
7.2 (3min) fps ∼3%
8.3 (4min) fps ∼3%
19.2 (15min) fps ∼5%

Test Systems

Four of our test models are from Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, GTX 970M, GTX 980M)
  • A505 (Core i7-4720HQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 960M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

Three notebooks were provided by Nvidia:

Intel provided one more:

  • Schenker S413 (Core i7-4750HQ, 8 GB DDR3, Iris Pro Graphics 5200)

The desktop PC uses CPUs/APUs from Intel and AMD, SSDs from Micron, Intel and Samsung, motherboards from Intel and Asus as well as graphics cards from Nvidia, PNY and AMD. For the 4K monitor, we use the Asus PB287Q.

GPU drivers used: Nvidia 355.82, AMD 15.8 Beta, Intel 10.18.14.4264 (Win 7) and 10.18.15.4256 (Win 10).

Overview

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AMD Radeon HD 6250
AMD FirePro W2100
AMD FirePro W7170M
AMD Radeon 530
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 K510M
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AMD Radeon HD 7690M
AMD Radeon HD 7340
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
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AMD Radeon HD 7420G
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
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AMD Radeon HD 7400G
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16.4
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25.2
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23.7
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64.6
34.1
29.6
10.2
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78.2
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35.6
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265
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139.3n3
69.9n3
63.8n3
20.6n2
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NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
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NVIDIA Quadro M500M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
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204.5n3
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Intel HD Graphics 615
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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, 2015-09-14 (Update: 2015-09-15)
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.