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Mafia 3 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 10/16/2016

Interesting scenario with technical issues. One thing right away: You will be disappointed if you expect triple-A graphics from “Mafia 3”. The visual quality of the open-world game is average at best. Our benchmark test will show whether this is at least good news for users of low-end and mainstream PCs.

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Graphics

“Are you serious?” This was our first question in terms of the graphics after we had launched the ambitious gangster game. A second look at the settings confirmed that “Mafia 3” looks quite outdated even at the highest details.

While the cutscenes actually have a high-quality and convince with very detailed character models, atmospheric environments and good lighting, the real gaming graphics are far behind what is currently possible. Many textures look muddy even on High settings, which is particularly noticeable when you walk around.

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The rest of the graphics also remind us of a game from 2010. Weak effects here, clipping errors and pop-ups or flickering objects there: The PC version of “Mafia 3” does not leave a very sophisticated impression.

The developers also deserve criticism for the distance presentation. The drawing distance is okay, but distant objects lack details and there is a strong soft focus. That surface shaders are loaded and removed based on the camera angle, which is also annoying. However, the biggest issue was the initial 30 FPS limit, but it can be deactivated with the patch.

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Speaking of settings: There are currently exactly 16 settings in the graphics menu, which can be changed without a restart. Besides the usual suspects such as the resolution, brightness, picture mode and VSync (avoids line shifting), you will also find three presets, which adjust various detail features. You can also adjust everything manually by setting the quality to  “Custom”. Inexperienced users can also let “Mafia 3” decide for itself via  “Optimal”.

But you should be careful: We would not use the video menu outside of the game. Some options are missing here, and the changes are not always applied reliably, so you still have to use the in-game settings. The PC version would require a few weeks or even months of fine tuning in general. The game often crashes or freezes during loading and when you adjust settings. In short: Compared to the predecessor, “Mafia 3” does not have a good start.

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So what about the gameplay of the GTA V competitor? After we played the game for a few hours and finished several story missions, the verdict is mainly positive. Even though the gameplay is not the best and the missions are supposed to be repetitive after a while, the game is quite enjoyable except for the technical issues. The shootings with the somewhat usable AI work pretty well, thanks to the decent controls.

It is also possible to finish many missions almost non-violently. Even though the sneaking mechanics are not quite as comprehensive and pretty rudimentary compared to  “real” stealth games such as “Thief” or “Splinter Cell”, we did like the slightly pacifistic action (you are still a gangster after all).

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The driving scenes are pretty good as well. If you ignore the slightly awkward collision model, there is not much to criticize. Driving physics are on par with other open-world games (“Watch Dogs” or “Mad Max”, for example).

We think the biggest highlight is the scenario in the late 60s, which has not been used very often before. “Mafia 3” is great when it comes to speakers, character building, soundtrack and the stylistic implementation in general. The cut scenes in particular feature perfectly adjusted music. We already know from this genre that there are radio stations for almost every taste. We can only hope that “Mafia 3” will be able to keep up the dense narrative structure of the first couple of hours, where you are confronted with a lot of story and cleverly implemented time jumps.

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Benchmark

The fact that there is just one save-game and that the game does not support cloud storage (you need a Steam account to activate the game) is not so clever. We therefore use the initial car drive for our benchmark sequence. The main figure is driving to a heist after a short indoor sequence. The full drive would take too long, so we stop the measurements with the tool Fraps after the distance marker has reached the value 1500 (see video). The benchmark takes about 60 seconds and shows the truck driving in rural as well as metropolitan areas, so a certain performance range is covered.

Since the sequence always takes place at night due to the staging and the logic and we also closely follow the instructions of the navigation system, the results are pretty steady, even though there can be some variations from one run to another (traffic etc.). “Mafia 3” does deliver pretty steady FPS numbers and even though we could not determine any serious FPS drops during our testing, you should manage more than the default FPS limit at 30 for smooth gameplay. The game really starts to be fun at 35 to 40 FPS, so we used these numbers for our hardware recommendations as well.

Results

The hardware requirements are absurdly high when you consider the mediocre graphics quality. Notebooks with iGPUs (such as the HD Graphics 4600/5600) are not even powerful enough for the lowest settings; even dedicated entry-level and mainstream models from Nvidia and AMD are insufficient for “Mafia 3”. Neither a GeForce 940M (X) nor a GTX 950M managed more than 35 FPS in our benchmark. Decent frame rates are only possible with a high-end chip. 1280x720 pixels in combination with the Low preset require at least a GeForce GTX 960M or GTX 870M, 1366x768 pixels and Normal details at least a GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 880M. Only top models are powerful enough for Full HD. The GeForce GTX 980M is okay for the Medium preset, High will require a GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 980.

You should not really think about 3840x2160 pixels. Not even modern high-end chips such as the GeForce GTX 1080 can manage decent results in this case, and another problem is that the HUD is not scaled when you exceed Full HD and it is therefore way too small. A test with the MSI GT83VR (GTX 1070 SLI), which is currently under review, also shows missing dual-GPU support, which would enable more headroom for settings on powerful systems. Strange: “Mafia 3” sometimes looks better with low settings compared to the Medium or High presets. This could be a result of the post-processing, which creates a rather blurry image.

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If you are considering purchasing “Mafia 3”, you will also need a lot of storage space as well as a fast GPU. “Mafia 3” requires more than 40 GB, so the download will take forever without a decent Internet connection. The retail version on the other hand consists of five DVDs.

Finally a word about the loading times: They are pretty short on a Solid-State Drive, but you will need more patience with an HDD. Overall, the developers from Hangar 13 should still optimize their first “Mafia 3” game. The good open-world feeling is currently affected by technical issues.

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    3840x2160 High Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1366x768 Medium Preset     1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, E5-2680 v4
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4
35.3 (min: 31) fps ∼96%
68 (min: 56) fps ∼72%
75.9 (min: 62) fps ∼80%
78.1 (min: 65) fps ∼77%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
25.9 (min: 21) fps ∼71%
63 (min: 55) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC
22.2 (min: 19) fps ∼60%
50.6 (min: 46) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
21.2 (min: 18) fps ∼58%
47.1 (min: 43) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
20.2 (min: 17) fps ∼55%
46.6 (min: 42) fps ∼49%
60.3 (min: 54) fps ∼88%
74.8 (min: 60) fps ∼79%
81.2 (min: 63) fps ∼80%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
20 (min: 17) fps ∼54%
42 (min: 38) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
15.7 (min: 12) fps ∼43%
36.9 (min: 33) fps ∼39%
47.9 (min: 42) fps ∼70%
71.3 (min: 63) fps ∼75%
102 (min: 76) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
15.4 (min: 12) fps ∼42%
36.5 (min: 32) fps ∼38%
47.6 (min: 42) fps ∼70%
66.6 (min: 61) fps ∼70%
94.2 (min: 74) fps ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
32.6 (min: 30) fps ∼34%
57.5 (min: 33) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC
14.1 (min: 11) fps ∼38%
32 (min: 27) fps ∼34%
42.5 (min: 38) fps ∼62%
59.9 (min: 54) fps ∼63%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
29.8 (min: 27) fps ∼31%
52.8 (min: 48) fps ∼56%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
37 (min: 33) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
12 (min: 10) fps ∼33%
29.3 (min: 25) fps ∼31%
39.6 (min: 34) fps ∼58%
56.7 (min: 51) fps ∼60%
75 (min: 53) fps ∼74%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 4790K
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X
27.9 (min: 24) fps ∼29%
49.4 (min: 43) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
9.1 (min: 8) fps ∼25%
21 (min: 18) fps ∼22%
27.5 (min: 24) fps ∼40%
40.1 (min: 36) fps ∼42%
62.1 (min: 53) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
20.3 (min: 16) fps ∼21%
25.6 (min: 22) fps ∼38%
34.5 (min: 30) fps ∼36%
55.6 (min: 45) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
17.7 (min: 15) fps ∼19%
23.5 (min: 20) fps ∼34%
33.9 (min: 30) fps ∼36%
53.8 (min: 48) fps ∼53%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
16.7 (min: 14) fps ∼18%
35.2 (min: 30) fps ∼37%
58 (min: 50) fps ∼57%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
16.2 (min: 13) fps ∼17%
30.4 (min: 26) fps ∼32%
48.4 (min: 43) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
15.3 (min: 12) fps ∼16%
20.3 (min: 17) fps ∼30%
28.4 (min: 24) fps ∼30%
43.7 (min: 37) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
13.2 (min: 10) fps ∼14%
16.1 (min: 13) fps ∼24%
25 (min: 21) fps ∼26%
46.3 (min: 41) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
11.4 (min: 9) fps ∼12%
14.7 (min: 11) fps ∼22%
21.1 (min: 18) fps ∼22%
32 (min: 28) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
9.9 (min: 8) fps ∼10%
19.2 (min: 16) fps ∼20%
31.5 (min: 27) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
21.1 (min: 18) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
17.2 (min: 15) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
9.8 fps ∼10%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
7.8 (min: 5) fps ∼8%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Mafia 3
 Mafia 3 (2016)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1366x768
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
4k
3840x2160
High Preset
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
91
36.7
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
78.1
75.9
68
35.3
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
30
 4NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
54
21.3
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
632
26.852
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
76.55
28.43
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
50.6
22.2
 10NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
76.752
74.83
65.79
20.23
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
47.1
21.2
 15AMD Radeon R9 Fury
42
20
 17NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
94.2
66.6
36.5
15.4
 23NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
102
71.3
36.9
15.7
 24*NVIDIA Quadro P3000
36.5
 25AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
57.5
32.6
 27NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
51.3
47.1
43.69
13.1
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
59.9
32
14.1
 33AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
52.8
29.8
 38AMD Radeon R9 290X
37
 42AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
42.1
33.4
18.2
Pos      Model                                     Mafia 3
lowmed.high4k
 45NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
75
56.7
29.3
12
 47AMD Radeon R9 280X
49.4
27.9
 50NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
61.3
44.152
29.854
9.8
 51NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
68.2
41.8
22.1
 52NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
62.1
40.1
21
9.1
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
41.1
26.1
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
46.652
27.83
223
 67AMD Radeon R7 370
58
35.2
16.7
 69NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
55.6
34.5
20.3
 77AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
48.4
30.4
16.2
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
53.8
33.9
17.7
 83NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
43.7
28.4
15.3
 85AMD Radeon HD 8970M
42.2
28.9
16.1
 99NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
34.23
24.23
12.12
 112*AMD Radeon Pro 455
32.8
15.1
 115NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
32
21.1
11.4
 123*AMD Radeon Pro 450
28.3
 124NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
31.5
19.2
9.9
 200NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
20.52
10
 202NVIDIA GeForce 940M
17.2
Pos      Model                                     Mafia 3
lowmed.high4k
 231Intel Iris Graphics 540
11.3
 264*AMD Radeon R7 M460
11.7
7.4
3.8
 267AMD Radeon R7 M360
14.2
9
 273AMD Radeon R7 M440
14
8.9
 284Intel HD Graphics 530
7.2
 290*Intel HD Graphics 620
7.4
5
 322Intel HD Graphics 5600
8.3
 359AMD Radeon R5 M255
10.3
 363Intel HD Graphics 520
7.92
6.1
 365NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
9.8
 384Intel HD Graphics 4600
6.82
 432Intel HD Graphics 4400
3.8
* 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

Desktop-PCs Custom Nvidia Custom AMD
Mainboard Asus Z170-A Asus Z97-Deluxe
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Intel Core i7-4790K (Haswell)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 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)
Memory 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Crucial MX100 SSD (256 GB)
Crucial M500 SSD (480 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
OCZ Trion 150 SSD (960 GB)
Intel SSD 530 (240 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Schenker Notebooks Schenker W504 Schenker XMG A505 Schenker S413
Mainboard Intel HM87 Intel HM87 Intel HM87
Processor Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4720HQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4750HQ (Haswell)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M (8 GB GDDR5)
GTX 970M (6 GB GDDR5)
GTX 880M (8 GB GDDR5)
GTX 870M (6 GB GDDR5)
GTX 860M Kepler (4 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
Memory 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Samsung SSD 840 EVO (250 GB) Micron M600 SSD (128 GB)
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HDD (1000 GB)
Intel SSD
OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Windows 10 Home 64-bit Windows 10 Home 64-bit
MSI Notebooks MSI GE72 MSI PE60 MSI GP62 MSI CX61 MSI CX61
Mainboard Intel HM170 Intel HM170 Intel HM86 Intel HM86 Intel HM86
Processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-5700HQ (Broadwell) Intel Celeron 2970M (Haswell) Intel Core i5-4200M (Haswell)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2016 (2 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce GT 720M (2 GB DDR3)
Memory 1 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2 x 4 GB DDR4-2133 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Toshiba THNSNJ128G8NU SSD (128 GB)
WDC WD10JPVX HDD (1000 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
Toshiba MQ01ABF050 HDD (500 GB) WDC Scorpio Blue HDD (1000 GB)
OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Asus Notebooks Asus G752VS Asus N551ZU
Mainboard Intel CM236 AMD K15.1
Processor Intel Core i7-6820HK (Skylake) AMD FX-7600P (Kaveri)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5)
Memory 4 x 16 GB DDR4-2400 2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7 SSD (512 GB) Samsung SSD 830 (256 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
4K Monitor Nvidia driver AMD driver Intel driver
2 x Asus PB287Q ForceWare 373.06 Crimson 16.10.1 15.40.28.4501
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I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.