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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Benchmarked

GPU glutton. In Shadow of Mordor, Sauron does not aim for the ring but primarily goes for video memory. We tried to determine the hardware requirements. Do you really need a lightning fast high-end system?
Florian Glaser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Martina Osztovits), 🇩🇪 🇵🇱
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

For the original German article, see here.

Technology

How much video memory does a graphics card require? This question is raised when buying the brand new scion of the Lord of the Rings universe. While 1 to 2 GB VRAM is sufficient for most games, 6 GB is recommended for Middle-earth. In 2014, a few other games (Watch Dogs & Wolfenstein: The New Order require 3 GB at ultra settings) also require more than 2 GB with maximum details. However, the requirements of Shadow of Mordor are definitely exorbitant.

In view of the graphics quality, you might sooner or later suspect that Monolith (F.E.A.R., Tron 2.0, Aliens vs. Predator 2, No One Lives Forever...) was a bit lazy when optimizing their LithTech Jupiter EX Engine; at least at the PC. While most of the textures are razor-sharp and the technology is better than the competition's in many aspects (simulation of cloth), this does not justify such high video memory requirements. Shadow of Mordor looks good, yet not outstanding. Apart from facial expressions, polygon count and quality of effects should also be improved in some scenes.

HD textures: step I
HD textures: step I
HD textures: step II
HD textures: step II
HD textures: step III
HD textures: step III

Let's return to the topic: If you want to enjoy Middle-earth in all its glory, you have to manually download and install the texture package via Steam first (see screenshots). If you skip this, only high textures are used with ultra settings and image errors might occur.

Our tests proved that 6 GB VRAM is not absolutely necessary for maximum graphics options, but, with less memory, you'll face stuttering and slowdowns, which have a big, negative effect on the gaming experience. Previous to the launch of the GeForce 900 generation, only the top models of the GeForce GTX 870M (6 GB) and the GeForce GTX 880M (8 GB) could meet the high memory requirements in the notebook range. This gets especially apparent in the minimum fps. Instead of 26 fps, the predecessor of the GTX 870M only reached 11 fps (GTX 770M @ 3 GB) at ultra settings. Likewise, the GTX 780M with 4 GB VRAM stuttered more than its counterpart of the 800 series. While the performance was comparable otherwise, the minimum fps were more than 50% lower (13 vs. 30 fps).

Since the texture quality at ultra settings hardly differs from high settings, we would recommend omitting the HD package and playing with the (very) high presetting if possible. In dropping ultra textures, not only the average fps will increase, but especially the minimum fps.

Not only the video memory requirements raised discussion in advance, the CPU requirements did too. According to Monolith, you'll require a quad-core CPU. Don't panic: Reasonably powerful dual-core models like the Core i5-4340M are sufficiently fast. However, a lot of storage is required. Shadow of Mordor with high-res textures (~4 GB) occupies over 40 GB on the hard drive.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings

Otherwise, you can hardly complain about the technical implementation. The enhanced options menu brings more than 10 options. Apart from Ambient Occlusion, the DirectX 11 engine also supports other "graphical gems" like tessellation. The video menu allows changing the resolution, configuring the display mode, and activating vertical sync. In addition, not every game allows limiting the frame rate. Unfortunately, Shadow of Mordor requires being restarted after specific changes. This would not be a problem if you could skip the intro video. It is also annoying that Monolith did not implement anti-aliasing. Jagged edges are an issue in Middle-earth - see "overhead wiring" in the video.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings

Furthermore, the following things are notable:

  • While Nvidia platforms deliver rather constant frame rates, they partly fluctuate extremely in AMD systems. This gets especially apparent in the diagram of the integrated benchmark.
  • In general, the minimum fps varies greatly - regardless whether run on an Nvidia or AMD platform. The minimum is usually higher in the second benchmark run.
  • Weaker AMD processors often falter.
  • Only low to medium details are possible with Intel HD Graphics 4600. The game crashes with "high" setting and above.
  • With low to very high setting, the performance is hardly different with or without HD texture package (tested with GeForce GTX 780 Ti).
  • The options menu only displays the Intel chip instead of the Radeon in AMD notebooks with Enduro graphics switch. Nevertheless, the settings can be configured as usual.
  • It seems that the integrated benchmark starts recording a few seconds too early. In any case, the maximum fps is much too high.
  • In contrast to the other options, the "graphical quality" is not changed after restarting the settings. Restarting again helps here.

Benchmark

As already mentioned, we used the integrated benchmark for our measurement, which can be directly run from the option menu. Although it is not particularly representative for the real game (frame rate reduction due to VRAM overflow), we decided to use this sequence, which takes just under 40 seconds, because of comfort and identical passes. It would also be hard to recommend hardware for specific settings based on a "real" in-game benchmark. This would require a more constant performance of the game. So, the GPUs listed below are only a rough estimation based on minimum and average fps of the benchmark.

Results

Those only owning a cheap office or multimedia notebook can save about 50 Euros (~$63) due for the game. Neither the HD Graphics 4000/4600 nor mid-range chips like the GeForce GT 740M can handle it. At least a GeForce GT 750M is required to smoothly run the game with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and "lowest" level. Not less than a GeForce GTX 850M or GTX 765M are necessary for 1366x768 pixels and normal settings. The high presetting and 1920x1080 pixels only run adequately on a top GPU. Both the Radeon R9 M290X and the GeForce GTX 870M achieve an average of above 50 fps. You should not use the ultra presetting because of the reasons mentioned above.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
    1920x1080 Ultra Preset (HD Package)     1920x1080 High Preset     1344x756 Medium Preset     1280x720 Lowest Preset
GeForce GTX 780 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
88 (min: 20) fps ∼47%
112.3 (min: 73) fps ∼56%
194.9 (min: 88) fps ∼57%
225.8 (min: 108) fps ∼53%
Radeon R9 290X, 2600K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X Desktop
78 (min: 31) fps ∼42%
113 (min: 46) fps ∼57%
Radeon R9 280X, 3770K
Desktop-PC
51.3 (min: 16) fps ∼27%
70.7 (min: 29) fps ∼35%
156.4 (min: 42) fps ∼46%
198.2 (min: 105) fps ∼46%
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
48.3 (min: 30) fps ∼26%
63 (min: 38) fps ∼32%
108.9 (min: 59) fps ∼32%
177.6 (min: 80) fps ∼41%
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
44.1 (min: 13) fps ∼24%
57.2 (min: 34) fps ∼29%
99.8 (min: 56) fps ∼29%
161.6 (min: 75) fps ∼38%
GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
38.9 (min: 26) fps ∼21%
50.2 (min: 33) fps ∼25%
84.9 (min: 52) fps ∼25%
142 (min: 70) fps ∼33%
GeForce GTX 760, 3770K
Desktop-PC
37.4 (min: 9) fps ∼20%
61.3 (min: 41) fps ∼31%
102.8 (min: 56) fps ∼30%
167.6 (min: 102) fps ∼39%
Radeon R9 M290X, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
37.1 (min: 10) fps ∼20%
50.8 (min: 30) fps ∼25%
102.8 (min: 50) fps ∼30%
151 (min: 84) fps ∼35%
GeForce GTX 770M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
29.8 (min: 11) fps ∼16%
38.8 (min: 25) fps ∼19%
66.2 (min: 40) fps ∼19%
110.8 (min: 51) fps ∼26%
GeForce GTX 750 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
29.2 (min: 8) fps ∼16%
43.4 (min: 31) fps ∼22%
76.4 (min: 46) fps ∼22%
126.4 (min: 82) fps ∼29%
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
26.4 (min: 12) fps ∼14%
34.7 (min: 25) fps ∼17%
61.8 (min: 40) fps ∼18%
99.3 (min: 62) fps ∼23%
GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
17.2 (min: 4) fps ∼9%
23.5 (min: 15) fps ∼12%
54.2 (min: 27) fps ∼16%
78.4 (min: 51) fps ∼18%
GeForce GTX 765M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
16.4 (min: 6) fps ∼9%
28.6 (min: 20) fps ∼14%
51.5 (min: 33) fps ∼15%
80.5 (min: 56) fps ∼19%
Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
12.4 (min: 4) fps ∼7%
17 (min: 9) fps ∼9%
28.5 (min: 13) fps ∼8%
41 (min: 18) fps ∼10%
GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
11.6 (min: 3) fps ∼6%
16.7 (min: 12) fps ∼8%
29.7 (min: 16) fps ∼9%
47.1 (min: 34) fps ∼11%
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180B3
Schenker S413
0 (min: 0) fps ∼0%
16.4 (min: 6) fps ∼8%
29 (min: 14) fps ∼8%
44 (min: 22) fps ∼10%
GeForce GT 640M, 2637M, Lite-On LMT-256M3M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
10 (min: 1) fps ∼5%
14.5 (min: 8) fps ∼7%
25 (min: 12) fps ∼7%
38.4 (min: 24) fps ∼9%
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
7.9 (min: 2) fps ∼4%
10.6 (min: 8) fps ∼5%
19.3 (min: 12) fps ∼6%
30.4 (min: 20) fps ∼7%
GeForce GT 720M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
MSI CX61-i572M
5.7 (min: 0) fps ∼3%
8.7 (min: 0) fps ∼4%
15.2 (min: 0) fps ∼4%
25.6 (min: 0) fps ∼6%
GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM, Seagate Momentus 7200.5 ST9750420AS
Asus N56VM
15 (min: 10) fps ∼4%
26 (min: 12) fps ∼6%
Iris Graphics 5100, 4258U, Apple SSD SM0256F
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2013-10
0 (min: 0) fps ∼0%
9.5 (min: 5) fps ∼5%
17.3 (min: 12) fps ∼5%
25 (min: 20) fps ∼6%
HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
17.4 (min: 9) fps ∼5%
26.8 (min: 17) fps ∼6%
Radeon HD 8650G, A10-5750M, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
17.3 (min: 8) fps ∼4%
HD Graphics 4000, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
13 (min: 8) fps ∼3%

Test systems

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

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, Radeon R9 M290X)
  • W503 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 765M, GTX 770M, GTX 780M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

All of these used Windows 7 64-bit as operating system. Thanks to Micron for providing us with a 480 GB Crucial M500.

Nvidia provided us with another test system:

  • HP Envy 15-j011sg (Core i5-4200M, 12 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 740M)

Used GPU driver: Nvidia 344.11, AMD 14.9, Intel 10.18.10.3907

In addition, there are benchmarks from other notebooks with probably different drivers.

Overview

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Lowest Preset
med.
1344x756
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset (HD Package)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
166.5
151.8
145.4
134.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile
133.6
117.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
AMD Radeon RX 5600M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
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AMD Radeon Pro 5600M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
230n2
194.8n2
121.2n3
91.4n5
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
147.5
130.9
109
85.7
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
AMD Radeon RX 580X (Laptop)
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon RX Vega Mobile
AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
AMD Radeon RX 5300M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
136
123.1
84.2
69.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
170.2
139.9
96.7
76.9
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
AMD Radeon RX 570X (Laptop)
AMD Radeon RX 570 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
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NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (Laptop)
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
AMD Radeon RX 490M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
191.2n4
155.25n4
88.7n9
67.7n9
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
128.5n2
119.35n2
95.3n2
73.45n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
170n5
125.3n7
68.6n12
51.8n12
AMD Radeon R9 M395X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870
AMD Radeon R9 M485X
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
AMD Radeon R9 M295X
131.9
94.8
58
44.6
AMD Radeon R9 M390X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
156n3
102.7n3
58.8n3
45.3n3
AMD Radeon R9 M395
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
177.6
108.9
63
48.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
161.6
99.8
57.2
44.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
Intel Xe DG1 LP (iDG1LP) Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
129.4n3
92.3n3
48.7n3
29.3n3
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
142
84.9
50.2
38.9
AMD Radeon R9 M290X
151
102.8
50.8
37.1
AMD Radeon HD 8970M
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
AMD Radeon R9 M390
154
92
53
39
AMD Radeon HD 7970M
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
AMD Radeon Pro 560
AMD Radeon Pro 460
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
127n3
79.3n7
41.4n15
28.5n15
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon RX 640
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
AMD Radeon Pro 555X
AMD Radeon Pro 555
AMD Radeon Pro 455
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
82.1
54.9
32.9
24.9
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
110.8
66.2
38.8
29.8
AMD Radeon RX 540X
AMD Radeon RX 540
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
95.85n2
61.55n2
34.95n2
18.05n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
80.85n2
54.75n4
28.45n4
20.6n4
AMD Radeon Pro 450
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AMD Radeon 630
AMD Radeon 540X
AMD Radeon R9 M470X
AMD Radeon R9 M385X
60.3
51.2
37.8
27.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
76.46n2
53.3n3
23.8n3
18.15n3
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
48.1
32.2
18.5
AMD Radeon HD 7950M
NVIDIA GeForce 945M
75.4
47.2
26.1
20
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
80.5
51.5
28.6
16.4
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
53.8
35.1
19.6
15.5
Intel Iris Pro Graphics P580
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
AMD Radeon HD 6990M
AMD Radeon R9 M470
AMD Radeon R9 M385
AMD Radeon R9 M380
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NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M
AMD Radeon R9 M370X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
AMD Radeon R9 M275
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book
AMD Radeon HD 6970M
AMD Radeon R9 M270
AMD Radeon HD 8870M
AMD Radeon HD 7870M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
AMD Radeon HD 6950M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
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NVIDIA GeForce 845M
58.4
41.2
22.4
AMD Radeon HD 8850M
AMD Radeon R9 M365X
AMD Radeon R9 M265X
49.5
20
14.18
AMD Radeon HD 7850M
AMD Radeon R7 M465
AMD Radeon HD 8790M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
47.1
29.7
16.7
11.6
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
NVIDIA GeForce MX130
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
37.7n3
24.6n3
16.45n2
12.55n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
59.6n2
46.75n2
20.55n2
15.85n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
39n2
25n2
13.05n2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
AMD Radeon R9 M375
36
25.5
15.5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
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AMD Radeon R7 M445
AMD Radeon R7 M380
AMD Radeon R7 M370
37.4
27.8
15.7
11.7
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
38.74n2
24.1n2
13.71n2
6.6
NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
AMD Radeon HD 7770M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
44
29
16.4
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
30.4
19.3
10.6
7.9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
38.15n2
24.2n2
Intel Iris Graphics 550
41.2
26.4
14.6
11.6
AMD Radeon 530
49.5n2
30.7n2
15.6n2
AMD Radeon 625
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
36.6
23.2
12.8
9.5
NVIDIA GeForce MX110
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
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NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
35.2
22.6
12.4
Intel Iris Graphics 540
NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
NVIDIA GeForce 825M
AMD Radeon HD 6870M
AMD Radeon HD 8830M
AMD Radeon HD 8770M
AMD Radeon R7 M260X
45
27.2
15.5
4.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
AMD Radeon HD 7750M
AMD Radeon HD 8750M
AMD Radeon R7 M270
35.05n2
22.25n2
13.1n2
10n2
AMD Radeon R7 M265
31.3
24.1
11.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
21.7
14.7
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
38.4
25
14.5
10
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AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
27.7n2
17.75n2
10n2
7.2
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
28.3
20
11.6
AMD Radeon R7 M460
33.3
20.9
11.1
7.3
AMD Radeon HD 7730M
AMD Radeon R7 M360
29.9n2
18.5n2
10.15n2
6.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
29.6n2
18.95n2
10.1n2
6.45n2
AMD Radeon HD 8690M
AMD Radeon 620
AMD Radeon R7 M440
AMD Radeon R7 M260
25.9
17.3
9.7
AMD Radeon R7 M340
29.4
19.6
10.9
8.1
AMD Radeon 520
AMD Radeon 610
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
46.5
30.9
16.8
Intel UHD Graphics 630
39.6
23.7
Intel UHD Graphics P630
Intel HD Graphics 630
37.7
23.9
12.6
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Intel HD Graphics P630
Intel UHD Graphics G7 (Lakefield GT2 64 EU)
Intel HD Graphics 530
32.95n2
22.5
11n2
8.5
Intel HD Graphics P530
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
34.6
18.3
Intel UHD Graphics 620
37.7
22.6
11.3
Intel HD Graphics 620
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
Qualcomm Adreno 685
Qualcomm Adreno 680
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
AMD Radeon HD 8650M
AMD Radeon HD 8730M
AMD Radeon HD 6770M
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NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850
AMD Radeon HD 6850M
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX
NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
AMD Radeon HD 7690M
Intel HD Graphics 5600
32
19.9
10.5
8.3
AMD Radeon HD 8670M
23.4
15.5
8
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
AMD Radeon HD 8590M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 260M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS
AMD Radeon HD 6830M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
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NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5770
AMD Radeon HD 6570M
AMD Radeon HD 8650G
17.3
AMD Radeon HD 7670M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
26
15
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 150M
AMD Radeon R5 M335
21.5
14.5
8.1
6.3
AMD Radeon R5 M330
21.7
15.25
AMD Radeon R5 M430
AMD Radeon R5 M255
30.7
19.6
10.6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
42.6
24.9
11.8
NVIDIA GeForce 910M
NVIDIA GeForce 820M
26.65n2
17.05n2
8.8n2
6.7
Intel HD Graphics 520
29.3n2
18.6n2
9.85n2
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
27.8
18.6
10.8
8.6
Intel UHD Graphics G4 (Lakefield GT1 48 EU)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
25.6
15.2
8.7
5.7
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS
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AMD Radeon R5 M240
25.5
16.9
AMD Radeon R5 M320
AMD Radeon R5 M230
19.1
13.9
6.9
AMD Radeon R5 M315
AMD Radeon R5 M420
AMD Radeon RX Vega 2
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
19.15n2
12.4n2
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5750
AMD Radeon HD 8570M
Intel HD Graphics 6000
AMD Radeon HD 8550M
Intel Iris Graphics 5100
25
17.3
9.5
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
AMD Radeon HD 6650M
Intel HD Graphics 4600
22.4n2
14.7n2
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
Intel HD Graphics 5500
18.8n5
12.5n5
6.8n5
4.9n3
Qualcomm Adreno 630
Intel UHD Graphics 617
Intel UHD Graphics 615
27.8
16.7
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Intel HD Graphics 615
23.5
13.7
6.8
AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo)
AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
NVIDIA GeForce 710M
AMD Radeon HD 7660G
NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M
Intel HD Graphics 5000
20.1
13
7.2
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
AMD Radeon HD 7590M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 7650M
AMD Radeon HD 7570M
AMD Radeon HD 7630M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
AMD Radeon HD 8510G
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon HD 8550G
28
18
NVIDIA GeForce GT 625M
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NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
AMD Radeon HD 7610M
AMD Radeon HD 7620G
AMD Radeon HD 7640G
Intel HD Graphics 515
Intel UHD Graphics 610
Intel HD Graphics 610
22.9
14.1
Intel HD Graphics 4400
16.8n4
10.48n4
6.5n2
3.1
AMD Radeon HD 8610G
Intel HD Graphics 510
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v
AMD Radeon HD 7550M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M
AMD Radeon HD 7600G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5165
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 560v
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
AMD Radeon HD 7530M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
AMD Radeon HD 7490M
Intel UHD Graphics 605
14.4
9.3
Intel HD Graphics 505
12.4
7.7
Intel HD Graphics 5300
15.43n4
8.6n4
5n3
AMD Radeon HD 7510M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v
Intel HD Graphics 4000
13
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
18.1
11.6
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
15.4
9.7
5.3
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AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
14.2
10
AMD Radeon R4 (Kaveri)
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
14.7
9
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell)
Intel HD Graphics 4200
12.41n2
8.43
3.7n2
Intel HD Graphics (Skylake)
AMD Radeon HD 7500G
AMD Radeon HD 8450G
AMD Radeon HD 7470M
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
AMD Radeon HD 8410G
AMD Radeon HD 8400
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
AMD Radeon HD 7520G
NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
AMD Radeon HD 8350G
18
AMD Radeon HD 8330
12.7
7.7
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Intel UHD Graphics 600
Intel HD Graphics 500
17.7
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 320M
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120M
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
NVIDIA GeForce 610M
NVIDIA GeForce 705M
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
13.5
8.3
AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 8310G
NVIDIA GeForce 320M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT
ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
ATI Mobility Radeon X1800XT
ATI Mobility Radeon X1800
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700
NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M
NVIDIA GeForce 410M
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
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AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
AMD Radeon HD 6370M
AMD Radeon HD 8280
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
AMD Radeon HD 6450M
AMD Radeon HD 7430M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 545v
AMD Radeon HD 8240
AMD Radeon R6 (Mullins)
AMD Radeon HD 8250
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
Intel HD Graphics 3000
NVIDIA GeForce 310M
NVIDIA GeForce G210M
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NVIDIA GeForce 405M
NVIDIA GeForce 315M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M G
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
ATI Mobility Radeon X800XT
AMD Radeon HD 6430M
AMD Radeon HD 6380G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430
AMD Radeon HD 8210
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4550
Intel HD Graphics 2500
Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v
NVIDIA GeForce 305M
ATI Mobility Radeon X1700
ATI Mobility Radeon X2500
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
ATI Mobility Radeon X800
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
ATI Mobility Radeon 9800
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
ATI Mobility Radeon X1450
ATI Mobility Radeon X700
NVIDIA GeForce G 110M
AMD Radeon HD 6330M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Intel HD Graphics 2000
NVIDIA GeForce G 107M
NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
NVIDIA GeForce G 103M
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GE
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NVIDIA GeForce G 102M
NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
8.5
6.1
VIA Chrome9HD
AMD Radeon HD 7340
AMD Radeon HD 6320
AMD Radeon HD 7310
AMD Radeon HD 6310
AMD Radeon HD 8180
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Hybrid X2
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
NVIDIA ION 2
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
AMD Radeon HD 7290
AMD Radeon HD 6290
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT
ATI Radeon HD 4270
ATI Radeon HD 4250
ATI Radeon HD 4200
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6250
ATI Mobility Radeon X1350
ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400
ATI Radeon HD 3200
ATI Radeon HD 4225
ATI Radeon HD 4100
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400
ATI Radeon HD 3100
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G
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NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
ATI Mobility Radeon X600
ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
NVIDIA GeForce4 4200 Go
ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6400
ATI Mobility Radeon X300
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700
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NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5600 / 5650
ATI Radeon Xpress X1270
ATI Radeon Xpress X1250
ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
ATI Radeon Xpress X1200
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650
NVIDIA GeForce 7190M
NVIDIA GeForce 7150M
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5200
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000
NVIDIA GeForce 4 488 Go
NVIDIA GeForce 4 460 Go
NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go
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NVIDIA GeForce 4 420 Go
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
SIS Mirage 3+ 672MX
SIS Mirage 3 671MX
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
NVIDIA GeForce 3 Go
NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go (200 / 100)
ATI Mobility Radeon 9100 IGP
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
ATI Mobility Radeon M7
ATI Mobility Radeon M6
VIA Chrome9 HC
Intel Extreme Graphics 2
ATI Mobility Radeon 7000 IGP
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ATI Radeon IGP 340M
ATI Radeon IGP 320M
VIA S3G UniChrome Pro II
VIA S3G UniChrome Pro
VIA Castle Rock
SIS Mirage 2 M760
SIS Mirage M661FX
VIA S3 Graphics ProSavage8
ATI Mobility 128 M3
Silicon Motion SM502
unknown
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

 

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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, 2014-10- 7 (Update: 2016-02-18)
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.