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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 10/24/2017

Mass slaughter. After its 2014 predecessor left a surprisingly good impression (not in the least thanks to the Nemesis System), Warner Bros. Interactive has launched its successor, “Shadow of War”, a well-made action game based upon the Lord of the Rings universe. We test out the hardware requirements for PC and notebooks.

Technology

For the original German review, click here.

Those who want to download and install the “Lord of the Rings” title must first take one deep breath. With some 70 GB, “Shadow of War” ranks high on the list of games with one of the largest file sizes and consequently takes up an enormous amount of storage space. The options menu will disappoint some buyers. The ultra-settings, even at Full HD resolution, require 8 GB of video memory and 10 GB of RAM. The predecessor has kicked up some dust with its high VRAM requirements, as well. Back then, 6 GB of VRAM was necessary for the maximum settings.

Despite the high system requirements, we would describe the new “Middle Earth” game as technically well-made. During our gaming session and benchmarks, we did not experience crashes, graphics errors or slowdowns. However, the minimum FPS fluctuated significantly in the in-game benchmark.

Shadow of War” relies on Monolith's own Firebird Engine (made known by F.E.A.R.), which was also used for the first game.

The title offers a wide range of options for PC users. Starting with the display menu in which settings such as resolution, display mode, brightness and display area can be adjusted. Furthermore, there are settings for vertical synchronization, dynamic resolution (dynamically reduces details to boost performance) and max FPS (the setting for the maximum FPS can be altogether disabled).

Most of the settings can be found in the advanced tab of the graphics menu. There are some 10 settings for things such as anti-aliasing (FXAA or TAA), texture filtering, shadow quality, lighting quality, and vegetation range and texture quality in this menu. Moreover, the action title supports a range of modern effects such as tessellation. 

Tip: All the settings are explained through a text pop-up. The (V)RAM usage meter and the fact that the changing of the settings does not require a restart are also to be praised.

He who does not have a desire to tinker with a diverse selection of graphics settings can simply choose one of the pre-defined presets. Whilst we have not observed any difference between the presets “High” and “Very High”, switching between other presets can have significant effects on the graphics quality.

Despite the fact that, even at medium settings, some objects begin to exhibit noticeable pop-in, Shadow of War still looks good with the medium graphics preset. With the ultra preset, the open world game looks gorgeous, however the textures could have been sharper. All in all, Shadow of War fails to reach a reference status.

Attention: Unlike in most other games, the resolution in “Shadow of War” is always upscaled to fit the native resolution of the monitor. That is to say, if you choose a resolution below the native resolution of your display, it will be automatically upscaled to fit the native resolution of your screen. This procedure does not take up any resources. Setting the resolution to 1920x1080 on our 4K monitor had no impact on performance. 

In terms of gameplay, “Shadow of War” cuts a fine figure. The game has tight controls (in spite of a few quirks here and there). Its combat system resembles a mixture of “Assassin's Creed” and “Batman”. Its gameplay, as far as we can tell, is solid, although we can imagine that some elements of it might become repetitive over time.

Benchmark

Like its predecessor, “Shadow of War” comes with an in-game benchmark. It lasts for some 60 seconds and consists of a tracking shot through outside and inside areas, and it includes such effects as smoke, fire and explosions. In our experience, the frame rate of the benchmark lends itself rather well to the actual performance of the title. It is therefore a good reference point. Even though what we are dealing with here is “only” a third-person game, we would still recommend 40 FPS as the minimum frame rate on account of smooth gameplay and time-critical manoeuvres. 

Results

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Modest gamers, who can be satisfied with a 720p resolution, lowest detail settings and no more than 30 FPS, will be able to enjoy “Shadow of War” with a graphics card from the lower end of the mid-range spectrum, such as the GeForce 940M(X). Weaker systems that are based on Intel’s processor GPUs (e.g. the HD graphics 630) will not be able to handle this game even at those settings.

If one wishes to be able to run this game at 1920x1080 with the medium graphical settings, they will need a video card from the upper echelons of the mid-range spectrum. At these settings, we were able to achieve playable frame rates with a GeForce GTX 1050. For high settings at Full HD resolution, one needs something like a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

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Lowest Preset
Low Preset
Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Very High Preset
Very High Preset
Ultra Preset
Ultra Preset

Genuine gaming chips are required for very high and ultra-settings. In order to achieve smooth frame rates at 1080p with the max settings, one would need a graphics card such as a GeForce GTX 1060. For QHD displays (2560x1440), a video card like a GeForce GTX 1070 would suffice. Playable frame rates at 4K resolution (3840x2160) can be achieved with a GeForce GTX 1080.

The processor plays, for the most part, a minor role. We could hit CPU limits only at low resolutions and with the minimum settings.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset AA:T     2560x1440 Ultra Preset AA:T     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T     1920x1080 High Preset AA:T     1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:T     1280x720 Lowest Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
51 (min: 22) fps ∼30%
117 (min: 52) fps ∼64%
138 (min: 64) fps ∼71%
155 (min: 73) fps ∼79%
167 (min: 72) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
40 (min: 26) fps ∼23%
71 (min: 27) fps ∼45%
102 (min: 47) fps ∼56%
129 (min: 62) fps ∼66%
154 (min: 68) fps ∼79%
170 (min: 90) fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
38 (min: 21) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
39 (min: 21) fps ∼23%
69 (min: 36) fps ∼43%
94 (min: 46) fps ∼52%
116 (min: 51) fps ∼60%
132 (min: 67) fps ∼67%
139 (min: 78) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
34 (min: 20) fps ∼20%
58 (min: 24) fps ∼36%
86 (min: 29) fps ∼47%
112 (min: 51) fps ∼58%
140 (min: 60) fps ∼71%
168 (min: 90) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
30 (min: 17) fps ∼18%
76 (min: 34) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
31 (min: 18) fps ∼18%
54 (min: 26) fps ∼34%
80 (min: 31) fps ∼44%
105 (min: 48) fps ∼54%
125 (min: 50) fps ∼64%
138 (min: 77) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
22 (min: 10) fps ∼13%
39 (min: 13) fps ∼25%
58 (min: 15) fps ∼32%
78 (min: 46) fps ∼40%
102 (min: 56) fps ∼52%
167 (min: 78) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
21 (min: 10) fps ∼12%
37 (min: 12) fps ∼23%
53 (min: 14) fps ∼29%
78 (min: 44) fps ∼40%
103 (min: 55) fps ∼53%
167 (min: 69) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
19 (min: 12) fps ∼11%
35 (min: 14) fps ∼22%
54 (min: 14) fps ∼30%
74 (min: 21) fps ∼38%
97 (min: 37) fps ∼49%
132 (min: 69) fps ∼57%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
36 (min: 8) fps ∼23%
55 (min: 14) fps ∼30%
72 (min: 35) fps ∼37%
96 (min: 49) fps ∼49%
160 (min: 70) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
12 (min: 3) fps ∼7%
20 (min: 5) fps ∼13%
29 (min: 5) fps ∼16%
43 (min: 11) fps ∼22%
62 (min: 36) fps ∼32%
121 (min: 54) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
10 (min: 3) fps ∼6%
16 (min: 5) fps ∼10%
24 (min: 5) fps ∼13%
34 (min: 18) fps ∼18%
46 (min: 30) fps ∼23%
113 (min: 55) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
16 (min: 7) fps ∼10%
23 (min: 9) fps ∼13%
35 (min: 15) fps ∼18%
50 (min: 30) fps ∼26%
102 (min: 52) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
10 (min: 4) fps ∼6%
15 (min: 6) fps ∼8%
22 (min: 13) fps ∼11%
31 (min: 23) fps ∼16%
73 (min: 41) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
12 (min: 3) fps ∼7%
20 (min: 5) fps ∼10%
28 (min: 17) fps ∼14%
71 (min: 29) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
7 (min: 2) fps ∼4%
10 (min: 6) fps ∼5%
14 (min: 9) fps ∼7%
34 (min: 20) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
14 (min: 8) fps ∼7%
34 (min: 15) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
26 (min: 8) fps ∼11%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
9 (min: 2) fps ∼5%
12 (min: 3) fps ∼6%
14 (min: 5) fps ∼6%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
 Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017)
low
1280x720
Lowest Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
TAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
TAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
TAA
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
TAA
 314AMD Radeon 520
22
10
7
 255AMD Radeon 530
 719AMD Radeon HD 6250
 710AMD Radeon HD 6290
 698*AMD Radeon HD 6310
 696*AMD Radeon HD 6320
 672*AMD Radeon HD 6330M
 652*AMD Radeon HD 6350M
 611AMD Radeon HD 6370M
 644*AMD Radeon HD 6380G
 643*AMD Radeon HD 6430M
 614AMD Radeon HD 6450M
 580AMD Radeon HD 6470M
 602*AMD Radeon HD 6480G
 539AMD Radeon HD 6490M
 589AMD Radeon HD 6520G
 456AMD Radeon HD 6530M
 444AMD Radeon HD 6550M
 382AMD Radeon HD 6570M
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 519AMD Radeon HD 6620G
 448AMD Radeon HD 6630M
 421AMD Radeon HD 6650M
 378*AMD Radeon HD 6730M
 366AMD Radeon HD 6750M
 341AMD Radeon HD 6770M
 374AMD Radeon HD 6830M
 346AMD Radeon HD 6850M
 273AMD Radeon HD 6870M
 207AMD Radeon HD 6950M
 195AMD Radeon HD 6970M
 172AMD Radeon HD 6990M
 709AMD Radeon HD 7290
 697AMD Radeon HD 7310
 695AMD Radeon HD 7340
 651*AMD Radeon HD 7350M
 606AMD Radeon HD 7370M
 601AMD Radeon HD 7400G
 583AMD Radeon HD 7420G
 615*AMD Radeon HD 7430M
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 572AMD Radeon HD 7450M
 538AMD Radeon HD 7470M
 504*AMD Radeon HD 7490M
 534AMD Radeon HD 7500G
 508*AMD Radeon HD 7510M
 545AMD Radeon HD 7520G
 498*AMD Radeon HD 7530M
 479AMD Radeon HD 7550M
 451AMD Radeon HD 7570M
 445*AMD Radeon HD 7590M
 487AMD Radeon HD 7600G
 464AMD Radeon HD 7610M
 465AMD Radeon HD 7620G
 452AMD Radeon HD 7630M
 467AMD Radeon HD 7640G
 449AMD Radeon HD 7650M
 438AMD Radeon HD 7660G
 387AMD Radeon HD 7670M
 356AMD Radeon HD 7690M
 335AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 298AMD Radeon HD 7730M
 283AMD Radeon HD 7750M
 246AMD Radeon HD 7770M
 215AMD Radeon HD 7850M
 198AMD Radeon HD 7870M
 155*AMD Radeon HD 7950M
 114AMD Radeon HD 7970M
 699AMD Radeon HD 8180
 646AMD Radeon HD 8210
 620AMD Radeon HD 8240
 622AMD Radeon HD 8250
 612AMD Radeon HD 8280
 590*AMD Radeon HD 8310G
 555AMD Radeon HD 8330
 554AMD Radeon HD 8350G
 541AMD Radeon HD 8400
 540*AMD Radeon HD 8410G
 537AMD Radeon HD 8450G
 455*AMD Radeon HD 8510G
 457AMD Radeon HD 8550G
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 416AMD Radeon HD 8550M
 413AMD Radeon HD 8570M
 369*AMD Radeon HD 8590M
 419*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
 383AMD Radeon HD 8650G
 339*AMD Radeon HD 8650M
 363AMD Radeon HD 8670M
 304AMD Radeon HD 8690M
 340AMD Radeon HD 8730M
 285AMD Radeon HD 8750M
 277AMD Radeon HD 8770M
 217AMD Radeon HD 8790M
 276*AMD Radeon HD 8830M
 212AMD Radeon HD 8850M
 197AMD Radeon HD 8870M
 104AMD Radeon HD 8970M
 147AMD Radeon Pro 450
 128AMD Radeon Pro 455
 117AMD Radeon Pro 460
 127AMD Radeon Pro 555
74
29
20
9
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 126AMD Radeon Pro 555X
 116AMD Radeon Pro 560
 115AMD Radeon Pro 560X
98
41
29
21
9
 137*AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Mobile
 608*AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
 527AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
 526AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
 525AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
 521*AMD Radeon R4 (Kaveri)
 520AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
15
 524AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
11
 323AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
16
7
 433*AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo)
 434AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
 402AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
8
 406AMD Radeon R5 M230
 404AMD Radeon R5 M240
 394AMD Radeon R5 M255
24
 407*AMD Radeon R5 M315
 405*AMD Radeon R5 M320
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 392AMD Radeon R5 M330
 391AMD Radeon R5 M335
 408*AMD Radeon R5 M420
 393AMD Radeon R5 M430
 326AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
 338AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
 621AMD Radeon R6 (Mullins)
 292*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
 294AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
 295AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
 312AMD Radeon R7 M260
 278AMD Radeon R7 M260X
 288AMD Radeon R7 M265
 287AMD Radeon R7 M270
 313AMD Radeon R7 M340
 300AMD Radeon R7 M360
 239AMD Radeon R7 M370
 238*AMD Radeon R7 M380
 306AMD Radeon R7 M440
 237AMD Radeon R7 M445
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 297*AMD Radeon R7 M460
 216AMD Radeon R7 M465
 214AMD Radeon R9 M265X
 196AMD Radeon R9 M270
 190AMD Radeon R9 M275
 153AMD Radeon R9 M280X
 103AMD Radeon R9 M290X
 76AMD Radeon R9 M295X
 213AMD Radeon R9 M365X
 186AMD Radeon R9 M370X
 235AMD Radeon R9 M375
 175*AMD Radeon R9 M380
 174*AMD Radeon R9 M385
 149AMD Radeon R9 M385X
 112AMD Radeon R9 M390
 77AMD Radeon R9 M390X
 83AMD Radeon R9 M395
 73AMD Radeon R9 M395X
 173*AMD Radeon R9 M470
 148*AMD Radeon R9 M470X
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 75AMD Radeon R9 M485X
 109AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
 47*AMD Radeon RX 470 (Laptop)
 43*AMD Radeon RX 480 (Laptop)
 51*AMD Radeon RX 490M
 136*AMD Radeon RX 540
39
14
10
 121AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
 100AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
 99AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
 46*AMD Radeon RX 570 (Laptop)
 36AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
117
85
66
49
 166*AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 154*AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
50.52
242
18.52
 398*AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
27
8
 316*AMD Radeon RX Vega 6
 230AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
423
143
103
7
 58AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
150
69
48
36
 74AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870
 38*AMD Radeon RX Vega Mobile
 866ATI Mobility 128 M3
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 857ATI Mobility Radeon 7000 IGP
 821ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
 802ATI Mobility Radeon 9000
 852ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
 851ATI Mobility Radeon 9100 IGP
 799ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
 768ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
 766ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
 762ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
 666ATI Mobility Radeon 9800
 761ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300
 727ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400
 714ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT
 627ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
 593ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT
 603ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700
 737*ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400
 713ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410
 712ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430
 711ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 702ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
 700ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Hybrid X2
 616ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
 584ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670
 499ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850
 488ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870
 673ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
 654ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350
 653ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
 648ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4550
 623ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
 493ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
 480ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
 380ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830
 329ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850
 327ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860
 291ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870
 618ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145
 491ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5165
 656ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 647ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v
 645ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430
 625*ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450
 619ATI Mobility Radeon HD 545v
 613ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
 514ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v
 492ATI Mobility Radeon HD 560v
 454ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
 478ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v
 423ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
 410*ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5750
 381ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5770
 375ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830
 345ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850
 268ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
 854ATI Mobility Radeon M6
 853ATI Mobility Radeon M7
 764ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
 722ATI Mobility Radeon X1350
 723ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 668ATI Mobility Radeon X1450
 664ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
 658ATI Mobility Radeon X1700
 596ATI Mobility Radeon X1800
 595ATI Mobility Radeon X1800XT
 594ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
 760ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
 660ATI Mobility Radeon X2500
 771ATI Mobility Radeon X300
 757ATI Mobility Radeon X600
 669ATI Mobility Radeon X700
 663ATI Mobility Radeon X800
 642ATI Mobility Radeon X800XT
 738ATI Radeon HD 3100
 728ATI Radeon HD 3200
 730*ATI Radeon HD 4100
 717ATI Radeon HD 4200
 729*ATI Radeon HD 4225
 716ATI Radeon HD 4250
 715ATI Radeon HD 4270
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 859ATI Radeon IGP 320M
 858ATI Radeon IGP 340M
 825ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
 793ATI Radeon Xpress 1150
 779ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
 824ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
 780ATI Radeon Xpress X1200
 778ATI Radeon Xpress X1250
 777ATI Radeon Xpress X1270
 856Intel Extreme Graphics 2
 808Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
 798*Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
 790*Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650
 746Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
 745Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
 744Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD
 840Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
 838*Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
 823Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
 809Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 718Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
 781Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
 691Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
 578Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
 522*Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell)
 609Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
 588Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
 650Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
 684*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
 529*Intel HD Graphics (Skylake)
 676Intel HD Graphics 2000
 649Intel HD Graphics 2500
 628Intel HD Graphics 3000
 579Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
 516Intel HD Graphics 4000
 577Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
 528Intel HD Graphics 4200
 474Intel HD Graphics 4400
13
 422Intel HD Graphics 4600
10
7
 557Intel HD Graphics 500
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 441Intel HD Graphics 5000
 507*Intel HD Graphics 505
 476*Intel HD Graphics 510
 473Intel HD Graphics 515
 399Intel HD Graphics 520
15
7
 320Intel HD Graphics 530
 505Intel HD Graphics 5300
 424Intel HD Graphics 5500
14
 357Intel HD Graphics 5600
 414Intel HD Graphics 6000
 475*Intel HD Graphics 610
15
 432*Intel HD Graphics 615
15
 325Intel HD Graphics 620
16
8
 318Intel HD Graphics 630
14
12
9
 321Intel HD Graphics P530
 319Intel HD Graphics P630
 417Intel Iris Graphics 5100
 260Intel Iris Graphics 540
 254Intel Iris Graphics 550
 400Intel Iris Graphics 6100
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 258Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
28
 252Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
 236Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
30
18
14
9
 249Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
 168Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
 225Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
 167Intel Iris Pro Graphics P580
 556Intel UHD Graphics 600
 506*Intel UHD Graphics 605
7
 431*Intel UHD Graphics 615
 324Intel UHD Graphics 620
20
10
 317Intel UHD Graphics 630
20
12
 850NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go (200 / 100)
 849*NVIDIA GeForce 3 Go
 657NVIDIA GeForce 305M
 630NVIDIA GeForce 310M
 634NVIDIA GeForce 315M
 591NVIDIA GeForce 320M
 806NVIDIA GeForce 4 420 Go
 805NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 804NVIDIA GeForce 4 460 Go
 803NVIDIA GeForce 4 488 Go
 633NVIDIA GeForce 405M
 605NVIDIA GeForce 410M
 573NVIDIA GeForce 610M
 796NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
 574NVIDIA GeForce 705M
 437NVIDIA GeForce 710M
 792NVIDIA GeForce 7150M
 791*NVIDIA GeForce 7190M
 743NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G
 397NVIDIA GeForce 820M
 269NVIDIA GeForce 825M
 256NVIDIA GeForce 830M
 739NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G
 725NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
 674NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
 243NVIDIA GeForce 840M
 211NVIDIA GeForce 845M
 637NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 626NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
 560NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT
 403NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS
 350NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX
 724NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G
 396NVIDIA GeForce 910M
 708NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
 302NVIDIA GeForce 920M
26
 259NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
33
13
9
7
 703NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
 705NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
 253NVIDIA GeForce 930M
28
 232NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
30
12
9
7
 683NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
 701NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost
 231NVIDIA GeForce 940M
34
14
 227NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
322
13.52
9.52
6.52
 159NVIDIA GeForce 945M
 636NVIDIA GeForce 9500M G
 680*NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GE
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 600NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS
 599NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS
 567NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
 558NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS
 559NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
 512NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
 482NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS
 379NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS
 349NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT
 372NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS
 331NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX
 801NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5200
 776NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5600 / 5650
 774NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700
 681NVIDIA GeForce G 102M
 679NVIDIA GeForce G 103M
 678NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
 677*NVIDIA GeForce G 107M
 671NVIDIA GeForce G 110M
 682NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 631NVIDIA GeForce G210M
 795NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
 794NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
 773NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
 772NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
 770NVIDIA GeForce Go 6400
 667NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
 640NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
 597NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra
 769NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200
 751NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
 748NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400
 661NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
 635NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GT
 639NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700
 598NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800
 563NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX
 564NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS
 552NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
 509NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 570NVIDIA GeForce GT 120M
 550NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
 568NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
 513NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
 503NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
 592NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M
 546NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M
 500NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
 485NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M
 604NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M
 497NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
 481NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
 439NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M
 352NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M
 582NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
 544NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
 461NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
 418NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
 368NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
 343NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 460NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
 459NVIDIA GeForce GT 625M
 388NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
 342NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
 293NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
 337NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
 282NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
 240NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
 177NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
 401NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
17
8
 281NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
 267NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
 251NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
 245NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
 224NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
 209NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M
 390*NVIDIA GeForce GTS 150M
 371NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M
 447NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
 370NVIDIA GeForce GTS 260M
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 446NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M
 353NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
 80NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
952
43.52
332
262
9.52
 81*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
97
44
31
24
10
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
1082
603
43.54
334
12
 64*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
1212
882
694
525
19
 41NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
128
823
623
463
222
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
1622
1262
102.56
786
30.52
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
111.52
982
903
693
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
1312
1232
1163
944
382
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
1382
1272
1082
86.52
33
 330NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
 301NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
 290NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M
 279NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
 222NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M
 223NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
 180NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M
 247NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 200NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
 171NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
 210NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
 191NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
 187NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
 170NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
 144NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
 110NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
 94NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
 189NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
 160NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
 135NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
 111NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
 91NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
 150NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
 138NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
 102NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
 86NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
 146NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
73
31
22
15
 119NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
83
37
25
19
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 98NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
102
50
35
23
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
115
59
43
32
12
 26NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
131
76
57
42
16
 257*NVIDIA GeForce MX110
33
14
10
7
 226NVIDIA GeForce MX130
43
19
11
 131NVIDIA GeForce MX150
58.156
25.856
166
11.556
 765NVIDIA GeForce4 4200 Go
 704*NVIDIA ION 2
 192NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)
 565NVIDIA Quadro NVS 320M
 867*Silicon Motion SM502
 863SIS Mirage 2 M760
 827SIS Mirage 3 671MX
 826SIS Mirage 3+ 672MX
 864SIS Mirage M661FX
 868*unknown
 862VIA Castle Rock
 855VIA Chrome9 HC
 694*VIA Chrome9HD
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
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 865VIA S3 Graphics ProSavage8
 861VIA S3G UniChrome Pro
 860VIA S3G UniChrome Pro II
* 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 GPU CPU 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 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 2 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 4 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 2 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
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 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 2 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 Treiber AMD Treiber
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 387.92 Crimson 17.10.1
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Florian Glaser, 2017-10-24 (Update: 2017-11- 3)