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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.

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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

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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Medium Preset
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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 ∼74%
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 ∼76%
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 ∼62%
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 ∼75%
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 ∼61%
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 ∼74%
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 ∼74%
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 ∼59%
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 ∼71%
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 ∼54%
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 ∼50%
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 ∼45%
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 ∼32%
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 ∼32%
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 ∼12%
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
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med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
TAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
TAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
TAA
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
TAA
 
 
 
 
 
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
1312
1232
1163
944
382
 
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
1382
1272
1082
86.52
33
 
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
138
125
103.54
784
30.52
 
 
 42NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
128
823
623
463
222
 
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
1212
882
694
525
19
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
131
76
57
42
16
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
1082
603
43.54
334
12
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
115
59
43
32
12
 79NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
952
43.52
332
262
9.52
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
111.52
982
903
693
 
 
 
 26NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
 
 
 
 
 
 36AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
117
85
66
49
 
 39*AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
150
69
48
36
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 60*AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 75AMD Radeon R9 M295X
 
 
 
 
 
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
 
 88*AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
 
 
 92NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
 
 94NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
 
 
 98NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
102
50
35
23
 
 100NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 101AMD Radeon R9 M290X
 102AMD Radeon HD 8970M
 
 
 107AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
 108NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
 110AMD Radeon R9 M390
 
 112AMD Radeon HD 7970M
 115AMD Radeon Pro 460
 117NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
83
37
25
19
 
 119AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
 
 
 
 124AMD Radeon Pro 555
 125AMD Radeon Pro 455
 127NVIDIA GeForce MX150
58.156
25.856
166
11.556
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 
 133NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
 134*AMD Radeon RX 540
39
14
10
 135*AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Mobile
 136NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
 
 
 
 
 
 142NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
 
 144NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
73
31
22
15
 145AMD Radeon Pro 450
 147AMD Radeon R9 M385X
 148NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
 
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 151AMD Radeon R9 M280X
 152*AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
50.52
242
18.52
 
 
 
 157NVIDIA GeForce 945M
 158NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
 
 
 
 163*AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 165Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
 
 167NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
 168NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
 169AMD Radeon HD 6990M
 
 174NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
 
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 177NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M
 
 
 
 
 
 183AMD Radeon R9 M370X
 184NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
 
 186NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
 187AMD Radeon R9 M275
 188NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
 189NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)
 
 192AMD Radeon HD 6970M
 194AMD Radeon HD 8870M
 
 197NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
 
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 
 
 
 206NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M
 207NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
 208NVIDIA GeForce 845M
 209AMD Radeon HD 8850M
 211AMD Radeon R9 M265X
 214AMD Radeon HD 8790M
 
 
 
 
 219NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M
 220NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
 221NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
 
 224NVIDIA GeForce MX130
43
19
11
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 225NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
322
13.52
9.52
6.52
 
 227*AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
39.52
17.52
132
 228NVIDIA GeForce 940M
34
14
 229NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
30
12
9
7
 
 
 232AMD Radeon R9 M375
 233AMD Radeon R7 M445
 235AMD Radeon R7 M370
 236NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
 
 
 239NVIDIA GeForce 840M
 
 241NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
 243NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
 244*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
 
 246Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 248NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
 249Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
 251NVIDIA GeForce 930M
28
 252*Intel Iris Graphics 550
 253AMD Radeon 530
 254NVIDIA GeForce 830M
 256Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
28
 257NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
33
13
9
7
 258Intel Iris Graphics 540
 
 
 
 264NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
 265ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
 266NVIDIA GeForce 825M
 
 
 
 275AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 276NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
 
 278NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
 279NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
 
 282AMD Radeon HD 8750M
 
 284AMD Radeon R7 M270
 285AMD Radeon R7 M265
 287NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M
 288ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870
 289NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
 290AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
 291AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
 
 293*AMD Radeon R7 M460
 294AMD Radeon HD 7730M
 296AMD Radeon R7 M360
 297NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
 298NVIDIA GeForce 920M
26
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 300AMD Radeon HD 8690M
 
 302AMD Radeon R7 M440
 
 
 
 
 308AMD Radeon R7 M260
 309AMD Radeon R7 M340
 310AMD Radeon 520
22
10
7
 
 313Intel UHD Graphics 630
20
12
 314Intel HD Graphics 630
14
12
9
 316Intel HD Graphics 530
 319AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
16
7
 320Intel UHD Graphics 620
20
10
 321Intel HD Graphics 620
16
8
 322AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
 325ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 326NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
 327NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX
 
 
 331AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
 
 333NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
 334AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
 336AMD Radeon HD 8730M
 337AMD Radeon HD 6770M
 338NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
 339NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
 
 341ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850
 342AMD Radeon HD 6850M
 
 
 345NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT
 346NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 348NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M
 349NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
 
 
 352AMD Radeon HD 7690M
 353Intel HD Graphics 5600
 
 
 
 
 
 359AMD Radeon HD 8670M
 
 
 362AMD Radeon HD 6750M
 
 364NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
 367NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M
 368NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 374*AMD Radeon HD 6730M
 375NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS
 376ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830
 379AMD Radeon HD 8650G
 
 
 
 383AMD Radeon HD 7670M
 384NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
 
 387AMD Radeon R5 M335
 388AMD Radeon R5 M330
 389AMD Radeon R5 M430
 390AMD Radeon R5 M255
24
 
 392NVIDIA GeForce 910M
 393NVIDIA GeForce 820M
 394*AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
27
8
 395Intel HD Graphics 520
15
7
 396Intel Iris Graphics 6100
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 397NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
17
8
 398AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
8
 399NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS
 400AMD Radeon R5 M240
 401*AMD Radeon R5 M320
 402AMD Radeon R5 M230
 
 
 408AMD Radeon HD 8570M
 409Intel HD Graphics 6000
 
 411AMD Radeon HD 8550M
 412Intel Iris Graphics 5100
 413NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
 414*AMD Radeon HD 8610G
 416AMD Radeon HD 6650M
 417Intel HD Graphics 4600
10
7
 418ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
 419Intel HD Graphics 5500
14
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 428*Intel HD Graphics 615
15
 429*AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo)
 430AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
 
 433NVIDIA GeForce 710M
 434AMD Radeon HD 7660G
 435NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M
 
 437Intel HD Graphics 5000
 
 440AMD Radeon HD 6550M
 443NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
 444AMD Radeon HD 6630M
 445AMD Radeon HD 7650M
 
 447AMD Radeon HD 7570M
 450ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
 453AMD Radeon HD 8550G
 456NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
 457NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 460AMD Radeon HD 7610M
 461AMD Radeon HD 7620G
 
 463AMD Radeon HD 7640G
 469Intel HD Graphics 515
 470Intel HD Graphics 4400
13
 471*Intel HD Graphics 610
15
 472*Intel HD Graphics 510
 
 475AMD Radeon HD 7550M
 476ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
 477NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
 478NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS
 481NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M
 
 483AMD Radeon HD 7600G
 484ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870
 487ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5165
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 489ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
 
 493NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
 495ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850
 496NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
 
 499NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
 501Intel HD Graphics 5300
 502*Intel UHD Graphics 605
7
 503*Intel HD Graphics 505
 505NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
 
 509NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
 510ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v
 
 512Intel HD Graphics 4000
 515AMD Radeon HD 6620G
 516AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
15
 517*AMD Radeon R4 (Kaveri)
 518*Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell)
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 520AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
11
 521AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
 522AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
 523AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
 524Intel HD Graphics 4200
 
 
 
 530AMD Radeon HD 7500G
 
 533AMD Radeon HD 8450G
 534AMD Radeon HD 7470M
 535AMD Radeon HD 6490M
 537AMD Radeon HD 8400
 540NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
 541AMD Radeon HD 7520G
 542NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M
 
 
 546NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 548NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
 550AMD Radeon HD 8350G
 551AMD Radeon HD 8330
 552Intel UHD Graphics 600
 553Intel HD Graphics 500
 554NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS
 555NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
 556NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT
 
 
 560NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS
 561NVIDIA Quadro NVS 320M
 
 563NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
 
 568AMD Radeon HD 7450M
 569NVIDIA GeForce 610M
 573Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
 574Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 575Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
 576AMD Radeon HD 6470M
 578NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
 579AMD Radeon HD 7420G
 580ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670
 584Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
 585AMD Radeon HD 6520G
 587NVIDIA GeForce 320M
 589ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT
 590ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
 595NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS
 596NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS
 597AMD Radeon HD 7400G
 598*AMD Radeon HD 6480G
 600NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M
 601NVIDIA GeForce 410M
 604*AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
 605Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
 606AMD Radeon HD 6370M
 607AMD Radeon HD 8280
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 608ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
 609AMD Radeon HD 6450M
 611ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
 613ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145
 614ATI Mobility Radeon HD 545v
 615AMD Radeon HD 8240
 617AMD Radeon HD 8250
 618ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
 
 620*ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450
 621NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
 622ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
 623Intel HD Graphics 3000
 625NVIDIA GeForce 310M
 626NVIDIA GeForce G210M
 
 629NVIDIA GeForce 315M
 630NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GT
 631NVIDIA GeForce 9500M G
 632NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 634NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700
 640ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430
 641AMD Radeon HD 8210
 642ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v
 643ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4550
 644Intel HD Graphics 2500
 645Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
 648ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
 
 653ATI Mobility Radeon X1700
 656NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
 659ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
 668ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
 669NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
 
 671Intel HD Graphics 2000
 673NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
 676NVIDIA GeForce G 102M
 678NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 679*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
 686Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
 690AMD Radeon HD 7340
 691*AMD Radeon HD 6320
 692AMD Radeon HD 7310
 693*AMD Radeon HD 6310
 694AMD Radeon HD 8180
 695ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Hybrid X2
 697ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
 698NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
 699*NVIDIA ION 2
 700NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
 
 
 703NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
 704AMD Radeon HD 7290
 705AMD Radeon HD 6290
 706ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
 707ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430
 709ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 711ATI Radeon HD 4250
 713Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
 714AMD Radeon HD 6250
 
 
 718ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
 719NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G
 720NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
 722ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400
 723ATI Radeon HD 3200
 724*ATI Radeon HD 4225
 733ATI Radeon HD 3100
 734NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G
 740Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
 741Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
 743NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400
 746NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
 755ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
 772ATI Radeon Xpress X1270
 773ATI Radeon Xpress X1250
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 774ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
 775ATI Radeon Xpress X1200
 776Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
 785*Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650
 788ATI Radeon Xpress 1150
 789NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
 793*Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
 803Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
 804Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
 
 818Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
 819ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
 820ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
 822SIS Mirage 3 671MX
 833*Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
 850VIA Chrome9 HC
 855VIA S3G UniChrome Pro II
 859SIS Mirage M661FX
 863*unknown
 862*Silicon Motion SM502
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 861ATI Mobility 128 M3
 860VIA S3 Graphics ProSavage8
 858SIS Mirage 2 M760
 857VIA Castle Rock
 856VIA S3G UniChrome Pro
 854ATI Radeon IGP 320M
 853ATI Radeon IGP 340M
 852ATI Mobility Radeon 7000 IGP
 851Intel Extreme Graphics 2
 849ATI Mobility Radeon M6
 848ATI Mobility Radeon M7
 847ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
 846ATI Mobility Radeon 9100 IGP
 845NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go (200 / 100)
 844*NVIDIA GeForce 3 Go
 
 
 
 
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 
 835Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 821SIS Mirage 3+ 672MX
 
 816ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
 
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 801NVIDIA GeForce 4 420 Go
 800NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go
 799NVIDIA GeForce 4 460 Go
 798NVIDIA GeForce 4 488 Go
 797ATI Mobility Radeon 9000
 796NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5200
 
 794ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
 
 791NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
 790NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 787NVIDIA GeForce 7150M
 786*NVIDIA GeForce 7190M
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 771NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5600 / 5650
 
 769NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700
 768NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
 767NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
 766ATI Mobility Radeon X300
 765NVIDIA GeForce Go 6400
 764NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200
 763ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 761ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
 760NVIDIA GeForce4 4200 Go
 759ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
 
 757ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
 756ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300
 
 
 752ATI Mobility Radeon X600
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 739Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD
 738NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 732*ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400
 
 
 
 
 
 
 725*ATI Radeon HD 4100
 
 717ATI Mobility Radeon X1350
 712ATI Radeon HD 4200
 710ATI Radeon HD 4270
 708ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410
 696NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost
 689*VIA Chrome9HD
 
 
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 
 
 
 677NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
 675*NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GE
 674NVIDIA GeForce G 103M
 672*NVIDIA GeForce G 107M
 667*AMD Radeon HD 6330M
 666NVIDIA GeForce G 110M
 
 664ATI Mobility Radeon X700
 663ATI Mobility Radeon X1450
 662NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
 661ATI Mobility Radeon 9800
 
 658ATI Mobility Radeon X800
 
 655ATI Mobility Radeon X2500
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 652NVIDIA GeForce 305M
 651ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v
 649ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350
 647*AMD Radeon HD 6350M
 646*AMD Radeon HD 7350M
 639*AMD Radeon HD 6380G
 638*AMD Radeon HD 6430M
 637ATI Mobility Radeon X800XT
 
 635NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
 628NVIDIA GeForce 405M
 
 616AMD Radeon R6 (Mullins)
 
 610*AMD Radeon HD 7430M
 
 602AMD Radeon HD 7370M
 599ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700
 594NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 593NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra
 592ATI Mobility Radeon X1800
 591ATI Mobility Radeon X1800XT
 588NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M
 586*AMD Radeon HD 8310G
 
 
 
 
 
 
 570NVIDIA GeForce 705M
 
 566NVIDIA GeForce GT 120M
 564NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
 559NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX
 
 
 
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 536*AMD Radeon HD 8410G
 
 
 525*Intel HD Graphics (Skylake)
 
 
 
 508NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
 
 504*AMD Radeon HD 7510M
 500*AMD Radeon HD 7490M
 
 494*AMD Radeon HD 7530M
 
 
 488ATI Mobility Radeon HD 560v
 
 
 
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 474ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v
 
 
 
 
 
 455NVIDIA GeForce GT 625M
 
 452AMD Radeon HD 6530M
 451*AMD Radeon HD 8510G
 
 448AMD Radeon HD 7630M
 442NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M
 441*AMD Radeon HD 7590M
 
 
 
 426*Intel UHD Graphics 615
 
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 
 
 405*ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5750
 
 403*AMD Radeon R5 M315
 386*NVIDIA GeForce GTS 150M
 378AMD Radeon HD 6570M
 377ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5770
 
 371ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830
 370AMD Radeon HD 6830M
 
 366NVIDIA GeForce GTS 260M
 365*AMD Radeon HD 8590M
 335*AMD Radeon HD 8650M
 
 
 323ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 317Intel HD Graphics P530
 315Intel HD Graphics P630
 312*AMD Radeon RX Vega 6
 
 
 
 280AMD Radeon HD 7750M
 274AMD Radeon HD 8770M
 273*AMD Radeon HD 8830M
 270AMD Radeon HD 6870M
 
 
 
 
 255*NVIDIA GeForce MX110
 250Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
 242AMD Radeon HD 7770M
 234*AMD Radeon R7 M380
 222Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 213AMD Radeon R7 M465
 212AMD Radeon HD 7850M
 210AMD Radeon R9 M365X
 204AMD Radeon HD 6950M
 195AMD Radeon HD 7870M
 193AMD Radeon R9 M270
 
 172*AMD Radeon R9 M380
 171*AMD Radeon R9 M385
 170*AMD Radeon R9 M470
 164Intel Iris Pro Graphics P580
 
 153*AMD Radeon HD 7950M
 146*AMD Radeon R9 M470X
 
 
 
 114AMD Radeon Pro 560X
 113AMD Radeon Pro 560
 109NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 
 
 87*AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
 82AMD Radeon R9 M395
 80*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
 76AMD Radeon R9 M390X
 74AMD Radeon R9 M485X
 73AMD Radeon R9 M395X
 
 65*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
 52*AMD Radeon RX 490M
 48*AMD Radeon RX 470 (Laptop)
 47*AMD Radeon RX 570 (Laptop)
 
 44*AMD Radeon RX 480 (Laptop)
 
 38*AMD Radeon RX Vega Mobile
 
Pos      Model                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
lowmed.highultra4k
 
 
 
 
* 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)