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Need for Speed Payback Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Sabrina Hartmann), 11/13/2017

Revenge is sweet. The name says it all for the latest installment of the Need for Speed series. For a racing game, Payback turns out to be surprisingly story-focused. Our benchmark test will show if the technical aspects are convincing as well.

Need for Speed Payback

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Just like the 2015/2016 reboot which has also been developed by Ghost Games, the latest Need for Speed installment uses the efficient Frostbite 3 engine created by DICE, the developer of Battlefield. Even though it cannot compare to the multiplayer shooter, Payback does offer decent visuals.

While some of the environmental textures could be of higher definition when looking closely, the sports cars show an extremely high level of detail both with the number of polygons and the lovingly designed tuning parts and decals.

Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback

Sunlight and other light sources are reflected beautifully. In general, one of Payback's strong points is the atmospheric lighting, especially in combination with alternating times of day and stylish effects like smoke and sparks.

Differing sceneries add to the level of variety offered. Not only are we racing through a gambling metropolis resembling Las Vegas, but also across dusty desert roads, through rugged canyons and tree-lined mountain regions. Thanks to the vast game world and the generous view range, the game conveys a feeling of freedom, despite having a higher number of compulsory missions than older installments of the series.

Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback

Whether this game's story-driven approach is a good thing or not depends on individual preference. Luckily, the cutscenes are far less embarrassing than those of the previous Need for Speed parts, even though the characters are still rather clichéd.

The driving model is an acquired taste. At first, the car's behavior did not appeal to us, but after 1 to 2 hours of playing, we got along with it decently. Payback still has a mediocre collision system, but the driving physics is not quite as peculiar as it was in the Need for Speed installments by Criterion Games (like the Most Wanted remake).

Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback

However, the menu control is still terrible, at least for the PC version. The previous release already had impractical and counter-intuitive keybindings forcing the player to use a gamepad. In general, the installment feels like a console game, placing mouse and keyboard users at a disadvantage.

The damage model is in need of improvement as well. While objects along the track like lanterns, fences and cacti can be knocked over, cars remain unrealistically intact even after big collisions. At least dust and dirt particles are gathering on vehicle surfaces. The rubberband AI also bothered us, especially during police chases.

Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback

The graphics settings do not offer much variety, but despite a limited range of features, it is commendable that there are several presets and that changes in the settings can be applied without restarting the game.

At about 22 GB, the game size is completely acceptable in comparison to other 2017 game releases that require 50 GB and more. Loading times are average - at least with an SSD. There were barely any technical issues for us, other than the occasional stuttering on some systems despite high FPS values.

Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback

Benchmark

Just like its predecessor, Payback does not include a main menu in the classical sense to start a new game or select a saved game. So we had to play the campaign's story up to the point where the main character gets his own garage and is released into the open game world before we could specify a benchmark sequence. We used the garage inside the town for our tests and created a route from there to the nearby gas station, which we then followed using the GPS (see video).

Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback

Even though the 30-second sequence is not 100 % identical every time because of varying factors such as oncoming traffic, we got relatively stable results. Payback can be played smoothly with an average of at least 50 FPS.

Results

Before evaluating the benchmark results, we will take a look at the different presets. While Payback suffers a severe loss of visual quality on lowest settings, the medium, high and ultra settings offer only subtle changes at very similar performance levels.

Low Preset
Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Ultra Preset
Ultra Preset
Low Preset
Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Ultra Preset
Ultra Preset

To make one thing clear: Owners of entry-level or office notebooks with integrated graphics chipsets such as the Intel HD Graphics 630 should refrain from this purchase. The game at low preset at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels runs properly only with at least a lower mid-range GPU such as the GeForce MX150. For a resolution of 1920x1080, an upper mid-range GPU is recommended. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which is commonly used in multimedia notebooks, is capable of running higher graphics settings in Full HD.

Full-blooded gaming chips are only required for resolutions beyond 1920x1080 pixels. A combination of 2560x1440 pixels and ultra settings requires at least a GeForce GTX 1060 or a GTX 980. Maximum level of details coupled with 3840x2160 pixels raises the requirements to a GeForce GTX 1080.

Need for Speed Payback
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset     2560x1440 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
54.3 (min: 35) fps ∼100%
102 (min: 69) fps ∼100%
135 (min: 99) fps ∼100%
144 (min: 102) fps ∼100%
149 (min: 107) fps ∼100%
162 (min: 123) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
52.4 (min: 33) fps ∼97%
97.9 (min: 67) fps ∼96%
126 (min: 77) fps ∼93%
131 (min: 98) fps ∼91%
140 (min: 104) fps ∼94%
148 (min: 107) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
44.3 (min: 29) fps ∼82%
85.1 (min: 57) fps ∼83%
120 (min: 80) fps ∼89%
129 (min: 84) fps ∼90%
141 (min: 98) fps ∼95%
161 (min: 125) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
40.6 (min: 26) fps ∼75%
78.1 (min: 52) fps ∼77%
107 (min: 71) fps ∼79%
114 (min: 79) fps ∼79%
123 (min: 91) fps ∼83%
138 (min: 103) fps ∼85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
30.1 (min: 19) fps ∼55%
60.3 (min: 38) fps ∼59%
92 (min: 59) fps ∼68%
98.8 (min: 63) fps ∼69%
113 (min: 71) fps ∼76%
163 (min: 127) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
29.8 (min: 19) fps ∼55%
58.7 (min: 37) fps ∼58%
87.2 (min: 53) fps ∼65%
93.8 (min: 58) fps ∼65%
107 (min: 66) fps ∼72%
161 (min: 126) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
25.9 (min: 16) fps ∼48%
51.7 (min: 33) fps ∼51%
81.4 (min: 53) fps ∼60%
87.1 (min: 56) fps ∼60%
99 (min: 62) fps ∼66%
106 (min: 77) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
9.7 (min: 6) fps ∼18%
30.3 (min: 18) fps ∼30%
50.9 (min: 30) fps ∼38%
54.7 (min: 32) fps ∼38%
66 (min: 37) fps ∼44%
115 (min: 85) fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
13.3 (min: 8) fps ∼24%
26.4 (min: 16) fps ∼26%
40.8 (min: 24) fps ∼30%
44.4 (min: 25) fps ∼31%
50.2 (min: 28) fps ∼34%
88.9 (min: 70) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
25.4 (min: 15) fps ∼19%
27.5 (min: 16) fps ∼19%
32.7 (min: 17) fps ∼22%
64 (min: 47) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030), 7700HQ
MSI PL62
24.8 (min: 15) fps ∼18%
27.2 (min: 16) fps ∼19%
32.5 (min: 18) fps ∼22%
64.1 (min: 49) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
16.3 (min: 10) fps ∼11%
33.9 (min: 24) fps ∼21%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
9.5 (min: 6) fps ∼6%
19.9 (min: 15) fps ∼12%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Need for Speed Payback
 Need for Speed Payback (2017)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
162
149
144
135
54.3
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
148
140
131
126
52.4
 9*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
111
42.1
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
161
141
129
120
44.3
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
138
123
114
107
40.6
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
161
107
93.8
87.2
29.8
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
163
113
98.8
92
30.1
 34NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
106
99
87.1
81.4
25.9
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
88.9
50.2
44.4
40.8
13.3
 114NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
64.1
32.5
27.2
24.8
 211NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
32.52
15.852
 297Intel HD Graphics 630
19.9
9.5
 305*Intel UHD Graphics 620
18.1
8.3
* 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 Graphics Card Processor RAM Operating System
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 Driver AMD Driver
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 388.13 Crimson 17.11.1
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Florian Glaser, 2017-11-13 (Update: 2017-11-14)