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Overwatch Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 06/02/2016

Topsy-turvy house. Overwatch might look like a chaotic action spectacle on speed at first, but Blizzard's multiplayer shooter turns out to be very beginner-friendly in practice. Is this also the case for the system requirements? We tested it with our notebook benchmarks.

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Graphics

When you look at Blizzard lineup, you can quickly see that the American developer has a thing for comic graphics. Besides StarCraft II and World of Warcraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm are pretty colorful as well. Only Diablo III uses paler colors to support the darker atmosphere.

Compared to the previously mentioned titles, Overwatch even cranks it up a notch and turns out to be a graphics firework, at least in terms of saturation levels and effects. You can actually lose overview pretty easily when multiple enemies come together with a lot of energy beams and particles. The graphics quality is – similar to all Blizzard titles – otherwise just mediocre. The textures are not bad by any means, but competitors (e. g. Star Wars Battlefront) play on another level.

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Blizzard does, however, choose the suitable comic style on purpose to keep the system requirements as low as possible to attract a bigger audience. Not every gamer is equipped with a high-end gaming system for 2,000 Euros. Considering the graphics style, Overwatch looks more than decent.

The title ran surprisingly well in our tests. We did neither experience crashes and connection issues nor lags, graphics errors or other bugs during the benchmarks. It seems Blizzard pulled off a pretty successful launch without issues. Thanks to short loading times, clever tutorials, smooth gameplay and the convenient controls, you do not only get into the game very quickly, but you will be able to manage some achievements pretty soon as well. Overwatch reminds us pretty heavily of Team Fortress 2 in general, both in respect of the graphics and gameplay, even though the title from Valve did not offer as many characters and the animations were not quite as fine, either.

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Speaking of gameplay: Even though the number and appeal of the game modes is still limited at this point, we are convinced by Overwatch. This is a result of the previously mentioned aspects as well as the diverse levels. Blizzard presents a nice range starting with futuristic cities up to deserts and snow scenarios.

The situation is also pretty good for the settings. As you expect from a good PC title, you will find dozens of settings in the options menu (see screenshots). The developers also included five presets to adjust all the settings at once, but changing them does require a restart. Advanced and professional users get numerous detail settings to play with in the Advanced menu.

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Attention: Depending on the monitor and resolution, Overwatch will automatically use up and downsampling. We always set the option "Render Scale" to 100 % to get consistent results. The item  "Limit FPS", which usually limits the frame rate, is deactivated (there is still a limit at 300 fps). Otherwise, we used the presets Low, Medium, High and Epic.

Except for the significant changes to the shadow quality, you can often not see a big difference between the individual presets. This means Overwatch does not look ugly, even with the lowest settings. We also have to praise the fact that the size of the title is just 6 GB. Modern action games usually need more than 30 GB.

Video Options
Video Options
Advanced Options
Advanced Options

Benchmark

Online matches usually vary heavily and do not deliver consistent results, so we use the so called "Practice Range" from the training for our measurements. We run through the latter on a predetermined path with the character Soldier 76 for about 30 seconds. The tutorial hardly differs from a typical multiplayer match in terms of frame rate, so the results are meaningful. Because of the enormous speed of the gameplay, you should play with at least 45 fps on average.

Note: Overwatch does warn about the use of Fraps, because the software is supposedly not supported. However, the fps tool did run without problems. If you just want to see the frame rate, you can also show it via "Display Performance Stats".

Results

Overwatch is no giant for an ego-shooter in terms of resources. Users of entry-level notebooks cannot enjoy the full graphics prowess of the title, but GPUs like the HD Graphics 4600 or GeForce GT 740M do at least mange 1280 x 720 pixels in combination with the Low preset. 1366 x 768 pixels and the Medium preset require a mainstream chip like the GeForce GT 750M.

Low
Low
Medium
Medium
High
High
Ultra
Ultra
Epic
Epic

You will need a powerful multimedia GPU (GTX 850M or better) for 1920 x 1080 pixels and High settings. A combination of FHD and the Epic preset only runs smoothly on high-end GPUs like the GeForce GTX 870M/880M, while 4K or UHD, respectively, require a GeForce GTX 980M or similarly powerful SLI setups (>45 fps @3840 x 2160 + High). The processor is not that important for Overwatch. The CPU only limited – if at all – at low up to medium details with our test systems.

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    3840x2160 High (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:4x     1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x     1920x1080 High (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:4x     1920x1080 Medium (Render Scale 100 %) AA:FX AF:2x     1366x768 Medium (Render Scale 100 %) AA:FX AF:2x     1280x720 Low (Render Scale 100 %) AA:FX AF:1x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
104 (min: 88) fps ∼48%
196 (min: 164) fps ∼66%
284 (min: 251) fps ∼95%
293 (min: 281) fps ∼98%
293 (min: 283) fps ∼98%
296 (min: 291) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC
91 (min: 78) fps ∼42%
171 (min: 144) fps ∼57%
272 (min: 223) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
87 (min: 75) fps ∼40%
154 (min: 129) fps ∼52%
256 (min: 202) fps ∼85%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
77 (min: 64) fps ∼36%
121 (min: 94) fps ∼41%
233 (min: 178) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
62.3 (min: 53) fps ∼29%
117 (min: 97) fps ∼39%
197 (min: 154) fps ∼66%
244 (min: 199) fps ∼81%
298 (min: 289) fps ∼99%
299 (min: 296) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
65.4 (min: 55) fps ∼30%
97 (min: 78) fps ∼33%
198 fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
47.3 (min: 39) fps ∼22%
75.1 (min: 57) fps ∼25%
141 (min: 109) fps ∼47%
177 (min: 153) fps ∼59%
217 (min: 200) fps ∼72%
231 (min: 216) fps ∼77%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 4790K
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X
47.4 (min: 39) fps ∼22%
73 (min: 59) fps ∼25%
146 (min: 110) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
36 (min: 28) fps ∼17%
62.6 (min: 53) fps ∼21%
97.1 (min: 72) fps ∼32%
112 (min: 94) fps ∼37%
202 (min: 172) fps ∼67%
228 (min: 178) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
30.4 (min: 26) fps ∼14%
54.5 (min: 45) fps ∼18%
96.1 (min: 78) fps ∼32%
124 (min: 101) fps ∼41%
198 (min: 158) fps ∼66%
230 (min: 215) fps ∼77%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, 6700K
Desktop PC
28.8 (min: 24) fps ∼13%
55.2 (min: 47) fps ∼19%
95.8 (min: 78) fps ∼32%
121 (min: 100) fps ∼40%
207 (min: 162) fps ∼69%
287 (min: 237) fps ∼96%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
31.5 (min: 26) fps ∼15%
47.6 (min: 40) fps ∼16%
102 (min: 81) fps ∼34%
113 (min: 90) fps ∼38%
183 (min: 137) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
28 (min: 23) fps ∼13%
51.2 (min: 44) fps ∼17%
87 (min: 72) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
24.4 (min: 20) fps ∼11%
44.4 (min: 37) fps ∼15%
77.4 (min: 64) fps ∼26%
101 (min: 83) fps ∼34%
163 (min: 129) fps ∼54%
219 (min: 186) fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
20.3 (min: 17) fps ∼9%
39.8 (min: 34) fps ∼13%
69 (min: 57) fps ∼23%
86.2 (min: 71) fps ∼29%
145 (min: 113) fps ∼48%
195 (min: 168) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
17 (min: 14) fps ∼8%
31.3 (min: 26) fps ∼11%
54.8 (min: 45) fps ∼18%
69.8 (min: 57) fps ∼23%
117 (min: 93) fps ∼39%
177 (min: 139) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
34 (min: 29) fps ∼11%
59 (min: 48) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
24.5 (min: 19) fps ∼8%
31.2 (min: 24) fps ∼10%
55.7 (min: 44) fps ∼19%
78.3 (min: 61) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
15.3 (min: 12) fps ∼5%
24.9 (min: 19) fps ∼8%
31.7 (min: 25) fps ∼11%
55 (min: 43) fps ∼18%
79.4 (min: 60) fps ∼26%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
15.8 (min: 9) fps ∼7%
27.6 (min: 23) fps ∼9%
55 (min: 34) fps ∼18%
59 (min: 46) fps ∼20%
78 (min: 59) fps ∼26%
81 (min: 63) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
17.1 (min: 14) fps ∼6%
22.1 (min: 18) fps ∼7%
38.4 (min: 30) fps ∼13%
54 (min: 42) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
16.4 (min: 14) fps ∼5%
21.2 (min: 17) fps ∼7%
36.9 (min: 29) fps ∼12%
51.7 (min: 40) fps ∼17%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
14.6 (min: 12) fps ∼5%
24.8 (min: 19) fps ∼8%
42.3 (min: 31) fps ∼14%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Overwatch
 Overwatch (2016)
low
1280x720
Low (Render Scale 100 %)
1xAF FXAA
med.
1366x768
Medium (Render Scale 100 %)
2xAF FXAA
high
1920x1080
High (Render Scale 100 %)
4xAF SMAA
ultra
1920x1080
Epic (Render Scale 100 %)
16xAF SMAA
4k
3840x2160
High (Render Scale 100 %)
4xAF SMAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
263
143
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
299.9
299.9
253.4
196.8
165.8
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
2942
291.52
2132
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
294
293
177
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
296
293
284
196
108.52
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
287
1953
104.454
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
182
88.7
 10NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
299.9
299.8
299.8
297.4
143
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
2692
1673
883
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
2432
158.756
83.53
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
256
154
87
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
136.23
70.1
 19AMD Radeon R9 Fury
233
121
77
 20AMD Radeon R9 Nano
227
117
75.6
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
299
298
197
116.52
62.3
 22AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
300
299.9
213.4
145.7
68.6
 23NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
299.9
299.9
212.4
122.052
69.4
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
300
300
190
116
61.1
 30*NVIDIA Quadro P3000
89.9
Pos      Model                                     Overwatch
lowmed.highultra4k
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
197
139
57
 34NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
169
105.612
54.652
 35*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
98.4
 37NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
287.8
187.5
108.452
58.2
 40AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
94
54.4
 45AMD Radeon R9 290X
198
97
65.4
 49AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
154.8
100.8
113.4
68.8
 52NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
231
217
139.72
85.73
47.3
 54AMD Radeon R9 280X
146
73
47.4
 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
266.7
206.6
115.7
66.9
38.6
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
118
72.6
38.3
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
114
68
35.6
 59NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
228
202
97.1
62.6
36
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
299.6
262.2
125.4
77.3
40
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
108
63
33.1
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
290.2
122.9
92.25
556
29.052
 74AMD Radeon R7 370
183
102
47.6
31.5
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
230
198
96.1
54.5
30.4
 77NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
287
207
95.8
55.2
28.8
 84AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
94
46.3
26.5
Pos      Model                                     Overwatch
lowmed.highultra4k
 88NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
231.352
178.852
85.13
50.93
27.72
 90NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
219
163
77.4
44.4
24.4
 92AMD Radeon HD 8970M
172.3
126.6
116.3
54.2
 97*AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
100
79.7
43
 104AMD Radeon Pro 460
201.5
106.7
48.8
 106NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
189.952
143.652
693
39.754
20.052
 113NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
183.4
119.2
54.5
33.8
16.5
 114NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
155.74
983
64.554
36.54
 119*AMD Radeon Pro 555
63.6
30.5
 120*AMD Radeon Pro 455
178
65.8
30.1
18.7
 123NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
177
117
54.8
31.3
17
 131*AMD Radeon Pro 450
153
57
39.5
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
152.7
107.4
65.252
33.42
 138AMD Radeon R9 M280X
81
78
55
27.6
15.8
 151Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
60.5
53.3
42.9
23.1
 210NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
73.53
51.43
24.5
 213NVIDIA GeForce 940M
79.4
55
24.9
15.3
 218AMD Radeon R7 M445
75.3
52.6
23.5
14.1
 230AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
59
46.3
22.3
 233NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
51.7
36.9
16.4
Pos      Model                                     Overwatch
lowmed.highultra4k
 234*AMD Radeon 530
35.8
30.4
 235NVIDIA GeForce 930M
68.3
48.1
 236*Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
79.2
57.4
25.6
21.4
 237*Intel Iris Graphics 550
86
58.8
26.2
 243Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
59.74
38.754
29.93
19.5
 244Intel Iris Graphics 540
63.12
43.82
20.12
 245*NVIDIA Quadro M500M
49.1
28.3
22.2
 274NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
52
44.7
22.1
 275AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
45.5
35.9
16.7
 283NVIDIA GeForce 920M
54
38.4
17.1
 287AMD Radeon R7 M440
60.5
42.6
22.3
12.4
 293AMD Radeon R7 M340
54.8
44.9
 294AMD Radeon 520
41.9
33
14.6
 296Intel UHD Graphics 630
62
41.5
19.5
 297Intel HD Graphics 630
58.3
40.2
17.5
 299Intel HD Graphics 530
45.1
31
 305*Intel UHD Graphics 620
43.82
28.62
13.552
 306*Intel HD Graphics 620
48.756
34.456
17.14
 307AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
26.1
 338Intel HD Graphics 5600
40
28
Pos      Model                                     Overwatch
lowmed.highultra4k
 369NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.6
28
 374AMD Radeon R5 M430
41.3
31.3
14.5
 375AMD Radeon R5 M255
54
44.6
20.5
 379Intel HD Graphics 520
34.62
24.92
15.252
 380Intel Iris Graphics 6100
33.6
25
 381NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
41.2
28.6
 392Intel HD Graphics 6000
25
 400Intel HD Graphics 4600
38.52
24.12
 402Intel HD Graphics 5500
31.6
 407*Intel HD Graphics 615
28.2
21.9