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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.

Overwatch
    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

Show Restrictions
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
 4NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
294
293
177
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
296
293
284
196
108.52
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
287
1953
104.454
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
299.9
299.8
299.8
297.4
143
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
2692
1673
883
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
2432
1575
83.53
 11NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
256
154
87
 13AMD Radeon R9 Fury
233
121
77
 14AMD Radeon R9 Nano
227
117
75.6
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
299
298
197
116.52
62.3
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
299.9
299.9
212.4
122.052
69.4
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
300
300
190
116
61.1
 23AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
197
139
57
 25NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
169
1069
54.652
 27NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
287.8
187.5
108.452
58.2
 30AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
94
54.4
Pos      Model                                     Overwatch
lowmed.highultra4k
 35AMD Radeon R9 290X
198
97
65.4
 39AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
154.8
100.8
113.4
68.8
 42NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
231
217
139.72
85.73
47.3
 44AMD Radeon R9 280X
146
73
47.4
 46NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
266.7
206.6
115.7
66.9
38.6
 47NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
118
72.6
38.3
 48NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
114
68
35.6
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
228
202
97.1
62.6
36
 52NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
299.6
262.2
125.4
77.3
40
 60NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
108
63
33.1
 61NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
90.73
54.23
29.052
 64AMD Radeon R7 370
183
102
47.6
31.5
 66NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
230
198
96.1
54.5
30.4
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
287
207
95.8
55.2
28.8
 74AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
94
46.3
26.5
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
231.352
178.852
85.13
50.93
27.72
 80NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
219
163
77.4
44.4
24.4
 82AMD Radeon HD 8970M
172.3
126.6
116.3
54.2
 93AMD Radeon Pro 460
201.5
106.7
48.8
 95NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
189.952
143.652
693
39.754
20.052
Pos      Model                                     Overwatch
lowmed.highultra4k
 105*AMD Radeon Pro 455
178
65.8
30.1
18.7
 108NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
177
117
54.8
31.3
17
 116*AMD Radeon Pro 450
153
57
39.5
 117NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
152.7
107.4
65.252
33.42
 123AMD Radeon R9 M280X
81
78
55
27.6
15.8
 135Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
60.5
53.3
42.9
23.1
 193NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
75.92
53.552
24.5
 195NVIDIA GeForce 940M
79.4
55
24.9
15.3
 201AMD Radeon R7 M445
75.3
52.6
23.5
14.1
 213AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
59
46.3
22.3
 216NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
51.7
36.9
16.4
 219*Intel Iris Graphics 550
86
58.8
26.2
 223Intel Iris Graphics 540
63.12
43.82
20.12
 224*NVIDIA Quadro M500M
49.1
28.3
22.2
 253NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
52
44.7
22.1
 254AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
45.5
35.9
16.7
 265AMD Radeon R7 M440
60.5
42.6
22.3
12.4
 272NVIDIA GeForce 920M
54
38.4
17.1
 274Intel HD Graphics 630
58.3
40.2
17.5
 276Intel HD Graphics 530
45.1
31
Pos      Model                                     Overwatch
lowmed.highultra4k
 282*Intel HD Graphics 620
49.55
34.85
17.14
 283AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
26.1
 314Intel HD Graphics 5600
40
28
 345NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.6
28
 349*AMD Radeon R5 M430
41.3
31.3
14.5
 355Intel HD Graphics 520
34.62
24.92
15.252
 356Intel Iris Graphics 6100
33.6
25
 368Intel HD Graphics 6000
25
 376Intel HD Graphics 4600
42.3
24.8
 378Intel HD Graphics 5500
31.6
 423Intel HD Graphics 515
17.752
8.4
 464Intel HD Graphics 4000
25.6
 524Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
15.1
9.7
 533Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
26.1
16.3
* 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

Desktop-PCs Custom Nvidia Custom AMD
Mainboard Asus Z170-A Asus Z97-Deluxe
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Intel Core i7-4790K (Haswell)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
PNY GeForce GTX 950 (2 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 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)
RAM 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Crucial MX100 SSD (256 GB)
Crucial M500 SSD (480 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
OCZ Trion 150 SSD (960 GB)
Intel SSD 530 (240 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Schenker Notebooks Schenker W504 Schenker XMG A505 Schenker S413
Mainboard Intel HM87 Intel HM87 Intel HM87
Processor Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4720HQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4750HQ (Haswell)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M (8 GB GDDR5)
GTX 970M (6 GB GDDR5)
GTX 880M (8 GB GDDR5)
GTX 870M (6 GB GDDR5)
GTX 860M Kepler (4 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
RAM 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Samsung SSD 840 EVO (250 GB)
Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD (500 GB)
Micron M600 SSD (128 GB)
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HDD (1000 GB)
Intel SSD
OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Windows 10 Home 64-bit Windows 10 Home 64-bit
MSI Notebooks MSI GE72 MSI PE60 MSI GP62 MSI CX61 MSI CX61
Mainboard Intel HM170 Intel HM170 Intel HM86 Intel HM86 Intel HM86
Processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-5700HQ (Broadwell) Intel Celeron 2970M (Haswell) Intel Core i5-4200M (Haswell)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2016 (2 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce GT 720M (2 GB DDR3)
RAM 1 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2 x 4 GB DDR4-2133 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Toshiba THNSNJ128G8NU SSD (128 GB)
WDC WD10JPVX HDD (1000 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
Toshiba MQ01ABF050 HDD (500 GB) WDC Scorpio Blue HDD (1000 GB)
OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
other Notebooks HP Envy 15 Asus N551ZU
Mainboard Intel HM87 AMD K15.1
Processor Intel Core i5-4200M (Haswell) AMD FX-7600P (Kaveri)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GT 740M (2 GB DDR3) AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5)
RAM 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Samsung SSD 830 (256 GB) Samsung SSD 830 256 GB
OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
4K Monitor Nvidia Driver AMD Driver Intel Driver
2 x Asus PB287Q ForceWare 368.22 Crimson 16.5.3 Hotfix 15.40.22.4424
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