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Performance Analysis of Days Gone

Excellent PC port. Well-made and well-optimised games are few and far between these days. And titles that have no glaring flaws at launch are even rarer. Days Gone proved to be an exceptional title in our performance analysis.
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Days Gone

Technology

Two years after its release on the PS4, Days Gone has come to PC. It is an open-world game which looks like a mix of The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned.

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The third-person title is powered by Unreal Engine 4. The PC port of Days Gone looks about as impressive as any other game released this year. For instance, the textures look very sharp—at least on the high setting. The draw distance and the vegetation density are also on a very good level. The title has a very distinct atmosphere.

All in all, Days Gone is a very good-looking game. The excellently made videos contribute to the positive impression as well. 

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The graphics settings menu, which is very simple and easy to navigate, deserves some praise. In the Display tab, you can change the resolution and the refresh rate. Here you can also enable vertical synchronisation and HDR. Moreover, there is also a frame rate limiter in this tab. In the Graphics tab, you can adjust the brightness, field of view and the render resolution. All in all, the Graphics tab contains 10 settings and offers 4 useful presets.

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Playing Days Gone with a keyboard and mouse is very enjoyable. This is not often the case with console ports. Graphics changes do not require a restart to take effect. The game also provides information on how certain graphics settings affect the frame rate. The game size of 60 GB is normal for a 2021 title.

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Benchmark

As you can see from the video below, our benchmark takes place in the mission entitled "I Say We Head North". Our benchmark sequence consists of the playable character riding on the back of the bike through the rain. We use CapFrameX to record the frame rates.

Results

FHD (1920x1080)

Days Gone is not a very demanding game. Even low-end GPUs such as the GeForce MX350 can handle it at 1080p on the low preset. A mid-range GPU such as the GeForce GTX 1650 (Ti) or the Radeon RX 5500M is required to achieve playable frame rates (40 FPS+ on average) at 1080p on the high preset.

Days Gone
    1920x1080 Low Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Very High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
174 (15.5min, 30.3P0.1, 75.6P1) fps ∼52%
148 (22.7min, 26.8P0.1, 69.5P1) fps ∼50%
131 (20min, 27P0.1, 65.9P1) fps ∼44%
100 (21.4min, 25.8P0.1, 46.9P1) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
173 (38min, 59.7P0.1, 97.5P1) fps ∼51%
172 (41.5min, 59.7P0.1, 99P1) fps ∼59%
169 (37.8min, 51.7P0.1, 89.1P1) fps ∼57%
158 (39.8min, 55.3P0.1, 95.9P1) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
168 (34.1min, 50.5P0.1, 95.5P1) fps ∼50%
165 (38.1min, 55.6P0.1, 97.5P1) fps ∼56%
158 (35.9min, 56.2P0.1, 94.2P1) fps ∼53%
131 (36.5min, 54.2P0.1, 84.6P1) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
167 (37.1min, 52.5P0.1, 94.8P1) fps ∼50%
161 (35.6min, 51.2P0.1, 94.8P1) fps ∼55%
148 (38.2min, 54.9P0.1, 90.7P1) fps ∼50%
117 (40min, 51.2P0.1, 76.9P1) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
165 (35.4min, 58.6P0.1, 94.5P1) fps ∼49%
163 (35.4min, 56.8P0.1, 92.7P1) fps ∼55%
158 (34.9min, 56.2P0.1, 91.4P1) fps ∼53%
135 (37.6min, 52.5P0.1, 85.4P1) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
163 (35.5min, 58.3P0.1, 93.3P1) fps ∼49%
161 (35.8min, 54.2P0.1, 94.4P1) fps ∼55%
160 (33.8min, 51.8P0.1, 91.6P1) fps ∼54%
159 (37.9min, 52.2P0.1, 94.2P1) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
131 (8.78min, 32.3P0.1, 62P1) fps ∼39%
115 (23.4min, 27.6P0.1, 57.3P1) fps ∼39%
101 (23.8min, 28.2P0.1, 50.7P1) fps ∼34%
74.9 (19.8min, 25.8P0.1, 38.2P1) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
118 (18min, 39.3P0.1, 58.9P1) fps ∼35%
99.3 (15.6min, 37.5P0.1, 52.5P1) fps ∼34%
87.4 (21.1min, 31.5P0.1, 50.7P1) fps ∼29%
64.8 (27.3min, 29.4P0.1, 42.2P1) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
114 (25.4min, 41.6P0.1, 67.5P1) fps ∼34%
95 (33.6min, 47P0.1, 61.2P1) fps ∼32%
83.3 (35.3min, 43.8P0.1, 56.9P1) fps ∼28%
60.7 (19.1min, 31.4P0.1, 42.9P1) fps ∼16%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
106 (6.48min, 24.9P0.1, 61P1) fps ∼32%
93.1 (6.64min, 23.7P0.1, 55P1) fps ∼32%
72.9 (9.72min, 19.8P0.1, 45.5P1) fps ∼24%
53.7 (7.71min, 17.2P0.1, 36.3P1) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
83.3 (27.6min, 39.7P0.1, 53.9P1) fps ∼25%
67.8 (34.9min, 38.4P0.1, 48.8P1) fps ∼23%
59.1 (25.4min, 32.7P0.1, 43.8P1) fps ∼20%
42.4 (16min, 27.4P0.1, 33.8P1) fps ∼11%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
77.2 (33.8min, 38.8P0.1, 52.1P1) fps ∼23%
63.8 (30.7min, 34.5P0.1, 45.2P1) fps ∼22%
55.5 (21.8min, 33.5P0.1, 41.6P1) fps ∼19%
40.1 (15.1min, 24.9P0.1, 31.6P1) fps ∼11%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
72.7 (10.3min, 23.6P0.1, 38.9P1) fps ∼22%
69.2 (8.76min, 15.7P0.1, 37P1) fps ∼24%
63.7 (9.61min, 21P0.1, 37.2P1) fps ∼21%
45.6 (9.44min, 10.7P0.1, 24P1) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i5-10210U
Honor Magicbook Pro
34 (19.6min, 20.6P0.1, 26.7P1) fps ∼10%
25.8 (10.4min, 16.1P0.1, 20.3P1) fps ∼9%
23.5 (11.1min, 13.3P0.1, 18.3P1) fps ∼8%
12.1 (5.88min, 6.53P0.1, 7.8P1) fps ∼3%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN
17 (11.6min, 12.1P0.1, 13.2P1) fps ∼5%
19.5 (10.4min, 11.7P0.1, 14.2P1) fps ∼7%

QHD (2560x1440)

To run Days Gone at 1440p on the highest preset, you will need an upper mid-range GPU such as the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or the Radeon RX 5600M.

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    2560x1440 Very High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
139 (41min, 54.8P0.1, 86.1P1) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
131 (32.8min, 52.9P0.1, 86.2P1) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
105 (40.6min, 46.3P0.1, 72P1) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
99.3 (34.7min, 47.7P0.1, 68.2P1) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
87.1 (20.4min, 42.6P0.1, 59.5P1) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
75.2 (19.1min, 25.3P0.1, 33.7P1) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
55.4 (22.9min, 25.5P0.1, 34P1) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
46.9 (21.5min, 25.5P0.1, 32.3P1) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
43.4 (25.5min, 27.6P0.1, 32.4P1) fps ∼12%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
38.7 (7.94min, 13.8P0.1, 24.4P1) fps ∼10%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
31.8 (2.09min, 5.28P0.1, 15.9P1) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
30.1 (16.7min, 22.3P0.1, 24.9P1) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
28.3 (20min, 20.3P0.1, 23.4P1) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i5-10210U
Honor Magicbook Pro
9.17 (5.06min, 5.19P0.1, 6.08P1) fps ∼2%

UHD (3840x2160)

If you want to max out the settings at 4K, you will need a current-generation top-tier desktop GPU. Here, even the GeForce RTX 2080 (Mobile) struggles to achieve a playable frame rate.

Days Gone
    3840x2160 Very High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
88.7 (36min, 40.3P0.1, 59.8P1) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
78.6 (26.8min, 38.3P0.1, 54.9P1) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
63.9 (32.8min, 36.6P0.1, 45.4P1) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
57.8 (25min, 35.8P0.1, 42P1) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
50.4 (29min, 33.5P0.1, 38.7P1) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
44.3 (14.8min, 20.7P0.1, 29.5P1) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
31.9 (20.6min, 21.3P0.1, 23.3P1) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
26.4 (13.6min, 14.8P0.1, 18.5P1) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
24.1 (17.2min, 17.4P0.1, 19.9P1) fps ∼11%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
20.5 (9.32min, 9.58P0.1, 11P1) fps ∼9%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
16.5 (13.9min, 14.1P0.1, 14.9P1) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
15.6 (9.39min, 12P0.1, 14P1) fps ∼7%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
15 (2.41min, 2.67P0.1, 4.06P1) fps ∼7%

Note

Because benchmarking video games is very time consuming and is often constrained by installation/activation limits, at the time of publishing, we were able to provide only a part of our performance analysis of Days Gone. Other graphics cards will be added in the coming days and weeks.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
161
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139
88.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
172
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131
78.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
165
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99.3
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
163
158
135
105
63.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
186
157
140
106
79.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
161
148
117
87.1
50.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
148
131
100
75.2
44.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
173
121
107
81.1
58.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
115
101
74.9
55.4
31.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
99.3
87.4
64.8
46.9
26.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
72.7
52.5
AMD Radeon RX 5600M
93.1
72.9
53.7
38.7
20.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
95
83.3
60.7
43.4
24.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
67.8
59.1
42.4
30.1
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AMD Radeon RX 5500M
69.2
63.7
45.6
31.8
15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
63.8
55.5
40.1
28.3
15.6
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
41.3
25
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NVIDIA GeForce MX350
25.8
23.5
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32.1
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25.2
19.5
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25.8
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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
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
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.
?Uncertain – 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.
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Test Systems

Device GPU CPU RAM OS
Desktop PC I MSI GeForce RTX 3090 (24 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 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)
Intel Core i7-8086K, Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop PC III Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE(24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 Super (4 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (6 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8 GB HBM2)
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT76 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-9900K 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 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
Honor MagicBook Pro Nvidia GeForce MX350 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10210U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Dell G5 15 SE AMD Radeon RX5600M (6 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Alpha 15 AMD Radeon RX5500M (4 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Evo Intel Iris Xe (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1185G7 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K monitors Nvidia drivers AMD drivers
Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Acer Predator XB321HK ForceWare 466.47 Adrenalin 21.5.1
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I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood, growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 1990s. I was especially fascinated with computer games, even from an early age. From Monkey Island through Lands of Lore to Doom, I tried every game I could get my hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with my focus mostly being on high-performance gaming laptops.
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