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Performance Analysis of Outriders

Cool game, but half-cooked on a technical level. The third person shooter from Square Enix and People Can Fly has had a mixed reception among both critics and players. We have analysed the performance of the PC version.
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Technology

Most users and critics agree that Outriders launched with a lot of problems. These include server issues as well as technological problems.

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A month after launch, we decided to take a look at Outriders, which has generated a lot of debate online. Even though we did not encounter all of the issues that other players reported, we still ran into a great many problems, some of which were more annoying than others. For instance, on most systems, Outriders is stuttering quite a lot right after you get past the loading screen. However, the stuttering disappears after a while.

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We ran into occasional stutters in Outriders on every system we tested. Moreover, on weaker systems, the frame rates were quite unstable with very poor minimums. For a third person shooter, Outriders requires a surprisingly high frame rate (60 FPS or higher) to feel smooth. What is more, the game occasionally crashed on us.

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Visually (except for a few graphical glitches such as the occasionally flickering heads-up display), there is nothing to complain about. In addition to the lush vegetation, we were also very impressed by the huge game areas, textures, effects and the draw distance.

In terms of style, Outriders resembles EA’s Anthem, which is also set in a futuristic world and had a very mixed reception. Gameplay-wise, Outriders resembles Borderlands titles (keywords: skills and loot). The gunplay feels very good in Outriders.

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The streamlined graphics menu is praiseworthy. While in the Display tab, users can adjust the resolution, resolution scaling, field of view and the brightness (owners of an RTX GPU can also enable DLSS here), in the Advanced tab, there are 7 settings, all of which can be changed at the same time via presets. In the Display tab, users can also cap the frame rate.

Outriders does not need to be restarted for graphics changes to take effect, which is a big relief given that the introductory videos cannot be skipped and the game itself takes a while to start. Before you launch the game you can choose between DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 APIs. We chose to run Outriders in DirectX 12 mode. We recorded frame rates with the help of CapFrameX.

Benchmark

For our benchmarks, we use the Settlement Hub area, which players will reach after the one-hour tutorial mission. As you can see in the video below, we run through this area and past numerous NPS's.

Results

FHD (1920x1080)

Entry-level GPUs such as the GeForce MX330 cannot handle Outriders on the lowest settings at 1080p. To achieve playable frame rates at 1080p on high settings you will need a true mid-range graphics card such as the Radeon RX 5500M or the GeForce GTX 1650.

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    1920x1080 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1920x1080 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
132 (31.6min, 39.9P0.1, 60.7P1) fps ∼54%
135 (34.4min, 49.8P0.1, 60.7P1) fps ∼53%
135 (39.1min, 44.9P0.1, 62P1) fps ∼45%
142 (41.6min, 57.5P0.1, 71.7P1) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
129 (43min, 49.8P0.1, 64.3P1) fps ∼53%
132 (30.7min, 44.8P0.1, 60.2P1) fps ∼51%
133 (36.7min, 44.9P0.1, 60.3P1) fps ∼45%
140 (46.8min, 50.7P0.1, 72.2P1) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
126 (38.2min, 45.8P0.1, 58.3P1) fps ∼52%
133 (30.1min, 46.4P0.1, 62.9P1) fps ∼52%
135 (34.6min, 42.8P0.1, 61.9P1) fps ∼45%
142 (46.6min, 53.4P0.1, 73.1P1) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
125 (44.8min, 47.2P0.1, 57.1P1) fps ∼51%
132 (42min, 44.2P0.1, 60P1) fps ∼51%
134 (37.9min, 44.4P0.1, 63.5P1) fps ∼45%
142 (49.4min, 56.5P0.1, 75.3P1) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
113 (13.5min, 16.5P0.1, 25.3P1) fps ∼47%
130 (16.9min, 18.1P0.1, 26.8P1) fps ∼51%
142 (16.9min, 17.7P0.1, 26.2P1) fps ∼48%
153 (16.4min, 18.8P0.1, 26.1P1) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
81.7 (12.2min, 18.3P0.1, 23.5P1) fps ∼34%
94.3 (14.6min, 18.4P0.1, 23.6P1) fps ∼37%
106 (20.2min, 20.4P0.1, 28.8P1) fps ∼36%
111 (18.4min, 21.7P0.1, 30.1P1) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
76.6 (9.5min, 16.4P0.1, 45.5P1) fps ∼32%
89.8 (32.6min, 33.4P0.1, 45P1) fps ∼35%
104 (18.7min, 32.2P0.1, 46.6P1) fps ∼35%
106 (12.4min, 29.5P0.1, 49.4P1) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
71.7 (23.1min, 27.3P0.1, 35.6P1) fps ∼30%
83.7 (26.4min, 29.7P0.1, 38.8P1) fps ∼33%
98.9 (9.02min, 25.1P0.1, 38P1) fps ∼33%
111 (28.2min, 31P0.1, 48.5P1) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
51.4 (29.2min, 30.3P0.1, 33.8P1) fps ∼21%
61.5 (23.9min, 32.2P0.1, 40.2P1) fps ∼24%
74 (34.2min, 35.9P0.1, 45.7P1) fps ∼25%
89.8 (43.9min, 49.4P0.1, 57.4P1) fps ∼30%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
49.7 (3.69min, 8.29P0.1, 17P1) fps ∼20%
62.5 (9.06min, 26P0.1, 35.6P1) fps ∼24%
76.9 (13.1min, 17.6P0.1, 36.6P1) fps ∼26%
84.8 (31.1min, 32.1P0.1, 41.8P1) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
43.1 (5.11min, 6.35P0.1, 13.9P1) fps ∼18%
53.6 (11.9min, 14.9P0.1, 30.3P1) fps ∼21%
66.8 (11.1min, 14.3P0.1, 23.1P1) fps ∼22%
79.8 (8.69min, 11.3P0.1, 27P1) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-10710U
MSI Prestige 14
16.3 (3.42min, 3.97P0.1, 7.48P1) fps ∼7%
21.5 (7.23min, 8.47P0.1, 13.1P1) fps ∼8%
25.7 (8.66min, 10.3P0.1, 16P1) fps ∼9%
35.2 (15.4min, 16.5P0.1, 22.7P1) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce MX330, i7-10510U
MSI Prestige 14
14.6 (3.31min, 3.75P0.1, 7.26P1) fps ∼6%
20.9 (4.65min, 5.59P0.1, 12.2P1) fps ∼8%
26 (9.35min, 9.81P0.1, 17.3P1) fps ∼9%
31 (14.3min, 14.7P0.1, 19.9P1) fps ∼11%

QHD (2560x1440)

For a 1440p gaming experience, a high-end GPU is required. Players will need a GeForce RTX 2070 or better to hit 60 FPS or more on the highest settings at QHD resolution.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
125 (39.6min, 45.8P0.1, 61.9P1) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
125 (42.7min, 46.3P0.1, 61.6P1) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
114 (41.2min, 45.2P0.1, 56P1) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
89.9 (32.6min, 49.8P0.1, 53.9P1) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
80.2 (10.2min, 15.6P0.1, 20.9P1) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
60.5 (11min, 14.9P0.1, 25P1) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
51.6 (20.5min, 28.7P0.1, 32.8P1) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
46.6 (10.2min, 13.3P0.1, 25.4P1) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
33.4 (8.81min, 9.26P0.1, 12.8P1) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
31.6 (8.21min, 8.68P0.1, 13.1P1) fps ∼13%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
31.3 (3.81min, 3.92P0.1, 7.33P1) fps ∼13%

UHD (3840x2160)

The game is especially demanding at 4K. No laptop GPUs that we tested (as of 29th of April, 2021) managed to achieve decent frame rates at UHD resolution on the highest settings in Outriders.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
89.3 (33.3min, 40.2P0.1, 53.4P1) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
79.1 (37.2min, 39.7P0.1, 50.7P1) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
61.8 (31.9min, 34.9P0.1, 43P1) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
47.3 (6.58min, 14.6P0.1, 32P1) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
45.7 (6.06min, 12.4P0.1, 25P1) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
32.8 (4.11min, 6.57P0.1, 17.3P1) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
32.8 (4.22min, 4.78P0.1, 8.29P1) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
31.7 (7min, 7.07P0.1, 9.78P1) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
29.1 (5.47min, 6.49P0.1, 10.5P1) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
23.4 (8.29min, 9.51P0.1, 13.9P1) fps ∼11%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
22.9 (2.6min, 3.26P0.1, 7.73P1) fps ∼11%

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 Outriders. Other graphics cards will be added in the coming days and weeks.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
134
132
125
125
89.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
135
133
126
125
79.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
135
135
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114
61.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
111
102
109
98.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
133
132
129
89.9
47.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
142
130
113
80.2
45.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
106
94.3
81.7
60.5
32.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
104
89.8
76.6
51.6
32.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
60.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
98.9
83.7
71.7
46.6
31.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
74
61.5
51.4
33.4
29.1
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
76.9
62.5
49.7
31.3
22.9
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
70.7
44.4
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27.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
66.8
53.6
43.1
31.6
23.4
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
55.6
30.7
28.8
26.1
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
25.7
21.5
16.3
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
43.1
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15.8
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11.3
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26
20.9
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38.1
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21.9
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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
MSI Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX330 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10510U 1 x 16 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
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
4K monitors Nvidia drivers AMD drivers
Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Acer Predator XB321HK ForceWare 466.11 Adrenalin 21.4.1
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Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming Laptops - 633 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
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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I am a big fan of technology, which is why I try to keep up with it. Among my other passions are literature and writing, and so it should not be surprising to anyone at all that I have a four-year bachelor's degree in philology. However, my interests are not limited just to the world of technology, or, for that matter, the world of literature. I am also interested in people and the stories they have to tell. And more recently, I took an interest in artificial intelligence.
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