Notebookcheck

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds - Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/31/2017

Early Success. Although Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (abbreviated PUBG) is still in a very early stage of development, the Battle Royale shooter is already very popular. We also plunged into the fight for survival and analyzed the game's performance for this article.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

Technology

For the original German review, see here.

While most shooter games are geared toward mindless action and - if at all - only demand little strategy, PUBG presents itself as a sophisticated survival experience with many surprises and suspenseful moments.

The basic idea is explained quickly: Up to 100 players jump out of a plane onto a deserted island (at a self-ordained time), and they have to struggle through zones that get increasingly tighter. To defend and protect themselves against other players, diverse objects, such as weapons, weapon attachments, armor and other upgrades can be looted in the many houses, huts, and factory buildings on the island.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

The pleasant thing about PUBG is that it allows creating a very individual gaming style. Although the title can be played as a tough shooter experience, stealth fans who prefer to progress slowly through the gigantic map and mostly avoid battles also have a good, if not better chance to take a top position. The deadly energy field that decreases the battlefield every few minutes adds tempo to the game and even forces notorious campers to move forward at some point.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a loyal reader of notebookcheck? Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team!

Especially wanted: 
German-English-Translator - Details here
Review Editor - 
Details here
News Editor - Details here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, the early access status of PUBG is soon noticed in many aspects. Thus, we not only discovered graphics errors and a strange collision behavior during almost 20 test rounds, but we also found other bugs (lying low suddenly did not function, objects in the air, etc.) that were largely tolerable and only lessened the gaming fun marginally. The same is true for the problems that occurred in the main menu (incorrect menu scaling, connection loss, etc.).

Despite the named shortcomings, PUBG makes a considerably more developed impression than the badly programmed and optimized Day-Z at the time. For example, we were never thrown back into the lobby during a mission. We only experienced a total crash once while changing the settings.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

Talking about settings: PUBG offers a clearly arranged graphics menu that has buttons for resolution, screen mode, and brightness in the upper area. Diverse controls for details are further below this and range from anti-aliasing (not specified in detail) up to View Distance. An optional Motion Blur is also present. We left the default rate at 100 in the Screen Scale option for all tests. The five presets that allow adapting the total quality in one step, and which also served as the basis for our benchmarks, are particularly handy.

The graphics make a mixed impression. On the positive side, we had a dense vegetation in the near field (fades out at some point), and a far range of view - alongside the different times of day and weather conditions, this creates a pretty lighting atmosphere.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

The Bluehole developers could improve the texture quality, which is - with exception of the detailed character and equipment models - so low in some places that it reminded us of placeholders. Many objects also flickered despite anti-aliasing. Incomprehensible performance drops additionally make it difficult to recommend hardware. The incorporated limit does not allow more than 144 FPS.

Ultra
Ultra
High
High
Medium
Medium
Low
Low
Very Low
Very Low

Technically, PUBG is based on the Unreal Engine 4 that, however, first looks fairly good in medium to high settings. The image is relatively blurry and loses atmosphere in minimum to low details.

The sound system proves to be worthy of reference. Shots, steps or engine noises closing in or moving away often cause goose bumps especially when hiding poorly armed in a house. The game's low capacity also has to be praised. PUBG pleasingly reserves only little space on the hard drive with approximately 7 GB.

Benchmark

As mentioned, the Battle Royale shooter's performance tends to fluctuate, making it difficult to find a suitable benchmark sequence. Since we want to test PUBG on future laptops, it would take too much time to wait 60 seconds for the game to launch and to jump on a predefined point via parachute in the long run. Thus, we limit ourselves to the mini-island where all players are thrown on for getting to know each other either peacefully or brutally.

FPS course gameplay
FPS course gameplay
FPS course benchmark
FPS course benchmark

We first run from the spawn point to the tail of the crashed plane and wait there until all textures are loaded correctly. As soon as the graphics are completed, we record a 20 - 30 second sprint to the nearby bunker with the tool Fraps. According to our comparison tests with a GeForce GTX 1080, this roughly corresponds to the average performance of a normal mission (compare diagrams).

Although the benchmark route is identical in every test, certain frame rate deviations cannot be excluded. +/- 5 is the order of the day from one run to the next. However, the highest peaks are found in minimum FPS. The benchmark sequence in the lower video can be used for performing own measurements.

Results

Our results are based on the game version 2.4.22 from July 2017. Since it is a competitive multiplayer shooter, a high frame rate is more important here than in other games from the action genre. An average of at least 50 - 60 FPS is needed for a decent gaming experience and as a reserve for the occasional performance losses. While low-end GPUs, such as the GeForce 920M, are overloaded in all settings and resolutions, chips from the lower mid-range (GeForce GTX 950M, GeForce MX150, etc.) manage at least 1280x720 to 1366x768 pixels and minimum to medium details.

Ultra
Ultra
High
High
Medium
Medium
Low
Low
Very Low
Very Low
Ultra
Ultra
High
High
Medium
Medium
Low
Low
Very Low
Very Low

A genuine gaming unit is needed for resolutions starting at 1920x1080 pixels. A GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is the minimum recommendation for the medium preset, and a GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 980 are the minimum for high and ultra presets. It gets particularly tricky in the 4K sector. A mix of 3840x2160 pixels and maximum details is even too much for exorbitantly priced premium laptops with a GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080. The latter settings also bring the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti desktop model to its limits.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1366x768 Medium Preset     1280x720 Very Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
46 (min: 36) fps ∼100%
110 (min: 78) fps ∼100%
115 (min: 52) fps ∼99%
125 (min: 80) fps ∼96%
127 (min: 80) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
34.4 (min: 23) fps ∼75%
96.4 (min: 71) fps ∼88%
113 (min: 76) fps ∼97%
123 (min: 50) fps ∼94%
124 (min: 64) fps ∼97%
130 (min: 93) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
33.4 (min: 26) fps ∼73%
97 (min: 71) fps ∼88%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
28.2 (min: 18) fps ∼61%
80.5 (min: 58) fps ∼73%
107 (min: 70) fps ∼92%
117 (min: 78) fps ∼90%
122 (min: 53) fps ∼95%
126 (min: 78) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
77.8 (min: 54) fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
24.1 (min: 13) fps ∼52%
76 (min: 57) fps ∼69%
87 (min: 44) fps ∼75%
97.5 (min: 54) fps ∼75%
112 (min: 76) fps ∼88%
117 (min: 55) fps ∼90%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
MSI GS63VR 7RG
22.4 (min: 17) fps ∼49%
68.2 (min: 51) fps ∼62%
86.3 (min: 56) fps ∼74%
93.7 (min: 54) fps ∼72%
98.5 (min: 51) fps ∼77%
109 (min: 66) fps ∼84%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
26.1 (min: 20) fps ∼57%
71.5 (min: 56) fps ∼65%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
20.1 (min: 14) fps ∼44%
50.2 (min: 38) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
19.8 (min: 12) fps ∼43%
55.8 (min: 39) fps ∼51%
79.4 (min: 42) fps ∼68%
92.9 (min: 78) fps ∼71%
128 (min: 90) fps ∼100%
129 (min: 86) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
18.5 (min: 11) fps ∼40%
52.9 (min: 20) fps ∼48%
77.6 (min: 64) fps ∼67%
88.6 (min: 41) fps ∼68%
109 (min: 59) fps ∼85%
121 (min: 78) fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
17.4 (min: 12) fps ∼38%
51.8 (min: 34) fps ∼47%
69.4 (min: 51) fps ∼60%
78 (min: 35) fps ∼60%
95.3 (min: 38) fps ∼74%
98.6 (min: 60) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC
17.8 (min: 12) fps ∼39%
52.1 (min: 34) fps ∼47%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
16 (min: 12) fps ∼35%
45.1 (min: 32) fps ∼41%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
40.2 (min: 23) fps ∼37%
49.6 (min: 31) fps ∼43%
71 (min: 15) fps ∼54%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
43.7 (min: 27) fps ∼40%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 4790K
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X
29.4 (min: 10) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
11.4 (min: 8) fps ∼25%
35.5 (min: 25) fps ∼32%
49.5 (min: 38) fps ∼43%
55.1 (min: 43) fps ∼42%
127 (min: 85) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
45.2 (min: 28) fps ∼39%
54.1 (min: 44) fps ∼41%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
30.3 (min: 20) fps ∼26%
38 fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
26.1 (min: 11) fps ∼24%
38.2 (min: 31) fps ∼33%
45.7 (min: 24) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
24.2 (min: 18) fps ∼22%
34.5 (min: 22) fps ∼30%
39.6 (min: 34) fps ∼30%
87 (min: 65) fps ∼67%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
19.6 (min: 9) fps ∼18%
27.5 (min: 14) fps ∼24%
35.8 (min: 30) fps ∼27%
106 (min: 76) fps ∼82%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
26.4 (min: 22) fps ∼20%
42.3 (min: 33) fps ∼33%
74 (min: 53) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
14.3 (min: 12) fps ∼11%
45.7 (min: 24) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
14.2 (min: 11) fps ∼11%
42.4 (min: 14) fps ∼33%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
31.3 (min: 16) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
12.3 fps ∼9%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
 Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
low
1280x720
Very Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
127
125
115
101.52
45.42
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
129.6
113.3
113
101.9
44.2
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
130
123
113
96.72
33.92
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
1153
90.13
32.83
 9*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
125
111
103.52
80.42
27.1
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
126
117
107
79.152
28.2
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
123.52
1142
873
763
24.1
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
71.5
26.1
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
109
93.7
86.3
68.2
22.4
 19AMD Radeon R9 Fury
50.2
20.1
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
129
92.9
79.4
55.8
19.8
 22AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
124.8
84.8
70.4
48.6
18
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
121
88.6
77.6
52.9
18.5
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
45.1
16
 33*AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
110
69.1
57.1
40.5
14.3
 34NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
98.6
78
693
51.83
17.4
 37NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
52.1
17.8
 40AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
71
49.6
40.2
 45AMD Radeon R9 290X
43.7
Pos      Model                                     Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
lowmed.highultra4k
 54AMD Radeon R9 280X
29.4
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
126
56.452
48.352
35.9
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
127
55.1
49.5
35.5
11.4
 59NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
70.1
59.9
49.1
32.6
11.7
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
87
39.6
34.5
24.2
 74AMD Radeon R7 370
38
30.3
 84AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
106
35.8
27.5
19.6
 88NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
45.7
38.2
26.1
 106NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
64
35
29
18
 113NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
73
28
23.9
16
 114NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
71.43
26.352
21.72
14.8
 119*AMD Radeon Pro 555
74
24.3
21.2
13.4
 131*AMD Radeon Pro 450
63.3
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
74
26.4
 138AMD Radeon R9 M280X
31.3
 211NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
44.93
15.23
13.62
8.952
 214NVIDIA GeForce 940M
42.4
14.2
 229*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
13.8
 235NVIDIA GeForce 930M
34.5
 243Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
22.9
Pos      Model                                     Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
lowmed.highultra4k
 275AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
20.4
 283NVIDIA GeForce 920M
12.3
 287AMD Radeon R7 M440
22.3
 296Intel UHD Graphics 630
24.9
 299Intel HD Graphics 530
16.3
 304AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
12.1
 305*Intel UHD Graphics 620
18
 375AMD Radeon R5 M255
23.3
8.2
 379Intel HD Graphics 520
12.4
 381NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
17.9
6
 400Intel HD Graphics 4600
17.5
 449Intel HD Graphics 4400
22.6
* 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 Working Memory 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
Asus G752VS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4 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 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 384.94 Crimson 17.7.1
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Playerunknown's Battlegrounds - Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Florian Glaser, 2017-07-31 (Update: 2017-08- 2)