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Prey Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/07/2017

Successful reboot. The "pre-Prey" from 2006 proved to be a genuine first-person shooter with its gravity components, which players long remembered. After discontinuing the originally planned Prey 2, the publisher Bethesda has announced a reorientation of the franchise in 2017. We checked the PC version's performance.

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Technology

The developer of “Prey” is not unknown in the gaming community. The French Arkane Studios have been in business for decades (the author still remembers its first product “Arx Fatalis”) and it has delivered many triple-A games. In addition to “Dark Messiah of Might and Magic”, the “Dishonored” series would have to be mentioned here.

One of the biggest unique selling points of Arkane's games is their unique settings. “Prey” also has quite a bit to offer stylistically. Although the first-person shooter leans toward “BioShock” with its Art-déco indoor rooms, due to the science fiction characteristic and sometimes gloomy horror atmosphere, the game often seems to be a mixture of “Mirror's Edge Catalyst” and “Alien Isolation”.

Players are given many options to plan the line of action as they please, thanks to open levels and numerous gameplay features (crafting, hacking, upgrades, etc.). Whether sneaking around, fighting or using gimmicks strategically – “Prey” encourages experimenting and trying things out very much like “Deus Ex Mankind Divided”.

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Anyone expecting a technical fiasco like “Dishonored 2” with a relatively poor performance at the beginning due to its Void engine can relax. “Prey” relies on the CryEngine by Crytek that is known for its high graphics quality (“Crysis 3”, “Ryse”, “Evolve”, etc.).

In the case of “Prey”, the technological state remains far behind the current possibilities. Many textures look blurry and cannot always serve with a high degree of details even in the maximum level (greetings from the recently tested “Dawn of War 3”). Unlike other games, we did not find this disturbing because the graphic style is so endearing that it is easy to ignore the weak textures. A decisive advantage of the textures' low resolution is the low requirement of resources. As we will analyze in a moment, “Prey” is surprisingly restrained for a 2017 game in terms of the power needs of the components.

Technical bugs were hardly an issue during the benchmarks and sampling sessions. Apart from occasional graphic errors (especially on transparent surfaces like glass) and two crashes, the game ran pleasantly smooth.

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However, the video menu provides tuning enthusiasts with only a limited number of tweaks. There are just 7 options that hardly have an impact on the graphics in the extended tab. Generally, there is not a significant difference between minimum and maximum settings as long as anti-aliasing is activated. Unfortunately, “Prey” only supports the FXAA and SMAA post-processing variants that barely need performance but do not smooth out the image reliably. During the game we encountered many flickering objects, even in the highest level SMAA 2TX.

On the other hand, the practical presets have to be lauded. As usual, they allow adapting the overall quality in one step. Since all settings are implemented without relaunching the game (only the textures have to be reloaded briefly during a running game), the introductory videos that cannot be skipped and only run approximately 30 seconds is not a big problem. The loading times are also acceptable, and are even shorter with an SSD.

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Currently, “Prey”  reserves approximately 18 GB on the hard drive, which is more than acceptable for a modern game. The game is at most demanding in terms of video memory. Texture changes sometimes become visible when using graphics cards with 2 GB of VRAM or less. For example, 1920x1080 and high details affected the GeForce GTX 960M.

The incorporated frame-lock is also noteworthy: More than 144 FPS are not displayed without intervening in the game's .cfg file (sys_MaxFPS). Fortunately, Nvidia users will not notice that “Prey” belongs to AMD's Gaming Evolved program. The game runs pleasantly smooth, even on GeForce GPUs - provided the hardware is suitable.

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Benchmark

According to our information, a benchmark is not integrated. Thus, we had to perform the speed tests manually. They were performed in the "Talos I Lobby" (so to say the hub of the gaming world). Starting at the entrance "Neuromod Division", we sprinted down the stairs to the lobby and ran directly to "Shuttle Bay". We stopped recording with the tool fraps in front of the shaft here.

The 20 to 30 second sequence has a medium demand, i.e. some scenes are more and others are less demanding. Since it is a shooter that uses the first-person perspective, an average of at least 40 FPS should be reached. Our hardware recommendations correspond to this. Users who want to perform their own benchmarks can use the sequence in the video below for reference. All enemies were eliminated before saving the game.

Results

Thanks to the low hardware requirements, a gaming PC is not imperative for “Prey”. Although Intel's processor graphics chips (e.g. HD Graphics 4600) are quickly overloaded, dedicated entry-level GPUs, such as the GeForce 940MX, still manage 1280x720 to 1366x768 pixels in the low and/or medium presets.

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It should be a mid-range chip on the level of a GeForce GTX 960M or GeForce GTX 1050 for 1920x1080 pixels and the (very) high preset. Most systems find their limits in the 4K range. First a GeForce GTX 980 displayed a combination of 3840x2160 pixels and the high preset smoothly in the test. As so often, the CPU is secondary and the video accelerator is almost always the limiting factor.

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    3840x2160 High Preset AA:2TX SM AF:8x     1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:2TX SM AF:16x     1920x1080 High Preset AA:2TX SM AF:8x     1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:FX AF:4x     1366x768 Medium Preset AA:FX AF:4x     1280x720 Low Preset AF:2x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
70.9 (min: 59) fps ∼74%
141 (min: 124) fps ∼99%
142 (min: 130) fps ∼99%
144 (min: 138) fps ∼100%
144 (min: 140) fps ∼100%
144 (min: 142) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
58 (min: 48) fps ∼60%
141 (min: 117) fps ∼99%
142 (min: 129) fps ∼99%
143 (min: 137) fps ∼99%
144 (min: 140) fps ∼100%
144 (min: 141) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
56 fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
51.7 (min: 43) fps ∼54%
133 (min: 94) fps ∼94%
135 (min: 116) fps ∼94%
141 (min: 132) fps ∼98%
142 (min: 135) fps ∼99%
143 (min: 137) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
41 (min: 35) fps ∼43%
131 (min: 107) fps ∼92%
135 (min: 111) fps ∼94%
143 (min: 135) fps ∼99%
144 (min: 142) fps ∼100%
144 (min: 143) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
39.1 (min: 33) fps ∼41%
124 (min: 87) fps ∼87%
129 (min: 103) fps ∼90%
142 (min: 125) fps ∼99%
144 (min: 140) fps ∼100%
144 (min: 142) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
38 (min: 32) fps ∼40%
100 (min: 75) fps ∼70%
120 (min: 95) fps ∼84%
135 (min: 104) fps ∼94%
139 (min: 124) fps ∼97%
142 (min: 134) fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
30.7 (min: 25) fps ∼32%
96 (min: 80) fps ∼68%
111 (min: 90) fps ∼78%
137 (min: 110) fps ∼95%
143 (min: 135) fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
27.8 (min: 23) fps ∼29%
91 (min: 76) fps ∼64%
143 fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
30.8 (min: 26) fps ∼32%
87.3 (min: 52) fps ∼61%
95.7 (min: 71) fps ∼67%
114 (min: 88) fps ∼79%
136 (min: 121) fps ∼94%
140 (min: 123) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
23 (min: 19) fps ∼24%
66.6 (min: 56) fps ∼47%
82 (min: 66) fps ∼57%
143 fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
24.6 (min: 21) fps ∼26%
64 (min: 45) fps ∼45%
78.3 (min: 64) fps ∼55%
94.2 (min: 64) fps ∼65%
131 (min: 115) fps ∼91%
138 (min: 124) fps ∼96%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
16 (min: 13) fps ∼17%
50.1 (min: 40) fps ∼35%
60.5 (min: 50) fps ∼42%
68 (min: 55) fps ∼47%
142 (min: 129) fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
13.2 (min: 11) fps ∼14%
49.5 (min: 40) fps ∼35%
52.2 (min: 42) fps ∼37%
57.7 (min: 47) fps ∼40%
141 (min: 123) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop), 4790K
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
67 (min: 57) fps ∼47%
71 (min: 58) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
13.8 (min: 11) fps ∼14%
45.9 (min: 35) fps ∼32%
48 (min: 40) fps ∼34%
57.9 (min: 47) fps ∼40%
103 (min: 80) fps ∼72%
134 (min: 108) fps ∼93%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
9.3 (min: 3) fps ∼6%
17.4 (min: 5) fps ∼12%
23.9 (min: 13) fps ∼17%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Prey
 Prey (2017)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
2xAF
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
4xAF FXAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
8xAF 2TX SMAA
ultra
1920x1080
Very High Preset
16xAF 2TX SMAA
4k
3840x2160
High Preset
8xAF 2TX SMAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
144
143
142
139
95
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
143
143
142
142
96
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
143
141
83.9
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
144
144
142
141
70.9
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
139
136
68.3
 8*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
135
131
50.5
 11NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
144
143
142
141
572
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
142.754
140.64
1355
132.756
49.22
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
137
138.73
47.52
 20NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
144
143
135
131
41
 21AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
142.2
141.1
133.4
116.1
38.8
 28NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
144
142
129
124
39.1
 29*NVIDIA Quadro P3000
89.3
 31AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
143
137
111
96
30.7
 32*AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
138
127
102
87.2
28.4
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
141.92
135.852
117.33
1005
36.552
 34*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
126
101
84.7
27.7
 39AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
143
91
27.8
 51NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
140
114
95.7
87.3
30.8
Pos      Model                                     Prey
lowmed.highultra4k
 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
130.6
91.7
81.1
67.1
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
143
82
66.6
23
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
138
94.2
78.3
64
24.6
 69NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
71
67
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
134.62
82.92
62.23
533
 73AMD Radeon R7 370
142
68
60.5
50.1
16
 83AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
141
57.7
52.2
49.5
13.2
 96*AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
57.5
49.2
36.4
30.3
 105NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
134
57.9
48
45.9
13.8
 112NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
109.62
35.22
31.252
292
102
 113NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
107.22
40.22
35.452
29.82
 117*AMD Radeon Pro 555
42.3
34.5
29.8
 206*NVIDIA Quadro M520
85.4
32.8
26.7
22
 207NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
54.852
20.82
18.252
15.62
 231NVIDIA GeForce 930M
51.1
 232*Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
51.4
20.2
 238Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
42.652
182
14.8
 287AMD Radeon R7 M340
38.4
14.7
 290Intel HD Graphics 630
31.6
12.6
 292Intel HD Graphics 530
25.9
Pos      Model                                     Prey
lowmed.highultra4k
 298*Intel UHD Graphics 620
26.6
 299*Intel HD Graphics 620
27.8
11.6
9.2
 357AMD Radeon HD 8650G
21.4
 368AMD Radeon R5 M255
30.7
12
 372Intel HD Graphics 520
20
 374NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
23.8
9.1
 393Intel HD Graphics 4600
20.32
7.92
 399*Intel HD Graphics 615
14.3
6.6
 441Intel HD Graphics 4400
12.9
5.6
 472*Intel HD Graphics 505
5.4
* 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 Platform I Platform II
Motherboard Asus Z170-A Asus Z97-Deluxe
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Intel Core i7-4790K (Haswell)
Graphics Card 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)
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)
Working Memory 2x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Device 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)
Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Schenker Notebooks Schenker W504 Schenker XMG A505 Schenker S413
Processor Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4720HQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4750HQ (Haswell)
Graphics Card 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
Working Memory 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Device Samsung SSD 840 EVO (250 GB) Micron M600 SSD (128 GB)
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HDD (1000 GB)
Intel SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
MSI Notebooks MSI GT62VR MSI GE72 MSI PE60 MSI GP62 MSI CX61 MSI CX61 MSI GE 72 7RE-046 MSI GL62 7RD
Processor Intel Core i7-6820HK (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-5700HQ (Broadwell) Intel Celeron 2970M (Haswell) Intel Core i5-4200M (Haswell) Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Kaby Lake)
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) 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) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Working Memory 4x 8 GB DDR4-2133 1x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2x 4 GB DDR4-2133 1x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1x 8 GB DDR3-1600 2x 4 GB DDR4 2x 4 GB DDR4
Storage Device Samsung NVMe MZVPV128 SSD (128 GB) 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) Samsung SSD, Toshiba Trion 150 SSD Samsung SSD, Toshiba Trion 150 SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Windows 10 64 Bit Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus Notebooks Asus G752VS Asus N551ZU Asus ROG Strix GL753VD
Processor Intel Core i7-6820HK (Skylake) AMD FX-7600P (Kaveri) Intel Core i7-7700HQ
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Working Memory 4x 16 GB DDR4-2400 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 8 GB DDR4
Storage Device Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7 SSD (512 GB) Samsung SSD 830 (256 GB) Micron SSD 1100 (256 GB)
Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 64 Bit Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Monitor Nvidia Driver AMD Driver Intel Driver
2x Asus PB287Q ForceWare 382.05 Crimson 17.5.1 15.40.34.4624
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