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Rage 2 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Alex Alderson), 05/20/2019

Effect fireworks. Rage 2 comes eight years after its predecessor and is id Software's latest post-apocalyptic shooter. As the cover art implies, the game should be even more colourful and action-packed than Rage. Read on to find out which graphics cards can tame this savage title.

Rage 2

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We can sum up Rage 2 in one sentence: Borderlands meets Mad Max. While veteran studio id Software solely developed Rage, it has involved Avalanche Studios for Rage 2, which is mainly known for the Just Cause series.

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Gone is the id Tech 5 engine that underpinned Rage, which may not necessarily be a bad thing. id Software incorporated visual texturing into id Tech 5, the inclusion of which has been controversial. id Tech 5 has been replaced by the Apex game engine, which Avalanche Studios develops. The latter can, as fans of the Just Cause series will attest, conjure huge, freely accessible game worlds with tremendous viewing distances. Another highlight of Apex is its ability to produce visually impressive explosions, lighting, smoke and things like muzzle flashes.

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Speaking of weapons, Rage 2 shines with its first-class weapon feedback as many id-developed games have done. The experience in Rage 2 reminds us of Doom and is very satisfying. If your hardware is powerful enough, then Rage 2 will not only look buttery smooth with its fast-paced movements, but also gameplay will look incredibly smooth. Few other engines can deliver as rounded an experience as Apex can.

We were less satisfied with the quality of Rage 2’s textures though. Some surfaces still look blurry even at maximum graphics. We have definitely seen sharper textures from games released in 2019. Nevertheless, Rage 2 has a coherent overall look, in our opinion.

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Avalanche and id have not skimped on graphics options though. Rage 2 includes over 20 graphics options, which take some time to scroll through. The upper part covers settings for resolution, picture mode and VSync. Below these are four presets along with options to fine-tune the look of the game.

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Rage 2 uses resolution scaling by default, which alters the resolution to minimise performance bottlenecks and keep frame rates at optimal levels. We conducted our benchmarks with this disabled, for reference.

No graphics changes require a reboot. All take effect when you apply them, which saves time having to wait for the game to reload.

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We have included screenshots below of the four presets for you to compare the differences between them. In our opinion, Rage 2 looks visually impressive when at all presets apart from low. The game starts to shine from the medium preset upwards, and there are only minor differences to our eyes between the high and maximum presets. Both presets look and perform more or less the same. Curiously, Avalanche and id appear to have developed Rage 2 to run at a minimum of 30 FPS. We say that as the game runs in slow-motion speed when frame rates drop below that threshold, along with the typical stuttering that accompanies gaming at below 30 FPS.

Low preset
Low preset
Medium preset
Medium preset
High preset
High preset
Ultra preset
Ultra preset

Benchmark

Avalanche and id have based Rage 2 on the Vulkan API, which does not currently work with Fraps, the frame-rate recording tool that we typically use for our gaming benchmarks. Luckily there is OCAT, a tool that has served us well, albeit with a few quirks, during our Destiny 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus tests.

However, we needed to employ a few tricks to get OCAT to work with Rage 2. The game always crashes if we start it with OCAT already running. A workaround is to launch Rage 2, press Alt + Tab to return to the desktop and open OCAT, before returning to the game. OCAT stores its results in C:\This PC\Documents\OCAT\Captures as perf_summary. Opening this reveals the average in-game FPS while OCAT was running.

OCAT
OCAT

Our benchmark consists of a 30-40 second drive from Vineland, where the in-game tutorial starts, to the Highroad Block blockade, which is on the way to the first main quest. We have included a video below of the route.

Results

HD (1280x720)

Rage 2 is graphically challenging, even at 720p. Integrated GPUs like the Intel HD Graphics 630 are not powerful enough to play the game smoothly even at minimum graphics in this resolution. The same is the case for low-end older GPUs like the GeForce GTX 960M too. Hence, you will need at least a GeForce GTX 965M, or better still a GeForce GTX 1050, to play Rage 2 comfortably in 720p at minimum graphics.

Rage 2
    1280x720 Low Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
265 fps ∼83%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
224 (min: 178) fps ∼70%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
208 (min: 129) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
202 (min: 120) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
188 (min: 156) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
187 (min: 104) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
141 (min: 120) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
134 (min: 94) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
94.4 (min: 84) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
76.7 (min: 67) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
67.4 (min: 60) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
59.1 (min: 40) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
60.4 fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
32.8 (min: 25) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
18 fps ∼6%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
6.8 (min: 6) fps ∼2%

FHD (1920x1080)

Stepping up to 1080p requires a GeForce GTX 980M or better. The card averages playable frame rates on the medium preset, but we would recommend a minimum of a GeForce GTX 1060 for playing on the high and ultra presets.

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    1920x1080 Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Off)     1920x1080 High Preset (Resolution Scale Off)     1920x1080 Medium Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
121 fps ∼74%
124 fps ∼73%
142 fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
98.9 (min: 82) fps ∼60%
100 (min: 83) fps ∼59%
116 (min: 95) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
90.5 (min: 75) fps ∼55%
92.1 (min: 77) fps ∼54%
107.4 (min: 88) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
80.6 (min: 65) fps ∼49%
82.7 (min: 67) fps ∼49%
97.9 (min: 80) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
80 (min: 67) fps ∼49%
81.1 (min: 68) fps ∼48%
93 (min: 80) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
75.9 (min: 62) fps ∼46%
76.6 (min: 63) fps ∼45%
88.8 (min: 73) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
55.9 (min: 48) fps ∼34%
57.2 (min: 49) fps ∼34%
66.1 (min: 56) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
52.2 (min: 43) fps ∼32%
53.1 (min: 44) fps ∼31%
61.9 (min: 51) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
38.3 (min: 34) fps ∼23%
38.6 (min: 35) fps ∼23%
44.8 (min: 39) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
28.8 (min: 26) fps ∼18%
31.8 (min: 29) fps ∼19%
36.7 (min: 33) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
26.4 (min: 24) fps ∼16%
27.1 (min: 25) fps ∼16%
31.2 (min: 28) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
21.7 (min: 16) fps ∼13%
22.9 (min: 17) fps ∼14%
27.7 (min: 21) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
24.1 fps ∼15%
26.3 fps ∼16%
28.1 fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
13.3 (min: 10) fps ∼8%
13.8 (min: 11) fps ∼8%
15.9 (min: 14) fps ∼8%

QHD (2560x1440) & UHD (3840x2160)

A mix of 1440p and the maximum preset makes even high-end GPUs sweat. You can only expect jerk-free gameplay from a GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 Max-Q. Moreover, only the GeForce RTX 2080 is currently powerful enough out of laptop GPUs to play Rage 2 smoothly at 2160p, better known as 4K.

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    3840x2160 Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Off)     2560x1440 Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
38.9 fps ∼67%
80 fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
30.8 (min: 27) fps ∼53%
63.4 (min: 53) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
27.5 (min: 24) fps ∼48%
57.3 (min: 48) fps ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
24.5 (min: 22) fps ∼42%
50.3 (min: 42) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
24.3 (min: 20) fps ∼42%
50.8 (min: 41) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
23.3 (min: 21) fps ∼40%
47.9 (min: 40) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
16.4 (min: 15) fps ∼28%
34.6 (min: 31) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
11 (min: 10) fps ∼19%
24 (min: 21) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
18.1 (min: 16) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
16.5 (min: 15) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
13.8 (min: 10) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
13.3 fps ∼12%

Please note:

Gaming tests are often time-consuming and are hampered by activation or installation limits. Hence, we can currently only provide some of the benchmarks for Rage 2. We shall update this article with more GPUs in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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      Model
Rage 2
 Rage 2 (2019)
low
1280x720
Low Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
high
1920x1080
High Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
QHD
2560x1440
Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
4K
3840x2160
Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
NVIDIA Titan RTX
282
175
158
157
106
54.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
319
197
169
164
112
57.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
229
157
136
135n2
90.5n2
46.85n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
259
149
130
131
89
44.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
144
122n3
119n3
78.1
39.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
265
142
124
121
80
38.9
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
231
128
112
109
72
35.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
205.4n2
111.6n2
94.8n2
92.6n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
240
137
120
118
77
37.5
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
256
133
108
103
68
34.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
234
126
110
109
71
35.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
224
116
100
98.9
63.4
30.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super
237n2
130.5n2
110.5n2
108n2
71n2
34.8n2
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
218
95
65
32.4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
228
125
109
106
69
33.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
208
107.4
92.1
90.5
57.3
27.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
211
110
98
94
64
29.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
193.6
95.7
79n2
76.45n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
159.2
85.6
72.9
70.5
      Model
Rage 2
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
188
93
81.1
80
50.3
24.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
202
97.9
82.7
80.6
50.8
24.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
187
88.8
76.6
75.9
47.9
23.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
168.9n2
82.45n2
69.7n2
68.35n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
154.7
70.9
58.7
58.2
AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
161
83
72
71
45.2
21.7
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
151
77
67
65
42
20.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
141
66.1
57.2
55.9
34.6
16.4
AMD Radeon RX 570 (Desktop)
135
68
59.7
58.8
37.3
17.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
134
61.9
53.1
52.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
120.05n2
76.4n2
60.6n2
53.2n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
128
57.6
44.4
43.7
27.9
12.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
43
36.6
35.8
22.4
7.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
94.4
44.8
38.6
38.3
24
11
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
100.2
46.8
39.7
38.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
76.7
36.7
31.8
28.8
18.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
67.4
31.2
27.1
26.4
16.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
59.1
27.7
22.9
21.7
13.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
60.4
28.1
26.3
24.1
13.3
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
65.4
18.8
      Model
Rage 2
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
32.8
15.9
13.8
13.3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
39.8
15.2
13.2
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
31.6n2
17.7n2
15.25n2
14.25n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
22.4
13.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
37.5
31.9
31.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
24.95n2
11.75n2
7.2n2
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
24.5
10.2
8
4.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
26.8n2
19n2
18.15n2
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
18
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
24.5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6
24.7
6.3
5.3
Intel UHD Graphics 630
16.6
Intel HD Graphics 630
6.8
Intel UHD Graphics 620
7.9
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * 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
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.
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 RAM OS
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
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)
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 i7-7740X 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
Desktop-PC III AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8 GB HBM2)
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 (8 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal) (12 GB GDDR5X)
Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (2 GB GDDR5)
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
Desktop-PC IV NVIDIA Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 4 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
Alienware 17 R4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
Acer Triton 700 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
ASUS G752VS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16 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
ASUS GL753VD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 16 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
ASUS G752VY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-Bit
MSI GS60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 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 GL72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 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 CX72 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8 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 drivers AMD drivers
2 x ASUS PB287Q, Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB ForceWare 430.64 Adrenalin 19.5.1
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Florian Glaser, 2019-05-20 (Update: 2019-05-21)
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