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Rainbow Six Siege Notebook Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 12/19/2015

Rough diamond. Ubisoft does not follow the casual trend of its own franchise over the last couple of years with Rainbow Six Siege. Instead of stupid non-stop action, the title turns out to be a clever tactical sandbox. We have a closer look at the technology.

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Graphics & Benchmark

Rainbow Six Siege is the right title if you do not want to play rather simple action blockbuster titles like Call of Duty and Star Wars Battlefront. While other games are basically dominated by firefights, the new game from Ubisoft is rather old-school – in the best way. Running through the levels with the gun and only trusting your aim will soon end your game. Instead, you have to rely on map experience, team communication and tactical decisions, similar to Counter-Strike or the old SWAT series. You can already feel a part of the thrilling atmosphere in the tutorial missions, which only show you the basics of the game.

Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege

It is therefore hardly an issue that Ubisoft did not create a graphics masterpiece. Despite or rather because of the second-class graphics of Rainbow Six Siege, the technology appears pretty sophisticated. Some players do complain about typical multiplayer bugs (connection issues etc.), but we did not encounter any serious problems in respect of crashes or graphics bugs. And as a PC gamer, you also get the feeling to be taken seriously. This impression is particularly created by the options menu, which convinces with a lot of explanations.

In this article, we only want to have a look at the video options, which are split up into two menus. Basic display settings can be found – as expected – in the Display tab. Besides the resolution, the picture mode, the frequency and the screen ratio, you can also adjust the viewing distance. Vertical sync is available as well. The majority of options is available in the Graphics menu: Almost 10 settings can be adjusted in multiple steps.

Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege

Great: Ubisoft included five presets for lazy or less experienced users that we – except for the preset Very High – also use for our benchmarks, even though the presets are not perfectly adjusted. For example, Rainbow Six does not use the maximum settings all the time in the Ultra preset (only SSBC instead HBAO+). A Medium shading quality in the preset Very High and just 4x AF in the setting High are not perfect, either. Furthermore, the title uses the post-processing anti-aliasing T-AA for every preset (FXAA optional), and we had to activate better versions manually. Siege also supports MSAA and TXAA, but they are much more demanding for the hardware.

Speaking of the performance: Anti-aliasing requires a lot of video memory, and you can get a good feel for the requirements thanks to the integrated VRAM indicator. While 1920 x 1080 pixels and the Ultra preset require around 2.5 GB, it is 3.5 GB for a combination of FHD and 8x MSAA (the same applies for 3840 x 2160 pixels without AA). It gets really extreme when you combine 4K and 8x MSAA: Not many laptop or desktop GPUs can handle 7.5 GB.

Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege

It is great that setting changes do not require a restart. Ubisoft also deserves praise for the integrated benchmark, which shows a camera drive through a house with multiple figures and explosions. Based on the sequence that takes about 50 seconds, you can recognize the strengths and the weaknesses of the engine. While the physical effects and the characters are mainly convincing, the environment can sometimes be a bit dull due to the rather blurry textures. The general performance of the benchmark represents "real" gameplay very well, so the results are significant. Despite the rather slow gameplay, the FPS number should be above 35-40 on average based on our experiences, not least because the minimum FPS number varies quite a bit.

Results

Thanks to the slightly outdated graphics, the hardware requirements are not that high for Rainbow Six Siege. Almost every Intel GPU has a hard time even at low settings (HD Graphics 4600500060006100, ...), but dedicated chips from AMD and Nvidia that are not too old can handle smooth gameplay. This starts with inexpensive all-round GPUs like the GeForce GT 740M, which can at least manage the preset Low at 1024 x 768 pixels. Medium details require more performance; you should at least use a GeForce GT 750M for medium details at 1366 x 768 pixels.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
4K Settings
4K Settings

As expected, the jump to Full-HD will cost a lot of performance. High details and 1920 x 1080 pixels require a fast mainstream chip (GTX 850M+, R9 M280X+) or an older high-end GPU (GTX 860M+), while we would recommend at least a GeForce GTX 960M or GTX 870M for Ultra settings. Owners of a 4K display that do not want to waive high details will even need a GeForce GTX 980M or GTX 980.

The title is not very demanding in terms of CPU performance and the graphics card is usually the limiting factor even at minimum details. Not even slower CPUs from AMD or Intel's ULV series have a problem with this game.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
4K Settings
4K Settings
Rainbow Six Siege
    3840x2160 High Preset AA:T AF:4x     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x     1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:4x     1366x768 Medium Preset AA:T AF:2x     1024x768 Low Preset AA:T AF:Linear
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
62 (min: 47) fps ∼57%
117 (min: 77) fps ∼47%
160 (min: 94) fps ∼58%
303 (min: 133) fps ∼91%
319 (min: 112) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
50.1 (min: 35) fps ∼46%
107.6 (min: 67) fps ∼44%
149.6 (min: 69) fps ∼55%
256.4 (min: 100) fps ∼77%
347.2 (min: 116) fps ∼85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
35.9 (min: 28) fps ∼33%
80.3 (min: 26) fps ∼33%
108.1 (min: 48) fps ∼39%
180.8 (min: 98) fps ∼54%
232.4 (min: 91) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
27.5 (min: 12) fps ∼25%
63.5 (min: 22) fps ∼26%
86.8 (min: 60) fps ∼32%
152.1 (min: 77) fps ∼46%
212.8 (min: 81) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
24.9 (min: 7) fps ∼23%
56.5 (min: 16) fps ∼23%
78.8 (min: 56) fps ∼29%
137 (min: 70) fps ∼41%
203.6 (min: 89) fps ∼50%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
23.7 (min: 18) fps ∼22%
49 (min: 34) fps ∼20%
70 (min: 44) fps ∼26%
134 (min: 75) fps ∼40%
206 (min: 103) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
20.3 (min: 16) fps ∼19%
44.5 (min: 27) fps ∼18%
65 (min: 46) fps ∼24%
114.5 (min: 69) fps ∼34%
172.8 (min: 89) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, 6700K
Desktop PC
18.8 (min: 14) fps ∼17%
46.6 (min: 28) fps ∼19%
74.2 (min: 52) fps ∼27%
137.6 (min: 88) fps ∼41%
212.1 (min: 116) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
15 (min: 7) fps ∼14%
39.6 (min: 17) fps ∼16%
54.5 (min: 39) fps ∼20%
101.1 (min: 62) fps ∼30%
155.5 (min: 92) fps ∼38%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
32.4 (min: 14) fps ∼13%
38.5 (min: 12) fps ∼14%
58.8 (min: 30) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
13.8 (min: 9) fps ∼13%
28.7 (min: 14) fps ∼12%
47.5 (min: 21) fps ∼17%
86.2 (min: 55) fps ∼26%
134.4 (min: 74) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
11.4 (min: 4) fps ∼10%
29.7 (min: 13) fps ∼12%
38.8 (min: 19) fps ∼14%
73.1 (min: 41) fps ∼22%
112.9 (min: 49) fps ∼28%
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
17.4 (min: 6) fps ∼7%
23.7 (min: 10) fps ∼9%
43.9 (min: 13) fps ∼13%
68 (min: 26) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
16.3 fps ∼7%
22.1 (min: 16) fps ∼8%
42.3 (min: 29) fps ∼13%
66.5 (min: 44) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
11 (min: 4) fps ∼4%
15.1 (min: 3) fps ∼6%
29.4 (min: 21) fps ∼9%
46.8 (min: 31) fps ∼11%
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ
Schenker S413
0 fps ∼0%
21.9 (min: 9.3) fps ∼7%
35.3 (min: 14) fps ∼9%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
10.4 fps ∼4%
20.4 fps ∼6%
32.4 fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
6.9 (min: 2) fps ∼3%
9.9 (min: 7) fps ∼4%
18.8 (min: 9) fps ∼6%
30 (min: 16) fps ∼7%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
7.8 (min: 4) fps ∼3%
14.6 (min: 6) fps ∼4%
25.7 (min: 10) fps ∼6%

Test Systems

Four of our test models are provided by Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, GTX 970M, GTX 980M)
  • A505 (Core i7-4720HQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 960M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

Three notebooks are provided by Nvidia:

In addition, Intel provided one notebook:

  • Schenker S413 (Core i7-4750HQ, 8 GB DDR3, Iris Pro Graphics 5200)

The desktop PCs are equipped with CPUs/APUs from Intel and AMD, SSDs from Micron, OCZ, Intel and Samsung, motherboards from Intel and Asus as well as graphics cards from Nvidia, PNY and AMD. We use the monitor Asus PB287Q for our 4K tests.

We used the following GPU drivers: Nvidia 359.06, AMD 15.11.1 Beta, Intel 20.19.15.4300 (Win 10) and Intel 10.18.14.4294 (Win 7), respectively.

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Rainbow Six Siege
 Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low
1024x768
Low Preset
LinearAF TAA
med.
1366x768
Medium Preset
2xAF TAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
4xAF TAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
16xAF TAA
4k
3840x2160
High Preset
4xAF TAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
338
301
274
247
109
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
408.2
332.6
270.7
239.8
106.9
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
177
161
61.1
 4NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
176
160
60.7
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
209.52
83.52
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
226
203
81.8
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
279.8
232.2
150.9
136.4
50.2
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
3362
282.52
209.52
180.52
69.42
 10NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
191.52
1682
64.42
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
321
275
192
164
67
 15AMD Radeon R9 Fury
319
303
160
117
62
 16AMD Radeon R9 Nano
141
60.7
 17NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
347.2
256.4
149.6
107.6
50.1
 18NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
327.5
247.7
149.4
114.1
50.4
 21AMD Radeon R9 390X
274.5
216.5
145
107.6
54
 22NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI
234.5
185.5
110.7
94.6
33.5
 23NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
327
262
154
130
47.7
 25AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
127
48.4
 27NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
136
111.152
42.7
Pos      Model                                     Rainbow Six Siege
lowmed.highultra4k
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
281.652
229.82
142.452
120.82
44.8
 33AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
120
32.2
 42AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
208.8
138.8
92.2
64.9
 45NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
232.43
186.23
110.93
93.13
35.9
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
248.5
163.6
90.2
64.5
27.2
 50NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
92.2
74.4
28.4
 51NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
272
181
95
79
 52NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
228.63
161.14
88.154
63.94
26.352
 55NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
271.6
180.6
102.9
67.4
25
 62NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
146.8
76.8
54.5
23.8
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
247
155
82.4
65.9
20.3
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
197.12
136.352
73.72
60.82
 67AMD Radeon R7 370
206
134
70
49
23.7
 69NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
203.6
137
78.8
56.5
24.9
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
212.1
137.6
74.2
46.6
18.8
 77AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
236
151
79
64.6
22.9
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
1903
1313
71.83
45.83
 82NVIDIA Quadro M2200
214.2
131.2
70.4
52.4
 83NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
172.8
114.5
65
44.5
20.3
 85AMD Radeon HD 8970M
212.7
139.6
81.3
65.1
Pos      Model                                     Rainbow Six Siege
lowmed.highultra4k
 97AMD Radeon Pro 460
150.3
55.2
45
 99NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
159.12
1053
55.53
45.63
15
 106NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
143.6
89.9
46.2
36.2
10.8
 107NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
140
87
45.8
31.3
 108NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
154.1
100.82
51.92
37.72
16.4
 111*AMD Radeon Pro 555
48.5
36.2
 112*AMD Radeon Pro 455
162
52.7
33.7
 115NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
134.4
86.2
47.5
28.7
13.8
 123*AMD Radeon Pro 450
39.6
34.1
 124NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
110.64
704
38.44
28.254
 126AMD Radeon R9 M385X
74
64.8
48.4
27.8
 127NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
112.9
73.1
38.8
29.7
11.4
 128NVIDIA Quadro M1000M
137.8
79.9
43.5
32
13.2
 130AMD Radeon R9 M280X
58.8
38.5
32.4
 197NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
66.5
42.3
22.1
16.3
 199*NVIDIA Quadro M520
94.5
60.1
31.8
22.8
8.1
 200NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
81.054
52.354
25.454
21.73
 202NVIDIA GeForce 940M
55.3
34.7
20
14.5
 203NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
69.3
39.8
21.1
14
 208AMD Radeon R7 M445
64.4
37.8
20.1
13.5
Pos      Model                                     Rainbow Six Siege
lowmed.highultra4k
 219*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
47.1
20.8
14.7
 220AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
68
43.9
23.7
17.4
 221Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
35.3
21.9
 223NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
46.8
29.4
15.1
11
 224NVIDIA GeForce 930M
62
39
19.8
12.7
 226*Intel Iris Graphics 550
50.652
31.22
18.62
14.752
 228*NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
54.3
34.1
17.2
 231Intel Iris Graphics 540
41.72
25.82
15.152
12.32
 232*NVIDIA Quadro M500M
56.152
35.32
19.72
12.52
 261NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
51.4
29.2
16.5
11.2
 262AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
55
17.1
13.6
 264*AMD Radeon R7 M460
51.9
31.8
13.1
10.6
 267AMD Radeon R7 M360
48.12
29.42
14.552
11.32
 269*AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
36.352
23.52
12.12
10.1
 272AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
53.5
33.7
13.3
 273AMD Radeon R7 M440
54
42.9
26.9
20.3
 280NVIDIA GeForce 920M
47.952
29.852
15.2
12.4
 281AMD Radeon R6 M340DX
44.3
27.2
13.3
10.6
 282Intel HD Graphics 630
39.9
24.8
16.1
 288AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
36.3
24.3
Pos      Model                                     Rainbow Six Siege
lowmed.highultra4k
 289AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
26.9
21.6
 290*Intel HD Graphics 620
38.752
24.12
13.22
11.5
 291AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
37.7
22.9
11.9
8.7
 353NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
30
18.8
9.9
6.9
 356AMD Radeon R5 M335
39.4
24.8
12.4
9.9
 357*AMD Radeon R5 M430
47
29.3
14.2
 358AMD Radeon R5 M330
40.72
22.42
9.1
7.1
 359AMD Radeon R5 M255
49
30.6
14.9
10
 361NVIDIA GeForce 910M
38.8
25.3
12.6
10.7
 363Intel HD Graphics 520
31.952
19.72
11.6
9.1
 364Intel Iris Graphics 6100
31
19.7
11.7
9.7
 365NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
32.4
20.4
10.4
 376Intel HD Graphics 6000
28.9
18.2
10.9
9.1
 384Intel HD Graphics 4600
22.32
13.32
7.8
 386Intel HD Graphics 5500
25.82
15.352
9.9
7.8
 390*Intel HD Graphics 615
24.6
16.2
 431Intel HD Graphics 515
25.7
15.2
 432Intel HD Graphics 4400
20.2
12.6
 433*Intel HD Graphics 510
25
15.9