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Resident Evil 7 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, Klaus Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 02/16/2017

Crackling tension. It is once again time for heart attacks: The latest title from the Resident Evil series focuses on the strengths from the first games and convinces with a thrilling single-player mode. PC gamers will be mainly shocked by the VRAM requirements.

Resident Evil 7

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Graphics

We were thrilled by Resident Evil 7's gameplay right from the start. Developer and publisher Capcom decided not to follow the current action trend (high speed, unrealistic high number of enemies, …) and presents a rather leisure, but very intense horror story, which can also produce ice-cold shivers on mature gamers. Yes, the controls were primarily developed for gamepads and the mouse feels pretty spongy in the menus, but the overall handling of Resident Evil 7 is decent.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7

That Capcom does not ignore PC gamers is evident when you see the comprehensive video menu. It requires some scrolling, but you can perfectly adjust the settings to your system in return. All changes are applied without a restart, so the tuning does not take too much time. However, some settings can only be changed in the main menu and there are no presets.

Scrolling through the options reveals some surprises. Resident Evil 7 supports upscaling and downsampling (we use the base value 1) as well as HDR on corresponding monitors by default. Players can also adjust the maximum frame rate; you can just use "variable" when you do not want a limitation to 30 or 60 frames per second. V-Sync can be disabled as well. We would definitely recommend the rendering method "normal", because the picture will otherwise be much blurrier.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7

Speaking of sharpness: The title offers several post-processing modes for anti-aliasing. Besides FXAA and TAA (optionally combined), which applies some sort of soft focus, the game also supports SMAA. However, none of the modes is fully convincing. The anti-aliasing cannot be fully deactivated, either, which is unfortunate for users of less powerful systems.

However, entry-level and mainstream notebooks handle Resident Evil 7 pretty well when you reduce the settings and the resolution. The performance is much better with low settings. Higher details and resolutions will depend on the amount of video memory. Less than 4 GB result in heavy stutters that affect the gameplay of Resident Evil 7 quite significantly. High-end GPUs with 6-8 GB on the other hand never have performance issues.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7

One problem right now is the option Shadow Cache, which seems to be buggy or poorly optimized. Contrary to other articles (like PC Games Hardware, for example), however, we saw better results with activated Shadow Cache compared. You should therefore try it yourself and just select the faster option.

The RE engine otherwise leaves a mature impression. We never had problems with crashes or bigger graphics issues (except for some flickering textures and some clipping issues) when we played the game and ran the benchmarks. The graphics bugs might also be related to the brand-new graphics driver from Nvidia and AMD, which were just released for the launch.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7

The survival horror does not need too much space on the hard drive. Around 23 GB (20 GB download) are okay compared to other titles. Many triple-A games from 2016 required up to 70 GB (like Call of Duty Infinite Warfare). The loading times are also okay.

The visuals of Resident Evil 7 leave mixed results. We like the well-animated characters, the detailed indoor environments and the atmospheric illumination. We have to criticize the rather ugly outdoor environments and the mediocre texture quality. Surfaces often look blurry from a short distance – even at the highest graphics settings. Still, you can easily overlook these shortcomings thanks to the terrific atmosphere and the perfect art design.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7

One problem is the Denuvo protection of the game, which only allows a limited number of new systems/activations per day and therefore makes it hard to perform the benchmarks. Steam does at least mention it in the shop.

Benchmark

We use the first building you enter right after the intro for our benchmarks. We run down the stairs from the save point on the first floor and then enter kitchen on the left. We then circle around the table to get back to the hallway and then enter the second door on the right into the living room. Our recording with the tool Fraps stops right in front of the window (compare video).

Our ~30-second sequence is representative for the average performance, so it is a good indicator. Resident Evil 7 plays in the first-person perspective, so you should target more than 35-40 FPS for conveniently smooth gameplay.

Results

We start with the high settings for our performance evaluation. If you want to play on an UHD/4K display with nice visuals, you need a high-end GPU like a GeForce GTX 1070. Resident Evil 7 is much less demanding in 1920 x 1080 pixels, but you should still have a GeForce GTX 970M for maximum details, and a GeForce GTX 960M for high details.

Very Low / Off
Very Low / Off
Medium / Off
Medium / Off
High / On
High / On
Very High / On
Very High / On

All-round GPUs like the Geforce GTX 950M can handle normal settings. Low-end chips like the Intel HD Graphics 4600 are usually limited to low details and resolutions up to 1366 x 768 pixels. The CPU impact is limited based on our experiences.

Resident Evil 7
    3840x2160 High / On AA:FXAA+T     1920x1080 Very High / On AA:FXAA+T     1920x1080 High / On AA:FXAA+T     1920x1080 Medium / Off AA:FX     1366x768 Medium / Off AA:FX     1280x720 Very Low / Off AA:FX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
59.8 (min: 50) fps ∼55%
176 (min: 155) fps ∼57%
212 (min: 180) fps ∼59%
313 (min: 274) fps ∼70%
477 (min: 400) fps ∼100%
519 (min: 451) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
48.7 (min: 40) fps ∼45%
141 (min: 124) fps ∼45%
171 (min: 144) fps ∼48%
281 (min: 244) fps ∼63%
442 (min: 393) fps ∼93%
517 (min: 455) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
43.4 (min: 36) fps ∼40%
131 (min: 113) fps ∼42%
156 (min: 131) fps ∼43%
230 (min: 199) fps ∼52%
374 (min: 331) fps ∼78%
431 (min: 387) fps ∼83%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
46.7 (min: 38) fps ∼43%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
38.9 (min: 29) fps ∼36%
53.6 (min: 28) fps ∼17%
132 (min: 57) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
34.4 (min: 28) fps ∼32%
104 (min: 89) fps ∼34%
126 (min: 102) fps ∼35%
201 (min: 173) fps ∼45%
321 (min: 281) fps ∼67%
395 (min: 364) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
31.5 (min: 26) fps ∼29%
94.1 (min: 81) fps ∼30%
115 (min: 96) fps ∼32%
171 (min: 150) fps ∼39%
280 (min: 248) fps ∼59%
326 (min: 304) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
28.4 (min: 24) fps ∼26%
85.8 (min: 73) fps ∼28%
105 (min: 87) fps ∼29%
158 (min: 135) fps ∼36%
264 (min: 230) fps ∼55%
305 (min: 270) fps ∼59%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
35.1 (min: 28) fps ∼33%
112 (min: 90) fps ∼36%
129 (min: 101) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC
30.7 (min: 25) fps ∼28%
88 (min: 75) fps ∼28%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
30.8 (min: 25) fps ∼29%
37.6 (min: 25) fps ∼12%
114 (min: 90) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
24.3 (min: 20) fps ∼23%
72 (min: 60) fps ∼23%
81 (min: 66) fps ∼23%
108 (min: 82) fps ∼24%
170 (min: 131) fps ∼36%
197 (min: 159) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
18.6 (min: 15) fps ∼17%
55.8 (min: 48) fps ∼18%
66.9 (min: 55) fps ∼19%
91.4 (min: 74) fps ∼21%
137 (min: 104) fps ∼29%
152 (min: 122) fps ∼29%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
14.6 (min: 11) fps ∼14%
25.9 (min: 18) fps ∼8%
56.5 (min: 44) fps ∼16%
92 (min: 74) fps ∼21%
222 (min: 205) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
22.2 (min: 12) fps ∼7%
54.7 (min: 45) fps ∼15%
91.4 (min: 76) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
9.9 (min: 7) fps ∼9%
18.8 (min: 12) fps ∼6%
38.8 (min: 31) fps ∼11%
59.3 (min: 51) fps ∼13%
105 (min: 90) fps ∼22%
124 (min: 114) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
16.1 (min: 9) fps ∼5%
32.2 (min: 25) fps ∼9%
53.4 (min: 45) fps ∼12%
119 (min: 107) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
15.2 (min: 13) fps ∼4%
27.9 (min: 23) fps ∼6%
48.2 (min: 42) fps ∼10%
61.8 (min: 55) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
15.4 (min: 13) fps ∼4%
26.9 (min: 22) fps ∼6%
47 (min: 41) fps ∼10%
59.6 (min: 53) fps ∼11%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
22.6 (min: 12) fps ∼7%
35 (min: 26) fps ∼10%
54.8 (min: 36) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
32.1 (min: 27) fps ∼7%
38.7 (min: 35) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
13.5 fps ∼3%
28.6 fps ∼6%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
14 (min: 9) fps ∼3%
24.3 (min: 18) fps ∼5%
32.6 (min: 28) fps ∼6%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     Resident Evil 7
 Resident Evil 7 (2017)
low
1280x720
Very Low / Off
FXAA
med.
1920x1080
Medium / Off
FXAA
high
1920x1080
High / On
FXAA+TAA
ultra
1920x1080
Very High / On
FXAA+TAA
4k
3840x2160
High / On
FXAA+TAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
222
76
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
461
444
359
310
108
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
192
162
56.3
 4NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop)
282.2
233.4
174.8
155.7
52.7
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
146
123
42
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
519
313
212
176
59.8
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
462.9
353.4
2054
1704
57.34
 9*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
168.52
1412
47.4
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
517
281
171
141
48.7
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
399.94
274.354
160.95
132.85
43.4
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
46.7
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
138
116
38.6
 19AMD Radeon R9 Fury
132
53.6
38.9
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
395
201
126
104
34.4
 22AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
357
220.5
139
132.4
38.8
 26*NVIDIA Quadro P4000 Max-Q
354
195
161
135
60
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
3592
188.52
1322
100.052
32.252
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
129
112
35.1
 33*AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
348
179
116
99.4
30.6
Pos      Model                                     Resident Evil 7
lowmed.highultra4k
 34NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
305
158
1015
835
28.4
 35*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
169
93
76.1
25.1
 37NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
88
30.7
 40AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
115.52
63.92
30.8
 52NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
197
108
81
72
24.3
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
248.52
124.352
67.53
25.63
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
70
58.4
18.6
 59NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
152
91.4
66.9
55.8
18.6
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
59.3
47.5
13.9
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
220.152
99.22
57.14
21.74
 84AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
222
92
56.5
25.9
14.6
 88NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
91.4
54.7
22.2
 104AMD Radeon Pro 460
157.8
47.1
21.7
 106NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
124
59.3
38.8
18.8
9.9
 113NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
118.652
57.82
34.552
8.92
8.452
 114NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
157.5
61.952
36.22
5.3
 119*AMD Radeon Pro 555
142
56.8
 120*AMD Radeon Pro 455
146
59.4
34.6
19.7
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
119
53.4
32.2
16.1
 138AMD Radeon R9 M280X
54.8
35
22.6
Pos      Model                                     Resident Evil 7
lowmed.highultra4k
 209*NVIDIA Quadro M520
84
40
22.1
6.6
 210NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
65.92
31.12
17.452
5.7
 213NVIDIA GeForce 940M
59.6
26.9
15.4
 216AMD FirePro W4190M
23.7
10.9
9.4
5.4
 219*AMD Radeon 520
40.2
18.5
8.2
 220AMD Radeon R7 M445
55.3
24.1
13.9
 231*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
34.32
12.2
 236NVIDIA GeForce 930M
54
 276AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
48.2
20.9
 286AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
40.7
16.4
 287AMD Radeon R7 M440
40.62
15.9
 294NVIDIA GeForce 920M
38.7
 297Intel HD Graphics 630
34
14.9
 299Intel HD Graphics 530
28.9
12.4
 303AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
38.8
29.1
 304AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
28.6
13.2
 305*Intel UHD Graphics 620
30.4
14.9
10
8.5
 306*Intel HD Graphics 620
29.9
13.1
 375AMD Radeon R5 M255
45
18.4
 379Intel HD Graphics 520
23.2
Pos      Model                                     Resident Evil 7
lowmed.highultra4k
 381NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
28.6
13.5
 400Intel HD Graphics 4600
31.052
13.752
 402Intel HD Graphics 5500
25
 407*Intel HD Graphics 615
22.2
9.5
 448Intel HD Graphics 515
22.3
10.3
 449Intel HD Graphics 4400
22.1
9.6
 450*Intel HD Graphics 610
18.9
 451*Intel HD Graphics 510
18.3
 481*Intel HD Graphics 505
14.4
 498AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
19.8
11.9
 548Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
13.5
11
 550Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
10.7
 559Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
17.8
* 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
Mainboard Asus Z170-A Asus Z97-Deluxe
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Intel Core i7-4790K (Haswell)
GPU 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)
RAM 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage 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)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Schenker Notebooks Schenker W504 Schenker XMG A505 Schenker S413
Mainboard Intel HM87 Intel HM87 Intel HM87
Processor Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4720HQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4750HQ (Haswell)
GPU 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
RAM 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Samsung SSD 840 EVO (250 GB) Micron M600 SSD (128 GB)
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HDD (1000 GB)
Intel SSD
OS 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
Mainboard Intel HM170 Intel HM170 Intel HM170 Intel HM86 Intel HM86 Intel HM86
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)
GPU 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)
RAM 4 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 1 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2 x 4 GB DDR4-2133 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1 x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage 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)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Windows 10 Home 64-bit Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Asus Notebooks Asus G752VS Asus N551ZU
Mainboard Intel CM236 AMD K15.1
Processor Intel Core i7-6820HK (Skylake) AMD FX-7600P (Kaveri)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5)
RAM 4 x 16 GB DDR4-2400 2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7 SSD (512 GB) Samsung SSD 830 (256 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
4K Monitor Nvidia driver AMD driver Intel driver
2 x Asus PB287Q ForceWare 378.49 Crimson 17.1.1 15.40.28.4501
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Florian Glaser, Klaus Hinum, 2017-02-16 (Update: 2017-02-23)
Andreas Osthoff
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I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.