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Rocket League Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 06/09/2017

Men's dream? When talking about typical clichés, cars and football are at the very top of many men's wishlists. Rocket League has been combining the two as a fun multi-player game since 2015. Due to the (continuously) very high number of players, we found it about time to check the system requirements.

Rocket League

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Technology

For the original German review, see here.

Before we deal with the technology and hardware requirements, we would like to say a few basic things about the game and what we think about it. Although Rocket League only costs 20 Euros (~$22) on Steam's download platform and only needs 6 GB of the hard drive, its abundant content and gameplay quality can definitely compete with full-priced games. The American developer Psyonix has put enough diversity into it - no matter if in the game modes or in the arenas. The selection ranges from underwater worlds over deserts up to futuristic cities here. 

Rocket League
Rocket League
Rocket League

Thanks to the intuitive controls and favorable gaming concept, the player soon gets used to the game - although it is designed as "easy to grasp but difficult to master". To fuel the gaming addiction, the player is provided with new items for various tuning categories after every match. This not only promotes individualizing ideas but also keeps the general motivation on a high level.

Rocket League
Rocket League
Rocket League

The graphics of Rocket League are very compelling. The used Unreal Engine 3 scores with relatively sharp textures, nice effects (in higher settings), and thick 3D grass - while only having low hardware demands. Unlike some other games, the changing daytimes and weather conditions prevent boredom arising after a short while. The vehicles are very detailed so that the player can indulge in their tuned-up cars. Like Blizzard's comic-like Overwatch, Rocket League addresses a very broad target audience with the flashy colors.

Rocket League
Rocket League
Rocket League

The options menu cannot really be criticized, either. While the "Window Setting" takes care of the resolution, image mode, and (when desired) the vertical synchronization, the "Basic Settings" allow adapting anti-aliasing (FXAA or MLAA) and the playback quality or better said rendering details. The latter automatically adjusts almost 10 features in the right bar (see screenshots below) that are summarized in "Advanced Settings". "Performance" roughly corresponds to low details, "Quality" to medium details, and "High Quality" to high details. A big difference is visible between each of the three named levels. However, the transition from Quality to High Quality is a bit stronger than from Performance to Quality subjectively.

Rocket League
Rocket League
Rocket League

The FPS limit can also be tuned. Up to 250 frames per second is possible in the maximum setting, which strong GPUs manage even in the Full HD range. A plus point is also given for the fact that all modifications can be performed on the fly, i.e. without reloading. Generally, Rocket League feels extremely smooth. We not only mean the frame rates but also loading times that are much shorter with an SSD and the - as far as we can judge - good netcode. We did not experience any problems, so neither lags nor connection interruptions or the like - on most servers in our short test runs. In short: Rocket League makes a very well-developed impression both technically and in terms of gaming.

Rocket League
Rocket League
Rocket League

Benchmarks

As the video below illustrates, our own replay is used for the benchmark tests. In the Arena "Utopia Coliseum", we recorded the first 60 seconds of a standard 3 vs. 3 match with the tool Fraps. A consistent run is ensured that also leads to stable results since the camera is switched to the player's view in each case. To keep up at the front in the fast multi-player battles, an average frame rate of at least 40 or, even better, over 60 FPS should be achieved. Rocket League looks relatively jerky and slow between 30 and 40 FPS, and it is not in a competitive range below 30 FPS.

Results

While most triple-A games of the past few years call for a downright gaming laptop or PC when using higher resolutions and settings, Rocket League is surprisingly modest. When satisfied with 1280x720 or 1366x768 pixels and Performance settings, a processor-integrated and a slightly older low-end GPU, such as Intel's HD Graphics 4600, is already sufficient. Mid-range chips easily cope with even 1920x1080 pixels. For example, a GeForce GTX 960M even manages in maximum settings. A mix of 3840x2160 pixels and High Quality settings runs properly starting at the level of a GeForce GTX 980M.

Performance
Performance
Quality
Quality
High Quality
High Quality
Performance
Performance
Quality
Quality
High Quality
High Quality

Note: Due to Computex, we could only test some of our graphics cards. Diverse Intel and AMD models will be added in the next few days and weeks.

Rocket League
    3840x2160 High Quality AA:High FX     1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX     1920x1080 Quality AA:Medium FX     1920x1080 Performance     1280x720 Performance
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
106 (min: 98) fps ∼63%
246 (min: 207) fps ∼98%
250 (min: 243) fps ∼100%
250 (min: 244) fps ∼100%
250 (min: 244) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
94.4 (min: 81) fps ∼56%
196 (min: 158) fps ∼78%
249 (min: 229) fps ∼100%
250 (min: 238) fps ∼100%
250 (min: 244) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
85.3 (min: 72) fps ∼50%
212 (min: 164) fps ∼85%
249 (min: 237) fps ∼100%
250 (min: 241) fps ∼100%
250 (min: 242) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
70.1 (min: 59) fps ∼41%
156 (min: 129) fps ∼62%
231 (min: 195) fps ∼92%
250 (min: 238) fps ∼100%
250 (min: 243) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
67.2 (min: 58) fps ∼40%
185 (min: 148) fps ∼74%
249 (min: 226) fps ∼100%
250 (min: 239) fps ∼100%
250 (min: 244) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
65.9 (min: 56) fps ∼39%
175 (min: 139) fps ∼70%
245 (min: 214) fps ∼98%
249 (min: 224) fps ∼100%
250 (min: 239) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
70 (min: 57) fps ∼41%
156 fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC
60.8 (min: 47) fps ∼36%
126 (min: 94) fps ∼50%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
62.3 (min: 51) fps ∼37%
142 (min: 116) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
47.9 (min: 37) fps ∼28%
145 (min: 117) fps ∼58%
218 (min: 180) fps ∼87%
249 (min: 224) fps ∼100%
249 (min: 239) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
61 (min: 52) fps ∼36%
158 (min: 125) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
37.6 (min: 29) fps ∼22%
114 (min: 94) fps ∼46%
184 (min: 154) fps ∼74%
249 (min: 238) fps ∼100%
249 (min: 240) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
37 (min: 29) fps ∼22%
109 (min: 84) fps ∼44%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
32.2 (min: 26) fps ∼19%
102 (min: 80) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
109 (min: 85) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
81 (min: 62) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
23.7 (min: 19) fps ∼14%
76.8 (min: 62) fps ∼31%
121 (min: 102) fps ∼48%
201 (min: 175) fps ∼80%
248 (min: 223) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
68.4 (min: 52) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
23.9 (min: 18) fps ∼10%
36.1 (min: 30) fps ∼14%
103 (min: 87) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
24 (min: 18) fps ∼10%
36.1 (min: 30) fps ∼14%
104 (min: 88) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
20.6 (min: 16) fps ∼8%
31.7 (min: 26) fps ∼13%
87 (min: 68) fps ∼35%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
15.9 (min: 13) fps ∼6%
24.7 (min: 19) fps ∼10%
36.9 (min: 32) fps ∼15%
70.8 (min: 61) fps ∼28%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     Rocket League
 Rocket League (2017)
low
1280x720
Performance
med.
1920x1080
Quality
Medium FXAA
high
1920x1080
High Quality
High FXAA
4k
3840x2160
High Quality
High FXAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
250
244
214
132
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
250
250
250
114
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
232
169
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
250
250
246
106
 7*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
235
103
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
250
249
196
94.4
 10NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
250
249
2062
85.3
 11*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
208
83.8
 17NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
250
231
156
70.1
 23NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
250
249
185
67.2
 25AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
156
70
 27NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
248.552
239.252
169.43
64.652
 28*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
194
134
56.5
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
126
60.8
 33AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
142
62.3
 45NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
249
218
145
47.9
 50NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
158
61
 52NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
249
184
114
37.6
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
109
Pos      Model                                     Rocket League
lowmed.high4k
 67AMD Radeon R7 370
109
37
 77AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
102
32.2
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
81
 99NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
248
121
76.8
23.7
 106NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
186.2
74.3
51.3
 107NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
143.82
61.72
40.82
 111*AMD Radeon Pro 555
65.6
 124NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
68.4
 200NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
103
36.1
23.9
 202NVIDIA GeForce 940M
104
36.1
24
 219*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
57
33.2
18.1
 225*Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
113
56.8
38.9
 230Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
1022
45.42
31.452
 272AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
73.7
31.2
18.6
 280NVIDIA GeForce 920M
87
31.7
20.6
 282Intel HD Graphics 630
87.1
33.8
21.9
6.4
 290*Intel HD Graphics 620
56.81
27.48
18.35
 322Intel HD Graphics 5600
55.2
28.6
 348AMD Radeon HD 8650G
58.1
 353NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
61.9
29.1
18.5
Pos      Model                                     Rocket League
lowmed.high4k
 359AMD Radeon R5 M255
70.6
25.8
 365NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
70.7
24
15.6
 384Intel HD Graphics 4600
57.22
202
15.9
 431Intel HD Graphics 515
30.1
10.7
 432Intel HD Graphics 4400
65.3
19.3
 463*Intel HD Graphics 505
26.6
 478*Intel HD Graphics 500
18.1
6.2
 541Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
45.1
15.9
* 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 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2 x 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 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 2 x 4 GB DDR4 2 x 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 4 x 16 GB DDR4-2400 2 x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2 x 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
2 x Asus PB287Q ForceWare 382.33 Crimson 17.5.2 15.40.34.4624
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