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SimCity Benchmarked

The return of a classic. Look out virtual city planners: With SimCity, EA and Maxis bring one of the most successful economic simulation games in PC history back to life. Even newcomers will be drawn to the cute animations and well-designed gameplay. As usual, our benchmark article will focus on game quality and system requirements.
Florian Glaser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Ariana Brodsky),
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Description

For the original German review, see here.

Before we come to the content, we have to sharply rebuke the publishers for forcing gamers to use the internet to play the game. Every critic who despises permanent internet connections will have a field day with this title: Contrary to its promises, just days after its release the game wasn't functioning properly due to a server overload. Those on the fence as to whether to purchase the game or not will see this as a serious weakness. Luckily, after dozens of hours and login attempts, we managed to perform all our necessary benchmark tests.

Let's start with a few general impressions. After a charming and well-made intro video, the game offers us a short tutorial. There we learn SimCity's most important basics. We especially liked how the developers divided the basics into three simple area categories, which is particularly helpful for beginners. At lightning speed we lay down residential areas (green), commercial districts (blue) or industrial sites (yellow) on appropriate streets. The individual buildings are then built by the game automatically.

Here we notice the developers' incredible attention to detail. A house isn't suddenly set down on the land - it's actually built by construction workers. After the house is completed, a moving van comes with the new residents, who walk around the house turning lights on here and there. The fact that almost every building looks different also displays the effort and love the US studio put into their work.

The intro video makes you want to play more.
The intro video makes you want to play more.
We can enter into other games, or create a new one.
We can enter into other games, or create a new one.
Three cheers for being forced to go online!
Three cheers for being forced to go online!
The inhabitants are the core of the game.
The inhabitants are the core of the game.
You should never let the budget out of sight.
You should never let the budget out of sight.
Unwelcome buildings are simply torn down.
Unwelcome buildings are simply torn down.

On the subject of atmosphere, SimCity doesn't need to hear any criticism. The lovely animations, the great sound effects and the relaxing music make it easy to forget the real world. Depending on the zoom level we can both hear and see tons of details, like babbling citizens, cars driving around, shootings, protests and fire department operations. Speaking of the fire department: Most activities that take place in the city are so vividly presented that you don't really need to look at the intelligently designed (albeit occasionally a little fragmented) menus.

That's not to say that urban development takes place on its own and experts aren't handed both challenges and extensive opportunities. The innumerable statistics and special views found in various menus provide deep insight into the underlying mechanics of the city, when such information is desired. Here Maxis performs an impressive balancing act between accessibility and breadth. The bigger a city becomes, the higher the demands and needs of the citizens. While in the beginning they need little more than power, water and a working trash service, soon you'll need to set up a school, police station, and hospital.

Thanks to the easy controls and direct feedback (multi-colored bubbles in the game world) everything can be comfortably managed in the city. And if we do happen to get into financial trouble, we can raise taxes or take out up to three bonds, among other solutions. Every once in a while we're also beckoned to complete little quests with rewards.

Special views help with analysis.
Special views help with analysis.
Pros will discover tons of detailed information.
Pros will discover tons of detailed information.
Expansions can be built on to many houses.
Expansions can be built on to many houses.
Without a water supply system you'll soon have angry citizens.
Without a water supply system you'll soon have angry citizens.
We can do business with other cities.
We can do business with other cities.
A building's function is evident.
A building's function is evident.

But SimCity's most important unique selling point is trade with other (players') cities. This feature is meant not only to justify the forced internet connection, but also to improve the cooperation of the community. Those who aren't looking for human interaction and would rather build alone in peace have the option to open a private game.

All in all, SimCity makes a convincing presentation. Next to the great audio-visual experience, the intelligent interlocking of the game elements sets the title apart. The economic simulation follows the time-tested principle "easy to learn, difficult to master". You're constantly endeavoring to optimize your city and discover the innumerable possibilities. There are few games that make time fly by so quickly. The basic idea of splitting the city into three zones (living, shopping, working) is an excellent way to introduce first-timers to the game.

Sometimes the citizens stage protests in front of the city hall.
Sometimes the citizens stage protests in front of the city hall.
You can use filters to change the visuals if desired.
You can use filters to change the visuals if desired.
Zooming in you discover cool details.
Zooming in you discover cool details.
Progress is visibly rewarded.
Progress is visibly rewarded.
A few buildings are obligatory (ex. the sewage pump).
A few buildings are obligatory (ex. the sewage pump).
The graphics look good at night too.
The graphics look good at night too.

Benchmark

To make our lives easier we chose the tutorial "Getting Started" for our benchmarks. We used the Fraps tool to record the first minute or so (see video). The sequence's demand is limited, which is to say that the game runs more slowly in other places. To properly enjoy SimCity, the display refresh rate should come to at least 25-30 FPS.

Graphics

Although there is often something lacking in terms of texture sharpness, we would describe the graphics quality as above average. The title just has this model railway feel to it that you have to love. Except for the resolution, in the midst of running a game you can alter all the graphics options. The developers don't offer any practical presets, but over 10 menu items gives you a lot of room to manipulate the settings.

Unlike illumination, textures, shadows, geometry and animations (we test from Low to Ultra/High), some settings like anti-aliasing, full-picture mode and vertical synchronization can "only" be turned on or off. The option frame rate limitation (at 30 or 60 FPS) was of course deactivated for our benchmarks.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings

If you want you can play SimCity with various filters that give the graphics an entirely different look (vintage, sepia, film noir, etc.). As expected, the speed depends heavily on the zoom level. Note: Despite the visual disadvantages,  it's a very good idea for owners of weaker notebooks (HD Graphics 3000 or inferior) to completely deactivate shadows and set the illumination to "Min".

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings

Results

The graphics prove to be surprisingly demanding. According to our benchmarks, low-end graphics cards (ex. the HD Graphics 4000) and lower middle class cards (ex. the GeForce GT 630M) only manage the game at its lowest settings. For a normal level of detail and 1366x768 pixels you'll need a GPU from the upper middle class, like the GeForce GT 650M.

High graphics options and active anti-aliasing can only be shouldered by high-end cards (starting with the GeForce GTX 660M). To run the game at maximum settings and 1920x1080 pixels you'll need a bona fide current top model (GeForce GTX 680M or Radeon HD 7970M). Considering the graphics quality, the hardware demands are a little excessive. Maxis should keep working on this.

Benchmark table: SimCity

Verdict

If you set aside the great frustration caused by those overloaded servers, which reawakened awful memories of Diablo III, SimCity makes a very good impression. Maxis masters the art of winning over newbies and simultaneously addressing the needs of experts. The economic simulation makes for several weeks of fun - and that's without dramatic Hollywood pomp, dumbing down the game, or increasing the playing tempo to a frenzy. SimCity is a nice alternative to the shallow action-trend of the past few years. It's a game that relaxes and stimulates thinking and puzzling at the same time. It's a game for the young and the old.

The developer's love of detail is obvious.
The developer's love of detail is obvious.
Finished cities are truly impressive.
Finished cities are truly impressive.
How about a decadent gaming paradise?
How about a decadent gaming paradise?
Depending on the zoom level, you can hear individual citizens and cars.
Depending on the zoom level, you can hear individual citizens and cars.
Smiling faces delight the urban planners.
Smiling faces delight the urban planners.
There are residential, business and industrial districts.
There are residential, business and industrial districts.

Test Systems

We thank Schenker Notebooks for providing our three test devices (mysn.de):

  • XMG P502 (Core i7-3610QM, GeForce GTX 660M, GTX 670M, GTX 675M(X), GTX 680M, Radeon HD 7970M & HD Graphics 4000)
  • XMG A502 (Core i5-3360M, GeForce GT 650M)
  • Xesia M501 (Core i7-2630QM, GeForce GT 630M & HD Graphics 3000)
  • Each with 8 GB DDR3-RAM (2x 4096 MB @ 1600 MHz), 160 GB SSD (Intel 320 Series)  & Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit

GPU drivers: Nvidia 314.14 Beta, AMD 13.2 Beta 7 & Intel 9.17.10.2932.

from left to right: Schenker XMG A502, Xesia M501 & XMG P502
from left to right: Schenker XMG A502, Xesia M501 & XMG P502

Overview

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NVIDIA GeForce 945M
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NVIDIA GeForce 310M
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11.2
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23.3
14.8
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NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
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12
9
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
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NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
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141.5
34.3
22.3
AMD Radeon R5 M335
AMD Radeon HD 6970M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
Intel HD Graphics 615
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M
Qualcomm Adreno 685
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
AMD Radeon RX 5300M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
Intel Xe DG1 LP (iDG1LP) Mobile
AMD Radeon HD 7870M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
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AMD Radeon HD 8830M
Intel Iris Graphics 540
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
AMD Radeon HD 6990M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
AMD Radeon Pro 555
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
ATI Radeon Xpress X1250
VIA Chrome9 HC
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
35.3
12
8.7
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
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AMD Radeon HD 7640G
unknown
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200
AMD Radeon HD 8650M
ATI Radeon HD 4100
AMD Radeon R9 M380
NVIDIA GeForce 305M
AMD Radeon RX Vega Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce 3 Go
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870
NVIDIA GeForce 705M
NVIDIA GeForce 820M
126.6
21.6
17.9
NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
ATI Radeon HD 4225
AMD Radeon Pro 5600M
AMD Radeon HD 7340
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS
AMD Radeon HD 7550M
38.7
15.9
11.6
NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M
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AMD Radeon HD 6480G
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile
AMD Radeon R7 M370
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
AMD Radeon HD 7650M
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
NVIDIA GeForce G 102M
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS
AMD Radeon R7 M340
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4550
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
NVIDIA GeForce 4 420 Go
AMD Radeon Pro 460
NVIDIA GeForce G 107M
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AMD Radeon R9 M390X
VIA S3 Graphics ProSavage8
ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
ATI Radeon HD 4200
Intel Iris Pro Graphics P580
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5750
Intel UHD Graphics 617
NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
Intel HD Graphics 500
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Intel HD Graphics 2500
14.8
8
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
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AMD Radeon HD 7310
Intel HD Graphics 4200
18.8
10.1
6.8
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850
AMD Radeon RX 640
AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
Intel UHD Graphics 600
AMD Radeon HD 7690M
AMD Radeon 625
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
AMD Radeon RX Vega 2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce 4 488 Go
AMD Radeon R9 M395X
VIA S3G UniChrome Pro
ATI Mobility Radeon X1800
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
Intel HD Graphics P630
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
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NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost
AMD Radeon R9 M470X
AMD Radeon HD 6430M
AMD Radeon R5 M315
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
AMD Radeon R9 M375
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
AMD Radeon R5 M240
Intel HD Graphics 4400
31.5n4
14.3n4
9n3
Intel HD Graphics 610
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
AMD Radeon RX 540
ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
AMD Radeon HD 8670M
132.1
22.2
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Hybrid X2
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700
AMD Radeon HD 8450G
86.3
15
9.2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M G
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NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400
AMD Radeon R7 M465
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
AMD Radeon HD 7590M
AMD Radeon RX 490M
Intel UHD Graphics 630
ATI Mobility Radeon 7000 IGP
AMD Radeon HD 8310G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5600 / 5650
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
AMD Radeon R7 M445
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5770
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
AMD Radeon HD 8650G
60.4
26.7
16.1
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
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AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
9.7
NVIDIA GeForce 845M
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
ATI Radeon HD 4250
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

 

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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.
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Florian Glaser, 2013-03-15 (Update: 2013-06- 6)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.