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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Mark Riege), 11/24/2017

Difficult position. Because of loot boxes, micro transactions, gambling loans, and pay-to-win tendencies, the publisher EA has become the target of some massive complaints. In our benchmark article, we are looking more at the question of how well the game is running on various desktop and notebook GPUs.

Star Wars Battlefront 2

Technology

For the original German review, see here.

If you disregard the complaints mentioned above, "Battlefront 2" is a well-done and technically very convincing shooter, which promises some popcorn cinema and entertaining action in single player mode as well as online. While the multi-player mode was not part of our agenda, we had an opportunity to take a detailed look at the campaign ("Battlefront 1" did not have a real story yet).

In particular, the story was really surprising. In contrast to most shooters, where the story is an ornamental sideline at most and often leads us to shake our heads if we look at it closely, "Battlefront 2" presents quite an elaborate story with interesting characters, suspenseful turns, and excellently shot video sequences. This and including a soundtrack typical for the series generate the full atmospheric effect of Star Wars.

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Similar to many other games by EA ("Need for Speed Payback," "FIFA 18," "Mass Effect Andromeda," "Battlefield 1," etc.), "Battlefront 2" is based on the powerful Frostbite 3 engine from Dice, which also shows its muscle here. In addition to the sharpness of the texture, the degree of detail, and the effects, the visual quality of the characters is also very pleasing. Even if some of the animations could have been a tad better, this is nitpicking at a high level, since there are hardly any current games that can reach the graphical quality of "Battlefront 2." In a direct comparison, one of the strongest competitors, "Call of Duty WWII," clearly remains behind.

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Anyone who is hoping for a tactically demanding game play with teamwork will unfortunately be disappointed. Even at the higher difficulty levels, "Battlefront 2" still feels quite casual, since most of the time it is still about dull shooting, and the AI deserves the characterization "functional" at most.  At least the missions of the single player campaigns turn out very creative in terms of the visual variation. For example, the various planet surfaces are designed to be extremely atmospheric. The fights on the ground are interchanged with some nifty flight scenes, the control of which is slightly too hyper-sensitive and spongy for our tastes though. 

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Back to the technology. It is not surprising that "Battlefront 2" offers a very mature impression overall, since the Frostbite 3 engine has been continuously improved and developed over the years. We did not struggle with any crashes or graphic errors. We only noticed that the videos tended to hang (probably a section of the level is prepared in the background) and after loading it, the game stutters for a few seconds, independent of the hardware used. 

The graphics menu, which brings to mind the computers from "Alien Isolation" due to its cinematic shimmering style of the writing, leaves a good impression. Even though the separate settings lack the corresponding comparison images, such as those offered by "Assassin's Creed Origins" for example, you are not completely left alone, thanks to the brief information text. In addition, "Battlefront 2" offers several presets for convenient adjustment of the overall quality.

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Anyone who wants to do it themselves will discover numerous additional options, from ambient occlusion up to the texture qualities. In addition, the shooter scores with controls for brightness, viewing angle, motion blur, and movie effects. They also thought of the resolution (optional down-sampling and up-scaling), the image mode, frequency, and vertical synchronization. There are even three modes for color-blind users. For smoothing edges, "Battlefront" uses the rather mediocre TAA post-processing solution, which at least works better than the conventional FXAA though.

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We particularly like that changes in the graphics settings do not require a restart, but are directly implemented (after a little stuttering), which saves time. You will need that time for the download in particular, which totals 55 GB for the release. With an SSD, we would call the load times of the saved games "average," but with an HDD, it can take noticeably longer. 

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It is also a bit unfortunate that the graphics menu lacks a VRAM display. Even though 4 GB are sufficient for maximum details according to our tests, this is only up to the Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. At higher amounts of pixels, the graphics cards without 6 to 8 GB of VRAM slow down noticeably. This trend is particularly extreme in the 4K range of 3840x2160 pixels (see GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970M, and GTX 1050, for example).

The developers should also be able to improve the DirectX-12 support. As it has often happened in the past, the performance of the DX12 tends to be worse rather than better. For this reason, all of our benchmarks were created in the DirectX-11 mode, which is the default anyway.

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Benchmarks

Our speed measurements are based on the beginning of the seventh campaign mission, which is called Royalty and plays on the planet Naboo. Thanks to the highly detailed and hotly contested market place, this sequence belongs to the more demanding ones of the game. However, we cannot call it a worst-case scenario. As you can see in the video, for almost 30 seconds we are following a route we set ourselves, which leads around the edge of the market place without any opposition. 

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In order to be able to play "Battlefront 2" fairly well in the third-person perspective, the computer should be able to deliver at least be 40 FPS. Our minimum recommendations are kept accordingly.

Results

Even though the shooter still looks halfway decent even in minimum detail, we can notice various differences between the different levels. Thanks to good shadows and textures, "Battlefront 2" offers fairly good performance from medium details. At the high and maximum levels, the graphics quality is increased further, be it in terms of the illumination, the density of objects, or the presentation of the distances.

Low Preset
Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Ultra Preset
Ultra Preset
Low Preset
Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Ultra Preset
Ultra Preset

While it is basically demanding too much from GPUs that are integrated into the processor, such as the Intel HD Graphics 630, dedicated entry-level models such as the GeForce 940M(X) can at least handle 1280x720 pixels and minimum details. However, for 1920x1080 pixels and the medium preset, you should have at least a mid-range chip on the level of the GeForce GTX 960M or GTX 1050 in the computer (the latter can also handle high settings). Maximum detail only runs smoothly in Full HD starting from a GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 1050 Ti.

When using a QHD display with 2560x1440 pixels, we recommend at least a GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 980, and 3840x2160 pixels require a GeForce GTX 1080. The influence of the processor is very limited, and in our tested devices we only saw a limitation by the CPU in lower resolutions and settings. 

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    3840x2160 Ultra Preset     2560x1440 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
56.4 (min: 52) fps ∼96%
110 (min: 100) fps ∼100%
155 (min: 121) fps ∼100%
142 (min: 112) fps ∼97%
167 (min: 130) fps ∼100%
179 (min: 148) fps ∼84%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
46.4 (min: 42) fps ∼79%
93.1 (min: 78) fps ∼85%
133 (min: 108) fps ∼86%
144 (min: 125) fps ∼98%
158 (min: 131) fps ∼95%
189 (min: 161) fps ∼89%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
42.2 (min: 38) fps ∼72%
84.8 (min: 73) fps ∼77%
115 (min: 98) fps ∼74%
126 (min: 103) fps ∼86%
137 (min: 105) fps ∼82%
173 (min: 145) fps ∼82%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
38.1 (min: 35) fps ∼65%
76.2 (min: 69) fps ∼69%
114 (min: 97) fps ∼74%
130 (min: 114) fps ∼89%
146 (min: 128) fps ∼87%
200 (min: 163) fps ∼94%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
33.4 (min: 31) fps ∼57%
66.4 (min: 57) fps ∼60%
102 (min: 88) fps ∼66%
116 (min: 104) fps ∼79%
132 (min: 104) fps ∼79%
177 (min: 142) fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
13 (min: 4) fps ∼22%
75 (min: 67) fps ∼48%
105 (min: 75) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
23.4 (min: 14) fps ∼40%
51.1 (min: 47) fps ∼46%
79.9 (min: 74) fps ∼52%
94.4 (min: 87) fps ∼64%
108 (min: 97) fps ∼65%
195 (min: 158) fps ∼92%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
21.8 (min: 19) fps ∼37%
44.5 (min: 41) fps ∼40%
71 (min: 64) fps ∼46%
97.9 (min: 86) fps ∼67%
111 (min: 97) fps ∼66%
161 (min: 125) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
8.6 (min: 5) fps ∼15%
44.4 (min: 40) fps ∼40%
69.8 (min: 63) fps ∼45%
84.2 (min: 77) fps ∼57%
95.7 (min: 90) fps ∼57%
212 (min: 172) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
23.6 (min: 21) fps ∼40%
67 (min: 56) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC
9.4 (min: 5) fps ∼16%
66 (min: 56) fps ∼43%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
9.7 (min: 4) fps ∼16%
61 (min: 56) fps ∼39%
79 (min: 71) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
5.7 (min: 3) fps ∼10%
19.5 (min: 12) fps ∼18%
43 (min: 40) fps ∼28%
65 (min: 58) fps ∼44%
75 (min: 61) fps ∼45%
135 (min: 104) fps ∼64%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
3.9 (min: 2) fps ∼7%
33.3 (min: 30) fps ∼21%
42 (min: 38) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
7.8 (min: 6) fps ∼13%
27 (min: 23) fps ∼25%
44.2 (min: 37) fps ∼29%
64.2 (min: 57) fps ∼44%
75.7 (min: 67) fps ∼45%
127 (min: 80) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
5.4 (min: 3) fps ∼9%
22.6 (min: 16) fps ∼21%
35.2 (min: 31) fps ∼23%
43.2 (min: 37) fps ∼29%
49.8 (min: 44) fps ∼30%
120 (min: 98) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
34.1 (min: 30) fps ∼22%
41.6 (min: 37) fps ∼28%
49.2 (min: 45) fps ∼29%
139 (min: 122) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
9.7 (min: 6) fps ∼9%
24.5 (min: 17) fps ∼16%
34.9 (min: 19) fps ∼24%
42.4 (min: 28) fps ∼25%
86.6 (min: 67) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
3.5 (min: 2) fps ∼6%
20.1 (min: 18) fps ∼13%
25.4 (min: 23) fps ∼17%
30.7 (min: 27) fps ∼18%
97 (min: 87) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030), 7700HQ
MSI PL62
20.6 (min: 18) fps ∼13%
28.7 (min: 26) fps ∼20%
35.7 (min: 33) fps ∼21%
102 (min: 90) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
10.3 (min: 9) fps ∼7%
15.3 (min: 13) fps ∼10%
17.6 (min: 16) fps ∼11%
50.2 (min: 39) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
10.1 (min: 9) fps ∼7%
12.6 (min: 11) fps ∼9%
14.7 (min: 13) fps ∼9%
49 (min: 34) fps ∼23%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
21.6 (min: 1) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
10.5 fps ∼7%
10.5 (min: 8) fps ∼6%
33.9 (min: 29) fps ∼16%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
9.3 (min: 6) fps ∼6%
25.8 (min: 16) fps ∼12%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront 2
 Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
179
167
142
155
56.4
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
189
158
144
133
46.4
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
173
137
126
115
42.2
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
117
38
 9*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
206
144
128
107
35.5
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
200
146
130
114
38.1
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
177
132
116
102
33.4
 19AMD Radeon R9 Fury
105
75
13
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
212
95.7
84.2
69.8
8.6
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
195
108
94.4
79.9
23.4
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
67
23.6
 34NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
161
111
97.9
71
21.8
 37NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
66
9.4
 40AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
79
61
9.7
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
135
75
65
43
5.7
 59NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
127
75.7
64.2
44.2
7.8
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
120
49.8
43.2
35.2
5.4
 84AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
42
33.3
3.9
 88NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
139
49.2
41.6
34.1
Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront 2
lowmed.highultra4k
 106NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
86.6
42.4
34.9
24.5
 114NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
102
35.7
28.7
20.6
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
97
30.7
25.4
20.1
3.5
 138AMD Radeon R9 M280X
21.6
 211NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
50.2
17.6
15.3
10.3
 214NVIDIA GeForce 940M
49
14.7
12.6
10.1
 234*AMD Radeon 530
32.2
11.1
 235NVIDIA GeForce 930M
42.7
13.1
 283NVIDIA GeForce 920M
33.9
10.5
10.5
 297Intel HD Graphics 630
25.8
9.3
 305*Intel UHD Graphics 620
16
 375AMD Radeon R5 M255
24.2
 381NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
24.5
6.9
 407*Intel HD Graphics 615
14.6
* 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

Device Graphics Card Processor Working Memory Operating System
Desktop-PC I 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)
Intel Core i7-6700K 2 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 i7-4790K 2 x 4 GB DDR3 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
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 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 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 2 x 8 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
MSI GS60 Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2x 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 PL62 Nvidia GeForce MX150 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 8 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 Treiber AMD Treiber
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 388.31 Crimson 17.11.2
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