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Star Wars Battlefront Notebook Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 11/24/2015

Eye candy. Casualization or not: “Star Wars Battlefront” is a real highlight in terms of graphics, which makes most competitors look rather outdated. Find out if you can also enjoy the game on notebooks.

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Graphics

Similar to the shooter siblings “Battlefield 4” and “Battlefield Hardline”, developer DICE once again uses the Frostbite 3 engine, which has been constantly optimized and improved with new features over the last few years. It does not matter if you look at textures, lighting or effects (water, particles,...): “Star Wars Battlefront” leaves a great impression in almost every aspect. Other strengths of the Frostbite 3 engine are the huge level architectures; hardly any other game offers such large areas. This will often result in annoying walking distances, but the visibility is still more than impressive from a technical point of view.

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Now one might think that the quantity affects the quality, but it is actually quite the reverse: There are an extreme number of objects, especially on the forest planet Endor with its bushes, branches and small plants. The other planets look very atmospheric as well - despite desert, mountain and ice environments.

Great: Thanks to the proven technology, “Battlefront” is surprisingly free of bugs. Except for some textures and objects that pop up and the mediocre AI, which can sometimes be annoying, we did not encounter any serious issues during our tests. DICE has created a good overall package, which assists the player with clever tutorials, simple menus and intuitive controls.

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The developers also deserve credit for the comprehensive graphics settings. Even though the handling of the corresponding menu is not as comfortable as the “Battlefield” counterpart (much more scrolling), most users will be satisfied. As well as various individual settings, you will find four handy presets under the item "Graphics Quality", which can adjust the graphics in multiple steps. There are also toggles for the depth of view, the intensity of the motion blur and the resolution scale (we always leave the latter at standard).

You can also change the general resolution, the picture mode as well as the refresh rate. If you hate line adjustments, you should definitely activate V-Sync. Without V-Sync, the performance will be capped at 200 fps. The anti-aliasing of ‘Battlefront” deserves some criticism. Unlike “Battlefield 4” and “Hardline”, the game does not support high-quality MSAA, but only the post processing versions FXAA and TAA; at least they do not affect the performance as much.

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Nevertheless, “Battlefront” looks pretty good with the medium settings. We could not determine many differences between the High and Ultra preset, which is confirmed by the similar performance. “Battlefront” accepts all changes without a restart, so users of older notebooks can comfortably play with all the settings and enjoy the great soundtrack in the process. Because of the reasonable loading times (at least with SSDs) and skippable videos, the waiting times are pretty short. Around 27 GB is also acceptable for a game from 2015.

Benchmark

As far as we can tell, the forest planet is the most challenging for the hardware. As you can see in the video below, our benchmark takes place in the single-player mission "Hero Battle on Endor", which can also be played with another player (optional). Playing as Darth Vader, you can run, jump and use your “lightsaber” for around 40 seconds on a pre-defined path. Thanks to the mixture of indoor and outdoor environments, we can ensure some fps variations.

Based on our experiences, the benchmark sequence roughly represents the performance of a typical multi-player battle, although there can be differences depending on the level, the GPU and the settings. In any case, an average of 35 fps should be an indicator of a decent gameplay experience.

Results

If your notebook uses an Intel HD Graphics GPU, then “Battlefront” will not run completely smooth in any setting. The HD 4600, for example, manages only 30 fps at 1024x768 and the "Low" preset. It requires at least a GeForce GT 740M or Intel Iris Graphics, respectively, for a smooth run of the benchmark sequence. 1366x768 pixels and medium details requires at least a GeForce GT 750M, while 1920x1080 pixels and the "High" preset are reserved for powerful gaming chips like the GeForce GTX 960M. Maximum graphic details are possible with a GeForce GTX 870M or faster.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
4K Settings
4K Settings
Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
4K Settings
4K Settings
We noticed incorrect light reflections with the Intel Iris Graphics 6100 with medium settings and higher.
We noticed incorrect light reflections with the Intel Iris Graphics 6100 with medium settings and higher.

Notebook users have to be careful with resolutions higher than 1920x1080. Even the old top model GeForce GTX 980M is not powerful enough for the combination of the "High" preset and 4K (3840x2160). This would require a GTX 980 (we checked the desktop-counterpart) or an SLI combination consisting of two GTX 980M cards. However, the hardware requirements are justified when you consider the great graphics quality.

Like many other games, the processor does not play an important role. As long as the CPU is not very old or from the low-end segment, higher settings will always be limited by the GPU. By the way, graphics cards from AMD perform better than expected against their Nvidia counterparts (see R9 290X vs. GTX 980 @4K).

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    3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX     1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX     1366x768 Medium Preset AA:FX     1024x768 Low Preset
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
50 (min: 43) fps ∼38%
119 (min: 100) fps ∼61%
129 (min: 85) fps ∼65%
150 (min: 91) fps ∼75%
166 (min: 103) fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
43.4 (min: 36) fps ∼33%
104 (min: 92) fps ∼53%
118 (min: 94) fps ∼60%
159 (min: 112) fps ∼80%
186 (min: 160) fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
40.4 (min: 35) fps ∼31%
104.1 (min: 89) fps ∼53%
119.2 (min: 104) fps ∼60%
199.9 (min: 197) fps ∼100%
200 (min: 199) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
27.9 (min: 23) fps ∼21%
73.1 (min: 61) fps ∼37%
88.3 (min: 71) fps ∼45%
145.2 (min: 123) fps ∼73%
169.7 (min: 140) fps ∼85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
21.9 (min: 18) fps ∼17%
59 (min: 50) fps ∼30%
70.8 (min: 61) fps ∼36%
136.8 (min: 116) fps ∼68%
168.1 (min: 136) fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
19.4 (min: 16) fps ∼15%
52 (min: 43) fps ∼27%
61 (min: 54) fps ∼31%
125 (min: 98) fps ∼63%
172 (min: 124) fps ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, 6700K
Desktop PC
17.7 (min: 14) fps ∼13%
52 (min: 46) fps ∼27%
60.8 (min: 52) fps ∼31%
127.4 (min: 104) fps ∼64%
197.8 (min: 169) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
17.5 (min: 14) fps ∼13%
48.7 (min: 38) fps ∼25%
55.9 (min: 45) fps ∼28%
111.5 (min: 90) fps ∼56%
161 (min: 116) fps ∼81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
14.2 (min: 12) fps ∼11%
40.8 (min: 33) fps ∼21%
45.9 (min: 36) fps ∼23%
95.4 (min: 76) fps ∼48%
149 (min: 108) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
11.6 (min: 9) fps ∼9%
34.4 (min: 28) fps ∼18%
40.9 (min: 33) fps ∼21%
90.2 (min: 76) fps ∼45%
151.3 (min: 113) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
8.4 (min: 6) fps ∼6%
29.8 (min: 26) fps ∼15%
31.4 (min: 26) fps ∼16%
67.8 (min: 53) fps ∼34%
115.7 (min: 84) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
8.3 (min: 6) fps ∼6%
24.6 (min: 21) fps ∼13%
28.7 (min: 24) fps ∼14%
63.8 (min: 49) fps ∼32%
103.4 (min: 65) fps ∼52%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
19.7 (min: 8) fps ∼10%
22 (min: 10) fps ∼11%
30 (min: 16) fps ∼15%
54.4 (min: 30) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
13.3 (min: 11) fps ∼7%
15.5 (min: 12) fps ∼8%
33.6 (min: 27) fps ∼17%
55.7 (min: 42) fps ∼28%
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ
Schenker S413
13.2 (min: 11) fps ∼7%
28.4 (min: 23) fps ∼14%
51 (min: 41) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
9.4 (min: 8) fps ∼5%
11 (min: 9) fps ∼6%
23.8 (min: 19) fps ∼12%
40.1 (min: 30) fps ∼20%
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri), FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
18 (min: 5) fps ∼9%
29.5 (min: 5) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
7.2 fps ∼4%
15.2 fps ∼8%
25.1 fps ∼13%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
7.9 (min: 6) fps ∼4%
16.8 (min: 14) fps ∼8%
30.8 (min: 24) fps ∼15%

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 359.00, 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                                     Star Wars Battlefront
 Star Wars Battlefront (2015)
low
1024x768
Low Preset
med.
1366x768
Medium Preset
FXAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
FXAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
FXAA
4k
3840x2160
High Preset
FXAA
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
169.6
165.4
162.9
158.6
88.6
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
198
195
132
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
198
196
106
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
200
200
192
171
67
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
183
164
66.2
 8*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
164
144
55.6
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
161.7
150.6
114.4
110.4
62.6
 11NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
1432
54.852
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
1403
123.83
48.752
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
134
53
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
136
121
44.7
 18AMD Radeon R9 Fury
166
150
129
119
50
 19AMD Radeon R9 Nano
117
48.8
 20NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
200
199.9
119.2
104.1
40.4
 22NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
2002
199.32
121.12
1032
40.152
 24*NVIDIA Quadro P4000
122.49
116.39
89.17
85.7
 26AMD Radeon R9 390X
161.2
140.8
117.3
104
42.5
 27NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI
199.8
196.9
127.1
109.3
40.8
 28NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
200
200
120
102
37.9
Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront
lowmed.highultra4k
 29*NVIDIA Quadro P3000
180.9
156.4
82.5
70.3
27.4
 31AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
100
38.5
 32*AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
191
183
112
93.1
35.4
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
102
82.452
33.4
 34*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
188
93
80.9
29.3
 36NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
188.9
111.452
95.852
34.7
 44AMD Radeon R9 290X
186
159
118
104
43.4
 51NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
182.42
159.53
88.33
75.23
28.052
 53AMD Radeon R9 280X
195
168
92
76
32.4
 54AMD Radeon R9 380
130.6
124.6
68.5
61.3
24.5
 55NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
196.9
144.9
70.1
60.8
21.2
 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
72.4
62.7
22.4
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
61
21.6
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
168.13
139.354
70.454
59.64
20.452
 61NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
164
143.9
71.3
61.4
21.9
 68NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
124.5
59.4
50.9
17.8
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
138
124.1
60.2
52.7
 73AMD Radeon R7 370
172
125
61
52
19.4
 75NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
161
111.5
55.9
48.7
17.5
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
197.8
127.4
60.8
52
17.7
Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront
lowmed.highultra4k
 83AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
57.8
48.6
17.8
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
170.23
116.83
55.93
47.33
15.952
 88NVIDIA Quadro M2200
148.8
119
56.4
48.2
 89NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
149
95.4
45.9
40.8
14.2
 91AMD Radeon HD 8970M
87.2
71
55.8
48.2
 101*AMD Radeon R9 M390
161
107
54
45.4
14.9
 105NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
104.83
79.054
37.95
33.354
11.72
 113NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
94.4
62.2
29.3
25.5
 114NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
131
83.1
38.9
32.7
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
115.7
67.8
31.4
29.8
8.4
 130NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
101.23
59.83
26.83
23.33
 132AMD Radeon R9 M385X
34.6
31.4
20.9
 133NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
103.4
63.8
28.7
24.6
8.3
 135*NVIDIA Quadro M620
110.57
64.32
28.92
24.37
 136AMD Radeon R9 M280X
54.4
30
22
19.7
 204NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
55.7
33.6
15.5
13.3
 206*NVIDIA Quadro M520
78.2
48.9
22.3
19.1
 207NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
54.15
32.45
164
13.23
 209NVIDIA GeForce 940M
49.72
30.12
13.4
11.7
 210NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
54
32.5
14.8
12.5
Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront
lowmed.highultra4k
 217AMD Radeon R7 M370
52.1
32.8
16
13.5
 218*NVIDIA Quadro M600M
83
47.9
21.4
18.5
 226*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
22.9
21.2
10.5
 228Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
51
28.4
13.2
 230NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
40.1
23.8
11
9.4
 231NVIDIA GeForce 930M
46.2
28.5
12.8
11.2
 233*Intel Iris Graphics 550
52.6
29.9
 235*NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
42.6
25.5
11.3
 238Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
44.7
26.2
12.9
 239Intel Iris Graphics 540
40.2
22.9
 240*NVIDIA Quadro M500M
56.5
33.3
15.2
13
 270AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
29.5
18
 272*AMD Radeon R7 M460
35.852
23.72
112
9.1
 275AMD Radeon R7 M360
23.53
21.83
9.93
8.652
 277*AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
21.3
16.3
8.8
8
 280AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
36
23.1
11.3
9.9
 281AMD Radeon R7 M440
25.6
18.6
9.1
 287AMD Radeon R7 M340
23.7
16.1
8.7
5.3
 288NVIDIA GeForce 920M
17.352
21
9.6
8.6
 289AMD Radeon R6 M340DX
33.9
20.5
9.5
6.9
Pos      Model                                     Star Wars Battlefront
lowmed.highultra4k
 290Intel HD Graphics 630
34.3
19.5
 296AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
22.9
12.7
7.8
 299*Intel HD Graphics 620
40.3
22.7
10.2
 300AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
21.052
14.82
8.6
7.5
 357AMD Radeon HD 8650G
21.4
 365AMD Radeon R5 M335
33.7
20.6
9.3
6.1
 366AMD Radeon R5 M330
35.552
21.752
9.8
6.9
 367AMD Radeon R5 M430
36.3
22.2
10.1
 368AMD Radeon R5 M255
32.7
21.9
10.1
 370NVIDIA GeForce 910M
23.2
16.2
7.7
4.3
 372Intel HD Graphics 520
27.954
15.554
 373Intel Iris Graphics 6100
34.6
20.7
9.8
 374NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
25.1
15.2
7.2
 393Intel HD Graphics 4600
26.152
14.72
72
 399*Intel HD Graphics 615
19.8
11.5
 440Intel HD Graphics 515
18.7
10.4
 441Intel HD Graphics 4400
24.9
14.3