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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Benchmarked

An add-on for the queen. Fans have had to wait a whole three years for the expansion of the real-time strategy hit StarCraft 2. Heart of the Swarm tells the sci-fi story from the point of view of the Zerg aliens. Find out here whether the game meets the towering expectations and how high its (mobile) hardware requirements are.
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Description

For the original German review, see here.

From the beginning, the developers make it very clear the kind of quality they demand from themselves. The high-quality render intro, typical of Blizzard, is an excellent opener for the game. After a bombastic air battle, a plethora of Zergs and Terrans prepare for battle on the ground of a grayish-brown planet. The editing, sound and movement are comparable to that of a genuine animated movie. The intro is crowned by the appearance of the main character. In Heart of the Swarm, we take the role of a Zerg - the role of their (former) queen, to be precise.

Those who have played the main program will be able to use the add-on without any trouble. At the end of Wings of Liberty (the uninformed should skip this sentence), after Sarah Kerrigan is rescued by Jim Raynor and transformed back into her normal self, she has to prove her loyalty and abilities in a prison of sorts. The corresponding prolog simultaneously functions as a tutorial. Thanks to the great introduction that explains numerous gameplay elements, both beginners and those who love the series but have not played in a while will quickly learn how to get around with the Zerg.

As expected, the pre-rendered intro is first-rate.
As expected, the pre-rendered intro is first-rate.
The developers definitely have what it takes to make their own film.
The developers definitely have what it takes to make their own film.
You see a battle between the Zerg...
You see a battle between the Zerg...
...and the Terrans, reminiscent of Warhammer.
...and the Terrans, reminiscent of Warhammer.
The Queen of Blades takes the main role.
The Queen of Blades takes the main role.
She's driven by hate and wrath.
She's driven by hate and wrath.

In order not to overwhelm the player, Blizzard chose to make the first level very linear. The combination of cinematic staging and a high level of action create an awesome atmosphere. The excellent (English) speakers and the - partly orchestral - background music add to the ambiance. The first one or two hours of Heart of the Swarm do not quite feel like a purebred strategy game, but more like a modern action-mix.

But never fear: Later the levels open up, and you get the classic RTS feeling with base construction, production of raw materials, etc. Like in Wings of Liberty, Blizzard breaks up the main events of the game with all sorts of side missions and surprises. For example, there is an ice planet whose storms briefly freeze the Protoss opponents and make them easy targets. Often the player is pressed for time. On the aforementioned ice planet we have to stop another mission of Protoss ships from reaching various portals.

In a word: The developers took care to alternate the tempo and add variety. There is no idleness in this game. Depending on the level of difficulty, the operations prove to be more or less tricky.

Can you trust Kerrigan?
Can you trust Kerrigan?
Jim Raynor was the main character in Wings of Liberty.
Jim Raynor was the main character in Wings of Liberty.
We soon dispute the tutorial with the dreadlock woman.
We soon dispute the tutorial with the dreadlock woman.
Here the player learns the most important basics of the game.
Here the player learns the most important basics of the game.
The first levels are rather linear.
The first levels are rather linear.
Blizzard continuously sprinkles cool ideas throughout the game.
Blizzard continuously sprinkles cool ideas throughout the game.

As is generally true of Blizzard productions, the units and the level of difficulty coordinate well. Even as a layperson you're not mercilessly overtaxed. Heart of the Swarm carefully introduces the player to the basic mechanics of the game. Within the missions, the story is told through tracking shots and animated 3D portraits. The latter are a bit outmoded, but they fulfill their purpose.

Speaking of the story: Although Blizzard tries to push a little too hard on the emotions during the video sequences that link the different missions, we really liked the storytelling. As opposed to the (intentionally humorous) video clips from command and conquer games, the videos here are somewhat believable. Kerrigan's motives (above all hate and wrath) are always comprehensible. After one particular event, which we will not explain for spoiler reasons, the beautiful woman wants to regain military command from the Zerg.

The graphics quality of the in-game videos are just as good as videos in an ego-shooter.
The graphics quality of the in-game videos are just as good as videos in an ego-shooter.
The film snippets have perfect musical accompaniment.
The film snippets have perfect musical accompaniment.
We meet numerous acquaintances.
We meet numerous acquaintances.
The Protoss are also there, of course.
The Protoss are also there, of course.
Secondary tasks raise the level of difficulty and add some variety.
Secondary tasks raise the level of difficulty and add some variety.
Sometimes you're pressed for time.
Sometimes you're pressed for time.

So that the individualization and role-playing aspects of the game do not seem lacking, Blizzard once again integrated a base camp for us to enter in between missions. While the evolution chambers serve to improve the units (you can choose one of several upgrades for each) and keep special missions at the ready, we can optimize the protagonist in the "Kerrigan" menu.

At certain ranks (we raise little by little in each level) the game unlocks new abilities. The range reaches from passive bonuses like more life to active skills like a kinetic blast. Through the talent tree, Kerrigan gains profile and individuality. The packet is topped off by optional conversations.

Every once in a while there some intermediate enemies.
Every once in a while there are some intermediate enemies.
The Zergs primarily count on their mass.
The Zergs primarily count on their mass.
Sometimes we can choose the next mission ourselves.
Sometimes we can choose the next mission ourselves.
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Benchmark

As with Wings of Liberty, we performed the speed measurements using a challenge. Because of their constant flow, intro videos are ideal for comparing the ability of various GPUs to handle the in-game graphics. Instead of "For the Swarm", we used the challenge "Opening Gambit", which -- depending on the settings -- can sometimes be more demanding, sometimes less.

Since the display refresh rate drops by 50% or more during battles with lots of effects and dozens of units, in the around 30-second passage (see video) you'll need at least 40 or even 50 fps.

Settings

Despite the unexciting polygon count and texture quality, the graphics leave behind a relatively good impression. Blizzard understands how to give the graphics a charming comic touch that covers up minor weaknesses well.

Super: All the settings can be changed directly within the game. Changes between "Medium", "High" and "Ultra" or "Extreme" are adopted just like that. Only a change from or to the level "Low" requires the game to be restarted. Anyone who has the necessary hardware power should definitely turn on anti-aliasing in the options menu. We turned off the vertical synchronization for our tests.

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High Settings
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Ultra Settings
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High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings

Additionally, in the graphics menu you can alter the resolution, the picture mode (fullscreen or window), the refresh rate and the gamma value. Advanced users can run riot with detail settings. Our screenshots clearly show that the graphics quality varies greatly based on the settings. We see striking differences in picture quality and performance, especially between "Low" and "Medium". On the other hand, the pros of the "Ultra" setting are barely noticeable without a magnifying glass.

Our headquarters are a giant flying alien.
Our headquarters are a giant flying alien.
Between missions we manage the troops.
Between missions we manage the troops.
Izsha is our adviser.
Izsha is our adviser.
Optional conversations add depth to the story.
Optional conversations add depth to the story.
In the evolution chambers we can improve our units.
In the evolution chambers we can improve our units.
Only one upgrade can be active at a time.
Only one upgrade can be active at a time.

Results

Those who own weaker notebooks can take a deep breath: The hardware hunger is limited and very similar to that of the main program. Anyone who could play Wings of Liberty without much trouble should also be able to run Heart of the Swarm easily.

In general: Even with a slow processor GPU, the title can be convinced to run at a respectable refresh rate. While the HD Graphics 3000 can only manage a minimal level of detail, with an HD Graphics 4000 you can already play at normal level -- even if not super fluidly. For high settings you should have at least a GeForce GT 640M (1366x768) or a GeForce GT 650M (1600x900), i.e. a model from the upper middle class. Anyone who wants to play the add-on at 1920x1080 pixels and with all the controls turned on is advised to look at a potent high-end GPU (GeForce GTX 675M or better).

All in all, we would call the hardware demands moderate. We cannot judge the influence of the processor at the moment, since most of our measurements were taken with a quad-core from Intel's Ivy Bridge generation. However, low settings do point to a certain CPU bias.

Benchmark table: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Verdict

For fans of the real-time strategy genre, Heart of the Swarm is definitely a must-buy. Blizzard kept their eyes on their old strengths and delivers a high-carat product that gleams with ingenuity, variety and gaming quality. When it comes to staging and presentation, other developers have an example to follow. The only downer remains the controversial Battle.net platform, which will deter some potential buyers.

At the end of the mission a rough fight report awaits.
At the end of the mission a rough fight report awaits.
A talent system in a strategy game? Heart of the Swarm says yes.
A talent system in a strategy game? Heart of the Swarm says yes.
Practical: In the archives you can play back operations and videos.
Practical: In the archives you can play back operations and videos.

Test Systems

Most of the results were taken from devices provided by the company Schenker Notebooks (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 GByte DDR3-RAM (2x 4096 MByte @ 1600 MHz), 160 GByte 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

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28.3
17.6
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NVIDIA GeForce 710M
197.3
58.2
28.8
AMD Radeon HD 7660G
127
50
31.5
11.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M
Intel HD Graphics 5000
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
AMD Radeon HD 7590M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 7650M
AMD Radeon HD 7570M
AMD Radeon HD 7630M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
AMD Radeon HD 8510G
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon HD 8550G
54
33
11.7
NVIDIA GeForce GT 625M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
AMD Radeon HD 7610M
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AMD Radeon HD 7620G
AMD Radeon HD 7640G
Intel HD Graphics 515
80.8
24.9
14.6
Intel UHD Graphics 610
Intel HD Graphics 610
Intel HD Graphics 4400
117.7n4
31.55n4
16.05n4
2
AMD Radeon HD 8610G
117.3
24.7
16.9
Intel HD Graphics 510
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v
AMD Radeon HD 7550M
189.6
39.3
19.8
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M
AMD Radeon HD 7600G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5165
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 560v
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
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AMD Radeon HD 7530M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
AMD Radeon HD 7490M
Intel UHD Graphics 605
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
Intel HD Graphics 505
Intel HD Graphics 5300
121.45n2
32n2
19.25n2
6.5
AMD Radeon HD 7510M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v
Intel HD Graphics 4000
108.05n8
28.1n8
15.45n8
7.6
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
91.4
26.2
12.2
3.1
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
64.6
26.4
15.4
AMD Radeon R4 (Kaveri)
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AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
71.6n2
24.55n2
14.9
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell)
Intel HD Graphics 4200
102.1n2
34.9n2
21.35n2
7
Intel HD Graphics (Skylake)
AMD Radeon HD 7500G
78
30.4
21.1
AMD Radeon HD 8450G
102.7
32.3
16.3
AMD Radeon HD 7470M
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
AMD Radeon HD 8410G
AMD Radeon HD 8400
72.8n2
27.8n2
13.55n2
7
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
AMD Radeon HD 7520G
NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
AMD Radeon HD 8350G
AMD Radeon HD 8330
64.35n2
26.75n2
13.55n2
6.3
Intel UHD Graphics 600
78.8
16.3
Intel HD Graphics 500
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NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 320M
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120M
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
NVIDIA GeForce 610M
NVIDIA GeForce 705M
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
91.5
28.2
14.9
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
96.5
28.3
15
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AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 8310G
NVIDIA GeForce 320M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT
ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
ATI Mobility Radeon X1800XT
ATI Mobility Radeon X1800
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700
NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M
NVIDIA GeForce 410M
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
AMD Radeon HD 6370M
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AMD Radeon HD 8280
50.3
22.1
12.3
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
AMD Radeon HD 6450M
AMD Radeon HD 7430M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 545v
AMD Radeon HD 8240
46
18.5
AMD Radeon R6 (Mullins)
AMD Radeon HD 8250
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
Intel HD Graphics 3000
107n3
20n3
11.2n2
4.2
NVIDIA GeForce 310M
NVIDIA GeForce G210M
78
25
12.4
NVIDIA GeForce 405M
NVIDIA GeForce 315M
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NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M G
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
ATI Mobility Radeon X800XT
AMD Radeon HD 6430M
AMD Radeon HD 6380G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430
AMD Radeon HD 8210
39.2
15.4
9.3
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4550
Intel HD Graphics 2500
145
26
13.7
4.3
Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
96.4n2
21.65n2
12.9n2
4
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v
NVIDIA GeForce 305M
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ATI Mobility Radeon X1700
ATI Mobility Radeon X2500
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
ATI Mobility Radeon X800
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
ATI Mobility Radeon 9800
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
ATI Mobility Radeon X1450
ATI Mobility Radeon X700
NVIDIA GeForce G 110M
AMD Radeon HD 6330M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
Intel HD Graphics 2000
NVIDIA GeForce G 107M
NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
NVIDIA GeForce G 103M
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GE
NVIDIA GeForce G 102M
NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
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NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
100
16.9
9.5
2.8
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
56.2n3
12.8n3
VIA Chrome9HD
AMD Radeon HD 7340
43
15
9
AMD Radeon HD 6320
AMD Radeon HD 7310
AMD Radeon HD 6310
AMD Radeon HD 8180
25.6
10.1
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Hybrid X2
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GeForceBoost
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
NVIDIA ION 2
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
AMD Radeon HD 7290
AMD Radeon HD 6290
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT
ATI Radeon HD 4270
ATI Radeon HD 4250
ATI Radeon HD 4200
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6250
ATI Mobility Radeon X1350
ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400
ATI Radeon HD 3200
ATI Radeon HD 4225
ATI Radeon HD 4100
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400
ATI Radeon HD 3100
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G
NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD
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Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
28.7
4.5
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
ATI Mobility Radeon X600
ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
NVIDIA GeForce4 4200 Go
ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6400
ATI Mobility Radeon X300
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5600 / 5650
ATI Radeon Xpress X1270
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ATI Radeon Xpress X1250
ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
ATI Radeon Xpress X1200
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650
NVIDIA GeForce 7190M
NVIDIA GeForce 7150M
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5200
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000
NVIDIA GeForce 4 488 Go
NVIDIA GeForce 4 460 Go
NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go
NVIDIA GeForce 4 420 Go
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
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Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
SIS Mirage 3+ 672MX
SIS Mirage 3 671MX
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
NVIDIA GeForce 3 Go
NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go (200 / 100)
ATI Mobility Radeon 9100 IGP
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
ATI Mobility Radeon M7
ATI Mobility Radeon M6
VIA Chrome9 HC
Intel Extreme Graphics 2
ATI Mobility Radeon 7000 IGP
ATI Radeon IGP 340M
ATI Radeon IGP 320M
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VIA S3G UniChrome Pro II
VIA S3G UniChrome Pro
VIA Castle Rock
SIS Mirage 2 M760
SIS Mirage M661FX
VIA S3 Graphics ProSavage8
ATI Mobility 128 M3
Silicon Motion SM502
unknown
(-) * 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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Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming Laptops - 634 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
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Florian Glaser, 2013-03-21 (Update: 2021-05-18)