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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.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
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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AMD Radeon 610
NVIDIA GeForce 405M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
ATI Radeon HD 4250
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400
SIS Mirage M661FX
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
AMD Radeon R7 M380
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M
Intel HD Graphics 5600
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
28.7
4.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
AMD Radeon R9 M390
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
Intel HD Graphics 510
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
175.3
48.7
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
ATI Mobility Radeon X1800
AMD Radeon R9 M385X
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon R9 M295X
NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
NVIDIA GeForce MX450
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400
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ATI Mobility Radeon X300
NVIDIA Quadro T1000 Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
Intel HD Graphics 500
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile
124.4
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GT
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4700MHD
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
56.2n3
12.8n3
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX
AMD Radeon R9 M290X
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3650
VIA S3G UniChrome Pro
AMD Radeon HD 6830M
ATI Mobility Radeon X800
NVIDIA GeForce 410M
Intel HD Graphics 6000
AMD Radeon HD 6870M
AMD Radeon R9 M275
AMD Radeon HD 7870M
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Apple M1 7-Core GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120M
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT
AMD Radeon R9 M395
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
NVIDIA GeForce 320M
AMD Radeon Pro 5600M
NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
AMD Radeon HD 7590M
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
unknown
AMD Radeon R5 M315
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS
Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5
NVIDIA GeForce G 110M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
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AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GT 625M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 545v
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
AMD Radeon HD 7670M
AMD Radeon RX 640
NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
ATI Mobility Radeon 9100 IGP
Qualcomm Adreno 680
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
175.4
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
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ATI Mobility Radeon X1800XT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
106n3
AMD Radeon HD 6990M
AMD Radeon HD 7950M
AMD Radeon R5 M320
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4550
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Hybrid X2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
AMD Radeon HD 8410G
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6400
NVIDIA T1200 Laptop GPU
NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
ATI Radeon IGP 320M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
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NVIDIA GeForce 9500M G
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
AMD Radeon R9 M270
NVIDIA GeForce 4 420 Go
ATI Radeon HD 3200
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce 845M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
AMD Radeon RX 6800M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
AMD Radeon R9 M390X
AMD Radeon RX 540
Qualcomm Adreno 630
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
AMD Radeon RX 6600M
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Intel HD Graphics 620
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
ATI Mobility Radeon X1350
Intel UHD Graphics G4 (Lakefield GT1 48 EU)
AMD Radeon HD 7290
NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
AMD Radeon HD 6250
AMD Radeon HD 7640G
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
AMD Radeon 620
ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
NVIDIA GeForce 910M
AMD Radeon R6 (Mullins)
AMD Radeon HD 7600G
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
AMD Radeon Pro 560
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
AMD Radeon RX Vega Mobile
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
AMD Radeon HD 8180
25.6
10.1
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go (200 / 100)
Qualcomm Adreno 685
AMD Radeon HD 6380G
AMD Radeon R4 (Kaveri)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
AMD Radeon RX 5600M
SIS Mirage 3+ 672MX
AMD Radeon 625
AMD Radeon R7 M260X
NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M
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AMD Radeon R9 M470X
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M
AMD Radeon HD 6370M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Laptop)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830
ATI Radeon HD 4225
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
ATI Radeon IGP 340M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 260M
ATI Mobility Radeon X2500
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
AMD Radeon HD 8970M
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100
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NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M
NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5600 / 5650
AMD Radeon R9 M485X
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 560v
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5165
NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
ATI Radeon HD 4200
ATI Radeon Xpress X1270
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Silicon Motion SM502
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 150M
NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT
ATI Mobility Radeon X700
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NVIDIA GeForce MX330
AMD Radeon HD 8550M
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
AMD Radeon RX 5300M
Intel UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GeForce 945M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
AMD Radeon HD 6290
AMD Radeon HD 7510M
Intel UHD Graphics Xe 750 32EUs
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300
AMD Radeon RX 580X (Laptop)
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
SIS Mirage 3 671MX
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
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NVIDIA GeForce 3 Go
ATI Radeon HD 3100
AMD Radeon R5 M335
AMD Radeon HD 6430M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
AMD Radeon HD 8310G
AMD Radeon 630
AMD Radeon Pro 555
AMD Radeon HD 8690M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
ATI Mobility Radeon 9550
AMD Radeon RX 570 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
ATI Mobility Radeon 7000 IGP
AMD Radeon HD 8590M
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Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
Intel UHD Graphics 617
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
Intel UHD Graphics 610
AMD Radeon R9 M380
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce 4 460 Go
AMD Radeon R9 M395X
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
AMD Radeon HD 6850M
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU)
Intel HD Graphics 630
ATI Radeon HD 4270
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
ATI Radeon Xpress X1250
ATI Mobility 128 M3
AMD Radeon HD 6570M
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
ATI Mobility Radeon X1450
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AMD Radeon HD 7430M
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS
AMD Radeon R9 M375
AMD Radeon R7 M465
NVIDIA GeForce 310M
AMD Radeon HD 8250
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850
AMD Radeon HD 8510G
Intel UHD Graphics 605
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5750
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce MX110
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GE
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Intel HD Graphics P530
AMD Radeon R9 M370X
ATI Mobility Radeon X800XT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
Intel UHD Graphics G7 (Lakefield GT2 64 EU)
Intel HD Graphics (Skylake)
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G
AMD Radeon Pro 455
AMD Radeon RX 570X (Laptop)
AMD Radeon HD 8350G
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700
ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
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AMD Radeon R5 M330
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Intel Extreme Graphics 2
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
AMD Radeon HD 8650M
NVIDIA GeForce 305M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
(-) * 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
I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood, growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 1990s. I was especially fascinated with computer games, even from an early age. From Monkey Island through Lands of Lore to Doom, I tried every game I could get my hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with my focus mostly being on high-performance gaming laptops.
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Florian Glaser, 2013-03-21 (Update: 2021-05-18)