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Starfield in test: Laptop and desktop benchmarks

Off to the stars. After The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, Bethesda is following in the footsteps of Mass Effect and its ilk. The sci-fi adventure should thrill RPG fans with its gigantic dimensions. Whether the graphics requirements are also gigantic can be found out in our benchmark check.
Starfield

Test notebooks

XMG Neo 17 E23 (RTX 4090)
XMG Neo 17 E23 (RTX 4090)
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23 (RTX 4080)
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23 (RTX 4080)
XMG Pro 15 E23 (RTX 4070 & RTX 4060)
XMG Pro 15 E23 (RTX 4070 & RTX 4060)
XMG Focus 15 E23 (RTX 4050)
XMG Focus 15 E23 (RTX 4050)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (RTX 3080 Ti)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (RTX 3080 Ti)
Acer Predator Helios 300 (RTX 3070 Ti)
Acer Predator Helios 300 (RTX 3070 Ti)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (RX 6800S & 680M)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (RX 6800S & 680M)
 

We are currently running our gaming benchmarks with these notebooks. Clicking on the photos will take you to the respective manufacturer's homepage. All other test systems (tower PCs, mini PCs, ...) are listed at the end of the article.

Technology

Starfield has received quite high ratings from the press. If you take the basic tenor of the user ratings so far, the conclusion is rather "solid to good, but not outstanding". Our benchmark article is primarily dedicated to the technical side of the game.

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Bethesda uses its own Creation Engine 2, which is based on DirectX 12. The engine's strengths include a lush wide view (although details tend to disappear in the distance and thus leave a lot to be desired) and crisp textures. On the higher quality levels, object surfaces usually look quite sharp.

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As is typical for Bethesda, there are weaknesses in the animations, the pathfinding, the AI and the facial expressions. The fact that the game often has to load when switching between different zones is also a bit annoying and a pity, but the duration of the loading times is okay. The "Building Shaders" process during the initial launch also doesn't take too much time. Players will be busy with the pure download for much longer. However, around 86 GB is no longer a big surprise in 2023 and is still acceptable considering the size of the world. Starfield currently takes up almost 116 GB on the hard drive, which is also an above-average value.

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The graphics menu is neither puny nor particularly extensive. The display tab of the options menu contains about 10 quality controls that can be changed globally via preset. Unfortunately, the presets automatically activate Dynamic Resolution and Upscaling (Starfield only supports FSR 2 and not DLSS). Both options were disabled for the benchmarks (the same applies for VSync as usual).

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We cannot quite understand why a classic FullScreen mode is missing. You only have the choice between borderless fullscreen in the native or Windows resolution or the window mode. On the other hand, the fact that setting changes do not require a restart turns out to be pleasant. Bethesda does not provide comparative pictures of the individual settings, which is why players have to be satisfied with short text explanations.

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Benchmark

For our benchmark sequence, we use the starting world of Vectera (moon of Anselon), whose outdoor area you enter after a short tutorial in a mine. The tool CapFrameX records the march on a set route for just under 20 seconds. The sequence should have at least 40 FPS for an adequate gaming experience. Our GPU recommendations, which now follow, are made accordingly.

Results


FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

Even more powerful iGPUs like the Radeon 680M have a visibly hard time with Starfield. The latter model only manages 1,280 x 720 pixels and minimum details reasonably smoothly. It should at least be a mid-range chip for Full HD displays. Current mid-range representatives on the level of the Radeon RX 6800S or GeForce RTX 4050 can then also cope with high settings in 1,920 x 1,080. For the Ultra preset, we recommend an GeForce RTX 4060 or better.

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    1920x1080 Low Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Ultra Preset
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
105.7 (67.7min, 77.3P0.1, 84.9P1) fps ∼86%
101.5 (66.2min, 67.9P0.1, 80P1) fps ∼97%
95.1 (58.2min, 62.3P0.1, 70.5P1) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
123.3 (73.1min, 82.2P0.1, 101.5P1) fps ∼100%
105.1 (66.8min, 75.4P0.1, 83.6P1) fps ∼100%
94.1 (63.7min, 66.5P0.1, 74.1P1) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Neo 17 E23
105.4 (17min, 72.3P0.1, 83.1P1) fps ∼85%
89.3 (53.1min, 63.4P0.1, 70.7P1) fps ∼85%
80.5 (56min, 57.8P0.1, 62.2P1) fps ∼85%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23
90.5 (56.2min, 59.6P0.1, 70.5P1) fps ∼73%
75.1 (48.7min, 50.6P0.1, 54.9P1) fps ∼71%
67.1 (39.4min, 42.3P0.1, 49.1P1) fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733ZX
70.3 (45.2min, 50.4P0.1, 56.4P1) fps ∼57%
58 (38.9min, 39.2P0.1, 44.6P1) fps ∼55%
51.8 (33.4min, 35P0.1, 39.4P1) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
66.7 (44.9min, 45.8P0.1, 52.3P1) fps ∼54%
52.3 (31.6min, 35.6P0.1, 39.2P1) fps ∼50%
46.6 (31.5min, 31.9P0.1, 34.7P1) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-55
61.7 (40.1min, 40.4P0.1, 45.1P1) fps ∼50%
50 (27.6min, 28P0.1, 34.5P1) fps ∼48%
44.8 (24.4min, 25.7P0.1, 30P1) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
59.5 (37.3min, 39.2P0.1, 44.8P1) fps ∼48%
46.5 (27.3min, 32.7P0.1, 34P1) fps ∼44%
41 (25.5min, 26.9P0.1, 30.2P1) fps ∼43%
AMD Radeon RX 6800S, R9 6900HS
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
63.9 (43.3min, 44.4P0.1, 50.3P1) fps ∼100%
54.6 (35.2min, 37.7P0.1, 43.1P1) fps ∼44%
44.6 (32min, 32.2P0.1, 35.1P1) fps ∼42%
39.4 (29.7min, 30P0.1, 31.8P1) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Focus 15 E23
53.6 (29.7min, 30.9P0.1, 40.1P1) fps ∼43%
41.7 (28.1min, 28.6P0.1, 30.3P1) fps ∼40%
36.3 (22.1min, 24.7P0.1, 27.3P1) fps ∼38%
AMD Radeon 680M, R9 6900HS
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
23.2 (17min, 17.1P0.1, 18.6P1) fps ∼36%
19.4 (14.7min, 15P0.1, 16P1) fps ∼16%
14.8 (8.47min, 8.62P0.1, 10.3P1) fps ∼14%
12.7 (7.99min, 8.15P0.1, 8.83P1) fps ∼13%

QHD (2,560 x 1,440)

You can hardly get around a high-end accelerator on QHD displays. 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and maximum details only run properly from an GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

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    2560x1440 Ultra Preset
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
88.3 (62.9min, 64.4P0.1, 71.1P1) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
80.6 (55min, 57.3P0.1, 64.9P1) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Neo 17 E23
67.2 (7.08min, 22.5P0.1, 51.9P1) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23
56.3 (32.3min, 39P0.1, 41.6P1) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733ZX
42.2 (29.1min, 30.9P0.1, 33.9P1) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
37.2 (26.4min, 26.6P0.1, 28.1P1) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-55
36.2 (19.5min, 20.3P0.1, 24.9P1) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
32.5 (20.2min, 21.2P0.1, 24.5P1) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Focus 15 E23
28.9 (21.4min, 21.6P0.1, 22.6P1) fps ∼33%

UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

Once again, the 4K range is the real deal. A mixture of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and the Ultra preset even demands Nvidia's current notebook leader, the GeForce RTX 4090.

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    3840x2160 Ultra Preset
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
59.6 (44.1min, 45.3P0.1, 49.3P1) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, i9-13900K
Desktop-PC Asus ROG Strix Z790-F
55.3 (42.6min, 43.4P0.1, 45.4P1) fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Neo 17 E23
46.5 (36.3min, 36.8P0.1, 38.6P1) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23
38.4 (24min, 25.6P0.1, 28.2P1) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733ZX
27.3 (22.4min, 22.5P0.1, 23.4P1) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
24 (18.5min, 18.5P0.1, 19.4P1) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-55
23.5 (14min, 14.6P0.1, 16.1P1) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Pro 15 E23
20.3 (13.5min, 13.7P0.1, 14.4P1) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX
XMG Focus 15 E23
17.4 (14.3min, 14.3P0.1, 14.6P1) fps ∼29%

Note

Since gaming tests are very time-consuming and often restricted by installation or activation limits, we can only provide you with a part of the benchmarks for the publication of the articles. Further graphics cards will be installed later.

Overview

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 Starfield (2023)
low
1920x1080
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
QHD
2560x1440
Ultra Preset
4K
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
161n3
147.3n3
131.5n3
134.4n2
115.6n4
78.1n3
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX
160.5
160.2
159
143.7
127.7
91.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Super
160.5n2
155.1n2
132.2n2
121.9n2
102.5n2
68.35n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
123.3
105.1
94.1
80.6
55.3
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT
105.7
101.5
95.1
88.3
59.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
112.7
102.7n2
86.75n2
79.45n2
66.6n2
46.5
AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT
160.7
158.5
122.8
102.1
83.9
58.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
90.5
75.1
67.1
56.3
38.4
AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT
100.5
90.4
73.6
68
55.1
36
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16G
94.9
81.7
65.7
57.7
46.6
29.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
64.5n2
51.75n2
46.6n2
37.2
24
Intel Arc A770
48.9
42.8
36.3
33.6
28.8
20.5
AMD Radeon RX 7600
80.2
76
61.2
55.5
43.6
26.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
70.75n2
61.4n3
47n3
39.8n3
32.55n2
20.3
AMD Radeon RX 7600M XT
74.1n2
62.9n2
51.3n2
46.7n2
37.75n2
23.1n2
Intel Arc A750
44.1
38.5
32.9
27.2
16.5
11.2
AMD Radeon RX 7600S
58.8
45.3
40.8
32.3
19.8
Intel Arc A580
55.3
48.8
39.1
32.6
16
10.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
63.8
54.5n3
42.5n3
36.3n3
28.35n2
17.4
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low med. high ultra QHD 4K
Intel Arc A310
17.3
14.2
13
10.3
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
11.5
Intel Arc 7-Core iGPU
19.1
16.5
13.2
10.7
AMD Radeon 780M
27n3
23n3
19n3
16n3
12
7
AMD Radeon 760M
14.3
7.99
5.04
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * 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
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.
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.

All Test Systems

Notebook Graphics card Processor Memory
XMG Neo 17 E23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 @175 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6X) Intel Core i9-13900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Schenker Key 17 Pro E23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 @175 W TGP (12 GB GDDR6X) Intel Core i9-13900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
XMG Pro 15 E23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-13900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
XMG Pro 15 E23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-13900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
XMG Focus 15 E23 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 @140 W TGP (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-13900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti @150 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-12900H 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Acer Predator Helios 300 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti @150 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-12700H 2 x 8 GB DDR5
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 AMD Radeon RX 6800S (8 GB GDDR6) & AMD Radeon 680M AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Mini-PC Graphics card Processor Memory
MinisforumNUCXi7 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 @125 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 8 GB DDR4
Minisforum HX99G AMD Radeon RX 6600M @100 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR5
Morefine S500+ AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR4
4K monitors operating system Nvidia drivers AMD drivers
Gigabyte M32U Windows 11 ForceWare 537.34 Adrenalin 23.9.2
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Florian Glaser, 2023-09-25 (Update: 2023-09-27)