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Team Fortress 2 - Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Klaus Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 08/15/2017

A 10-year old strategy shooter Despite its advanced age, TF2 remains to be one of the most popular games on Steam. This is probably due to the fair free-to-play model and the moderate system requirements. The fast-paced 3D shooter is nevertheless quite a challenge, especially for cheap entry-level laptops and Windows tablets. More often than not, it is the processor and not the graphics card that leads to a jerky reproduction and unplayable frame rates. We tested the performance on various laptops, tablets, and desktops in the following benchmark check.

Technology

For the original German review, see here.

Team Fortress 2 uses the relatively old Source engine. Although the game was launched on the market in 2007, Valve still provides patches and updates for the shooter. It still finds a place among the Top 10 in Steam's most played games in 2017.

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Benchmark

We used the time demo benchmark on openbenchmarking.org that is also used in the Phoronix Test Suite. The demo file called pts4.dem in version 1.2 displays an appealing game scene and is rendered in time demo mode. 3 short multiplayer rounds also prove that the performance in time demo is relevant for practice. The average frame rates recorded with Fraps were always comparable with the benchmark outcomes in all three rounds (tested on the 940MX in 1920x1080 Ultra, i.e. approx. 45 FPS.

As to settings, we tested the absolute minimum of 1280x720 pixels up to 4K, maximum details and 8x SMAA. This is not a great challenge for modern gaming graphics cards due to the advanced age of TF2. The selected "high" shadows are no longer available on all test systems. We had to use "medium" on the integrated Intel GPUs (e.g. HD 530) and Radeon Pro 555.

Results

Players crave for high frame rates in fast-paced multiplayer 3D shooters. Thus, we recommend at least 50 FPS for Team Fortress 2. An entry-level graphics card in a laptop, such as the GeForce GTX 1050, is already enough for UHD/4K and maximum details.

Team Fortress 2
    3820x2160 maximum AA:8x MS AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
166 (min: 137) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 1800X
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE Asus Prime B350-PLUS
134 (min: 122) fps ∼81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
161 (min: 138) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Asus Zephyrus GX501
125 (min: 107) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
152 (min: 128) fps ∼92%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
151 (min: 128) fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
114 (min: 98) fps ∼69%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
124 (min: 106) fps ∼75%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 4790K
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X
92 (min: 81) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
74.4 (min: 63) fps ∼45%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
66 (min: 58) fps ∼40%
AMD Radeon Pro 555, 7700HQ
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
75.6 (min: 65) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
61.5 (min: 54) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
47.7 (min: 41) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030), 7700HQ
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
35.2 (min: 32) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
34.1 (min: 30) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
13.3 (min: 12) fps ∼8%

Slower models can be selected for Full HD. The Radeon M280X or 940MX with a DDR3 video memory is the bottom limit here. It is pleasing that Team Fortress 2 can also be played smoothly on slower graphics cards. However, the processor should not be too weak in order to prevent stutters. The integrated Intel HD Graphics or the Radeon R7 integrated in Kaveri APUs was even enough for high details without antialiasing in the test. However, it was very close to the limits with Intel's passively cooled processors.

Team Fortress 2
    1920x1080 high AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
87 (min: 74) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
55 (min: 47) fps ∼40%
AMD Radeon R7 M440, A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
45.2 (min: 39) fps ∼33%
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-15FM
34 (min: 30) fps ∼25%
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
Cube i9
24 (min: 20) fps ∼18%

The Core Y series was still enough for a smooth gameplay in minimum settings. The GPUs integrated into the Apollo Lake and Cherry Trail/Braswell CPUs did not achieve playable frame rates. However, this could be due to the processors' slower cores. The actually weaker Intel HD Graphics 4000 in a still fast quad-core accomplished a smooth 48 FPS in minimum settings. The HD Graphics 4000 also defeated the actually much faster GeForce GT 640M/720M due to the slower dual-core processor.

Team Fortress 2
    1280x720 lowest AF:Bilinear
Intel HD Graphics 4000, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
68 (min: 63) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
59.3 (min: 52) fps ∼40%
Intel HD Graphics 3000, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
48.4 (min: 40) fps ∼32%
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
Cube i9
48 (min: 42) fps ∼32%
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300
Chuwi Vi8 Plus (CWI519)
21.4 (min: 18) fps ∼14%
Intel HD Graphics 500, N3350
Jumper EZbook 3
21.2 (min: 19) fps ∼14%
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), Z8750
Teclast Tbook 16 Power
19.6 (min: 18) fps ∼13%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     Team Fortress 2
 Team Fortress 2 (2017)
low
1280x720
lowest
BilinearAF
med.
1366x768
medium
4xAF
high
1920x1080
high
16xAF
ultra
1920x1080
maximum
16xAF 8x MSAA
4k
3820x2160
maximum
16xAF 8x MSAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
149
140
136
153.52
1502
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
116
108.4
105.2
105.8
104.2
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
161
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
152
 9*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
124
125
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
152
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
151
 22AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
129
125.5
123.1
123.1
107.9
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
114
 45AMD Radeon R9 290X
124
 54AMD Radeon R9 280X
92
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
105
74.4
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
117
111
61.5
 74AMD Radeon R7 370
160
66
 88NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
89
47.7
 114NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
101
94
80.3
90.052
35.2
 119*AMD Radeon Pro 555
110
952
75.6
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
94.4
34.1
 138AMD Radeon R9 M280X
46.8
Pos      Model                                     Team Fortress 2
lowmed.highultra4k
 142NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
138
 211NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
84.652
802
713
45.13
13.3
 214NVIDIA GeForce 940M
44.6
 229*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
46.2
34
 234*AMD Radeon 530
90
85
39
 235NVIDIA GeForce 930M
76.2
70
61
 243Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
99
48
31.8
 274NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
59.3
 275AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
32.2
 283NVIDIA GeForce 920M
57.8
55
 287AMD Radeon R7 M440
48.4
42.9
45.2
33.8
11.5
 294AMD Radeon 520
95
87.3
38.3
19.6
 296Intel UHD Graphics 630
113
92.52
51.6
26
 297Intel HD Graphics 630
99
96
29.5
8.2
 299Intel HD Graphics 530
90
82
38.4
19.8
 305*Intel UHD Graphics 620
89
46.3
21.7
 306*Intel HD Graphics 620
76.7
71
40
18
 338Intel HD Graphics 5600
103
94
42
15.4
 369NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
78
 375AMD Radeon R5 M255
77
60.5
40.5
Pos      Model                                     Team Fortress 2
lowmed.highultra4k
 379Intel HD Graphics 520
51
48
 380Intel Iris Graphics 6100
86
78
40
15.9
 381NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
79.6
76.3
50
24
 392Intel HD Graphics 6000
64.2
37.4
 400Intel HD Graphics 4600
70
65.3
30
 402Intel HD Graphics 5500
68
63
36.4
14
 413AMD Radeon HD 7660G
47.4
49.3
40
32
 448Intel HD Graphics 515
48
36
24
 449Intel HD Graphics 4400
45
40
 450*Intel HD Graphics 610
57.7
55.8
 490Intel HD Graphics 4000
68
13.3
 493AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
23
22.6
 496*Intel HD Graphics 500
21.2
 500AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
19.7
18.5
 514AMD Radeon HD 8400
36.7
 527AMD Radeon HD 8330
29
 548Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
19.6
 559Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
62
28.6
 579Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
21.4
 598Intel HD Graphics 3000
48.4
Pos      Model                                     Team Fortress 2
lowmed.highultra4k
 616AMD Radeon HD 8210
13
 660Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
26.7
23.4
* 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
Asus G752VS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4 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 GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 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 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 Driver AMD Driver Intel Driver
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare Crimson
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Klaus Hinum, 2017-08-15 (Update: 2017-08-16)