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The Witcher 3 v4.00: Notebook and desktop benchmarks

Now with Ray Tracing. Although the flagship role-playing game has been around for several years now, the developers did not miss the opportunity to add various new (graphical) features in the course of the patches. We tested several desktop and notebook GPUs with the current version - including RT benchmarks.
The Witcher 3

Technology

The Witcher 3 has not only been one of the standard benchmarks in our notebook tests for a few years but is also used to check long-term 3D performance. However, since the developer CD Project - as mentioned at the beginning - has incorporated many technical innovations over time, we thought it would be appropriate to switch to a current version.

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Compared to the original version the graphics menus have been significantly revised. There is no longer a post-processing tab (the options are now in the "normal" graphics menu). Instead, the screen options (resolution, etc.) have been moved to a separate menu.

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In addition, there are now numerous fresh settings, especially for ray tracing, to which the developer has dedicated two presets. While the normal RT preset only activates the ray tracing illumination, the RT Ultra preset (used for the ray tracing benchmarks) also includes corresponding reflections, shadows, and ambient occlusion. In addition, there is support for DLSS and FSR 2.

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On the other hand, it is a bit of a shame that you once again have to do without explanations for the individual settings, some options are not influenced by the presets and there is a lot of scrolling due to the sheer mass of features. On the other hand, changes are applied without a restart. The game size has increased from just under 30 GB to around 40 GB since our reference version, which is still within limits.

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Benchmark

For better comparability, the same sequence as back then is used as a benchmark. Shortly after the tutorial, the main character Geralt is released into the open game world and is allowed to explore the countryside with his horse. As you can see in the following video, we ride after the witcher colleague on a set route for about a minute until a video sequence starts near a bridge. The frame rate is recorded with the CapeFrameX tool. For decent gameplay, we recommend at least 40 FPS as an average value in the benchmark.

Results

For the benchmarks, we mainly use rental devices from XMG (Schenker Technologies).

FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

At moderate resolutions and settings, The Witcher 3 is not particularly demanding. While iGPUs from Intel (e.g. the Iris Xe Graphics G7 with 96 EUs) can handle a maximum of 1,280 x 720 pixels and the preset Low, some iGPUs from AMD (e.g. the Radeon 680M) can also handle minimum details in Full HD. Midrange chips on the level of the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti on the other hand, do not have any problems at 1920x1080 pixels even with medium to maximum settings.

The Witcher 3 v4.00
    1920x1080 Low Preset / Off     1920x1080 Medium Preset / On AA:FX     1920x1080 High Preset / On AA:FX     1920x1080 Ultra Preset / On AA:FX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
257 (56.6min, 145.9P0.1, 183.2P1) fps ∼68%
222 (61.5min, 141.2P0.1, 166.3P1) fps ∼66%
191.6 (97.6min, 121.2P0.1, 132.8P1) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
226 (10.6min, 43.2P0.1, 154.5P1) fps ∼60%
188.2 (17.3min, 118.8P0.1, 136.2P1) fps ∼56%
151.5 (56.1min, 93.8P0.1, 105.3P1) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
226 (33.7min, 106.9P0.1, 164.8P1) fps ∼59%
195.6 (29.9min, 65.9P0.1, 141P1) fps ∼52%
168.1 (30.5min, 55.1P0.1, 121.1P1) fps ∼50%
140 (25.5min, 73.5P0.1, 97.6P1) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
189.3 (9.59min, 28.5P0.1, 129.3P1) fps ∼49%
164.4 (50.2min, 95.1P0.1, 120.2P1) fps ∼44%
142.2 (49.6min, 92.1P0.1, 105.1P1) fps ∼42%
120.9 (48.9min, 72.1P0.1, 82.2P1) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
188.6 (7.29min, 30P0.1, 132.3P1) fps ∼49%
160.7 (51.5min, 86.1P0.1, 120.1P1) fps ∼43%
136.7 (16.8min, 85.2P0.1, 101.4P1) fps ∼41%
117.3 (33.6min, 62.6P0.1, 80.3P1) fps ∼38%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
119.6 (5.39min, 14.3P0.1, 82.4P1) fps ∼32%
110.3 (36.9min, 75.1P0.1, 85.9P1) fps ∼33%
97.5 (59.2min, 64P0.1, 74.5P1) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
158.3 (37.7min, 89.4P0.1, 113P1) fps ∼41%
138.7 (9.84min, 29.1P0.1, 93.3P1) fps ∼37%
108.6 (32.2min, 50.8P0.1, 76.8P1) fps ∼32%
87.6 (27.7min, 50.5P0.1, 60.5P1) fps ∼29%
AMD Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H
Lenovo Legion 5
110.3 (4.86min, 9.46P0.1, 80.6P1) fps ∼29%
95.3 (28.7min, 65.8P0.1, 75.3P1) fps ∼28%
76.7 (39.5min, 47P0.1, 53.8P1) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
127.2 (66.7min, 79.9P0.1, 90.5P1) fps ∼33%
92.5 (50.1min, 57.1P0.1, 63.3P1) fps ∼25%
74 (41.4min, 46.6P0.1, 53P1) fps ∼22%
58 (26.3min, 37.4P0.1, 41.8P1) fps ∼19%
AMD Radeon 680M, R9 6900HS
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
44.7 (22.2min, 22.7P0.1, 24.8P1) fps ∼12%
35.7 (16.7min, 22.1P0.1, 26.8P1) fps ∼9%
30.2 (19.1min, 19.5P0.1, 23.6P1) fps ∼9%
24.5 (12min, 12.2P0.1, 13.5P1) fps ∼8%
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
Zotac ZBOX CI665 Nano
28.1 (15.5min, 21.3P0.1, 23.2P1) fps ∼7%
21.5 (16.6min, 17.1P0.1, 18.2P1) fps ∼6%
18.3 (14.7min, 14.7P0.1, 15.6P1) fps ∼5%
15.1 (11.7min, 11.8P0.1, 12.7P1) fps ∼5%

QHD (2,560 x 1,440)

For QHD displays with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, it should be a graphics card from the upper mid-range. The Ultra-Preset is used here starting with a Radeon RX 6600M smoothly on the screen.

The Witcher 3 v4.00
    2560x1440 Ultra Preset / On AA:FX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
154 (88.1min, 98.8P0.1, 106.1P1) fps ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
110 (43min) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
109.9 (63min, 68.6P0.1, 78.3P1) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
85.8 (36.5min, 54.8P0.1, 60.9P1) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
83 (34.7min, 52.2P0.1, 59.4P1) fps ∼27%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
78.2 (46.2min, 51.2P0.1, 60.3P1) fps ∼26%
AMD Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H
Lenovo Legion 5
51.7 (24.3min, 38.1P0.1, 42P1) fps ∼17%

UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

4K monitors, on the other hand, cry out for a true high-end GPU if maximum details are desired. A mixture of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and the Ultra preset needs at least Radeon RX 6800M or better. If you miss the 4K results of our Nvidia notebooks: unfortunately, we have had to struggle with partly significantly worse performance on external screens for a few weeks (probably a bug in newer driver versions). Fortunately, the AMD devices are not affected.

The Witcher 3 v4.00
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset / On AA:FX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
87.8 (54.2min, 63.3P0.1, 66.9P1) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
61.9 (39.4min, 42.5P0.1, 47.9P1) fps ∼30%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
43 (29min, 31.5P0.1, 34.1P1) fps ∼21%
AMD Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H
Lenovo Legion 5
27.6 (9.74min, 23.1P0.1, 24.2P1) fps ∼13%

Ray Tracing

The Witcher 3 becomes really demanding when ray tracing is enabled. Most laptop graphics cards already reach their limits in Full HD. Only Nvidia's top model, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti scratches the 40 FPS mark in the RT Ultra preset.

The Witcher 3 v4.00
    1920x1080 RT Ultra Preset / On AA:FX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
53.6 (6.43min, 8.23P0.1, 19.8P1) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
39.5 (5.02min, 5.86P0.1, 15.7P1) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-12900K
Desktop-PC
37 (6.25min, 7.08P0.1, 13.5P1) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
32.3 (4.43min, 5.42P0.1, 12.4P1) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
30.1 (4.72min, 5.65P0.1, 11.7P1) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
23.5 (3.92min, 4.65P0.1, 8.51P1) fps ∼16%
AMD Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX
Asus ROG Strix G15
22.4 (2.58min, 3P0.1, 16.2P1) fps ∼15%
AMD Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H
Lenovo Legion 5
15.6 (2.76min, 3.08P0.1, 6.06P1) fps ∼11%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
14.5 (3.24min, 4.64P0.1, 5.26P1) fps ∼10%

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. More graphics cards will be installed in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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low
1920x1080
Low Preset / Off
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset / On
FXAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset / On
FXAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset / On
FXAA
QHD
2560x1440
Ultra Preset / On
FXAA
4K
3840x2160
Ultra Preset / On
FXAA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
261
232
216
194.5
167.8
97.2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
257
222
191.6
154
87.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
226
195.6
168.1
140
110
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
226
188.2
151.5
109.9
61.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
189.3
164.4
142.2
120.9
85.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
174.4n2
149.55n2
126.95n2
105n2
81.2n2
49.9n2
AMD Radeon RX 6800M
119.6
110.3
97.5
78.2
43
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT
181.5
149.6
126.5
101
67.8
35.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
188.6
160.7
136.7
117.3
83
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
164.2n2
135.45n2
108.5n2
87.55n2
71.4
AMD Radeon RX 6600M
110.3
95.3
76.7
51.7
27.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
127.2
92.5
74
58
AMD Radeon 680M
44n2
37.3n2
32.65n2
26.9n2
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
29.75n2
23.2n2
19.65n2
16.15n2
(-) * 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.

Test systems

XMG Neo 15 (RTX 3080) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 15 (RTX 3080) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 17 (RTX 3070) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Neo 17 (RTX 3070) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Core 15 (RTX 3060) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Core 15 (RTX 3060) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Focus 17 (RTX 3050 Ti) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
XMG Focus 17 (RTX 3050 Ti) - Click on photo to open the configurator (bestware.com)
Device Graphics card Processor Memory Operating system
Notebooks
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti @175 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-12900 2 x 16 GB DDR5 Windows 11
XMG Neo 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 @165 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
XMG Neo 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
XMG Core 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 @130 W TGP (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
XMG Focus 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti @75 W TGP (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Radeon RX 6800M (12 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Lenovo Legion 5 AMD Radeon RX 6600M (8 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 5800H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 AMD Radeon 680M AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS 2 x 16 GB DDR5 Windows 11
Tower PCs
Custom I MSI GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-12900K 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Custom II Palit GeForce RTX 4090 GameRock OC (24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE (24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (8 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
lNvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 Super (4 GB GDDR6) AMDGDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6800 (16 GB DDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (12 GB DDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6600 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (6 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X 2 x 16 GB DDR5 Windows 11
Custom III Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super FE Intel Core i9-11900K 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Mini PCs
Zotac ZBOX CI665 Nano Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1165G7 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Morefine S500+ AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Minisforum NUCXi7 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 @125 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 11
Minisforum HX90G AMD Radeon RX 6600M @100 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 11
4K monitors Nvidia drivers AMD drivers
Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Gigabyte M32U ForceWare 528.02 Adrenalin 22.11.2
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Florian Glaser, 2023-01-20 (Update: 2023-01-20)