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Valorant laptop and desktop benchmarks

Overwatch meets CS:GO. The multiplayer shooter Valorant combines well-known elements from other genre representatives to a round mix. Matching the relatively weak optics, the hardware requirements are also very low.
Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Christian Hintze), 🇩🇪
Valorant

Technology

With its colorful comic book look, Valorant is reminiscent of Blizzard's online hit Overwatch at first glance, which also features a variety of characters and special abilities. But the playstyle of the title is more oriented at the classic CS:GO, which is definitely not a bad role model.

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To be able to play Valorant, you will first have to create an account with the developer and publisher Riot Games. The US studio is familiar to many gamers through League of Legends. But in contrast to the famous MOBA game, the free-to-play shooter, which measures only around 10 GB, is quite beginner-friendly. Already after a short time you can jump into battles and achieve first successes. We would describe the controls as loosely fuzzy, although it's a bit annoying that your own figure moves more slowly when getting hit. Currently, Valorant contains four maps, which differ from each other both stylistically and in terms of layout, and which accordingly provide for variety.

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The underlying technology should not knock anyone off their feet. Graphically, Valorant looks hardly better than the over 10 years old Team Fortress 2, to give an example. However, the convenient look has the advantage that the shooter runs on almost any "potato notebook" or "potato PC", although for a smooth gaming experience it should be at least 60 FPS (or better 100 FPS) - not least because of the first-person perspective.

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Riot Games has divided the video options into three submenus. While the General tab takes care of the resolution and the picture mode (optional fps limit), the Graphics Quality tab offers more than 10 adjusting options. With the exception of the anisotropic filtering (1x to 16x) and anti-aliasing (MSAA or FXAA), all settings can be either switched on or off or controlled in the three stages low, medium and high.

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Our screenshot below shows how the three stages change the optics. With lowest settings, the graphics quality suffers greatly. There is no restart necessary when changing the settings, which is great. We experienced no technical problems during our tests, except for the resolution (e.g. on 21:9 displays).

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High / On
Medium / On
Medium / On
Low / Off
Low / Off

Benchmarks

Since the performance without human opponents (tutorial range, closed Custom Game) can be significantly higher (the difference can reach between 100 to 200 fps), we use Deathmatch for benchmarking, despite the poorer comparability and reproducibility. The game chooses a random map and Fraps records the framerate for 30s to 60s (no matter if warm up or actual match).

The graphics cards ranking looks a little messed up, which is due to the fact that Valorant primarily stresses the CPU. Even with mid-range graphics cards, the processor can be the limiting factor. To give an example, the GeForce GTX 1050 (Ti) seemed to be faster than a stronger GeForce GTX 1060 or even GTX 1070 in our FHD tests only because the system's CPU was newer and faster.

Results

FHD (1920 x 1080)

Playing on an FHD display requires only a low-end GPU such as the GeForce MX330. Even with maximum settings and FXAA enabled, 100 fps are possible with this budget GPU.

Valorant
    1920x1080 High / On AA:FX AF:16x     1920x1080 Medium / On AF:8x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, i9-9900K
267 (min: 222) fps ∼100%
285 (min: 222) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG, i9-9900K
266 (min: 209) fps ∼100%
276 (min: 227) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080, i9-9900K
254 (min: 192) fps ∼95%
263 (min: 202) fps ∼92%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2070, i9-9900K
248 (min: 209) fps ∼93%
258 (min: 212) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
MSI GeForce RTX 2060, i9-9900K
247 (min: 192) fps ∼93%
248 (min: 198) fps ∼87%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF, i7-9750H
230 (min: 173) fps ∼86%
234 (min: 177) fps ∼82%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE, i7-9750H
215 (min: 186) fps ∼81%
223 (min: 187) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD, i7-9750H
207 (min: 164) fps ∼78%
209 (min: 168) fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
MSI GP75 Leopard 9SC, i7-9750H
191 (min: 165) fps ∼72%
202 (min: 171) fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
Alienware 17 R4, i7-7820HK
186 (min: 151) fps ∼70%
188 (min: 151) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
MSI GE72 7RE, i7-7700HQ
167 (min: 128) fps ∼63%
172 (min: 131) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
MSI GL62M 7RD, i7-7700HQ
158 (min: 135) fps ∼59%
164 (min: 149) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile
Asus G752VS, 6820HK
156 (min: 117) fps ∼58%
166 (min: 127) fps ∼58%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
MSI Alpha 15, R7 3750H
144 (min: 107) fps ∼54%
146 (min: 118) fps ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
MSI GT62VR, 6820HK
134 (min: 106) fps ∼50%
136 (min: 107) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
MSI Prestige 14, i7-10710U
116 (min: 96) fps ∼43%
129 (min: 104) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
MSI Prestige 14, i7-10510U
106 (min: 85) fps ∼40%
118 (min: 91) fps ∼41%
Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i7, i7-7Y75
25.4 (99% > 5.8) fps ∼9%

QHD (2560 x 1440)

Using a QHD display, we recommend at least a mid-range GPU such as the GeForce GTX 1050 (Ti) which also reaches 100 fps with maximum settings.

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    2560x1440 High / On AA:FX AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
266 (min: 218) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
260 (min: 208) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
247 (min: 190) fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2070
243 (min: 194) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2060
241 (min: 189) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
229 (min: 168) fps ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
212 (min: 181) fps ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
197 (min: 162) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i7-7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
183 (min: 146) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP75 Leopard 9SC
159 (min: 140) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK
Asus G752VS
154 (min: 115) fps ∼58%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
136 (min: 102) fps ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
133 (min: 102) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
129 (min: 112) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD
128 (min: 110) fps ∼48%

UHD (3840 x 2160)

Actual gaming cards are only necessary when playing in 4K. To reach 100 fps in 4K and maximum details, you will need a Radeon RX 5500M or GeForce GTX 1060.

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    3840x2160 High / On AA:FX AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
259 (min: 205) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
240 (min: 183) fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
234 (min: 190) fps ∼90%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2070
231 (min: 180) fps ∼89%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2060
208 (min: 189) fps ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
202 (min: 165) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i7-7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
178 (min: 140) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
171 (min: 153) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
152 (min: 132) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK
Asus G752VS
148 (min: 114) fps ∼57%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
129 (min: 98) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
117 (min: 97) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP75 Leopard 9SC
90 (min: 83) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
79 (min: 62) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD
64 (min: 42) fps ∼25%

Note

Because benchmarking games is very time-consuming and often constrained by installation/activation limits, at the time of publishing, we were able to only provide a part of our performance analysis of Valorant. Other graphics cards will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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PosModel< prevnext >Valorant
 Valorant (2020)
low
1280x720
Low / Off
1xAF
med.
1920x1080
Medium / On
8xAF
high
1920x1080
High / On
16xAF FXAA
QHD
2560x1440
High / On
16xAF FXAA
4K
3840x2160
High / On
16xAF FXAA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
290
285
267
266
259
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
270
263
254
247
234
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
282
276
266
260
240
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
260
258
248
243
231
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
237
234
230
229
202
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
206
188
186
183
178
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
264
248
247
241
208
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
225
223
215
212
171
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
203
194
185
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile
167
166
156
154
148
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
249
209
207
197
152
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
241
120
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
137
136
134
133
117
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
157
146
144
136
129
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
214
202
191
159
90
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
191
172
167
129
79
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
166
164
158
128
64
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
151
129
116
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
157.9
117.7
115.3
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lowmed.highQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
121
99.9
101.45
65.8
32.25
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
147
118
106
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
97.2
73.2
48.5
22
Intel UHD Graphics 620
80.3
40.1
33.6
21.5
Intel HD Graphics 615
64.4
25.4
Intel UHD Graphics 600
31.9
12.8
11.3
Intel HD Graphics 500
9.09
(-) * 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.

Testsystems

Device GPU CPU RAM OS
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 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 i7-8086K, Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC III Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia Titan X (Pascal) (12 GB GDDR5X)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5)
Zotac GeForce GT 1030 (2 GB GDDR5)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (8 GB GDDR6))
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8 GB HBM2)
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 (8 GB GDDR5)
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT76 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-9900K 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Alienware 17 R4 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus G752VS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 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 Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX350 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10710U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX330 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10510U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Alpha 15 AMD Radeon RX5500M (4 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
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Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H ForceWare 451.67 Adrenalin 20.8.1
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Florian Glaser, 2020-09-14 (Update: 2020-09-14)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.
Christian Hintze
Translator: Christian Hintze - Editor
Because of my interest in computer games I started studying computer science, became a psychologist, but stayed true to the games and the hardware. For example during my year abroad in London as a games tester at Sega. In my spare time I find a balance between PC games and sports (meanwhile mainly indoor soccer and running after my toddler), playing guitar and building bamboo bikes (well, so far only one under guidance).