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Evolve Benchmarked

Florian Glaser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Martina Osztovits), 02/25/2015

Exciting idea. After Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios published their next multimedia experiment. This time they use the CryEngine from the shooter expert Crytek instead of Valve's Source engine. Our benchmark test will reveal how this impacts hardware requirements.

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For the original German article, see here.

Technology

Unlike Crysis 3Evolve is based on the fourth generation instead of the third generation of the CryEngine, which, for example, shows its muscles in Ryse: Son of Rome. Compared to the previous big project of the developers, graphics improved tremendously.

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While textures and polygon count are rather adequate in Left 4 Dead, Evolve is much more hardware-intensive. Apart from the sharpness of objects, the quality of the effects, including smoke, fire, light, or other particles (energy rays, etc.) is particularly convincing. The characters appear more detailed and more lovingly designed, too. The level of Battlefield 4 or Crysis 3 is not completely reached, but the performance is very good for a game designed for multi-player fights. Points of critique are only the level design and the color choice, which is slightly too monotonous or dull over time.

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We appreciate that changing the graphics settings does not require restarting the game (not all settings can be changed when a game is running). Speaking about settings: The video menu has just three options. Apart from the display mode, you can only change resolution, gamma value and the overall quality (four presets). The advanced graphics menu offers more options, including five detail or quality controls, vertical synchronization, and various anti-aliasing modes. Those owning an Nvidia notebook can select the significantly better TXAA instead of SMAA, SMAA 1TX or FXAA.

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We were not completely satisfied with Evolve in terms of technology. For example, the frame rate sometimes falls by above 50% during effect-intensive fights. Many systems generally suffered from stuttering, although their performance was sufficient on paper (especially with low and medium settings). In addition, loading and game starts should be bit faster. Hence, the developers should spend a little more time on optimization. So far, the title does not run completely smoothly.

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Benchmark

We use the beginning of the monster tutorial as the benchmark sequence. After a short camera movement, "Goliath" runs, jumps and climbs through quite a linear jungle. As soon as the monster reaches a higher plateau, we stop recording with the Fraps tool and record minimum and average fps. The latter roughly corresponds to what you can expect from the game. The sequence is neither undemanding nor particularly computationally intensive. Comfortable gameplay should be possible with a benchmark result of 35+.

Results

Since the graphics quality can only be reduced to some extent (even the low preset still looks acceptable), the hardware requirements are steep. Entry-level or older mid-range GPUs like the HD Graphics 4600 or the GeForce GT 740M are generally too weak for the title. At least a GeForce GT 750M is required for low details and a resolution of 1024x768 pixels. If you want to enjoy medium settings and 1366x768 to 1600x900 pixels, you'll have to own a powerful all-round chip like the GeForce GTX 850M. 1920x1080 pixels and the (very) high preset won't run smoothly with weaker graphics cards than a GeForce GTX 780M or GTX 870M.

Unfortunately, we could not test the Radeon R9 M290X, since the driver installation was messed up and not even a system restore could resolve this problem. In the coming weeks, the results from other AMD chips will follow (most of them low-end and mid-range). All benchmarks considered, Evolve is very demanding and definitely calls for a real gaming notebook with higher settings.

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    1920x1080 Very High Graphics Quality AA:1TX SM     1920x1080 High Graphics Quality AA:FX     1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality     1024x768 Low Graphics Quality
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
Desktop-PC
87.1 (min: 67) fps ∼49%
97.6 (min: 70) fps ∼49%
97.8 (min: 60) fps ∼43%
104.3 (min: 65) fps ∼38%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
103 (min: 32) fps ∼58%
125 (min: 0) fps ∼63%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 3770K
Desktop-PC
75.1 (min: 65) fps ∼42%
85.9 (min: 68) fps ∼43%
97.1 (min: 69) fps ∼43%
106.1 (min: 66) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
61.9 (min: 44) fps ∼35%
67.1 (min: 51) fps ∼34%
87.7 (min: 64) fps ∼39%
93.6 (min: 65) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
51.4 (min: 41) fps ∼29%
57.5 (min: 47) fps ∼29%
86.9 (min: 60) fps ∼39%
94.9 (min: 59) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
48.6 (min: 42) fps ∼27%
55.7 (min: 48) fps ∼28%
83.2 (min: 57) fps ∼37%
91.3 (min: 59) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
45.2 (min: 40) fps ∼25%
50.9 (min: 44) fps ∼26%
81.8 (min: 59) fps ∼36%
89.9 (min: 62) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
40 (min: 35) fps ∼22%
46 (min: 40) fps ∼23%
78 (min: 57) fps ∼35%
88 (min: 62) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
28.8 (min: 25) fps ∼16%
32.8 (min: 28) fps ∼16%
60.4 (min: 55) fps ∼27%
74.7 (min: 63) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
27.6 (min: 24) fps ∼16%
32.4 (min: 28) fps ∼16%
61.1 (min: 55) fps ∼27%
82.4 (min: 72) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
23 (min: 20) fps ∼13%
26.9 (min: 22) fps ∼14%
51.3 (min: 46) fps ∼23%
69 (min: 60) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
21.8 (min: 19) fps ∼12%
24.9 (min: 21) fps ∼13%
46.1 (min: 41) fps ∼20%
62.1 (min: 56) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
12.2 (min: 9) fps ∼7%
14.3 (min: 12) fps ∼7%
27.2 (min: 22) fps ∼12%
35.9 (min: 29) fps ∼13%
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
13 (min: 11) fps ∼7%
15.7 (min: 14) fps ∼8%
27.5 (min: 22) fps ∼12%
35.7 (min: 29) fps ∼13%
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ
Schenker S413
12 (min: 10) fps ∼6%
21 (min: 11) fps ∼9%
28 (min: 20) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, 2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
9.2 (min: 4) fps ∼5%
20.2 (min: 18) fps ∼9%
26.3 (min: 23) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
8.4 (min: 5) fps ∼5%
10.1 (min: 7) fps ∼5%
19.8 (min: 13) fps ∼9%
26.5 (min: 17) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
7.1 (min: 0) fps ∼4%
13.7 (min: 0) fps ∼6%
18.7 (min: 0) fps ∼7%
AMD Radeon HD 8650G, A10-5750M
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
18.5 (min: 15) fps ∼7%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
6.3 (min: 3) fps ∼3%
12 (min: 10) fps ∼5%
16.2 (min: 14) fps ∼6%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
11 (min: 9) fps ∼5%
14.7 (min: 12) fps ∼5%
Intel Iris Graphics 5100, 4258U
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2013-10
14.4 (min: 8) fps ∼6%
19.1 (min: 15) fps ∼7%

Test Systems

Four of our test devices stem from Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, GTX 970M, GTX 980M, Radeon R9 M290X)
  • W503 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 765M, GTX 770M, GTX 780M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

Each of these notebooks has Windows 7 64-bit installed.

Nvidia provided us with further test devices:

In addition, Intel provided us with the:

  • Schenker S413 (Core i7-4750HQ, 8 GB DDR3, Iris Pro Graphics 5200)

The desktop computers house CPUs/APUs from Intel and AMD, SSDs from Micron, Intel, and Samsung, motherboards from Intel and Asus and graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD.

Used GPU driver: Nvidia 347.52, AMD 14.12, Intel 15.36.14.64.4080

Overview

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
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NVIDIA GeForce G 103M
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AMD Radeon HD 6370M
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AMD Radeon HD 6250
AMD FirePro W2100
AMD FirePro W7170M
AMD Radeon 530
AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
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AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
AMD Radeon HD 6330M
AMD FirePro W5130M
AMD Radeon 610
NVIDIA Quadro P3000 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6400
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AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 6640G2
AMD Radeon HD 7310
AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 7690M
AMD Radeon HD 7340
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
AMD Radeon HD 6650M
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
NVIDIA Quadro 3000M
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NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
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AMD Radeon HD 7370M
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
AMD Radeon HD 7850M
Intel HD Graphics 620
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Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
PowerVR SGX543MP4
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI
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123.65n4
114.05n4
76.8n4
68.25n4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M
NVIDIA Quadro P3200
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
NVIDIA GeForce MX130
NVIDIA GeForce MX110
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
NVIDIA Quadro P600
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX SLI
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AMD Radeon HD 6790
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132.44
99.63
56.48
49.07
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AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon HD 6870
60
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29.2
25.7
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AMD Radeon HD 6310
AMD FirePro W4190M
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AMD Radeon HD 6490M
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AMD Radeon HD 6480G
AMD Radeon 630
AMD Radeon 620
AMD Radeon 625
AMD FirePro W4170M
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AMD FirePro M4100
AMD FirePro M8900
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11.1
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NVIDIA Quadro P520
AMD Radeon HD 7290
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35.7
27.5
15.7
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(-) * 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.
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