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Just Cause 3 Notebook Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 12/19/2015

Adrenaline junkie. Just Cause returns to the PC after five years. The third part follows the tradition of the series and offers an extremely crazy and casual gameplay. However, it looks like the developers forgot the technical optimization with all this fun. Here are our first impressions of the retail version.

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Graphics

2015 was not only the year of action-adventures, but also of sloppy PC ports. Besides Call of Duty Black Ops 3Batman Arkham Knight in particular upset the community. The list includes graphics errors, crashes and framerate drops: Many titles cannot even remotely utilize the potential of the PC platform.

Even though the technology of Just Cause 3 is not the feared catastrophe, there is some criticism for this title as well. It starts with the size of the game: At almost 50 GB, the action title is one of the biggest games in general. Yes, other open-world games occupy even more storage space (GTA VShadow of Mordor, ...), but there are also other examples like Fallout 4 and Metal Gear Solid V that stay below 30 GB.

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Another problem are the long loading times. It takes forever befor the main menu opens after the launch – even if Just Cause 3 is installed on an SSD. We also experienced regular crashes during the launch ("JustCause3.exe has stopped working") on some devices. Once you reached the main menu, the loading times are reasonable.

The third-person title does not cause a lot of criticism for the graphics settings. The tilte does lack presets to adjust the overall graphics quality, but the graphics menu is very simple to use and – except for the scrolling sensitivity – well-structured. Starting with the gamma value, you can either turn the options on and off or adjust them in four steps. The anisotropic filtering ranges from 2-16x, while the anti-aliasing modes include the post-processing versions FXAA and SMAA. The resolution and the picture mode can obviously changed as well. The options are completed by V-Sync.

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You won't be impressed by the graphics, even when you crank up all the settings. You can, for instance, notice the lack of high-quality anti-aliasing (e. g. MSAA), but the textures still appear blurry on the highest setting. No comparison to GTA V, which is often razor-sharp. Just Cause 3 at least offers an opulent amount of effects. Hardly any game can show explosions that look this good. The viewing distance and the details of the main figures can also keep up with the rivals, and setting changes do not require a restart.

We were still slightly disappointed by the technology. The situation is similar for the hardware requirements, which are significantly higher than our subjective expectation. The developers should also improve the button mapping in the menus (Ctrl instead of Esc for back). The control of the main character itself is a bit "fluffy", which creates positive memories of Saints Row 4. The combination of the parachute and the Grapple-hook creates completely new ways of fast movement.

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Just Cause 3 is a part of Nvidia's gaming program TWIMTBP, so it is not surprising that AMD GPUs are sometimes performing significantly worse. The desktop model Radeon R9 Fury, for example, was even slower than the otherwise less powerful GeForce GTX 980 in the tests. We can also notice that the title is – depending on the system – limited by the CPU at moderate settings. From our mid-range notebooks, the 15-inch model Asus N551ZU with Kaveri FX-7600P and Radeon R9 M280X was affected the most, because it could not manage smooth gameplay at all. Entry-level devices cannot handle low details anyway, but there can also be performance fluctuations on fast systems depending on the game situation. This means our results are just an indicator.

Benchmark

Because of the identical sequence, we actually use the start of the game for our performance tests. After the first two intro sequences, the main character Rico jumps on a plane to protect it with a rocket launcher. We record the gameplay (around 30 seconds, until the first ground base – see video – is just 200 meters away) and note the minimum as well as average frame rate.

Results

We already mentioned that Just Cause 3 requires a mainstream GPU. Low-end chips from Intel's HD Graphics lineup (HD 4600HD 5500, …) and older all-round models like the GeForce GT 740M do not manage more than 30 fps in any setting. Only a GeForce GT 750M can more or less handle 1024 x 768 pixels at the lowest details. We would recommend a GeForce GTX 850M or better for 1366 x 768 pixels and normal settings.

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If you want to play in 1920 x 1080 pixels and high details, you will definitely need a high-end chip like a GeForce GTX 960M or GTX 870M, and we would recommend a top model (GTX 880M+) for the maximum details. 3840 x 2160 pixels are not a good idea for single-GPU notebooks. Even very fast desktop chips like the GeForce GTX 980 or Radeon R9 Fury are struggling in this case (~36 fps @High).

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    3840x2160 High / On AA:FX AF:8x     1920x1080 Very High / On AA:SM AF:16x     1920x1080 High / On AA:FX AF:8x     1366x768 Medium / Off AF:4x     1024x768 Low / Off AF:2x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
36.6 (min: 33) fps ∼30%
84.2 (min: 75) fps ∼47%
94.9 (min: 84) fps ∼56%
135.9 (min: 110) fps ∼62%
147.1 (min: 108) fps ∼63%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
36.3 (min: 33) fps ∼30%
59 (min: 47) fps ∼33%
63 (min: 50) fps ∼37%
77 (min: 58) fps ∼35%
88.6 (min: 66) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
23.6 (min: 20) fps ∼19%
59.7 (min: 50) fps ∼34%
65.3 (min: 49) fps ∼39%
79.3 (min: 58) fps ∼36%
82.9 (min: 54) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
19.9 (min: 16) fps ∼16%
50.7 (min: 46) fps ∼28%
56.5 (min: 46) fps ∼33%
82.6 (min: 63) fps ∼38%
86.1 (min: 58) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
17.6 (min: 14) fps ∼14%
40.1 (min: 36) fps ∼23%
44.8 (min: 40) fps ∼27%
69.5 (min: 59) fps ∼32%
78.4 (min: 56) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, 6700K
Desktop PC
16.5 (min: 12) fps ∼13%
47.7 (min: 44) fps ∼27%
53.2 (min: 46) fps ∼31%
97.1 (min: 85) fps ∼45%
119.4 (min: 102) fps ∼51%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
14.7 (min: 12) fps ∼12%
41.3 (min: 36) fps ∼23%
45.2 (min: 40) fps ∼27%
69 (min: 59) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
14.6 (min: 11) fps ∼12%
34.7 (min: 30) fps ∼19%
41.2 (min: 37) fps ∼24%
63.8 (min: 53) fps ∼29%
70.2 (min: 57) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
11.7 (min: 8) fps ∼10%
30.9 (min: 29) fps ∼17%
35.9 (min: 31) fps ∼21%
63.4 (min: 55) fps ∼29%
71.8 (min: 51) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
10.7 (min: 5) fps ∼9%
27.5 (min: 24) fps ∼15%
31.7 (min: 26) fps ∼19%
51.9 (min: 44) fps ∼24%
61.7 (min: 52) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
9 (min: 6) fps ∼7%
24.4 (min: 20) fps ∼14%
28.7 (min: 24) fps ∼17%
45.7 (min: 33) fps ∼21%
47.1 (min: 31) fps ∼20%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
18.7 (min: 14) fps ∼11%
21.9 (min: 15) fps ∼9%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
13 (min: 9) fps ∼7%
14.8 (min: 11) fps ∼9%
27 (min: 23) fps ∼12%
34.5 (min: 30) fps ∼15%
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
14.1 (min: 11) fps ∼8%
24.4 (min: 19) fps ∼11%
26.6 (min: 18) fps ∼11%
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ
Schenker S413
11.9 (min: 10) fps ∼7%
12.8 (min: 11) fps ∼8%
21.6 (min: 15) fps ∼10%
26.6 (min: 23) fps ∼11%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
10 (min: 7) fps ∼6%
11.4 (min: 9) fps ∼7%
22.3 (min: 19) fps ∼10%
27 (min: 23) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
7.9 fps ∼5%
15.5 fps ∼7%
19.2 fps ∼8%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
6.8 (min: 3) fps ∼4%
15.1 (min: 12) fps ∼7%
19.3 (min: 16) fps ∼8%

Test Systems

Four of our test models are provided by Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, GTX 970M, GTX 980M)
  • A505 (Core i7-4720HQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 960M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

Three notebooks are provided by Nvidia:

In addition, Intel provided one notebook:

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

The desktop PCs are equipped with CPUs/APUs from Intel and AMD, SSDs from Micron, OCZ, Intel and Samsung, motherboards from Intel and Asus as well as graphics cards from Nvidia, PNY and AMD. We use the monitor Asus PB287Q for our 4K tests.

We used the following GPU drivers: Nvidia 359.06, AMD 15.11.1 Beta, Intel 20.19.15.4300 (Win 10) and Intel 10.18.14.4294 (Win 7), respectively.

Overview

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Very High / On
16xAF SMAA
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3840x2160
High / On
8xAF FXAA
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AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
AMD Radeon HD 7290
AMD Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
AMD Radeon HD 6370M
AMD Radeon HD 6330M
AMD Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire
PowerVR SGX540
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Mobile
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
AMD Radeon HD 6770M
AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4150
AMD Radeon HD 6775G2
AMD Radeon HD 6790
AMD Radeon HD 6550D
      Model
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lowmed.highultra4K
AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
AMD FirePro W5170M
AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 7500G
AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 7490M
AMD Radeon HD 7470M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
PowerVR SGX544
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
125
115
57.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
111
91.9
63.5
49
15.9
PowerVR SGX544MP2
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lowmed.highultra4K
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
176.3
145.3
126.3
131.9
81.6
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lowmed.highultra4K
AMD Radeon HD 6850M
AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6545G2
AMD Radeon HD 6430M
AMD Radeon HD 6380G
AMD Radeon HD 6310
AMD Radeon HD 6290
AMD FirePro W2100
      Model
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lowmed.highultra4K
AMD FirePro W7170M
AMD Radeon 530
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
AMD Radeon HD 7590M
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon HD 6450M
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
AMD FirePro W5130M
AMD Radeon 620
PowerVR G6400
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
      Model
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lowmed.highultra4K
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4130
AMD Radeon HD 6640G2
AMD Radeon HD 6645G2
AMD Radeon HD 7340
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
AMD Radeon HD 7730M
      Model
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lowmed.highultra4K
AMD Radeon HD 6680G2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6650M
      Model
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lowmed.highultra4K
      Model
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AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
Qualcomm Adreno 304
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
AMD Radeon R4 (Kaveri)
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
      Model
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lowmed.highultra4K
AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo)
AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
52.7n2
45.55n2
24.2n2
20.8n2
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
AMD Radeon HD 7430M
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
NVIDIA GeForce 305M
AMD Radeon HD 7870
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Intel Iris Pro Graphics P580
NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
NVIDIA GeForce 4 420 Go
NVIDIA GeForce MX130
NVIDIA GeForce MX110
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
Qualcomm Adreno 540
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX SLI
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
PowerVR G6430
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)
NVIDIA ION 2
NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3)
PowerVR SGX531
NVIDIA GeForce4 4200 Go
NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 2)
AMD Radeon HD 6830M
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
AMD Radeon HD 6570M
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AMD Radeon R7 M260X
AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
AMD Radeon HD 6870M
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
AMD Radeon HD 6320
AMD FirePro W4190M
AMD FirePro W4100
AMD Radeon HD 6510G2
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AMD Radeon HD 6490M
AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6250
AMD Radeon 625
AMD Radeon 630
AMD FirePro W4170M
AMD FirePro M6000
AMD FirePro M4100
AMD FirePro M8900
AMD FirePro M4000
AMD FirePro M5100
AMD Radeon 610
AMD FirePro M3900
AMD Radeon HD 6970M
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AMD Radeon HD 6990M
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AMD FirePro M6100
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
13.3
12.4
8.3
AMD FirePro M5950
PowerVR GX6450
AMD Radeon HD 6760G2
AMD Radeon HD 6970
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
NVIDIA GeForce 320M
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PowerVR SGX530
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
10.8
8.7
PowerVR GXA6850
AMD Radeon HD 7310
AMD Radeon 520
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AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 6515G2
AMD Radeon R7 M275DX
AMD Radeon R7 M270
AMD Radeon HD 7480D
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PowerVR GE8320
PowerVR GE8300
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
AMD Radeon R7 M260
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AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56
AMD Radeon R7 M265
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16
AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100
AMD Radeon HD 6720G2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
89.8n2
76.6n2
48.15n2
38.65n2
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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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Florian Glaser, 2015-12-19 (Update: 2015-12-19)
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I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.