Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus PC Performance Report

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 4:12 PM
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We've run through the first few hours of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and can safely confirm killing Nazis is just as fun as it's always been. Making America Nazi-Free Again should be an absolute pleasure. We'll have a review for you shortly, but before then it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty of Wolfenstein II's PC performance hardware report. W2 Colossus runs on the same id Tech 6 engine used for DOOM and also utilises the Vulkan graphics API, rather than DirectX. Let's see how Wolfenstein 2 runs on some modern PC hardware.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Graphics Settings

Wolfenstein 2 Video Options

  • Brightness
  • Video Quality Profile
  • Monitor
  • Aspect ratio
  • Resolution
  • Window Mode
  • Vertical Sync
  • Motion Blur
  • Anti Aliasing
  • Colorblind Mode

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Graphics Options

  • Field of View
  • Lights
  • Shadows
  • Particles
  • Direction Occlusion
  • Reflections
  • Decals
  • Motion Blur
  • Image Streaming
  • Water Quality
  • Volumetric Quality
  • Material Aniso Filter
  • Decal Filtering
  • Lightmap Aniso Filter
  • Image Aniso Filter
  • LOD Switch
  • Deferred Rendering
  • GPU Culling
  • Async Compute
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Depth of Field
  • DoF Anti Aliasing
  • HDR Bloom
  • Sharpening
  • Film Grain
  • Resolution Scale 
  • Manual Scaling
  • Show Performance Metrics

There's a very healthy number of graphics options available to tweak in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. Unfortunately, a number of these Wolfenstein 2 graphic options require the player to restart the game to come into effect. Another downside is Wolfenstein 2 features a terrible user interface for the menus. The mouse cursor is an almost identical colour to the background, so it's really hard to track where you're pointing, while it's also on an endless loop so it's very easy to accidentally scroll too far down and end up back at the top of the graphics menu. It means trying to select some of the graphics settings at the bottom of Wolfenstein 2's menus can be a bit of chore.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus features the level of customisation we've come to expect from id Tech 6 and the Vulkan graphics API though, and there's a handy performance metrics overlay which can track just about every bit of info on your hardware. Take a look at the following screenshots to get an idea of the Vulkan measurements in game.

Wolfenstein 2 New Colossus Preset Graphics Options List

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Ultra
  • Uber
  • Mein Leber

So in Wolfenstein 2 you can put the graphics options up higher than High, up past Ultra and even past Uber, where you find the Mein Leber graphics preset.

Wolfenstein 2 also has a Mein Leber game difficulty level as well, that will unlock after you have comepleted a play through of Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Low vs Ultra Graphics Comparison

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 The main benefit to playing on higher settings in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the lighting and shadow quality. You can see a nice step up in quality in the sliders. Aside from this, they both look pretty decent though, even if Wolfenstein II never looks truly incredible visually. It does what it sets out to achieve and does it well. For those who may have to play with lower graphics enabled in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, I do have to say I quickly forgot I was playing on Low and still had a great time playing the game. So turning Wolfenstein 2 on to low graphics settings still gives the player a good graphical game play experience.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus System Requirements

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 55GB Available Hard Drive Space

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-9370 4.4 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 55GB Available Hard Drive Space

 

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Benchmarks

 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

Sometimes a game comes along that is an absolute pain in the arse to benchmark, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is just such a game. MachineGames have handily included the same performance metric system as used in DOOM, but Vulkan doesn't play nice with a number of other useful third-party apps yet. It makes it tricky to get a truly accurate average readout, but we think we've got the Wolfenstein 2 frames per second pretty much nailed down for the hardware we tested.

Taking screenshots is also a nightmare at the moment. FRAPS failed us. Dxtory didn't work. The classic Print Screen just always a displayed the main menu, bizarrely. And the Steam overlay is disabled in Wolfenstein 2, although Bethesda has assured us this will be fixed shortly.

For this Wolfenstein 2 benchmark, we used a GeForce GTX 1060 equipped with 6GB video memory. This is exactly in line with the recommended system requirements for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. Unfortunately, these benchmark tests for the GTX 1060 were only conducted at 1080p as using Nvidia DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) resulted in a hard reset of the PC. Not sure what's up there, but hopefully it gets fixed soon.

Wolfenstein 2 GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 720p, 1080p Benchmarks

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  720p 1080p
Low 172 115
Medium 157 112
High 144 108
Ultra 128 99
Uber 121 93
Mein Leben 110 88

Performance-wise, the resolution we could actually play at suggested Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus runs every bit as well as DOOM. It's silky smooth and during scenes of low intensity, the GeForce GTX 1060 consistently had frame rates north of 100fps at 1080p, even on the highest 'Mein Lieben' graphics preset. The experience really is faultless, making it a crying shame we couldn't test out the higher resolutions on this GPU. We suspect the GeForce GTX 1060 may even be able to run something close to playable frame rates even at 4K, although it's hard to predict the VRAM requirements.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on GeForce GTX 1070 8GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

For this W2:TNC benchmark, we used a GeForce GTX 1070 equipped with 8GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU.

Wolfenstein 2 GeForce GTX 1070 8GB 720p, 1080p, 1440p Benchmarks

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  720p 1080p 1440p
Low 180 160 110
Medium 168 149 104
High 153 140 97
Ultra 143 130 91
Uber 140 124 87
Mein Leben 136 118 83

Again, fantastic performance. The GeForce GTX 1070 runs Wolfenstein 2 at 1440p with ease. The GTX 1070 is first and foremost a 1440p screen resolution graphics card and it absolutely shines on Wolfenstein 2 at that 1440p resolution. Frame rates are solid, there's no noticeable stuttering to speak of. The experience is buttery smooth, indicating id Software's id Tech 6 is still the best single-player shooter game engine in the business.

The Performance Impact of Installing the Latest Nvidia GeForce Graphics Card Drivers for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

When eager to boot up your next brand new game, like the awesome Wolfenstein 2, it can be all too easy to forget to upgrade to the latest graphics card drivers first. To help showcase the sort of impact older game graphics card drivers can have on your latest game we put it to the test with Wolfenstein 2.

We are comparing how September's GeForce 385.69 GPU driver performed on Wolfenstein 2 versus installing the latest GeForce 388.00 driver with "Game Ready" support for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. We can see in the graphs below the sort of performance increase you are likely to get on your PC by paying attention to installing new drivers for graphics heavy games like Wolfenstein 2.

  720p 1080p 1440p
Low 170 121 101
Medium 159 115 93
High 142 107 87
Ultra 137 99 80
Uber 131 94 74
Mein Leben 126 89 67

As you can see from the graphics card driver frame rate test results for Wolfenstein 2, the difference is really significant. We're talking about a 24% FPS improvement at 1440p / Ultra from updating to the latest graphics driver alone. It's really quite a difference. Before installing the latest driver, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus ran similarly on the GeForce GTX 1070 as it did on the GeForce GTX 1060, yet updating to the latest 388.00 drivers saw it pull right ahead to where it should be.

How Well Optimised is Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus CPU Core Usage and Multithreading Performance

Wolfenstein II CPU Usage during 1080p / Ultra Benchmark with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

 

Wolfenstein II GPU Usage during 1080p / Ultra Benchmark with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

 

Here we can see the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB is being used to its limit. The memory is being guzzled up also, indicating 1440p and upwards screen resolution may require 8GB+ VRAM in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. 

Ultimately the GPU is the bottleneck here which is what we like to see. The Intel Core i7-5820K never really has to stretch its legs, aided by MachineGames' utilisation of every core and thread.

Overall we're really, really impressed by Wolfenstein 2's performance on PC. The only real blot on the copybook is that pesky issue with Nvidia DSR, the Steam overlay issue and the menu/cursor design. A real shame, but we're hoping most of that gets fixed soon.

Turning Wolfenstein 2 down to low is not an issue for people wanting to enjoy the game at low graphics settings. The visuals still look great in low graphics, so you wont be missing out on great gameplay if that is how you have to play the game.

We'll have plenty more of Wolfenstein 2: TNC soon, including our final verdict on whether it's worth your hard-earned cash.

Our favourite comments:

Good to hear the performance is just as solid as DOOM's. I still have a little worry about my i5 3570k, but I'm not as concerned. Thanks for the report, guys.

Pwnstix

Mein leben is a reference to what some nazis said when you killed them in the original Wolfenstein 3D, I belive it is German for: My life. Everyone who played the original will get the reference :)

pepe6677

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14:15 Nov-01-2017

Would you kindly also post system RAM usage numbers too? A lot of these "min. 8 GB, Rec. 16 GB" games run rather poorly with just 8 GB because of disc caching.

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05:09 Oct-31-2017

Some 1 answer me why steam has such bad reviews on it. Here, lots of members say its good but why. What is the recommened secttings for my setup. The first W Stein was good and ran great as well as Old Bloods.

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18:13 Oct-30-2017

some areas have random fps drops, other than its great. Best game released this year for me

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06:26 Oct-30-2017

I finished playing this game. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Runs well on medium - high settings on my rig. Very Satisfied!

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12:09 Oct-30-2017

That is awesome man! Don't forget to go to the game page and click on "Frame Rates" then add the data about your fps so Game-Debate can get a better approximation for the "Can i run it" page for other users!

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06:11 Oct-30-2017

Yesterday I downloaded a small beta patch at only 90mb and now my game is working like a charm again :)


If anyone had problems it cant hurt trying this patch out. in your steam library, right click on wolfenstein2 game-properties-beta

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18:35 Oct-30-2017

Did you just enable the 'publicbeta' thing in the steam properties for the game? I did that and I'm getting a 86mb patch - hoping thats it

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16:13 Nov-03-2017

Yes thats the one, hope it helped

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08:08 Oct-29-2017

I've capped my FPS to 60 (60 Hz is the max my monitor can handle, anyway, until I get a different monitor), but I'm running everything at max @1080p, no FPS drops of note. It seems to be very well optimized, and it's making great use of my VRAM, maxing it out and using around half of my system RAM, without stressing my CPU too much. This seems to be a great engine and Vulkan is doing very well.

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04:59 Oct-29-2017

I have put my game on a hold since the game has start falling apart and I dont want to destroy this game, so until a patch hits the download I will not play this game any moore. To bad because the story is great and I reaaaaaally love this game. about 12 hours into the story..

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06:35 Oct-28-2017

This game rocks! Steady 100fps in 3440x1440

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05:37 Oct-28-2017

This game is awesome and it runs extremly well without a single frame rate drop with my GTX 970 , i7 4770k and 16GB ram.. Well optimised game.

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03:11 Oct-28-2017

Has anyone tried running this game having just 2GB VRAM?

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16:59 Oct-28-2017

Yes, run well on medium settings on my R7 370 2GB.

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18:29 Oct-28-2017

No stuttering and at least 40 FPS? Please say so :D

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06:47 Oct-29-2017

Awesome Captain. Thanks :D

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14:49 Oct-27-2017

Anyone tried Mein Leben setting with a 1080 Ti , 1440p? Whats fps are you getting?

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17:07 Oct-27-2017

2560x1080


140-240 fps


Averaging 190 fps

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14:11 Oct-27-2017

This is awesome! I will probably pick this up as soon as i find it on sale! It looks gorgeous and how games have been going i was concerned that my 1080 wouldn't be good enough for ultra on 1440p and get 60+fps. With Mass Effect Andromeda i sit around 70 fps and Warhammer 2 between 60-70 fps. I am very excited that this game is optimized!

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23:34 Oct-27-2017

So you don't want to support the game now but only when it goes on sale?

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00:35 Oct-28-2017

What is that supposed to mean? Now buying games on sales is a bad attitude? That supports devs more than paying full price, cause much more people gonna buy it if it's cheaper and the sales would increase. You can't blame someone for buying a game on sale dude...

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03:08 Oct-28-2017

See here is the thing to most people when they would be expecting for a sale on the game is when it is pretty much an older game that they could have no afforded but this is a title that has pretty much just came out which hoping for something that just comes out and is hoping for it to go on sale to be cheaper is just like saying that the game is not worth the value it is at right now.

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03:10 Oct-28-2017

Also what would happen if you were a developer and you saw someone mention right off the bat for a game you just released is hoping to get it on sale so really supported the developers on a game they just released now is a good thing cause it shows how much you love the game and that maybe in the future they will release another one for you cause you were exciting and bought the game right away instead of waiting a year for it to hit a 50% off steam sale.

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01:38 Oct-28-2017

Or he'd simply rather wait a few months and get it at half price :P

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15:23 Oct-28-2017

Why would i pay full price when it will be 29.99 in less than a month (Black Friday)? This game only takes 8.5 hours to beat the main campaign. No way i am spending 50-60 dollars for an 8 hour game. I already have too many games that i haven't beat to buy ANOTHER game for full price. Also, i like the developer a lot for this game but Bethesda Softworks (the publisher not the developer) has SERIOUSLY dropped the ball recently. Creation club? Get out of here. If this was CDPR then i would consider buying it full price, and i probably will for cyberpunk 2077, but not for this game.

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01:36 Oct-29-2017

Yeah the idea of spending 60$ on a game you'll finish in 8-10 hours is just unimaginable to me. Or I'm too poor to understand hahahaha

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04:00 Oct-30-2017

You do know for Black Friday for brand new games doesn't really hit the sale market so if you're will to wait for a price drop you're going to have to wait even longer and 8 and a half hours seems like people just rushed through it without enjoying the story.

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00:33 Oct-29-2017

you are comparing it to two other games, that are different syle and use different engines to describe how its optimized. it doesnt really work like that. the 3 games have nothing in common other than they run on a pc.
more than just the graphics you see will cause fps to go down. also, the settings you run from one game to another might have a bigger draw on the cpu calculations or the gpu's ability to draw it which affects your fps depending on their implementation.

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01:21 Oct-29-2017

I am not describing anything.... i guess i should include a TLDR: "I am glad this game is optimized!"

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10:31 Oct-27-2017

See , this is why everyone should be using vulkan API

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08:28 Oct-27-2017

Runs just fine with my rig. 60FPS on Uber settings, some High, very occasional drops to 45 in areas with heavy lighting/particle effects, like the bridge near the end of the second level.


I may tinker a bit more with my settings tomorrow to see if I can get 60FPS everywhere.

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05:40 Oct-28-2017

I have not noticed any frame rate drop with my GTX 970...Solid 60 fps without a drop..... Have u updated ur Nvidia driver??

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07:25 Oct-28-2017

Yep. Most recent drivers. I tinkered a bit and am now getting solid 60. Pretty easy, actually. All I did was drop Volumetric Quality and Image Streaming to High and bam, instant 15+ FPS boost in the most taxing areas.

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15:27 Oct-28-2017

Did you notice any graphic change when lowering that? The game looks good even on low! Maybe this will get more people to use the same engine that DOOM was developed on. FPS that are optimized? Yes please!

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00:57 Oct-29-2017

Maybe a bit, but I forgot about it very quickly.

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01:56 Oct-27-2017

LOW doesn't seem so bad, it's great that newer games lower settings don't mean 'downright terrible looking' :)

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23:54 Oct-26-2017

see? this happens with VULKAN api, just like DOOM

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21:50 Oct-26-2017

Well this is more like it! Other companies, take notes!

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20:14 Oct-26-2017

can I do mein leben at 1080p 60fps? I'm prettu sure I can

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23:22 Oct-26-2017

Yep, easily.

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23:54 Oct-26-2017

you have amd, and vulkan is used. you will have 0 troubles :)

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19:53 Oct-26-2017

Means I should be able to play it on my laptop then :D Even if it drops a bit below 60, still better than consoles.

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19:48 Oct-26-2017

I don't know what's going on but although the chart says you get a little over 80 as an average FPS for 1060 on Max, I have a hard time keeping over 60 in any combat situation. WTF?

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21:04 Oct-26-2017

You using the 6Gb version?

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02:30 Oct-30-2017

Yeah

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23:28 Oct-26-2017

well it looks like the system is throttling since you have speced out laptop parts. cant tell what kind of laptop though.

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10:31 Oct-27-2017

There are drops during my gameplay, but never really down as far as 60. Perhaps something else in your spec holding it back? Seems like a decent laptop though...

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02:31 Oct-30-2017

Not sure honestly, all benchmarks on other newer games my laptop gets almost exactly the same performance on (Shadow of War comes to mind), seems like it's just this game

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23:05 Oct-27-2017

You have a nice Laptop mate, the gtx 1060 should have the same performance of a desktop gtx 1060 and that CPU is more than enough, even the ram too, maybe is your HDD that is doing something in the background, i have a lenovo and it´s HDD sucks xD but has an acceptable performance for nowadays games at 900p high settings @ 30 fps.

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23:42 Oct-27-2017

There is also a slight difference between laptop hardware over desktop hardware because he is also using a i7-5820K while you're using an i7-7700HQ and the other thing is your GTX 1060 is slightly lower over a desktop model which is why he is able to get 80 fps and you're only able to get close to 60 fps.

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Can They Run... |

| 30FPS, Low, 720p
APU A6-5400K Dual-Core Radeon HD 7450 4GB
| Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 3 3300X 4-Core 3.8GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz Radeon R7 250X Sapphire 1GB Edition 4GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 4k
APU A10-9700E 4-Core 3.0GHz Radeon R5 M320 2GB 12GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Asus TUF Gaming 6GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-6500 3.2GHz GeForce GTX 1060 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Gigabyte Windforce 2X OC 3GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-12700K 16-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB 32GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 7 2700X Radeon RX 550X 4GB 24GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-10600KF 6-Core 4.10GHz Radeon RX 580 Asus Dual 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-11400F 6-Core 2.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 6G Edition 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 Radeon RX 580 4GB 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Radeon HD 7970 OC Sapphire Edition 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-8086K 6-Core 4.0GHz GeForce GTX 980 4GB 32GB
| Low, 1080p
Core i5-7400 3.0GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Palit StormX 2GB 12GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gigabyte Aorus Master 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gigabyte Aorus Master 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra 16GB