Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy PC performance report - Graphics card benchmarks

Written by Chad Norton on Mon, Nov 1, 2021 2:40 PM
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It's time to save the universe once again as the Guardians of the Galaxy launched onto PC last week, and so far the game has been looking pretty beautiful with epic sci-fi environments that makes Star Trek look like a kid's painting. But how well does the game actually perform on our hardware? We take a look at some PC performance benchmarks for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy...

First of all, in this PC performance benchmark article for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, we benchmark a range of graphics cards going from the higher-end RTX 3070, which is the recommended system requirements for ray tracing at 1440p on High graphics settings; the RTX 2060, which is the minimum required GPU for ray tracing at 1080p; to the mid-range GTX 1060, which is the minimum required GPU for 1080p without ray tracing; and finally down to the lower-end R9 380 to see if lower-end GPUs can run Guardians of the Galaxy.

Then we go through the FPS test results of each graphics card running at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. From there we can see the performance of the minimum and recommended system requirement graphics cards and consider how well optimized Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy really is.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy thankfully does include an in-game FPS benchmark tool. However, in our testing the benchmark tool results were a little off from our actual in-game benchmark tests, as the benchmark tool would often give mixed results with better or worse FPS than we would actually experience in-game. So instead we ran through one of the first levels of the game, exploring the area and fighting a few enemies as we felt this was pretty representative of your overall gameplay experience in Guardians of the Galaxy. Ray Tracing and DLSS were disabled to standardize the tests across different graphics cards.

With that in mind, let's jump into the PC performance benchmarks for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy...

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy PC Graphics Settings

Check your PC can run Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy system requirements

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Ray Tracing OFF

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy minimum system requirements - 1080p / Low graphics

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy recommended system requirements - 1440p / High graphics

Ray Tracing ON

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy RT Minimum system requirements - 1080p / Low graphics / RT High

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy RT High system requirements - 1440p / High graphics / RT Very High

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy RT Ultra system requirements - 4K / Ultra graphics / RT Ultra

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy RTX 3070 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Aorus Master | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy @ 1080p

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Low Medium High Very High Ultra
Average FPS 135.6 134.5 131.6 128 125.1
Min FPS 108.8 105.1 102.7 99.5 93.9
Max FPS 144.1 144.1 144.1 144 144
1% Low FPS 105.3 102.7 99.5 95.7 91.7
0.1% Low FPS 43.8 41.3 38.8 40 46.4

The FPS performance of the RTX 3070 in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy at 1080p is really good, delivering more than 100fps even on the Max graphics settings. This means the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy @ 1440p

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Low Medium High Very High Ultra
Average FPS 105.2 101.5 96.6 95.7 92.8
Min FPS 87.7 86.1 81.9 80.1 75.9
Max FPS 121 116.1 110.4 108.7 108
1% Low FPS 84.3 82.1 78.8 77.6 73.8
0.1% Low FPS 51.1 42 39.6 36.4 41.5

The FPS performance of the RTX 3070 at 1440p in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is also really good, once again delivering high frame rates well above 60fps even on Max graphics settings. Therefore the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on Ultra graphics settings at 1440p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy @ 4K

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Low Medium High Very High Ultra
Average FPS 63.3 62.4 59.6 58.3 57.2
Min FPS 53.5 54 53.4 49.4 47.9
Max FPS 70.9 153.1 66.4 163.3 63.4
1% Low FPS 52.1 53.6 52.5 48.3 46.6
0.1% Low FPS 38.6 39.9 38 32.8 36.4

At 4K, the RTX 3070's FPS performance in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is pretty good. Here performance drops just below 60fps at High settings and above, but is still very comfortable and enjoyable to play. All in all, the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on Ultra graphics settings at 4K resolution.

Overall, looking at the results above we can see the RTX 3070 is perfectly suitable for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolutions. Though Max FPS is limited to 144 as there is no unlimited FPS option in the settings menu, and the maximum refresh rate can only be set to 144 at max.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy RTX 2060 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia PNY GeForce RTX 2060 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy @ 1080p

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Low Medium High Very High Ultra
Average FPS 86.1 83.2 80.1 79 76.9
Min FPS 67.5 64.6 63.5 61.5 56.8
Max FPS 102 165 151 147.9 161
1% Low FPS 65.5 63.7 62.2 60.5 56.2
0.1% Low FPS 54.6 44.4 43.5 42.4 35.8

The FPS performance of the RTX 2060 at 1080p resolution in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is pretty good, achieving above 60fps performance even on Max graphics settings. That means the RTX 2060 is perfect for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy @ 1440p

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Low Medium High Very High Ultra
Average FPS 62 60.4 57.9 56.9 55.8
Min FPS 51.7 50.6 49.2 47.3 45.1
Max FPS 71.7 147.3 65.9 148.5 156.4
1% Low FPS 50.7 49.9 48.6 46.3 44.3
0.1% Low FPS 46 40.1 38.5 34.9 34.9

The RTX 2060's FPS performance at 1440p in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is also pretty good, though does dip below 60fps on High settings or higher, but still playable. That means the RTX 2060 is perfect for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on Ultra graphics settings at 1440p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy @ 4K

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Low Medium High Very High Ultra
Average FPS 34.5 33.8 32.9 32 31.3
Min FPS 30.9 30.3 29.5 28.3 27
Max FPS 154.2 38.3 36.8 36.5 143.3
1% Low FPS 30.4 29.8 29.1 27.8 26.7
0.1% Low FPS 27.5 27.9 25.2 22.9 25.9

Finally at 4K resolution, the FPS performance of the RTX 2060 in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is okay, here it achieves just over 30fps performance and is still enjoyable and playable, however it is certainly not ideal. Therefore, the RTX 2060 is okay for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on Ultra or lower graphics settings at 4K resolution, though it is recommended to reduce resolution for better performance.

In the end, the RTX 2060 is perfectly suitable for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy at 1080p and 1440p resolution on Ultra graphics settings. However, at 4K it is still playable even on Ultra settings, but is not recommended for the most comfortable experience.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy GTX 1060 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 1060 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy @ 1080p

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Low Medium High Very High Ultra
Average FPS 46.3 43.5 42.1 41.3 40.4
Min FPS 37.2 34.8 33.9 33.5 30.9
Max FPS 54.5 51.7 49.7 49 48.7
1% Low FPS 36.6 34.3 33.4 32.9 30.7
0.1% Low FPS 27.3 33.5 31.6 31.3 30

The GTX 1060's FPS performance in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy at 1080p is okay, as it delivers over 30fps performance but doesn't quite reach 60fps. It is still very much playable here, though you may want to turn down some settings to get some extra frames. Overall, the GTX 1060 is okay for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy at 1080p resolution on Ultra graphics settings or lower, depending on your preference.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy @ 1440p

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Low Medium High Very High Ultra
Average FPS 32.1 30.9 30 29.5 28.9
Min FPS 27.4 26.6 25.8 25 24.1
Max FPS 36.7 35.4 34.6 34.8 34.4
1% Low FPS 27 26.4 25.4 24.7 24
0.1% Low FPS 23.7 26 22.4 24.2 23.3

At 1440p, the GTX 1060's FPS performance in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is not too great, but still playable on High or Lower graphics settings. Anything above became relatively unplayable during most of gameplay. Therefore the GTX 1060 is okay for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on High graphics settings or lower at 1440p resolution.

Looking at the results above, the GTX 1060 is pretty good for playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p resolution, and up to High graphics settings at 1440p resolution. At 4K, performance became unplayable, so we would not recommend going up to that resolution.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy R9 380 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on AMD MSI Radeon R9 380 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Unfortunately, the R9 380 is completely unable to run Guardians of the Galaxy at the moment. If you launch Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy with an R9 380 installed, you are likely to see the error "no suitable D3D12 adapter found" which means you are unable to launch the game properly. Digging around online and looking into the error more reveals that it is an error with GPU drivers and DirectX12 support.

Essentially, the error means your graphics card does not support DX12 and requires either a driver update or a new GPU that supports DirectX12 in order to run Guardians of the Galaxy. However, what's strange here is that the R9 380 does in fact support DirectX12, but for some reason still results in this error. 

More testing and investigation is needed, and we will update this page once the issue is resolved to see if a lower-end GPU can run Guardians of the Galaxy and what kind of performance it will get.

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Conclusion

Looking at the results above, we can see that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is a pretty demanding game even on modern hardware, and that's without ray tracing enabled. Additionally, enabling DLSS should help a lot of low frame rates since GotG supports it.

In order to play Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy at its best you will need a pretty powerful graphics card. The RTX 3070 should do fine at 4K Max settings without ray tracing enabled, but will likely need DLSS in order to enable ray tracing. ALternatively, an RTX 3080 should be able to run it just fine with ray tracing enabled and DLSS disabled.

For mid-range hardware this will be a particularly hungry game. For instance the GTX 1060 is the minimum required GPU and delivers around 40-45fps at 1080p depending on the graphics settings. Obviously ray tracing and DLSS are not supported on this hardware, but at least 40-45fps is still playable.

Lower-end hardware will have a particularly tricky time running Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - not just because we ran into some technical issues literally preventing an R9 380 from launching the game even though it supports DirectX12 - but because performance is already treading the line with a GTX 1060, and so you may have to dramatically reduce quality or resolution to have the game run at a playable frame rate.

We also foudn that the in-game benchmark tool was not particularly representative of your overall gameplay experience in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. It also gave some strange results that were inconsistent with our actual in-game results. Essentially, if you want a more accurate result from the benchmark tool, reduce the FPS result by about 10% for a more accurate representation.

Lastly, since Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy supports ray tracing and DLSS, we will be testing those in our upcoming Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy graphics optimization guide to see how demanding ray tracing is in this game, and how much DLSS can improve performance.

As always, we welcome any and all feedback from you guys as well with your experience of hardware configurations and FPS performance/quality settings. That way we can all better gauge how well our systems will be able to run Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

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22:19 Nov-01-2021

This is a demanding game but did anyone else notice the lack of scalability across all the graphics settings?

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10:16 Nov-02-2021

yep, no matter the card or resolution you use it seems that the difference between low and ultra is 10fps, seems unoptimised as hell

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15:30 Nov-01-2021

I have R9 380 4GB and works

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16:44 Nov-01-2021

Did you do anything specific (beside updating to the latest driver) to make it work or was it just working from the start?

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20:15 Nov-01-2021

Drivers were already updated, it was working from the start.

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20:40 Nov-01-2021

That's good to know for others that may have the same or similar card 👍

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20:44 Nov-03-2021

maybe a different revision ??

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Revision F1

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Can They Run... |

| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Athlon II X2 245 GeForce GTS 250 4GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i9-10900X 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gigabyte Gaming OC 3X 8GB 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]