Today we're testing the performance of graphics cards in Fortnite. With the new update for Chapter 2, Season 1, the graphics of the game have been improved. Since we include Fornite in our large benchmark functions, we thought that a comprehensive benchmark update would be appropriate. The last time we published a special Fortnite benchmark article was in Chapter 1, Season 2, almost two years ago, and the game's popularity has only increased since then.
The new season offers significant changes in almost all elements of the game: a new map with new locations, new weapons and items, a revision of the game's challenge system and improved graphics. The surroundings still look very fortnite, but trees, grass and water have all been visually upgraded. The lighting now seems to be more impressive too. For those who don't play with competitive settings, the game actually looks very good.
For today's session, we have put together 28 GPUs from graphics families from the current and previous generations of AMD and Nvidia. We tested with our Core i9-9900K test bench, which is clocked with 5 GHz and 16 GB DDR4-3400 memory. Driver version 19.10.1 was used to test the Radeon cards and driver version 436.48 for the Nvidia GPUs. The quality settings used are tested at 1080p, 1440p and 4K, using both the Epic and Low quality presets, so that we achieve both maximum visual quality performance and competitive setting performance.
We based the benchmark pass on a simple run in which we found a precisely measured performance under very demanding conditions. To do this, we used Team Rumble 20v20 game mode, waited until the second end circle, and then measured a 60-second passage of the game that included some quick left and right mouse movements to look for enemies looking for the 1% low power.
Epic quality settings
We start with the results of epic quality at 1080p. It doesn't take much to play Fortnite with 1080p and maximum quality settings. A low GTX 1650 delivers 70 fps on average, the same goes for an RX 570. Typically, the RX 570 is a good deal faster than the 1650, but since Fortnite is an Unreal Engine game, it tends to prefer Nvidia hardware . This becomes clearer when you compare the GTX 1050 and the RX 560. Some time ago, we compared both GPUs in over 30 games and the RX 560 was ~ 2% slower on average, but 25% slower in Fortnite.
For about 120 fps you need either the GTX 1660 Ti, 1070 or Vega 64 – again a poor performance from AMD.
The GTX 1080, RTX 2060, RX 5700 or Radeon VII work quite well for an average of 140 fps. In fact, the newer RX 5700 series GPUs based on navigation systems work very well. For example, the Radeon 5700 XT matched the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070. You will also see over 160 fps.
If you increase the resolution to 1440p, you need a powerful GPU to reach 100 fps.
The 5700 XT goes well with the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070, while the Standard 5700 goes with the RTX 2060 and GTX 1080. The Navi GPUs are far more efficient in this type of setting and motor than the GCN models like the Radeon VII and Vega 64.
Vega 56, for example, could only keep up with the GTX 1660 Ti, while the RX 590 lagged behind the GTX 1060, a GPU that normally performs much better in modern AAA titles.
Now to those of you playing Fortnite at 4K, and I don't suspect there are many of you, but for those who do, it's not surprising that an RTX 2080 Ti should push above 60 fps. With the standard RTX 2080 or older 1080 Ti, you can still get an average of 60 fps. So that's not a bad thing.
Up to low quality settings
When testing with low quality settings, the Core i9-9900K detects some rather extreme frame rates at 1080p. Even the RX 560 allowed an average of 144 fps, and we have to say that once you've passed the GTX 1050 Ti, everything seems a bit pointless. All you need is an RX 570 or GTX 1060 – both have over 100 fps at all times with an average of almost 300 fps.
What we noticed, regardless of which GPU you use, these brief glimpses, looking for enemy players in your area, fueled the frame rate for a split second. As you can see, the low 1% power doesn't vary that much from the RX 570 to the RTX 2080 Ti – sure, we're still seeing a 21% performance boost – but that's nothing if you consider how much more powerful the performance is is $ 1,000 + GeForce is.
The switch to 1440p widens the gap at 1% less power. Now the RTX 2080 Ti is 41% faster than the RX 570, although that's nothing compared to the 105% increase in average frame rate.
Even at 1440p for those looking for an average of over 144 fps, all you need is a GTX 1650, while models like the GTX 1060 or RX 580 offer plenty of headroom.
Even at 4K, using the low quality settings will give remarkable performance to GPUs like the RX 580 and GTX 1060. For 144 Hz players who want to get the most out of their update window, the GTX 1660 Ti, Vega 56 or GTX 1070 are about as slow as you want to go at this resolution.
In addition, you see an average of over 160 fps, which means a lot of frame rate performance with something like the RX 5700 or RTX 2060.
What we have learned
Fortnite Chapter 2 offers a small but very eye-catching visual upgrade, but the game runs very well on modest hardware, especially if you want to use competitive quality settings. I personally play with almost everything at a low level, except for the train distance, which is maximum in the "Epic" setting, and the results are not too different from what you see here. It's the shadows that seem to affect performance the most. If you're serious about Fortnite, this is probably the first setting that we recommend to turn off altogether.
For budget developers who want to run Fortnite easily with lower visual settings, we recommend either the GTX 1650 or the RX 570, with the focus on the RX 570, which is not only cheaper, but superior in most modern titles Gaming experience. For example, the GeForce GPU was 10% slower on average in our first GTX 1650 test a day.
If you can afford the RX 580 or GTX 1060, they offer a reasonable performance boost. As an example, we noticed a frame rate improvement of 16% at 1440p with the preset low quality compared to the RX 570 and the GTX 1650. They are also suitable for use with 144 Hz monitors using these competitive quality settings.
For gamers who want to play Fortnite in all its glory at 1080p, you'll need an RX 570 or GTX 1650 for just over 60 fps. Then you should be willing to spend $ 400 on the RTX 2060 Super or 5700 XT for an average of 144 fps.
Fornite is a formidable title on the PC, and GeForce owners have been ahead of the game for some time. So it's surprising that we can now recommend Radeon GPUs to those who want to play Fortnite thanks to improvements in navigation and driver optimization. About two years ago, when we compared the game, the GTX 1070 Ti with the default Epic quality at 1440p was almost 30% faster than Vega 56. Today, it's only 13% faster and that's entirely down to AMD's work to optimize their drivers for Fortnite.