Dota 2 Performance, Benchmarked

Results: High Details, 1680x1050

So, now we know that Dota 2 runs fairly well on pretty much everything when you use the lowest detail settings. How does that change when we crank the game up to its most demanding combination of options?

Except for the Radeon HD 6670 DDR3 and GeForce GT 630 GDDR5, every card manages to maintain at least 60 FPS in our benchmark run. Even those two budget-oriented boards hover just above 30 FPS.

As you can see, plotting frame rate over time demonstrates a tie between the least expensive AMD and Nvidia cards. The other contenders are too fast to show up on this chart.

We aren't concerned by the frame time variance results generated by our testing. The whole field comes in under 10 ms at the 95th percentile.

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  • Cellarian
    Quote:
    Some items offer in-game advantages, but Valve committed to a true free-to-play strategy (not pay-to-win), so none of the cash items are powerful enough to make or break a match.
    Just being nit-picky, but Dota 2 offers only cosmetic items. So all of the items you can buy have no power at all.
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  • rdc85
    As A former DoTA player.. (original WC ver.)

    I'm so glad they keep the game mechanic and the system requirement low...

    the one problems i had is no near server in my country, and the internet connection is quite bad...
    I'm wonder if this game is playable on LAN or private/local server?
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  • Cellarian
    Quote:
    Some items offer in-game advantages, but Valve committed to a true free-to-play strategy (not pay-to-win), so none of the cash items are powerful enough to make or break a match.
    Just being nit-picky, but Dota 2 offers only cosmetic items. So all of the items you can buy have no power at all.
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  • de5_Roy
    did i see that right - hd 4000 beat 7660 igpu in low res gaming. the 7660 igpu was designed to perform for this kind of games. looks like intel is stepping up to the game, geddit?:P i hope rabid amd fanboys (r.a.l.f.) don't rage at toms like they did at xbitlabs when they showed hd4000 beat 7660 in f1 2012 @1080p low q.... *fingers crossed*
    and desktop core i3 is keeping up with fx8350 and then beats it in avg fps? so much for moar cores. the time has come again to recommend core i3 over fx!! relax c.a.l.f., i am kidding, it's not 2011 anymore. :P
    i think..... this is the second multiplayer game since the guild wars 2 where core i3 has taken a lead.

    kidding aside, could you test core i5 3570k or 3470 (at stock) instead of core i5 3550, the 3570k is selling for $220 at newegg, i5 3550 is $225 and fx8350 is $200(excl. shipping). i5 3470 is selling for $200 and with a mobo like asus z77-v lx, i think it can hit 4 ghz with multicore turbo enabled.
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  • dudewitbow
    de5_Roydid i see that right - hd 4000 beat 7660 igpu in low res gaming. the 7660 igpu was designed to perform for this kind of games. looks like intel is stepping up to the game, geddit? i hope rabid amd fanboys (r.a.l.f.) don't rage at toms like they did at xbitlabs when they showed hd4000 beat 7660 in f1 2012 @1080p low q.... *fingers crossed* and desktop core i3 is keeping up with fx8350 and then beats it in avg fps? so much for moar cores. the time has come again to recommend core i3 over fx!! relax c.a.l.f., i am kidding, it's not 2011 anymore. i think..... this is the second multiplayer game since the guild wars 2 where core i3 has taken a lead. kidding aside, could you test core i5 3570k or 3470 (at stock) instead of core i5 3550, the 3570k is selling for $220 at newegg, i5 3550 is $225 and fx8350 is $200(excl. shipping). i5 3470 is selling for $200 and with a mobo like asus z77-v lx, i think it can hit 4 ghz with multicore turbo enabled.



    no one is going to rage, its a low requirement game as for cpu, all they needed to test was the general core difference. if your quad core intel cpu is faster than the tested cpu, then just add a few fps to the tested results +/- irregularities with systems and testing situations. the cpus chosen were just a bunch of cpus of different core count and architectures to gather data from modernish cpus for the game. No one is really going to argue against something like a 4.5 3570k being better than like a i5-3470 at max turbo clock. Its generally accepted that clocks in the same architecture will make it run better.
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  • digiex
    Just cheek the steam site, you have to pay $29.99 for the early access pack. Still waiting for the final release for true "free to play".
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  • shahrooz
    finally, a Dota 2 bench, thank you tom's. anyone who needs an invite add me on steam. you can find me there as pop.
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  • rakadedo
    That is a supporter pack that comes with a lot of cosmetic items. If you just want to play go look online for keys to activate on steam. There's thousands of people drowning in keys with no one to give them to.
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  • beckstrom12
    @shahrooz Go to http://blog.dota2.com/ and click sign up on the right. They will send you a key via email, and probably 5 others. The game is really fun I have put a ton of hours into it.
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  • shahrooz
    @beckstrom12 I have access to Dota 2, I was offering invites to those who don't.
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  • slomo4sho
    I wonder when multi-monitor supported is going to be added.
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  • Wampbit
    slomo4shoI wonder when multi-monitor supported is going to be added.

    Unless field of view is preserved it won't be.
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  • CatAndSgtBaker
    It's not Moba. Moba is a terrible term coined by Riot Games because they couldn't just call League of Legends a Dota-like. Multiplayer Onlina Battle Arena describes pretty much any online game out there, could just as well call Quake a Moba.
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  • CatAndSgtBaker
    Quote:
    New heroes are part of the revenue model, in fact, since cosmetic items for the characters are available to buy. Some items offer in-game advantages, but Valve committed to a true free-to-play strategy (not pay-to-win), so none of the cash items are powerful enough to make or break a match.


    This is just straight up wrong as well. There is no items that give in-game advantage, everything is purely cosmetic and nothing changes gameplay at all. Not sure where you got that from.
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  • slomo4sho
    Anonymous said:

    Unless field of view is preserved it won't be.


    It is a fun game but this is one of the reasons why I haven't touched it since October.
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  • samuelspark
    Has no one tried SMITE?
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  • Aerione
    Valve still has a lot of optimization to do though, that's probably the only place they've never actually bothered to touch.
    However, to say that any items in the Dota 2 provides an advantage is quite harsh and I recommend that the writer of this benchmark change that statement. On the theoretical side, one miiiiggghht be able to get an advantage by getting a Genuine Vintage item, and try to snipe his opponent when that poor fella tries to check out the item :3
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  • INTENZ
    For those of you that want to play the game.. log into steam, add this bot http://steamcommunity.com/id/dota2bot and you will get an invite instantly! You don't need to pay for the invite, there is tons of keys donated to the bot every day. See you in game!
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  • Memnarchon
    A lot of people asking for a PC able to maximize League Of Legends at 60FPS with minimum cost. Can you do the same tests you did with DOTA2 for LOL?
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  • TripleKillTrio
    I'd just like to echo some of the other people who commented and say that Dota2's cash items are purely cosmetic with no in-game advantages at all. This is an important value of Dota 2 and Valve that sets it apart from competitor games and companies. Please change it in your article. Thank you.
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