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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Performance Analysis

By: Anthony Garreffa | Game Performance Articles in Gaming | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 6:05 pm

DX12 Coming Soon - More Performance?!

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was promised to launch with DX12, but the developer missed the mark and now promises the DX12 patch in the coming weeks. We should expect there to be a nice bump in performance for Mankind Divided in DX12, and it'll be interesting to see how far it pushes AMD into competing even stronger against NVIDIA.

 

As soon as the DX12 update is pushed out, I'll re-run all of the tests again under DX12 and write it up. I can't wait to see the results.

 

 

Performance Summary

 

I wasn't going to test the Radeon RX 460 since it really is a low-end card, but low-end graphics card owners play games, too - right? I benched all of the cards at all resolutions on the Ultra preset, disabling anti-aliasing on all tests. The Radeon RX 460 still pumps away with 20FPS average, and could easily handle 30FPS average with some tweaks to the visual settings, like dropping down to the Medium preset.

 

 

1080p Results

 

Looking closer at the 1080p performance, let's pull two cards out and see their respective performance - AMD's Radeon RX 480 and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060. Now to make things clear, I tested out MSI's Radeon RX 480 Gaming X 8G, which is an overclocked RX 480 - against NVIDIA's own GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition, which has pretty damn high boost clocks anyway.

 

 

Comparing the MSI RX 480 against the GTX 1060 at 1080p in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was interesting, as it has the Radeon RX 480 slamming the GeForce GTX 1060 in a huge way. AMD walks away with 46FPS average at 1080p, while the GTX 1060 is capable of just 37FPS - leaving AMD with a huge 24% lead. Remember that both of these cards are currently $299 on Amazon.

 

More interestingly, the overclocked RX 480 is only 4FPS away from the GeForce GTX 1070 which starts at $449. MSI's Radeon RX 480 Gaming X 8G is only $299, so it's 50% cheaper at $149 less, and it's only 10.8% slower... that's a huge win for AMD right there. Even the older Radeon R9 Fury X is faster than the new GeForce GTX 1070, and edging on the heels of the GTX 1080, too.

 

 

1440p Results

 

This is where things get more fun, as more stress is applied to the graphics card - but who comes out on top? Once again, we have some impressive results from AMD, with the Radeon RX 470 even beating out the GeForce GTX 1060 - and the Fury X with some more surprising results, beating everything but the GeForce GTX 1080.

 

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition managed just 25FPS average at 2560x1440, while the best bang for buck Polaris-based card from AMD - the Radeon RX 470 - beat the GTX 1060 by 16%. AMD's new Radeon RX 470 graphics cards start from just $199, so to see this type of performance and win over the GTX 1060 at 1440p for a card that can be picked up for around $100 less, is a great thing for AMD Radeon gamers.

 

The real battle happens in the high-end area, with the HBM1-powered R9 Fury X beating the GTX 1070, and only 5FPS average away from the GP104-powered GeForce GTX 1080. The 4GB of framebuffer begins to suffer on the R9 Fury X, with lower minimum frames than the GTX 980 Ti, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 graphics cards.

 

 

4K Results

 

This is where the fun begins, and none of our cards, the GeForce GTX 1080 included, can manage 30FPS average in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. 30FPS average is the absolute bare minimum for me to personally recommend that you play at, and nothing is capable of that right now.

 

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition spits out just 13FPS average, while the RX 470 plods along with 14FPS, and the RX 480 with 16FPS average. AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X suffers more here with its minimum frames, with just 7FPS minimum - the lowest on our benchmark charts at 4K, even against the RX 470 and GTX 1060.

 

NVIDIA's fastest consumer graphics card in the GeForce GTX 1080 can't even manage 30FPS average, with just 24FPS average at 4K in Mankind Divided. Seeing this makes me want to try out SLI and CrossFire results, and I'm hoping that performance improves with the upcoming DX12 patch - although, I have a big feeling AMD is going to walk away as an even bigger winner.

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