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The Division 2 Benchmarked: 20 Graphics Cards Tested (Page 8)

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 26, 2019 at 08:00 am CDT - 5 mins, 24 secs reading time for this page

Performance Thoughts

4K - Ultra/High Presets

You're going to need a seriously beefy PC to run The Division 2 maxed out at 4K, with even the custom MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z hitting 59FPS average in our benchmark run. NVIDIA's own GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition is 5FPS behind at 54FPS, but surprisingly AMD's new Radeon VII forges ahead of the RTX 2080 with 51FPS average, just 3FPS lower than the RTX 2080 Ti FE.

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You're not going to have a good time at 4K Ultra settings on any other card, as you really want to be hitting 60FPS to be enjoyting yourself. I played through the game with a custom RTX 2080 Ti at 4K Ultra and I was enjoying The Division 2, even though I wasn't getting over 60FPS average. Dropping a few details down (as you can see with our High preset results) and you're getting over 60FPS, closer to over 70FPS with the custom MSI RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z card.

Dropping the details in The Division 2 down to High and we see the RTX 2080 coming up and offering 58FPS average, while the Radeon VII sails ahead to 65FPS average, just 1FPS lower than the RTX 2080 Ti. Interesting change in results there by dropping detail, something you'll see more of with AMD once you go deeper into the results.

4K - Medium/Low Presets

The Division 2 still looks great at Medium detail, but it does look a lot of its visual flair from the High/Ultra settings, but the performance improvement is significant. AMD beats out NVIDIA with the Radeon VII reaching 83FPS average versus 80FPS on the RTX 2080 Ti FE, while the overclocked MSI card beats them both with 87FPS.

Hitting 60FPS begins at around the RTX 2070/GTX 1080 Ti and RX Vega 64 level, while the 30FPS mark is easily maintained by the GTX 1660, RX 570 and above. Even the lower-end GTX 1060 can spit out 27FPS average at 4K with Medium graphics.

The interesting change here is that when lowered down to Low graphics, The Division 2 runs at 146FPS on the Radeon VII, beating out the RTX 2080 Ti by a huge 20FPS. I re-ran this test multiple times, even after compiling these charts to make sure I had the correct data, and I did. The Radeon series of graphics cards just really stretch their legs in The Division 2 at lower settings.

1440p - Ultra/High Presets

There is a huge range of 2560 x 1440 monitors with native 120-144Hz refresh rates that represent the perfect sweet spot between resolution and refresh rate, as 4K 120/144Hz panels are still too expensive right now. 1440p at 120/144FPS is a great position to be in with a new graphics card, and The Division 2 can be run at 1440p and close to 100FPS average on the latest cards, but that's it.

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Surprisingly, AMD's new Radeon VII stands out from the crowd with 92FPS beating out the RTX 2080 Ti FE and its 88FPS, while an overclocked RTX 2080 Ti manages to keep up with the Radeon VII. The Radeon RX Vega 56, GTX 1080 Ti and everything including the RTX 2070 and above it, all run The Division 2 at 1440p Ultra settings at over 60FPS.

Dropping the details down to High and we have close to 120FPS average from the Radeon VII, which is not too damn bad at all. NVIDIA's own GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE performs well with 107FPS, but ultimately loses to the Radeon VII. The RTX 2080 slides in at 95FPS, while the Radeon Vega 64 beats out the RTX 2070 by close to 10% and even the GTX 1080 Ti by 4FPS average.

1440p - Medium/Low Presets

This is where the charts begin to get interesting... Medium and Low settings provide a much deeper insight into AMD kicking ass for whatever reason at Low detail settings in The Division 2. We're looking at a huge 152FPS average on the Radeon VII at 1440p Medium settings, compared to just 128FPS average from the RTX 2080 Ti in comparison. This is a big deal, considering the Radeon VII is much cheaper.

Hell, there's less performance gap between the RX Vega 64 and the RTX 2080 Ti than there is between the RTX 2080 Ti and Radeon VII, that's how well the Radeon VII does at Medium/Low settings against NVIDIA's best cards in The Division 2.

But look at those Low preset results: AMD kicking serious ass across the board, with the Radeon VII pushing a huge 244FPS average compared to the RTX 2080 Ti with 182FPS. You will see some interesting results from the Radeon RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 as well, with 173FPS and 189FPS respectively. Even the Radeon RX 590 stands out at Low detail, even when compared to higher-end GeForce offerings.

1080p - Ultra/High Presets

AMD has control of the lower resolutions in The Division 2 on the Radeon VII with 132FPS average beating out the 121FPS average of the RTX 2080 Ti. Radeon RX Vega 64 sits literally neck and neck with the GTX 1080 Ti at 102FPS, with the new RTX 2080 only beating them out by 1FPS at 103FPS average.

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All cards in our benchmark suite (which consist of 20 cards remember!!) can achieve over 60FPS at 1080p Ultra settings apart from the GTX 1060 and GTX 1660. This is a great acheivement, because it means you can enjoy great looking graphics at over 60FPS on the PC with even a modest RX 570 or even the older GTX 980 Ti.

1080p - Medium/Low Presets

AMD wins in an even bigger way at 1080p with Medium and Low settings, with all Radeon cards sticking out so much it required hours and hours of re-testing a bunch of cards to make sure I was looking at the right results.

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We're looking at a huge 215FPS at 1080p Medium detail, beating the pants off of the RTX 2080 Ti and its 164FPS. Speaking of 164FPS average, that's what the Radeon RX Vega 64 spits out at 1080p Medium... yeah, RX Vega 64 provides identical results at 1080p Medium as the RTX 2080 Ti. I didn't think I'd be writing that today.

Even the RX Vega 56 is showing some good form here with 152FPS average, beating out the RTX 2080, and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Hell, the RX 590 is doing 212FPS and the RX 580 is pushing 192FPS. You can see them stand out big time in our benchmark charts. Impressive stuff for Medium/Low detail users who want to push 200FPS+ at 1080p on a 240Hz display.

Last updated: Sep 24, 2019 at 12:28 am CDT

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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