The rumors are true that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is tough on graphics cards and there are a number of issues that need to be sorted out still with the game title. Our look at the game title was purely from a video card performance point of view and we found some interesting stuff out. For starters the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB graphics card topped our charts (we don’t have a Titan X), but still had a tough time averaging 60 FPS with Ultra image quality settings. When a GeForce GTX 1080 can barely handle a game title with everything cranked up you know you have one heck of a demanding game title! We tested the old NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB reference card for fun and was shocked to see it averaging under 45 FPS at 1080p with high image quality settings! If you have an older graphics cards don’t dare turn on MSAA and you might want to run the medium image quality preset!
When it comes to the new AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB versus the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card we found that the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB was more than 15% faster with high image quality settings. We’ve shown in past articles that AMD Radeon graphics cards benefit from DX12 features like Async Compute, so when the DX12 patch comes out it will be interesting to see if AMD can extend that performance lead. These two cards are priced starting out in the $249 to $279 price range and are usually the starting point for what we’d recommend to serious gamers and enthusiasts today.
Just when we were thinking that AMD Project Quantum was dead we happened to run across the system in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. We reached out to some folks at AMD today and was told that Project Quantum might pop up again soon and will be powered by AMD’s new Zen CPUs! Always fun to find little easter eggs like that in game titles!
Hopefully you enjoyed our testing of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and have a better idea of the graphics card you’ll need to run it. Hopefully your machine is capable of running it, but if not you can always by a new graphics card. We’ll hoefully have an update or another article on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided performance once the DirectX 12 patch becomes available around September 5th.