Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DX11 Video Card Benchmarks

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Performance Final Thoughts

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.

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  • Whatever910

    Seems like AMD cards are having a much easier time with this game, even in DX11… fishy. I’d understand in DX12, but not in DX11. I expect the gap to widen even further in DX12 between the 2 vendors.

  • boomer

    I just installed GTX1080 and I when I did benchmark and saw 51FPS on 1440p on Very High I was 100% sure that something is wrong and those results can’t be true.
    I’m glad I came here before changing pci slots and reinstalling all the drivers etc. but it truly is terribly optimised game..

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Yeah, could just be a bad port. Really excited to see what the DX12 patch will do for PCs. Open up GPU-Z when you are bored… You’ll see it performance capped for pretty much ever reason possible.

  • Barnassey

    What a shitty review. You included a 780 Ti but not a 970?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Sure don’t want this to be a shitty performance review, so I added a GeForce GTX 970 for you!

      • VelvetShadows

        I laughed, but I’ll give you credit for running all the tests on an additional GPU just to appease someone who insulted you.
        The 780TI is usually a pretty good proxy for GTX970 performance anyway, they seldom perform much different

        • Barnassey

          It really shouldn’t, the compute difference between the two is rather large. I owned one and i can say that with a good deal of confidence.

      • Barnassey

        Well I feel really stupid now. Thank you for adding the 970.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          No problem! Always happy to add a card if I have one here. I know the GeForce GTX 970 was the most popular card of the 900 series, so it makes sense to include it.