Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC Performance Benchmarks

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided came out yesterday and while the PC version looks good despite being tough on graphics cards. We've gotten over the disappointment Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will not be getting DX12 support until September and that folks paid for day 1 DLC and are only allowed to use it once. An Eidos-Montreal community manager explained the situation a bit in in a Reddit post:
Hi everyone. Here's how things work: Consumables (Praxis Kits, Ammo, Credits, Crafting Parts) are one-time use items. They will be in the storage section of your inventory, until you decide to add them to it. Once you do, they will be 'consumed' in your current playthrough, and not re-usable. Consumables work the way they do due to first party constraints. Durables (Weapons, Skins, Augmentations) are not one-time use. They will automatically be available in all of your playthroughs, once you have downloaded and installed them.
The good news for us is that we are interested in how Deus Ex: Mankind Divided performs, so we'll skip the general stuff and look how nine different NVIDIA and AMD desktop graphics cards perform. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided The recommended graphics card for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB, paired with an Intel Core i7-3770K processor. Nixxes says that this should get you around 60 FPS  average at 1080p with the High image quality preset. Those that have a high-end graphics card or multi-GPU setup beyond the recommended specifications can try to use the Very High and Ultra presets as they are aimed at those willing to trade framerate for image quality. Not many cards will be able to run the Very High preset entirely let alone the Ultra preset, so be ready to experiment with individual settings to get the optimal settings for your specific gaming PC. Nixxes Software has a PC Performance Tuning Guide over on the Square-Enix forums for those that are looking for more information on how to tweak the graphics properly. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Train Station Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC System Specifications Minimum: OS: Windows 7.1SP1 or above (64-bit Operating System Required) CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent RAM: 8 GB Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB) or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2GB) HDD/SSD: 45 GB Recommended: OS: Windows 10 64-bit CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K or AMD FX 8350 Wraith RAM: 16 GB Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 480 - 1920 x 1080 or NVIDIA GTX 970 - 1920 x 1080 HDD/SSD: 55GB (Including DLC) Before we look at the numbers, let's take a brief look at the test system that was used.

Test System

All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Anniversary Edition and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we've always done out testing 'hot' since the site started back more than a decade ago. We used the latest public Steam release version of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided version v1.0 build 524.7 that came out on August 24th, 2016. Video Card Drivers used for testing: Radeon RX 480 Test System

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1704 that came out on 05/08/2015. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-13-13-30 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements. Test System Settings Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
Motherboard
ASUS P9X79-E WS
Memory
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K
Let's move on to the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided benchmark results!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Graphics Memory Usage

Using an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition graphics card we ran the games built-in benchmark to see how much memory (frame buffer) was being used at various image quality settings. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Graphics Settings Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Image Quality Settings For this section of the article we'll be looking at high, very high and ultra preset we disabled VSync and left MSAA off. The differences between each image quality preset setting can be seen in the second screenshot above. We've seen on Steam that many gamers are reporting performance issues when playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on Very High/Ultra settings with MSAA set to 2x, 4x, or 8x. This game title is very demanding with MSAA turned off. If you are experiencing performance issues, here are a few workarounds you can try out for now: - Turn off MSAA - Turn off Contact Hardening Shadows - Keep Volumetric Lighting to on or off - If you have a 4GB GPU, keep settings up to High - Keep resolution to 1080p - Enable Exclusive Fullscreen Deus Ex Mankind Divided Frame Buffer Usage As you can see from the frame buffer usage chart, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has pretty decent memory requirements. When using High image quality settings we see that it uses a full 2GB of frame buffer at 1080P and moving up Ultra image quality settings used close to 3.6GB of memory. The good news is that most recent video cards have over 3GB of memory on them. For example the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has enough frame buffer to play Deus Ex: Mankind Divided at 1080P at high or very high image quality settings without issues. If you play on a 1440P display you'll want to have at least 3GB of video card memory and ideally 4GB. For the 1% of gamers that have a 4K gaming display you'll be used over 5.5 GB of frame buffer with ultra image quality settings. Most of the AMD and NVIDIA flagship video cards have 6-8GB of memory on them, but there are cards like the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X that have just 4GB of memory. deus-ex-1080p-gtx1080 Since we tested three different image quality settings on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition graphics cards we might as well show you the benchmark results as well. Here you can see that the GeForce GTX 1080 FE is best run with 'Very High' image quality settings in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided as the minimum frame rate never dropped below 60 FPS. This is a very demanding game title as the GTX 1080 could barely average 60 FPS with the Ultra present on a 1080P display. 1440-iq-mankind When moving up to the popular 2560 x 1440 display resolution you can see that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition can't average 60 FPS on the top three image quality settings. You can average 60 FPS on medium settings, but there is a pretty significant difference between low/medium and high/very high/ultra. You buy a high-end card like the GeForce GTX 1080 to crank up the image quality settings and not run games at medium IQ settings! 4k-image-quality-mankind Running Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on a single GeForce GTX 1080 8GB graphics card with the reference clock speeds will give you 30 FPS with high image quality settings. Here is an example of a game title that a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 can't handle at 4K with decent image quality settings. You'll need to run a multi-GPU SLI setup or reduce the image quality settings to low to be able to run this game title at 4K resolutions. Now that we know more about the frame buffer needs of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, let's take a look at performance of a handful of cards at 'High' image quality settings. We picked to run just 'High' image quality settings due to how tough this game title is to render and we feel that most gamers will try to target this setting.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Benchmarks - 1080p, 1440p & 4K

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Benchmarked - 1080P 1080p, also known as Full HD, is still by far the most popular desktop resolution and the one that most gamers are interested in due to this fact. The July 2016 Steam Hardware Survey results showed that 1920 x 1080 is the primary display resolution by nearly 37 percent of gamers! deus-ex-1080p 1080P Benchmark Results:  Only the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FE could average above 60 FPS on both the minimum and average frame rates. Older cards like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti reference card could only average 44.5 FPS and the lows were down in the mid 30's, so if you haven't upgraded your graphics card in several years, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will give you a reason to upgrade. Notice that the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB reference card averaged 61.9 FPS and never dropped below 50 FPS. This is very respectable as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB FE averaged just 53 FPS and dipped down to 41 FPS. On our test system the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB was found to be 16% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB! Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Benchmarked - 1440p Moving up to 2560 x 1440 or Quad HD resolution is gaining in popularity thanks to lowering prices on displays and the fact that you can get a 144Hz panel at this resolution. This display resolution isn't as demanding as 4K, so for gamers it really is the sweet spot when it comes to gaming resolutions. deus-ex-2k 1440P Benchmark Results:  None of the cards were able to average above 60 FPS, but the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FE was close at 58.5 FPS. Almost all of the cards averaged above 30 FPS though with the exception being the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X finished between the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards. The battle of the $250-$300 graphics cards has the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB coming in at 39.6 FPS and that was 15.1% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB that averaged 34.4 FPS. NVIDIA takes the overall win on the top of the chart, but at the more afforable price points the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB video card is doing well. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Benchmarked - 4K 4K or Ultra HD has four times the pixels of the 'standard' 1080p display and is considered one of the most demanding widely used gaming resolution. deus-ex-4k 4K Benchmark Results:  The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FE averaged 30 FPS with high images quality settings at 3840 x 2160 and it just goes to show how demanding this game title is. The minimum frame rate is above 25 FPS, so while this is technically playable it doesn't really look at that as you have screen tearing and just low overall performance. You'll need a multi-GPU setup to run Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on a 4K display with respectable performance as double the performance of a GeForce GTX 1080 should give you right at 60 FPS. With custom AIB cards that are factory overclocked you should be able to average at or above 60 FPS with high image quality settings.

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! DXMD-office 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. DXMD-amd-pc 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! DXMD-2016 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.