Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Initial Performance Testing


Rejoice fellow gamers! Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has just been released today. It’s a game that can really described as “new” for 2016. To describe it briefly, it’s beautiful but demanding. The image quality is impressive and is what you will expect from a game in 2016. Of course, an impressive image quality means you would need a very powerful gaming PC if you want to play the game at 1080p with maximum settings.

Kindly check the videos below for the initial benchmarks using the game’s built-in benchmark and the 1st area the game. Our Intel Haswell test platform equipped with Intel Core i7 4790K and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB was used for the testing. Driver used is GeForce 368.81.

As seen in the videos, GeForce GTX 970 4GB struggles at 1080p when every image quality setting is set to maximum. Take note, we haven’t even enabled MSAA (multi-sampling anti-aliasing). But don’t be intimated and think that the game cannot be played on more affordable gaming PC’s. Getting 50 – 60 FPS at 1080p on the GeForce GTX 970 is possible when using the image quality settings shown below. All of the settings using a check box were enabled except for Motion Blur and Chromatic Aberration.

Texture Quality – Ultra
Texture Filtering – 16x Anisotropic
Shadow Quality – High
Ambient Occlusion – On
Contact Hardening Shadows – On
Parallax Occlusion Mapping – High
Depth of Field – On
Level of Detail – Very High
Volumetric Lighting – On
Screenspace Reflections – On

Based on our initial tests, a GeForce GTX 1070 or a Radeon R9 Fury X might be needed if you want to have 60+ FPS at 1080p using maximum settings. We would play the game more and look for areas better suited for a performance review. Hopefully, we can publish our image quality comparison and performance test in the 1st or 2nd week of September 2016.

By the way, for those planning to purchase the game at the Steam store, be informed that the download size is around 22 GB and has an estimated download time of about 4 hours on a 15-Mbps internet connection.

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