Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™
The hotly anticipated addition to the Deus Ex franchise hits stores today and sets an impressive new level of gameplay, graphics, and storytelling.
AMD has been lucky enough to work with Nixxes and Eidos over these last few months, to show off the stunning Dawn Engine in all its glory on the latest Radeon™ graphics cards. This engine can pump out some pretty amazing environments filled with so much detail, that it’s going to require some serious horsepower if you want to max things out.
There is an in-game benchmark which really taxes hardware, but for the purposes of this blog, I simply played a saved game that involved action and stealth to arrive at in-game experiences that I think were best for each card.
Now if you want to try even higher settings, you will have to turn down some taxing features. Shadows are usually a good place to start, followed by volumetric lighting settings. Simply reducing both of these made the Ultra setting enjoyable on the Radeon™ R9 Fury graphics cards.
If you are using a Radeon™ RX 460 card – you are going to have to drop down below 1080p to get smooth framerates. 1600×900 at medium seemed to do the trick for me.
Bring on those 8GB Cards
One thing to note is that by selecting Very High or Ultra settings results in a warning message recommending a graphics card with more than 4GB of memory. Also selecting 1440p resolutions or higher will result in the same warning.
In my testing, I generally noticed that the latest Radeon RX graphics cards with 8GB played a few frames higher. Seeing some competitive results myself, I think this is going to be the start of a trend to consider 8GB cards in the future.
It’s rare that we get such an incredible graphics engine tied to such a story driven game, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided sets new standards in both departments. I’ve been lucky enough to be playing with an upcoming update to the game as well, and I can say things will only get better for Radeon RX users…