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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 09/24/2016

Cyberpunk meets hardware hunger. “Mankind Divided” has exciting game and story elements, but it needs powerful hardware to run well. Our benchmark test course will determine just how demanding the game is on different notebook and desktop GPUs. Update: now with 27 graphics cards!

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Game Engine

Square Enix presents the successor to Deus Ex “Human Revolution”: “Mankind Divided”. The former was published in the middle of 2011, more than 5 years ago. Due to the high quality of its predecessor, “Mankind Divided” has to live up to some lofty standards. Right after the first mission, we knew: this game does the Deus Ex series justice thanks to its amazing atmosphere and content.

This future world is designed with various cyberpunk elements. It has a bleak, yet cool style, which sets it apart from other, rather generic games. The gameplay is entertaining and well thought out. Depending on your preference, you can play “Mankind Divided” as an ego shooter, stealth game or RPG (role-playing game). At the end of the day, the gamer has the freedom to choose between shooting up the environments, stealthy tactics or tweaking and using gadgets and other augmentations. In summary: few games are as diverse as this one.

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Human Revolution” used the Crystal engine of Crystal Dynamics (“Tomb Raider Legend”). The successor is based on the so-called Dawn engine, which is constructed from the Glacier 2 engine of IO Interactive (“Hitman Absolution”). The latter is renowned for its ability to generate realistic crowds, which makes the Deus Ex universe much more impressive: the city is filled with passers-by and security personnel. The graphics are also impressive. Here and there, the textures could have been sharper, but overall, “Mankind Divided” looks great. We love the detailed figures and the great lighting system (light, shadows,…), which sets the right ambience for each area.

On top of this, we have the high quality videos. The partially rendered cutscenes look gorgeous and convey much of the story. Games with this level of storytelling are rare. Thanks to the "what happened previously" video, Deus Ex newcomers can quickly catch up with the story and adjust to the futuristic world of “Mankind Divided”.

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Overall, it is clear to see that the developer, Eidos Montreal, has carefully considered all aspects of this game. The press is happy with it, but user feedback is mixed. Some are excited by the tactical and visual qualities of the game, whereas others bemoan the technical difficulties it imposes. The complaints revolve primarily around the performance. Unfortunately, we can confirm this to be a real issue. “Mankind Divided” does not have revolutionary graphics, but it does require cutting-edge hardware to run smoothly. Entry or middle-range GPUs are often too weak to run the game even at low settings.

The PC version of this game was developed by a studio in the Netherlands, Nixxes. This studio is known for its work with games, such as “Rise of the Tomb Raider”, “Thief” and “Hitman Absolution” and has consistently delivered a well-rounded result. For “Mankind Divided”, time may have been in short supply, leading to performance issues remaining unsolved. However, with the exception of the performance, we had no other issues with this game, as it always started reliably and never crashed.

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Nixxes deserves praise for the settings menu. The display menu offers a good overview of 9 options. We performed our tests with DirectX-11, as the DirectX-12 patch provides lower performance. For anti-aliasing, the game includes MSAA and TAA. The former smooths the edges better, but needs a lot more performance.

The developer has kicked it to the next level with the graphics options: 10 sliders with various levels and 8 individual options, which can be de-/activated (see screenshots at the end). “Mankind Divided” supports various modern effects, such as, tessellation. Practical presets, to tune all the settings in one go, are also available. Great: the video menus are available in-game and out of the game. However, be warned, “Mankind Divided” needs a lot of space - around 50 GB of disk space and 4 GB of VRAM (at high settings).

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The presets have some clear differences. The jump from low to medium has the most significant visual changes. Upgrading further to high details will provide even nicer graphics. From this point onwards, the changes are subjectively minor, which means that gamers will not necessarily need the ultra preset. The load times are reasonable, as long as the game has been installed on an SSD. On an HDD, the game needs a lot longer to load all assets.

Finally, we want to touch on the controls, which do not appear refined to us. Some features should be more comfortable for PC users, but overall “Mankind Divided” does a good job of allowing gamers to use the mouse and keyboard combo to interact with the virtual world (with the exception of the clumsy inventory). Our verdict: if you have a powerful laptop or PC and enjoy games with depth, then the new Deus Ex is exactly right for you.

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Benchmark

Like the other PC versions released by Nixxes, “Mankind Divided” comes with an integrated speed test. It runs for about 1.5 minutes and depicts a flight through a shopping area. In comparison to actual gameplay, this test is very demanding and its result should be considered the worst-case scenario.

From a first-person perspective, the average frame rate should be 35 fps. In big outdoor levels, such as, Prague, which the gamer visits after the tutorial, the system faces the same levels of load. Bad news: the benchmark does not show any fps numbers during the test. After the test is over, a summary of the minimum, maximum and average frames is provided.

Results

Mankind Divided” demands a lot from the hardware. As mentioned before, weak systems will struggle to run this game. Even at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and low settings, graphics cards, such as, the GeForce 940MX or the GTX 950M, will fail. These settings are only possible on a GeForce GTX 860M.

For a resolution of 1366x768 pixels and the medium preset, the gamer needs a GeForce GTX 960M or GTX 870M. At a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and medium details, the game needs to run on a GeForce GTX 970M or higher. For 1920x1080 pixels and the high preset, the system needs a GeForce GTX 980M.

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Medium
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High
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Ultra
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Medium
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Discussion

For FHD resolution, max settings and 2x MSAA, the system needs to have a GeForce GTX 1070. For 4K, all GPUs are currently too weak (both notebook and desktop). As other games can offer better graphics with less performance (“Doom” and “Star Wars Battlefront”), we believe the developer should take another look at the performance and optimize it. It seems that the game engine is currently running inefficiently.

In our tests, “Mankind Divided” was always restricted by the GPU. In short: Even if you have enough RAM and a decent processor, the graphics card will be the bottleneck.

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    3840x2160 High Preset AF:4x     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS AF:8x     1920x1080 High Preset AF:4x     1920x1080 Medium Preset AF:2x     1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x     1280x720 Low Preset AF:1x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
30.8 (min: 26) fps ∼100%
51.4 (min: 40) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC
26.2 (min: 23) fps ∼85%
43.4 (min: 34) fps ∼84%
77.5 (min: 64) fps ∼100%
91 (min: 74) fps ∼100%
134 (min: 98) fps ∼100%
155 (min: 111) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
24.2 (min: 21) fps ∼79%
41.2 (min: 32) fps ∼80%
72.5 (min: 60) fps ∼94%
84.4 (min: 68) fps ∼93%
121 (min: 87) fps ∼90%
133 (min: 87) fps ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 4790K
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC
24.8 (min: 21.3) fps ∼81%
41.2 (min: 32) fps ∼80%
72 (min: 59) fps ∼93%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury, 4790K
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro
25.1 (min: 11) fps ∼81%
35.6 (min: 25) fps ∼69%
72.6 (min: 57) fps ∼94%
AMD Radeon RX 480, 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
19.7 (min: 5) fps ∼64%
33.4 (min: 26) fps ∼65%
63.9 (min: 51) fps ∼82%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
18 (min: 15) fps ∼58%
32.4 (min: 26) fps ∼63%
57 (min: 46) fps ∼74%
65.2 (min: 52) fps ∼72%
99.8 (min: 76) fps ∼74%
129 (min: 98) fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
17.8 (min: 14) fps ∼58%
28.4 (min: 22) fps ∼55%
57.6 (min: 47) fps ∼74%
102 (min: 70) fps ∼76%
113 (min: 13) fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
17.4 (min: 15) fps ∼56%
29.7 (min: 24) fps ∼58%
54.5 (min: 46) fps ∼70%
63.8 (min: 52) fps ∼70%
98.8 (min: 78) fps ∼74%
130 (min: 101) fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon R9 290X, 4790K
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X OC
33.1 (min: 17) fps ∼64%
61.2 (min: 49) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
13.3 (min: 12) fps ∼43%
22.5 (min: 17) fps ∼44%
40.8 (min: 33) fps ∼53%
46.6 (min: 35) fps ∼51%
73.7 (min: 57) fps ∼55%
95.8 (min: 73) fps ∼62%
AMD Radeon R9 280X, 4790K
Asus Z97 Deluxe Desktop i7-4790K, R9 280X
43.2 (min: 26) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
10.2 (min: 8) fps ∼33%
17.3 (min: 9) fps ∼34%
31.7 (min: 23) fps ∼41%
36.5 (min: 28) fps ∼40%
56 (min: 39) fps ∼42%
77.4 (min: 57) fps ∼50%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
9.1 (min: 8) fps ∼30%
14.4 (min: 11) fps ∼28%
30.3 (min: 11) fps ∼39%
35.9 (min: 28) fps ∼39%
58.9 (min: 46) fps ∼44%
80 (min: 60) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
11.7 (min: 9) fps ∼23%
23 (min: 18) fps ∼30%
25.1 (min: 19) fps ∼28%
39.8 (min: 27) fps ∼30%
56.9 (min: 40) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
12.8 (min: 9) fps ∼25%
26.4 (min: 22) fps ∼34%
30.6 (min: 25) fps ∼34%
48.9 (min: 39) fps ∼36%
66.8 (min: 51) fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
10 (min: 3) fps ∼19%
19 (min: 13) fps ∼25%
22 (min: 16) fps ∼24%
35.8 (min: 29) fps ∼27%
47.8 (min: 37) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
9.3 (min: 7) fps ∼18%
19.8 (min: 16) fps ∼26%
22.7 (min: 18) fps ∼25%
34.3 (min: 26) fps ∼26%
50.8 (min: 38) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
6.6 (min: 5) fps ∼13%
14.3 (min: 12) fps ∼18%
16.4 (min: 13) fps ∼18%
25.5 (min: 19) fps ∼19%
39 (min: 30) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
15.8 (min: 13) fps ∼20%
29.7 (min: 19) fps ∼22%
36.3 (min: 28) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
21.5 (min: 12) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
15.2 (min: 12) fps ∼11%
19.8 (min: 15) fps ∼13%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
28.9 fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
9.2 (min: 3) fps ∼7%
12.8 (min: 5) fps ∼8%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 4200M
MSI CX61-i572M
9.5 fps ∼6%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
7.6 (min: 6) fps ∼6%
11.1 (min: 9) fps ∼7%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     Deus Ex Mankind Divided
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low
1280x720
Low Preset
1xAF
med.
1366x768
Medium Preset
2xAF
high
1920x1080
High Preset
4xAF
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
8xAF 2xMSAA
4k
3840x2160
High Preset
4xAF
 1NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
134.2
126.7
106.9
67
41.1
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
73.9
56.1
 4NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
53.652
33.852
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
103
57.1
35.5
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
155
134
77.5
43.4
26.2
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
116.452
107.152
74.15
41.25
24.2
 10NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
72
41.2
24.8
 12AMD Radeon R9 Fury
72.6
35.6
25.1
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
129
99.8
57
32.4
18
 20NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
130
98.8
54.5
29.7
17.4
 21*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
113.95
93.85
53.56
28.056
 23AMD Radeon RX 480
63.9
33.4
19.7
 25NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
51.9
28.1
16.5
 26AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
113
102
57.6
28.4
17.8
 30AMD Radeon R9 290X
61.2
33.1
 34AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
60
47.2
27.9
19.6
 37NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
95.8
73.7
40.8
22.5
13.3
 39AMD Radeon R9 280X
43.2
 42NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
61.4
32.7
22.8
Pos      Model                                     Deus Ex Mankind Divided
lowmed.highultra4k
 43*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
38.3
19.7
12.3
 44NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
77.4
56
31.7
17.3
10.2
 47NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
72.5
51.2
30.3
8.9
8.5
 60NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
56.9
39.8
23
11.7
 68AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
80
58.9
30.3
14.4
9.1
 70*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
86
63.1
33.6
16.72
9
 71*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
71.7
53.6
29.6
15.3
 72NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
66.8
48.9
26.4
12.8
 73NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
50.8
34.3
19.8
9.3
 75AMD Radeon HD 8970M
62.1
47.7
27.8
16.6
 90NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
38.13
30.23
17.13
9.92
 95*AMD Radeon Pro 455
59.5
21.5
8.9
 97NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
39
25.5
14.3
6.6
 105*AMD Radeon Pro 450
51.2
17.852
7.5
 106NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
33.62
27.12
152
 111AMD Radeon R9 M280X
28.9
 180NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
243
17.452
9.452
4.9
 182NVIDIA GeForce 940M
19.8
15.2
 185*NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
22.4
15.3
7.9
 197*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
15.5
11.6
6.4
Pos      Model                                     Deus Ex Mankind Divided
lowmed.highultra4k
 198AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
23.352
17.4
 204*Intel Iris Graphics 550
26
 207Intel Iris Graphics 540
18.62
 239AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
15.6
 241*AMD Radeon R7 M460
14.5
10.6
5.4
 244AMD Radeon R7 M360
13.6
9.9
 249AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
15.1
10.9
5.4
 257NVIDIA GeForce 920M
12.8
9.2
 259Intel HD Graphics 630
17.9
 267*Intel HD Graphics 620
13.152
9.22
 268AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
13
7.7
 334*AMD Radeon R5 M430
13.5
 336AMD Radeon R5 M255
13.5
9.9
 340Intel HD Graphics 520
12.93
7.42
 342NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
9.5
 361Intel HD Graphics 4600
10.252
7.6
 365*Intel HD Graphics 615
9.1
 407Intel HD Graphics 4400
8.2
* Smaller values are better. / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
123Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.

Test Systems

Desktop-PCs Custom Nvidia Custom AMD
Mainboard Asus Z170-A Asus Z97-Deluxe
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Intel Core i7-4790K (Haswell)
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti (6 GB GDDR5)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury (4 GB HBM)
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X (4 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3 GB GDDR5)
MSI Radeon R7 370 (2 GB GDDR5)
RAM 2x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Device Crucial MX100 SSD (256 GB)
Crucial M500 SSD (480 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
OCZ Trion 150 SSD (960 GB)
Intel SSD 530 (240 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Schenker Notebooks Schenker W504 Schenker XMG A505 Schenker S413
Mainboard Intel HM87 Intel HM87 Intel HM87
Processor Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4720HQ (Haswell) Intel Core i7-4750HQ (Haswell)
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M (8 GB GDDR5)
GTX 970M (6 GB GDDR5)
GTX 880M (8 GB GDDR5)
GTX 870M (6 GB GDDR5)
GTX 860M Kepler (4 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
RAM 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600 2x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Device Samsung SSD 840 EVO (250 GB) Micron M600 SSD (128 GB)
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HDD (1.000 GB)
Intel SSD
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
MSI Notebooks MSI GE72 MSI PE60 MSI GP62 MSI CX61 MSI CX61
Mainboard Intel HM170 Intel HM170 Intel HM86 Intel HM86 Intel HM86
Processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) Intel Core i7-5700HQ (Broadwell) Intel Celeron 2970M (Haswell) Intel Core i5-4200M (Haswell)
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2016 (2 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Nvidia GeForce GT 720M (2 GB DDR3)
RAM 1x 8 GB DDR4-2133 2x 4 GB DDR4-2133 1x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1x 8 GB DDR3-1600 1x 8 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Device Toshiba THNSNJ128G8NU SSD (128 GB)
WDC WD10JPVX HDD (1.000 GB)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD (480 GB)
Toshiba MQ01ABF050 HDD (500 GB) WDC Scorpio Blue HDD (1.000 GB)
OS Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Asus Notebooks Asus G752VS Asus N551ZU
Mainboard Intel CM236 AMD K15.1
Processor Intel Core i7-6820HK (Skylake) AMD FX-7600P (Kaveri)
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5)
RAM 4x 16 GB DDR4-2400 2x 4 GB DDR3-1600
Storage Device Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7 SSD (512 GB) Samsung SSD 830 (256 GB)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Monitor Nvidia Driver AMD Driver Intel Driver
2x Asus PB287Q ForceWare 372.70 Crimson 16.9.1 15.40.28.4501
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