Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is one of the hottest games on the block right now. It also happens to be one of AMD's Gaming Evolved titles, so it's no surprise that the company is using it as a showcase for its graphics cards' performance—especially now that a preview version of the DirectX 12 render path is available on Steam as a beta release branch. DX12 has offered performance boosts for AMD graphics cards in several titles now, so I was curious to see how the new renderer would affect Radeons' performance in DXMD, as well.
After playing around with DXMD's DX12 preview last night, however, I wasn't surprised to find some rough edges in this beta software. I noticed a lot of hitching and jerkiness in DX12 mode with GeForces and Radeons alike, so when AMD sent over some flattering average-FPS benchmark numbers as part of its press materials for the game, I knew it was time to pull out PresentMon and see just what the story behind that roughness was. You can see some of those numbers over at WCCFTech, for reference. Other sites, like ComputerBase, have also measured average-FPS results with Deus Ex's DX12 renderer.
Before we share some test numbers of our own, I want to make it clear that this is a quick-and-dirty look at one game's performance, not a full review. While we tried to maintain the same rigor we do for our graphics card reviews, we didn't test the full range of graphics cards or games we would have for a full review. Our goal here is just to get a sense of how this beta version of Deus Ex performs in a way that average FPS numbers just don't offer. These results will most likely change once Deus Ex's DX12 renderer gets an official release on September 19.
Here are the specifications for our test system:
|Processor||Intel Core i7-6950X|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX|
|Memory size||64GB (4x 16GB DIMMS)|
|Memory type||G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200|
|Chipset drivers||Intel Management Engine 22.214.171.1245|
|Audio||Integrated X99/Realtek ALC1150|
|Hard drive||Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe SSD|
|Power supply||Seasonic Platinum SS660-XP2|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
And here are the specifications and driver versions for each graphics card we used in our testing:
|Driver revision||GPU base
|MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming Z||GeForce 372.70||1632||1835||2025||8192|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SC||1759||1898||2002||6144|
|AMD Radeon R9 Fury X||Radeon Software
|AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB||1120||1266||2000||8192|
Here are the graphics settings we used for both our DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 tests:
Without any further ado, let's see how this quartet of cards performs in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.