The Division 2 (DirectX 12)
Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 kicks off our DirectX 12 tests. This is our first time testing this multiplayer looter shooter, and it took us a bit to establish a repeatable test run. We finally settled on a run from one side of the game’s ruined White House to the other, including both indoor and outdoor areas. Many test runs had to be repeated thanks to enormous hitches when players would load into the area, so we may have to figure out a new benchmark if we test this game again.
You’ll notice that there are no Radeon RX 580 test results for this game, and that’s because The Division 2‘s aggressive anti-cheat system detected an unsigned system file in the Radeon drivers and dumped us out of the game. This actually happened on the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 as well, but DDU-and-fresh-driver-install resolved the issue for those cards. No such luck for the RX 580. That’s probably just as well, because we doubt it would have turned in a playable performance.
Nvidia says that Turing is tuned for newer APIs such as DirectX 12 and Vulkan, and boy, the company is not kidding about that. It’s not surprising that the RTX 2080 Super leaves the GTX 1080 Ti in the dust, but even the RTX 2070 Super speeds out ahead, and this is more than just a margin-of-error win. The GTX 1660 Ti, on the other hand, surprisingly seems to struggle with this title, at least at these settings.
AMD’s RDNA does very well here, too; the RX 5700 XT almost matches the GTX 1080 Ti, while the Radeon RX 5700 closes in very tightly indeed against the RTX 2060 Super. Of course, The Division 2 is one of the titles AMD partnered with; the company gave the game away with new Radeon and Ryzen purchases for some time. Either way, if you’re planning to invest a lot of time into a game using Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine, you’ll want a brand-new video card.
To its credit, not even the GTX 1660 Ti falls below 30 FPS at any point in this game. It sure does struggle to make 60, though. In our test area, there can be a lot of hitching when new players and content load in. That probably wouldn’t be a problem in real gameplay, so take these results with a bit of salt.
Stepping up to the 90 FPS threshold, only the RTX 2080 Super delivers a performance we could call reliable at that point. High-refresh fans better stick to 1920×1080 (or lower settings) in The Division 2.