Destiny 2 Beta PC Performance Review

CPU Performance - Ryzen & Intel - How many cores does Destiny 2 require?

Destiny 2 Beta PC Performance Review

CPU Performance - Ryzen & Intel - How many cores does Destiny 2 require?

Methodology

Full on CPU performance testing is something that is relatively new in our PC game performance analysis pieces, with Ryzen performance being a new addition to our hardware test suite.  

Here we have tested the game using an Intel i7 6850K Broadwell-E Hex-core and an AMD Ryzen 7 1700X over a variety of core configurations when playing the game at 1080p max settings on a GTX 1080. Both CPUs are run at similar clock speeds. 

We ran our Ryzen 7 1700X with 8/16, 6/12, 4/8 and 4/4 core/thread configurations to closely match results from Ryzen 7, 5 and 3 processors. Note that in all of these tests that 16MB of L3 cache was active and that these are not exact emulations of each Ryzen series CPU at the same clock speeds. Even so, these results represent a reasonable ballpark figure.  

On the Intel side, we tested 6/12, 4/8, 4/4 and 2/4 core configurations to represent Intel's current generation i3, i5 and i7 CPU core configurations.  


Destiny 2

When playing Destiny 2 we found that the game is not very demanding on the CPU front, with the Beta playing at over 60FPS regardless of the CPU core configuration that we used.

We did see a big drop in game performance when moving from our Intel quad core setup to our dual-core, quad-thread configuration, though even in this config the game played at over 60FPS. Even so, we would recommend that PC players own a strong quad-core CPU to play Destiny 2, as CPU loads could be higher in the final game with increased enemy counts. 

Moving to higher core counts we can see that Destiny 2's performance generally improves, though we have found that Destiny 2 does not make good use of SMT in quad-core or higher configurations. In our 4-core 8-thread configurations we actually see a small decrease in performance when compared to a 4-core 4-thread configuration on both our AMD and Intel CPUs.   

When comparing AMD's Ryzen and Intel's Broadwell-E CPUs, we can see that Intel has an advantage here, though framerate differences are minor, with both brands offering fairly similar minimum framerates. It is doubtful that many PC gamers would be able to tell the difference between both systems during gameplay, as both systems are capable of running the game with minimum framerates that are around 100FPS.   

This is another place where optimisations closer to launch could improve the game's performance, though to be honest the game already performs well in this regard, only seeing CPU performance limitations when players use lower core counts.     

 

Destiny 2 Beta PC Performance Review  

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Most Recent Comments

30-08-2017, 20:47:56

NeverBackDown
Well they didn't use 16 threads like they said they would. Though hitting 8 threads and still seeing performance increases is still impressive. I'm not even sure it would be worth them using more threads at this point. For Ryzen 7 in particular, with all those extra threads getting little usage, if you were to stream you would have A LOT of extra headroom for the stream and should be able to do it without much problem.Quote

31-08-2017, 05:47:17

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Well they didn't use 16 threads like they said they would. Though hitting 8 threads and still seeing performance increases is still impressive. I'm not even sure it would be worth them using more threads at this point. For Ryzen 7 in particular, with all those extra threads getting little usage, if you were to stream you would have A LOT of extra headroom for the stream and should be able to do it without much problem.
Support for SMT is pretty broken in Destiny 2 ATM, though it could be fixed before launch. We will have to wait and see. That is the things with Beta releases, they are subject to change.Quote

31-08-2017, 11:24:03

NeverBackDown
Yeah I understand. I just think it should not be broken since they so confidently claimed they will use 16 threads. If it's broken doesn't give much hope at launch
But still not many games even use 8 cores. So it's still an achievementQuote

19-09-2017, 04:13:25

Jason Lowe
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
But still not many games even use 8 cores. So it's still an achievement
Indeed! On my Ryzen 5 and gtx 1080 the game runs at 100fps with max settings.Quote
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