Dishonored 2 PC Performance Review

Introduction

Dishonored 2 PC Performance Review

Introduction

Dishonored was a surprise success of 2013, shattering expectations by supplying gamers with both fantastic stealth gameplay while also allowing for players to go on a murderous rampage if they built their character correctly.   

In Dishonored 2 gamers will be provided with more choice, whether they wish to play as Empress Emily Caldwin or the Royal Protector Corvo Attano, each of which will have their own unique set of abilities and playstyles.  Beyond this, you will have the choice to play either as a Stealthy Assassin or cut your enemies down in a chaotic rampage.  

Today is that day that we will give our complete look into Dishonored 2's PC performance, looking at the performance of both AMD and Nvidia GPUs covering several GPU generations. 

Will Dishonored 2 perform well on PC, or will this game be a stain on Bethesda's reputation?

 

 

Drivers 

For this game, we will be using the newest drivers that were available when the game released, which is Nvidia's Game Ready Geforce 375.76 driver and AMD's 16.11.3 driver, both of which are the most recent GPU drivers for either company. 

Test Setup  

We will be testing this game on our dedicated GPU test rig using both high-end and mid-range GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. 

 

Game Test Rig
Intel i7 6850K
ASUS X99 Strix
G.Skill Ripjaws 4x4GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair HX1200i
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 

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Nvidia GTX 980Ti (Left), AMD R9 Fury X (Middle) GTX 1070 Founders Edition (Right)

 

For the high-end, we will be testing AMD's R9 Fury X, the GTX 980Ti and Nvidia's new GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GPUs.  

For the Mid-range offerings, we will be testing the new RX 480 and GTX 1060, both of which will be the ASUS Strix Gaming models.

 

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ASUS GTX 1060 Strix (Left), ASUS RX 480 Strix (Right)

 

To represent AMD and Nvidia's lower-end GPU offerings we have decided to use the AMD R9 380 and the Nvidia GTX 960. Both of these GPUs will be the ASUS Strix models. 

Both of these GPUs offer very similar performance in most scenarios and come in at very similar price points, so it will be very interesting to see which GPU will come out on top. 

 

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Nvidia GTX 960(Left), AMD R9 380(Right)

 

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Most Recent Comments

13-11-2016, 16:00:17

AngryGoldfish
Thanks a lot for another excellent article. I appreciate all the work you (and others) do.

I read from the game's developer on Twitter that the high demands were not solely linked to the visuals. He said that the AI as well as the non-linear map design added to the weighty graphics demands. This is interesting to me as I have seen many criticise the game's visuals by saying it's doesn't match up, but if the next stage of video game design and gameplay revolves around level design and AI then I'm all for that. Crysis may have pushed the boundaries of texture quality and the Unreal Engine 4 may have done so with dynamic lighting and whatnot, maybe games like Dishonored are the future of how we will be playing these intensive games. You could also apply the same logic to games like Quantum Break with its time-manipulating gameplay and Deus Ex for its open world level design.Quote

13-11-2016, 16:02:55

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
Thanks a lot for another excellent article. I appreciate all the work you (and others) do.

I read from the game's developer on Twitter that the high demands were not solely linked to the visuals. He said that the AI as well as the non-linear map design added to the weighty graphics demands. This is interesting to me as I have seen many criticise the game's visuals by saying it's doesn't match up, but if the next stage of video game design and gameplay revolves around level design and AI then I'm all for that. Crysis may have pushed the boundaries of texture quality and the Unreal Engine 4 may have done so with dynamic lighting and whatnot, maybe games like Dishonored are the future of how we will be playing these intensive games. You could also apply the same logic to games like Quantum Break with its time-manipulating gameplay and Deus Ex for its open world level design.
Exactly, there is much more to a game than graphics along and TBH Dishonored 2 looks great. Maybe not the best looking game ever, but the facial animations are supurb and it sticks really well to its art style.Quote

13-11-2016, 16:06:57

NeverBackDown
That vram consumption skyrockets from Med to high yet frame differences show it doesn't change much? Losses aren't great compared to what the vram chart would show. Wonder if that's a bug? Or intentional, just add as much into memory as possible at medium?Quote

13-11-2016, 16:30:19

The F34R Channel
Thanks for the review, much appreciated! The 1440p Performance first paragraph had me worried, however looking upon the graph at ultra w/ HBAO+ I realise the frames are in the low side but I could live with that average. Hopefully future patches will improve upon this. Maybe the VRAM consumption needs addressing too?

As far as prettiness goes, this may not be number one but it fits the game and I find it very nice looking in its own way. Having said that, at the same time its high hardware requirements do not fit the graphics from what I've seen.Quote
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