The Division 2 PC Performance Review

Testing Methodology, Hardware and PC System Requirements

The Division 2 PC Performance Review

PC System Requirements  

Massive Entertainment designed The Division 2 to be incredibly scalable on PC, offering a range of graphical settings which can bring even the most powerful systems to their knees. The Division 2 is designed to be playable on mid-range graphics cards from 2013 like the R9 270 while also being able modern high-end graphics cards like the AMD Radeon VII and the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti. 

During this analysis, we will look at how well The Division 2 runs of a variety of PC hardware configurations, which will allow us to judge how accurate these PC system requirements are. 


Minimum – 1080p/30 FPS

OS: Windows 7 , 8, 10
Processor: AMD FX-6350, Intel Core I5-2500K
Memory: Processor: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 270, Nvidia Geforce GTX 670
VRAM: 2 GB
DIRECT X: DirectX 11, 12

Recommended – 1080p/60 FPS

OS: Windows 7, 8 ,10
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X , Intel Core I7-4790
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD RX 480, Nvidia Geforce GTX 970
VRAM: 4 GB
DIRECT X: DirectX 11, 12

High – 1440p/60 FPS

OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1700, Intel Core I7-6700K
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD RX Vega 56, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070
VRAM: 8 GB
DIRECT X: DirectX 11, 12

Elite – 4K/60 FPS

OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, Intel Core I9-7900X
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD Radeon VII, Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 TI
VRAM: 11 GB
DIRECT X: DirectX 11, 12 



Drivers


When testing The Division 2, we opted to use the newest drivers from both the Radeon and Geforce camps, utilising AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.3.2 driver while using Nvidia's Geforce 419.35 driver. Both of these driver releases are optimised for Ubisoft's The Division 2, though future drivers may offer gamers additional framerate boosts. 

Testing Methodology

OC3D is a website that is dedicated to PC hardware, so you better believe that we test every game on a wide range of hardware configurations. This commitment to variety means that we will be using both Intel and AMD based testbeds as well as a range of GPU offerings from both Nvidia and Radeon. 

Our primary test system uses Intel's X99 platform, containing an Intel Core i7 6850K at a fixed clock speed of 4GHz. This testbed will use 32GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory and will be powered and cooled by an HX1200i PSU and an H110i AIO liquid cooler respectively, with everything sitting inside a Corsair 460X chassis. In this system, we are using an ASUS Strix X99 motherboard.

The system below will be used to conduct the majority of our game testing. This system will be used in this review unless otherwise stated.

 


Game Test Rig

Intel i7 6850K @4.0 GHz
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair Vengeance LP 4x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair HX1200i
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 "October 2018 Update"

 


Secondary Ryzen Test System

Aside from our standard X99 test system we also have a testbed based on AMD's Ryzen 7 1700X CPU, which will sit at a clock speed of 4GHz be housed in an ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard. This system will use Corsair's 3200MHz Vengeance White LED memory and is contained inside another Corsair 460X chassis. 

This additional system will allow us to see if any games offer a performance advantage to AMD's Ryzen or Intel's Core series processors.  

 

AMD Ryzen Game Test Rig
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X @ 4.0GHz
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Hero
Corsair Vengeance LED 2x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair 460X System Chassis
Corsair RMi650
Corsair H115i
Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
Windows 10 x64 "October 2018 Update"

 

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GPU Selection

No gaming test suite would be complete without a large selection of GPUs, which in this case covers Nvidia's RTX 20-series GTX 10-series and 9-series and AMD's RX Vega, RX 400 and R9 300 series graphics cards. We have replaced our RX 480 GPU with its RX 580 equivalent, giving us a fairer comparison point between AMD/Nvidia's modern graphics card lineups. 

Starting with Metro Exodus, we will be testing new PC games with Nvidia's latest RTX series of graphics cards, with the mid-range RTX 2060 and high-end RTX 2080 Ti entering our graphics card lineup. 


Geforce RTX 20-Series

- Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
- Nvidia RTX 2060 Founders Edition

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Geforce GTX 10-series

- Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
- Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition
- ASUS GTX 1060 Strix Gaming OC


Geforce GTX 900-series 

- ASUS GTX 960 Strix 

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AMD RX Vega Series

- AMD RX Vega 56

AMD RX 500 Series


- AMD RX 580 Strix OC


AMD GCN GPUs

- ASUS R9 380 Strix

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Keyboard & Mouse

To control this setup, we will be using Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard with Cherry MX Silent keys alongside a Corsair M65 RGB mouse, matching the general theme of this RGB illuminated system.  

Cherry MX Silent Keys are ideal for gaming, coming with similar characteristics as Cherry MX Red keys, but with quieter operation. This comparative silence will help keep players immersed in their games, without the distracting clicks that are present in other Cherry key switches.  

 

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Most Recent Comments

18-03-2019, 10:43:53

AlienALX
I've got mine on ultra @1440p. Initially I put it on 1080p, but I was getting huge dips in frames when going from inside levels to outside. Like, 110FPS down to 30. I set it to 1440p, now it's like 80 inside and 40 outside. I would guess it's my low clocked CPU causing the anomaly.

Great game, and so much better than the first. The drone is the stuff of legend. It's just an absolute riot throwing it up in the air and then sending it around to bother people. It also acts as brilliant cover fire to stop them firing at you Quote

18-03-2019, 10:50:22

WYP
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
I've got mine on ultra @1440p. Initially I put it on 1080p, but I was getting huge dips in frames when going from inside levels to outside. Like, 110FPS down to 30. I set it to 1440p, now it's like 80 inside and 40 outside. I would guess it's my low clocked CPU causing the anomaly.

Great game, and so much better than the first. The drone is the stuff of legend. It's just an absolute riot throwing it up in the air and then sending it around to bother people. It also acts as brilliant cover fire to stop them firing at you
Yeah, that sounds like low CPU clocks. This thing scales to a lot of cores, but single-threaded performance is a great thing to have.Quote

18-03-2019, 11:26:01

KingNosser
I let nvidia decide it put me on med high mixture, but I don't think SLI is supported which sucks for me since I'm 970 sli, it runs fine but normally I'd be able to play max and get similar framerate and something tells me it won't get added, only found out since it was set to single card in global settings and if I put it on afr2 it didn't sync correctly but maybe a fix will happen.

My ryzen is barely breaking a sweat in games hardly ever gets to 30% load it's so nice to have a chip that really can handle multi tasking.Quote

18-03-2019, 12:49:21

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
I've got mine on ultra @1440p. Initially I put it on 1080p, but I was getting huge dips in frames when going from inside levels to outside. Like, 110FPS down to 30. I set it to 1440p, now it's like 80 inside and 40 outside. I would guess it's my low clocked CPU causing the anomaly.

Great game, and so much better than the first. The drone is the stuff of legend. It's just an absolute riot throwing it up in the air and then sending it around to bother people. It also acts as brilliant cover fire to stop them firing at you
its been cpu bottlenecking. Im getting those dips on any setting.

the skills bug though is downright annoying. Worse than most of the crap in Anthem.
I use shield, run it and it despawns...

Same with most skills, they just disappear and go on a 15sec timer. Luckily Massive are investigating, but it ruins the fun of skill use so much.Quote

18-03-2019, 12:59:28

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
its been cpu bottlenecking. Im getting those dips on any setting.

the skills bug though is downright annoying. Worse than most of the crap in Anthem.
I use shield, run it and it despawns...

Same with most skills, they just disappear and go on a 15sec timer. Luckily Massive are investigating, but it ruins the fun of skill use so much.
Hmm. I've had so much fun with the turret and drone I've not tried any other skills yet. The drone and turret don't last long if you don't keep them moving. They will get shot down. The art is hiding and letting them rip, continually using a RB and LB to switch targets. Then when they do break I just pop up with my big sod off machine gun and mop up.Quote
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