Watch Dogs 2 PC Performance Review
Published: 1st December 2016 | Source: OC3D | Price: |
The original Watch Dogs had a disappointing release on PC, with sub-par GPU performance (particularly on AMD GPUs at launch) and disappointing visuals when compared to the game's earlier trailers and tech demos. Combine this with the game's bland protagonist, terrible vehicle controls and a disappointingly small number of hackable objects and we have a release that has no lasting appeal.
Within a few weeks, PC modders were even able to add a lot of Ubisoft's "E3 Visuals" back into the game with a few minor tweaks, without resulting in a large performance impact, leaving most PC gamers disappointed in Ubisoft's attitude towards the PC platform as a whole. This prompted the company to try much harder in their future PC releases, like The Division and Rainbow Six Seige, which had a much better reception on PC than Watch Dogs, though PC gamers for the most part still have a negative attitude towards the company.
Now, Ubisoft has rebooted the Watch Dogs series, with more GTA style gameplay, better vehicle handling, more hackable objects and an increased focus on PC development, resulting in a game that is, in theory, better than its predecessor in every way.
Is this game one that we should watch out for, or a game that should be thrown into the bargain bin?
For this game, we will be using the newest drivers that were available when the game released, which is Nvidia's Game Ready Geforce 376.09 driver and AMD's 16.11.5 driver, both of which are the most recent GPU drivers for either company.
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 H110i GT
Windows 10 x64
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.
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.