Tom Clancy’s The Division PC Performance Review

Tom Clancy's The Division PC Performance Review

Tom Clancy’s The Division PC Performance Review

 

Massive Entertainment, the developers behind Tom Clancy’s The Division have their roots with the PC gaming audience,  with their first games being the Ground Control and World in Conflict series, on PC. Since then the developers have worked and helped to provide solid PC ports like Far Cry 3 and several other titles, but now with the Division Massive promise something that is “more than [just] a port” on PC. 

The Division is one of Ubisoft’s most highly anticipated titles of 2016, offering great visuals and and some exciting loot and shoot gameplay mechanics that players of Borderlands and Destiny will be very familiar with. 

On PC it is an understatement to say that we expect a lot with Massive at the helm, especially as this game will be the first to use Ubisoft’s new SnowDrop Engine, an engine that Ubisoft said was designed with efficiency in mind. This makes us hopeful that we will see some great performance numbers in this game alongside its great visuals.

With Ubisoft’s recent reputation on PC being untrustworthy at best does The Division have what it takes to turn things around? 

 

 

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 364.51 driver and AMD’s 16.2.1 driver, both of which became available to the public in the past month.  

 

Test Setup  

We will be testing this game on our dedicated GPU test rig using the current flagship GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. Both GPUs will be the reference design and will be ran at stock settings. 

 

AMD R9 Fury X & Nvidia GTX 980Ti
Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.7GHz
ASUS Maximus VIII Hero
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 (Right)

 

To represent AMD and Nvidia’s Mid range 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 pricepoints, 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)