Performance Analysis System Specs
- Intel Core i7-6700K
- Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7
- 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 2666
- 512GB Samsung 950 Pro
- SanDisk Extreme Pro 960GB
- Enermax Platimax 1350
- Windows 10 64-bit
- NVIDIA Drivers: 376.09
- AMD Drivers 16.11.4
To test we ended up playing through the first mission available, all the way through, to test the mettle of these GPUs. The settings were at their absolute highest except for HBAO. That setting isn’t supported by AMD, so to compare apples to apples, we left it off. We made sure that the latest patch was installed so we may evaluate Dishonored 2 at its very best. Does the new patch really fix PC performance? Let’s find out.
In all, the patch doesn’t seem to make a terrible difference when it comes to playability. It doesn’t quite require the high frame rates one might think in order to be enjoyable, though they would help. You just don’t get them with all the eye candy turned on. You’d have to sacrifice shadows and AA, which are the most taxing, in order to bring the performance into higher levels further up the resolution chain.
That isn’t too say that it isn’t that terrible, though. With a suitably high-end GPU, you’ll be enjoying great performance. But why should that necessarily be a pre-requisite? Here, idTech 5 is used as a means to exact more efficiency, though it performs far worse than a more visually compelling and challenging game does on the latest version of the engine. Time constraints aside perhaps they should make better use of asynchronous compute, among other things, that natively reside within OpenGL. It still doesn’t perform very well, though the game is one of the best games to come out this year.
For 1080P we recommend at least an AMD RX 480 or an NVIDIA GTX 970 for the best experience at maximum quality.
For 1440P we recommend using at least an AMD R9 Fury X or an NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti for maximum overhead at maximum settings.
For 2160P it’s tough to recommend anything lower than an NVIDIA GTX 1080. AMD simply doesn’t have a GPU that’s capable of providing a good experience at maximum settings.