Deus Ex: Human Revolution Performance Analysis

Test System And Benchmarks

Deus Ex: Human Revolution does not come with a canned benchmark, so we’re actually playing the game to demonstrate the kind of performance a player can expect (recording multiple Fraps runs while following a predetermined path in the city of Detroit). Our overclocked 4 GHz Core i5-2500K should remove any reasonable CPU bottleneck from the equation and focus performance on the graphics cards, although we will test a Core i3-2100 and Phenom II X3, X4, and X6 to see how different processors perform.

Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge)
Overclocked to 4 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings enabled, Turbo Boost disabled.
Motherboard
MSI P67A-GD65, Intel P67 Chipset
Memory
OCZ DDR3-2000, 2 x 2 GB, at 1338 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-20-1T
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3Gb/s
Samsung 470 Series SSD 256 GB, SATA 3Gb/s
Graphics CardsGeForce GT 430
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 570

Radeon HD 6450
Radeon HD 5570
Radeon HD 6670
Radeon HD 5770
Radeon HD 6970
Displays
Acer HN274H, 27" 3D Vision (DVI) and HD3D (HDMI 1.4a) compatible
Samsung 7000 Series, 40" 1080p LED HDTV 3D (HDMI 1.4a) compatible
Power Supply
Seasonic X760 SS-760KM: ATX12V v2.3, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper TX 2
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX
DirectX 11
Graphics Driver
GeForce: 280.26 WHQL

AMD Catalyst 11.8 Prerelease
Games
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Modified Crystal Dynamic Engine, Detroit City, Fraps runs
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  • fyasko
    festerovic@soma - I personally thought they were average - good, for the time. Not sure if they would stand up to time...Interesting to read the dual core HT chips outperformed real cores. Can we look forward to the 2600's HT being utilized in games before the next generation of CPUs comes out?


    HT isn't the reason dual core SB CPU's beat 6 core thubans. SB is a better architecture. Hurry up Bulldozer!
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  • Soma42
    Man as much as I prefer PC gaming I can't wait for the PS4 and Xbox 720 to come out so games will look noticeably better. Might actually want to upgrade my computer by then...

    Anywho, I didn't play the first two am I missing anything if I wanted to pick this up?
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  • festerovic
    @soma - I personally thought they were average - good, for the time. Not sure if they would stand up to time...

    Interesting to read the dual core HT chips outperformed real cores. Can we look forward to the 2600's HT being utilized in games before the next generation of CPUs comes out?
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  • haplo602
    nice review, finaly a new DeusEx game for me :-)
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  • Anonymous
    Was AMD dual-core optimizer installed?
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  • gerchokas
    Good article - i still remember when i first saw the 2000' Deus Ex graphics on my friend's then-brand-new pc, i thought 'maaan... this looks *friggin* REAL!' I instantly knew my old Pentium cpu needed replacing ASAP...
    11 years later, i praise again the great graphics.. but this time they havent cought me off-guard!
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  • tacoslave
    i really wonder how far developers can take the graphics in 3 years.
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  • aznshinobi
    Hmm... The Nvidia cards perform better than the AMD cards of equivalent rank. I'm not playing fanboy but didn't AMD fund the studio? Afterall Eyefinity was made use of.
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  • th3loonatic
    Are there any typos? Coz I see a GTX560 Ti listed as a card used to test, but it doesn't appear in the results.
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  • fyasko
    festerovic@soma - I personally thought they were average - good, for the time. Not sure if they would stand up to time...Interesting to read the dual core HT chips outperformed real cores. Can we look forward to the 2600's HT being utilized in games before the next generation of CPUs comes out?


    HT isn't the reason dual core SB CPU's beat 6 core thubans. SB is a better architecture. Hurry up Bulldozer!
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  • mayankleoboy1
    @ Don Woligroski
    i want the CPU benchmarks at 1080p with highest settings.
    benches at 1024x768 are irrelevant. the gamer of today is atleast 1680, preferable 1080.
    so please add to the benches. also, this would show the real impact of CPU on FPS.
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  • mattmock
    I have noticed that the new shader based AA modes do a good job reducing jaggies on edges but in some situations they go overboard and lower the image quality significantly. In far cry 2 screen FXAA heavily blurs the grass and foliage where as MSAA keeps those parts sharp. It still seems like 8xQ MSAA is the best option if you have the horsepower for it. (unless of course you can do SSAA)
    I would like see more comparison shots of the AA modes in DX, especially shots of plants and busy textures like brick and gravel.
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  • Jax69
    Don't wanna be a fanboy but, i don't know, HardOCP found that the card to beat is the 6970, i rather trust them than Tom's.
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  • mattmock
    mayankleoboy1@ Don Woligroskii benches at 1024x768 are irrelevant. the gamer of today is atleast 1680, preferable 1080.so please add to the benches. also, this would show the real impact of CPU on FPS.


    Checkout the steam hardware survey, about 24% are at or below 1280 x 1024. I think there are gamers using laptops or budget screens.
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  • Enkal
    Jax69Don't wanna be a fanboy but, i don't know, HardOCP found that the card to beat is the 6970, i rather trust them than Tom's.


    I thought HardOCP were known to be very biased in favor of AMD/ATI graphics? On the level of banning people on their forums who say good things about Nvidia (iirc). I wouldnt trust them regarding graphics at all, otherwise it's a good site imho.

    I think it's better to check more than two sites if you want a more balanced view, not that Deus Ex needs a state of the art machine.
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  • Jax69
    EnkalI thought HardOCP were known to be very biased in favor of AMD/ATI graphics? On the level of banning people on their forums who say good things about Nvidia (iirc). I wouldnt trust them regarding graphics at all, otherwise it's a good site imho.I think it's better to check more than two sites if you want a more balanced view, not that Deus Ex needs a state of the art machine.

    the truth is i never trust just one site, but is funny how every site gives it's own verdict, some are biased some are not. the important thing is to choose whatever meets our expectations regardless the brand.
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Great, my GPU will max this out :D
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  • Enkal
    werner123Another game favored by nvidia, just hope new amd drivers can catch up.


    If I understand correctly the PC version was sponsored by AMD and not Nvidia. I only see an AMD logo on their page and nothing from Nvidia.
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  • amigafan
    Eh my 6970 could max this out no problem, but my Athlon X2 5600 would choke. Eagerly waiting for Bulldozer...
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  • Enkal
    werner123How do i quote a message? F***


    There is a button just to the left of the "Hide" option to the far right of the name of each poster. it's a blue " and a red +. :)
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  • verbalizer
    even though AMD sponsored, it's nVidia that shows you how it's meant to be played. Yes the upper AMD cards can game at max settings and I love Eyefinity but a SLI configuration will rock with this one..
    FYI - we need better resolutions, 1024 x 768, times have changer now.
    1280 x 1024 or better, and extra detail @ 1920 x 1080 would be super.
    for Eyefinity and 2D/3D CFX and SLI, that should be an entire separate article, you agree.?
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