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Destiny 2 Performance Review

Conclusion

Bungie promises an optimal gaming experience in Destiny 2, and it requires relatively modest hardware resources. The game is still playable at 1080p and 1440p, even at maxed-out detail settings, with a mainstream Radeon RX 470 or GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. Remember: if you're stuck around 30 FPS, you're seeing the limit imposed on consoles. To that end, a GeForce GTX 1050 or Radeon RX 460 won't get you there. Try relaxing your quality preset for higher frame rates.

To reach a floor of 60 FPS at all times, plan on purchasing a higher-end graphics card like Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/GTX 980 Ti (for 1920x1080) or a Radeon RX Vega 64/GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (for 2560x1440). Again, your other option is to dial back quality for smoother performance. Just try to avoid sacrificing shadow quality too much.

As for the CPU, a good quad-core model, or even a dual-core chip with Hyper-Threading, should be sufficient to keep mid-range graphics cards busy.


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  • NinjaNerd56
    I’m running a GTX960 on High, and never get below 40-50fps in D2. Most of the time, I’m exceeding 100.

    I have 32GB of RAM, and have my whole house on a realtime SNMP/WMI monitor.

    D2 uses 10-12GB of RAM and drives the 4 cores in my I5 at 40-50% CPU.

    Looks awesome....
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  • SumTingW0ng
    Do you recommend this game? Should I get one?

    My setup is i7 4790k @ 4.5Ghz, 32GB DDR3 RAM, and ASUS Strix GTX 970.
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  • firerod1
    My evga 1060 3gb sc doesn't keep stable 60 fps on mixed medium/high settings and I have an i5-2500 that runs around 75-85% utilization with 6.5gb of RAM out of my 8 being used, Its been annoying.... to say the least. Probably going to upgrade to zen+ or i5-8600 h370 when it comes out.
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  • AnimeMania
    Will clearing out 68 Gig of SSD space to run the game provide any benefit or should it be run off the hard drive.
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  • clonazepam
    Disabling Depth of Field can give you back 10-20 fps average. I don't miss the effect in a first person shooter. I run it off of a normal hard drive. Once I figured out my normal overclock settings on the GPU just weren't going to work (I'm down to just +100 on both core and mem), it runs like a dream.

    The gunplay is just top notch. For normal play, you can 100% rely on the weapons, and add in the various abilities as you go. They aren't essential until you're in the harder modes and really looking to maximize teamwork and efficiency. It's a great game.
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  • nick sottiaux
    20411987 said:
    Will clearing out 68 Gig of SSD space to run the game provide any benefit or should it be run off the hard drive.
    Loading times are significantly improved while on my SSD. Running a 6700 paired with 16gb and a 1060. Takes from 20-25 seconds to load a map on SSD and close to a minute on my SSHD.

    Hope that helps

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  • Blytz
    Why does the iv card list say Vega 56 and the benchmarks are 64's ?
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  • lordsabathaan
    Why the hell did you use so old drivers for Nvidia since 388.31 give up to 53% performance increase in Destiny 2? And you update with trying new amd drivers , but you even dont use up to date drivers from Nvidia..
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  • cpt.pants
    These benchmarks are way off. I run a Ryzen 1700x and a RX 480 8gb. On 1080p with highest settings I average well above 100fps while playing solo and see a low of 80 fps during Public events or raids/crucible. Either toms is using bad drivers on amd hardware or they are just bias as usual towards nvidia.
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  • Yannick_G_THFR
    20414974 said:
    Why the hell did you use so old drivers for Nvidia since 388.31 give up to 53% performance increase in Destiny 2? And you update with trying new amd drivers , but you even dont use up to date drivers from Nvidia..

    388.00 was the last public version when all the benchs were done.

    20415809 said:
    These benchmarks are way off. I run a Ryzen 1700x and a RX 480 8gb. On 1080p with highest settings I average well above 100fps while playing solo and see a low of 80 fps during Public events or raids/crucible. Either toms is using bad drivers on amd hardware or they are just bias as usual towards nvidia.

    We always try to find some demanding areas for the benchmark sequence. Of course (and like you), our RX480 show better results - like all the others GPUs, so the final ranking doesn't change globally - in some places :)
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