The Division 2 Runs Better With DirectX 12, But There Is A Catch

Ubisoft promised that The Division 2 PC will be a proper port and seems like the devs have kept their performance. Aside from the fact that The Division 2 runs smoothly with DirectX 11, the game sees a significant boost in performance with DirectX 12 enabled.

DSOGaming benchmarked The Division 2 to see how well the game performs using DirectX 11 and DirectX 12. For this test, the site used the in-game benchmarking tool. The test reveals that The Division 2 is a GPU bound game and isn’t bottlenecked by the CPU.

The system used to benchmark the Division 2 is “Intel i7 4930K (overclocked at 4.2Ghz) with 16GB of DDR3 RAM at 2133Mhz, NVIDIA’s RTX 2080Ti, Windows 10 64-bit and the GeForce 419.35 driver.”

Initially, the benchmark reveals there isn’t much difference in performance given how well optimized the game is. However, at the end of the benchmark, there is a big fight which reveals DirectX 11 limitations.

Using the DirectX 11, The Division 2 could only manage 59 FPS during the heavy gunfight. On the other hand, The Division 2 delivered 80 FPS using the DirectX 12 during the same scene. This reveals over 20 FPS boost over the use of DirectX 11.

It’s no secret DirectX 12, if implemented correctly, significantly improves the game’s performance. The Division 2 isn’t the only game that benefits from DirectX 12 as Shadow of the Tomb Raider also delivers better FPS with DX12.

But that doesn’t mean DirectX 11 isn’t relevant anymore to video games. As I mentioned before, Division 2 is a GPU-bound game and doesn’t rely heavily on the CPU.

In areas where the RAM and CPU aren’t being pushed to their limit, DirectX 11 delivers almost the same performance as DX 12.

However, in scenes where CPU is pushed to its limit, like a scene with a lot of enemy AI trying to flank players, can cause a CPU bottleneck.

The AI requires significant CPU resources and DirectX 12 can ease this process for the CPU to handle these areas.

In turn, this doesn’t create any kind of bottleneck on CPUs part and the FPS won’t drop during scenes featuring gun-fights with a number of AI enemies.

If you are facing performance issues like stuttering and low FPS, then check out our The Division 2 stuttering and perforance fix.

The Division 2 is an open-world multiplayer game developed by Ubisoft. The game is scheduled to launch on March 15, 2019, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Source: DSOGaming