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The Division 2 PC graphics performance: How to get the best settings

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The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 Dual Fan

Good news! The Nvidia GTX 970 is Ubisoft’s recommended graphics card for 60fps play at 1920×1080. What they fail to mention, of course, is what kind of quality setting you can expect to get that kind of speed on. Happily, you needn’t worry about settling for something boring like Medium graphics with the GTX 970, as its 4GB of memory gives it plenty of scope to handle higher quality texture settings without much problem at all.

Zotac’s Dual Fan edition is, admittedly, a bit faster than some of the other GTX 970s out there. With a base and boost clock speed of 1076MHz and 1216MHz respectively, this puts it quite a bit out in front of Nvidia’s reference specification. Still, I’m pretty confident the speeds I mention below will be broadly representative of what you’ll get on other GTX 970s, and you can always follow the tips back on the first page if you feel in need of an extra speed boost.

Can I play this at 1920×1080?

You sure can. I was able to get a smooth average of 59fps on High at this resolution, but those with high refresh rate monitors may want to kick it down to Medium in order to enjoy super slick speeds of 75fps. To be honest, you could probably whack it up to Ultra if you want the bestest best graphics, as even this produced a solid, perfectly playable average of 44fps. Add in the adjustments I mention on the first page of this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide and you’ll almost certainly have that back up to 60fps in no time.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

Also yes. For the best-looking experience, you’ll have to make do with Medium quality settings here, as I only saw an average of 50fps here. Dropping it down to Low pushed it all the way up to 92fps, but that’s partly because the draw distance is pretty short on this setting, causing lots of pop-in as you progress through the world. That’s not ideal in a game where rival factions often wander the streets and start gunning you down from all angles, so I’d recommend keeping it on Medium and following the steps on the first page to push it closer to 60fps.

Can I play this at 4K?

Surprisingly, it’s another yes, although here you really can only play it on Low, as Medium saw the frame rate tumble to an unplayable 26fps. Low, meanwhile, produces a stable 52fps, but as mentioned above, why settle for Low when you can play it on better quality settings at lower resolutions?

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Katharine Castle

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Katharine writes about all the bits that go inside your PC so you can carry on playing all those lovely games we like talking about so much. Very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests.

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