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

Divide and conquer

The Division 2 is a "rock solid looty-shooty" according to our Brendan, and having now spent a fair amount of time playing it myself, I'd say I wholeheartedly agree. I've had a lot of fun swanning around Washington DC's sunny wildlife haven, and I much prefer it to the snowy, flaming bin-lined streets of the first game.

But it hasn't all been shooting up museums and iconic DC landmarks. I've also been testing The Division 2 with a wide range of today's best graphics cards to find out how to get the best settings on PC, and where you can cut corners if your graphics card isn't quite up to snuff. Thankfully, the good news is that The Division 2 runs like a well-oiled machine gun on PC, so even those with lower-end graphics cards should be able to get a stable 60fps without much trouble.

Below you'll find more general advice on how to improve the frame rate on your PC, but I've also updated this article with my usual crop of graphics card-specific analysis to show you what kind of quality setting you'll need to use in order to get a stable 60fps.

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: The specs

Before we get started, here are the minimum and recommended PC specifications Ubisoft's laid out for The Division 2, which they say should give you 30fps and 60fps at 1920x1080 respectively. They've also got a 'High End' spec, which they recommend for 60fps at 2560x1440, as well as an 'Elite' 4K 60fps spec. You'll find all of them detailed below:

Minimum specs (1080p 30fps):
OS:
Windows 7-10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6350
RAM: 8GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 670 / AMD Radeon R9 270
Video memory: 2GB

Recommended specs (1080p 60fps):
OS:
Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
RAM: 8GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 970 / AMD Radeon RX 480
Video memory: 4GB

Recommended High End specs (1440p 60fps):
OS:
Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K / AMD Ryzen 7 1700
RAM: 16GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
Video memory: 8GB

Recommended 4K specs (60fps):
OS:
Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
RAM: 16GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti / AMD Radeon 7
Video memory: 11GB

For the record, my PC had an Intel Core i5-8600K CPU clocked at 3.6GHz and 16GB of Corsair Vengeance 2133MHz RAM inside it, plus all the latest graphics drivers and Windows 10 updates installed. Click the links below to see how each graphics card fared.

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: The goal

As mentioned above, the aim here is to get The Division 2 running at 60fps at 1920x1080, 2560x1440 and 4K. In most cases, it wasn't too difficult to get running on decent quality settings, but I'd recommend following the tips below if you want to kick things up a notch in the old frame rate department.

To test each card, I used the game's built-in benchmark tool, which swoops across a variety of scenes taking place outside on the gun-ridden streets of Washington DC. This spits out an average frame rate figure at the end of the benchmark, and I found it was pretty bang-on when I compared it to the in-game frame rate during a normal session - at least when I was running about outside. Indoors, the frame rate was often much higher, as you're not having to deal with all those lush environmental effects.

Still, when so much of the game takes place on the streets, whether it's running between objectives or engaging in small firefights and control point skirmishes, it's important to have 60fps as a baseline here. If you do find the frame rate chugging a bit, though, read on to see how you can squeeze an extra 15fps out of it with just a couple of settings tweaks.

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

The Division 2 seems to run pretty well even on some of today's entry-level graphics cards, but if you find your graphics card is starting to drag its heels a bit, there are plenty of settings on offer to help you pull the frame rate up. Hop over to the Graphics tab in the Settings menu, for example, and you'll find dozens of individual graphics options you can tweak, from the quality level of the terrain right down to the geometric complexity of in-game objects.

One handy thing to try is to drop the Resolution Scale down to 85%. This effectively lowers the in-game resolution a bit and upscales it to your desired resolution, such as 1920x1080 or 2560x1440, while massively increasing performance. I tried it with a 6GB GTX 1060 on Ultra settings at 2560x1440, and whereas before I was only getting an average of around 39fps in its internal benchmark tool with the resolution scale on 100%, I managed to bump this up to 48fps by changing it down to 85%. I couldn't really see any appreciable drop in sharpness, either, so this should definitely be your first port of call if you need an easy, instant speed boost.

Another reasonably big graphics drain is Volumetric Fog. Now I know some people can be highly attached to the quality of their rendered fog, but whacking this down to either Medium or Low can claw back some vital extra frames. Taking my GTX 1060 again as an example, switching from Ultra volumetric fog at 2560x1440 down to Medium saw my average frame rate grow up another 4fps (taking it up to 43fps) while Low pushed it another frame up to 44fps. I know 5fps isn't massive in the grand scheme of things, but combine that with an 85% resolution scale and I was able to get an average of 54fps - which is a damn sight better than 39fps!

Meanwhile, if you're finding the frame rate is swinging violently from one end of the spectrum to another, then you'll probably want to enable The Division 2's Frame Rate Limit option. This is slightly different to just switching on V-Sync, for while V-Sync will cap your frame rate at the maximum refresh rate of your monitor, the frame rate limit lets you cap it anywhere from 20fps right up to 200fps in increments of 5fps. It should also get rid of any unwanted jitter while aiming and shooting, too, according to Ubisoft. So if you don't want to keep veering between 30-60fps, for example, you could set a limit of 45fps, or even lock it at 30fps if you really wanted to be on the safe side.

Otherwise, adjusting individual settings won't really bring about a huge amount of change unless you drop everything down by selecting a lower preset. I tried lowering the water quality, ambient occlusion, terrain quality and even the level of object detail one by one, but no single setting apart from the ones I've already described above really made a dent on that average frame rate.

Still, gaining an extra 15fps from the tips above should be enough to get you moving in the mean time, and I'll have more detailed information on how to get the best settings for individual graphics cards sometime next week.

In the mean time, make sure to check out Dave's extensive The Division 2 guide for all your essential tips and tricks on how to get ahead and level up fast.

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 1920x1080. 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 1920x1080?

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 2560x1440?

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?

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Storm X (4GB)

Despite not being as powerful as the GTX 970, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti still puts up a pretty good fight here at lower resolutions. In truth, I've only been able to test the 4GB version of this card, so those with 2GB models may find themselves struggling a bit. After all, Ubisoft say 2GB cards are really only fit for 30fps at 1920x1080, so you'll likely have to employ the tips on the first page of my The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide in order to bump up the frame rate a bit.

Still, it's possible that 4GB GTX 1050 Ti owners may well get much better speeds than those I've listed here, as Palit's Storm X version is actually a touch slower than a lot of its competitors. With a base and boost clock speed of 1290MHz and 1392MHz, this is probably the baseline experience you can expect from a GTX 1050 Ti, as faster cards may well be able to push these frame rates a touch higher.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Absolutely. I found the GTX 1050 Ti was most comfortable on Medium settings here, producing an average frame rate of 51fps, but you could probably get away with 40fps on High if you really felt like it. Meanwhile, those after the very fastest frame rates will be happy to know that Low will crank it all the way up to an average of 93fps.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Just about, but you'll have to stick to Low to get a smooth average of 60fps. Medium can be done here, but you'll likely have to employ the settings tweaks on page one to bump its default average frame rate of 33fps to something a bit more stable if you're really going to play at this quality setting at this resolution.

Can I play this at 4K?

Haha, nice try, but even Low will only net you an average of 31fps. I mean, it's doable, but why subject yourself to it when you'll get better performance at lower resolutions?

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Asus GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is one of the most popular graphics cards on the planet, judging by Steam's hardware charts, and with good reason. It's powerful enough to do high quality 1080p play, and even a bit of 1440p - which holds true here as well.

I should point out that the Asus GeForce GTX 1060 OC 9Gbps edition I've got here isn't actually available to buy any more, but with a base clock speed of 1584MHz and a boost clock speed of 1809MHz, it's definitely one of the faster models that was ever made. The only GTX 1060 cards with faster clock speeds are Asus' own ROG Strix model and EVGA's SSC Gaming ACX 3.0 version. As a result, the results below are probably a best case scenario for current 6GB GTX 1060 owners, but there's still a lot to like here.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Absolutely. Whack it up to Ultra and you'll get a very agreeable average of 55fps straight off the bat at this resolution, but those who want an absolutely guaranteed 60fps should switch to High, where you'll see an average of 66fps. Still, apply some of the settings tweaks I mentioned on the first page of this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide and you'll probably be able to get that Ultra average up to 60fps in no time.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Yes indeedy. Medium is your best bet here, averaging around 54fps, but High will still net you a perfectly playable average of 44fps as well. And remember, that's what you're looking at outside. Indoors, you'll get smoother frame rates that go even higher.

Can I play this at 4K?

Not really. Like the GTX 970, you can get a playable 50fps on Low at this resolution (Medium will see it judder and jam to just 27fps), but you'd be much better off playing at lower resolutions here and getting a prettier-looking game as a result.

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming

Now we're cooking with gas. One of Ubisoft's own recommendations for playing The Division 2 at 60fps at a resolution of 2560x1440, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 owners should have no trouble at all getting this game running whatsoever. With 8GB of memory at its disposal, this card is much more capable of handling higher textures at higher resolutions, so as long as you stick to either 1920x1080 or 2560x1440, you're golden.

I should note that, thanks to its high base and boost clock speeds of 1632MHz and 1835MHz, the Asus ROG Strix Gaming edition I've got here is one of the faster GTX 1070 cards out there at the moment, so the results below are probably more of a best-case scenario for this type of card as opposed to something a bit more general. However, as you'll soon see, you're still looking at some pretty smooth frame rates regardless of what particular model you happen to have.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Yep, and you can go straight in with an average of 72fps on Ultra, too.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Double yep. You'll get the smoothest speeds on High, which averaged 63fps in the game's benchmarking tool, but you'll probably be equally comfortable on Ultra to be honest, as this still produced a highly playable average of 50fps. Apply some of the tricks I talked about on the first page on this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide and an Ultra-fied 60fps should be perfectly within reach.

Can I play this at 4K?

Triple yep, although here you'll probably have to make do with Medium if you want to steer clear of a frame rate in the mid-30s. With this quality setting, you're looking at an average of 43fps for the most part, but as I said above, you should be able to push that closer to 60fps by following the tips outlined on the first page of this guide.

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC

Our new best graphics card champion for 1080p gaming, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 is a fantastic graphics card for the money. With 6GB of memory, it's got plenty of heft to deal with The Division 2's higher quality settings, and this particular model from Gigabyte is one of the cheapest types going, too, giving us a great idea of what to expect from even the most entry-level cards you can buy today.

With a base clock speed of 1530MHz and a boost clock speed of 1830MHz, this is pretty typical of a lot of GTX 1660 cards out there at the moment, so the results below should be broadly representative of what you'll get on other makes of card as well.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Indeed you can, and you can even get an average of 64fps on Ultra from the get go, too. Those with high refresh rate monitors will probably want to drop it down to High, though, as this will net you a tasty average of 82fps.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Saddle up partner, because if an average of 55fps on High isn't good enough for you, I don't know what is. Ultra will still get you a playable 44fps, but you'll have to apply the tweaks outlined on the first page of this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide to push it back closer to 60fps.

Can I play this at 4K?

Surprisingly, yes! Provided you're down with loads of pop-in on Low, you can get a sweet 72fps average, but if you're really desperate to play it on this resolution, you can probably get away with putting it on Medium and using the settings tweaks mentioned above to bump up its default average of 38fps to something a bit more acceptable. Or, you know, just stick to 55fps on High at 1440?

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Phoenix

Another new best graphics card entry here, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is our new benchmark for flawless 1080p gaming and super high quality 1440p play, too. And what a great partner it makes for The Division 2, offering super fast frame rates across a variety of resolutions.

This particular model from Asus is one of the cheaper GTX 1660 Ti cards out there, too, so those with faster, more expensive versions of this card may well get even better results than what I've detailed below. Indeed, compared to Asus' more upmarket ROG Strix OC edition that I also tested for my main review, the Phoenix was on average around 2-5fps behind its ROG counterpart. Still, as you'll see below, even the Phoenix's results are pretty damn tasty.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Absolutely. Fire it up, crank it up to Ultra and enjoy an average frame rate of 72fps.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Abso-positively-lutely. High is probably where you'll be most comfortable at this resolution thanks to the Phoenix's average frame rate of 63fps, but even an average of 49fps on Ultra is probably doable to be honest - especially if you have a faster GTX 1660 Ti card, or you apply the tips detailed on the first page of this here The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide. Either way, the GTX 1660 Ti is more than capable of fast frame rates here, so just pick whichever quality setting you're happiest with.

Can I play this at 4K?

Sort of, yes. I mean, an average of 43fps on Medium isn't anything to be sniffed at here, but you'll only be able to make up the shortfall by dropping down to Low, where I saw an average of 80fps. Still, apply the same sneaky settings tweaks linked above here and you'll no doubt be able to squeeze another bunch of frames out of it to take that figure closer to 60fps.

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060

The Division 2 doesn't support any fancy RTX features, but that doesn't mean Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2060 isn't still a mighty fine graphics card for playing the game with.

I've got the Founders Edition on test here, which has a base clock speed of 1365MHz and a boost clock speed of 1680MHz. This is fairly typical compared to other third-party RTX 2060 cards, a lot of which push its boost clock speed even higher. As a result, these speeds are probably the least you can expect to see from an RTX 2060, with faster cards likely able to squeeze even more out of it.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Oh go on, then, fire it up with your Ultra settings and your average frame rate of 84fps. What's stopping you?

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Oh, I see. 1080p isn't good enough for you, is it? Well, how about 59fps on Ultra at 1440p, then, or 74fps on High? Honestly, kids these days, demanding the earth...

Can I play this at 4K?

Oh come now, you mean you'd rather have an average of 52fps on Medium at 4K instead? Well, I never. You could probably push that up to 60fps if you follow the steps outlined over on the first page of this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide, too, if you really wanted, because you know, I'm nice like that.

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

The big daddy itself. As we saw in my Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 review, Nvidia's second top-end graphics card is just as fast as their GTX 1080 Ti in a lot of things, so you probably can take the results below and apply them to that card as well, given I haven't been able to get one back in for testing since, well, forever.

Again, I've got the Founders Edition here, which has a base clock speed of 1515MHz and a boost clock speed of 1800MHz. This is pretty much bang in the middle of what you'll find elsewhere on other third-party cards, so the following results should be pretty representative of what other RTX 2080 cards can do as well - although I should note my Core i5 CPU is probably holding it back at 1080p, so those with Core i7s or Ryzen 7s will probably see much higher frame rates at this resolution than what I've outlined below.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

You betcha. Whack it up to Ultra and enjoy smooth frame rates of at least 108fps, no problem.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

You sure can, and if an average frame rate of 84fps on Ultra isn't good enough for you, I don't know what is.

Can I play this at 4K?

Yep! High will yield the smoothest results here with an average of 60fps, but you'll probably be equally comfortable with an average of 49fps on Ultra as well - especially if you apply some of the settings tweaks outlined on page one of this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide to help you push that figure closer to 60fps.

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

The even bigger daddy. While it's hardly surprising Ubisoft has picked the best graphics card on the planet as their 4K 60fps recommendation, it does kinda go without saying that this is by far the best way to play The Division 2 using these settings if you've got the right hardware to take advantage of it all.

Much like my RTX 2080 scores on the previous page, my Core i5 CPU is probably holding this card back from reaching its absolute best potential here, so please do assume that you'll be able to get at least these kinds of speeds with a properly equipped PC, if not significantly higher.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Pshaww, of course you can. Stick it on Ultra and let that average of 118fps wash over you like a hot bullet bath.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Does 101fps on Ultra sound playable to you? I mean, I have my doubts, but if you're absolutely sure...

Can I play this at 4K?

You betcha bottom dollar you can. With an average of 63fps on Ultra pumping through your veins, this is as good as it's ever going to get.

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 Dual-X

Good news, R9 270 owners! Your graphics card is one of Ubisoft's recommended cards for 30fps play at 1920x1080. Even better news, 30fps is a bit of a conservative estimate in my opinion, as I was able to get much higher speeds without having to resort to keeping it on Low.

The R9 270 may only have 2GB of memory to its name, but thanks to The Division 2's well-oiled PC build, even ancient cards like this can still run it at a fair old cop. Here's how it got on:

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Yes, but Medium is going to be about as good it gets here, as even that only produced an average of 43fps. Low will see you laughing all the way up to 74fps, but you can probably push that Medium figure a bit higher by following the settings tweaks discussed back on the first page of this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

I mean, you can, if 50fps on Low sounds appealing to you. Just don't put it on Medium, otherwise you'll be experiencing The Division 2 as a 27fps slideshow.

Can I play this at 4K?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Afraid not, pal.

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: AMD Radeon R9 290

Every time I do one of these graphics card performance tests, the AMD Radeon R9 290 remains a constant surprise. Despite being several generations old now, this fighter can still knock it about with the rest of them. That's largely thanks to its healthy dollop of 4GB of memory, which stands it in much better stead than the R9 270 when it comes to tackling today's big games.

This reference card only has a single fan to keep its innards cool, too, so chillier versions with more sophisticated cooling systems may well find themselves able to beat these times as well.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Yep, and you can even get a very agreeable average of 53fps on High, too. Medium will get you an even smoother experience with its average of 71fps if you'd rather not tinker about with the settings tweaks I've suggested on the first page of this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide, but I think you'll agree that 53fps on High ain't half bad for a card like this.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Double yep, although you're probably better off with Medium here and its average of 51fps. Again, Low will see it shooting all the way up to 87fps, but with lots of pop-in present on this quality setting you'll thank yourself later for sticking with Medium.

Can I play this at 4K?

I mean, there's sort of a triple-yep here, as Low will net you a pretty smooth 54fps if for some reason you're absolutely desperate to play this at 4K, but push the quality any higher and you'll see it disintegrate into a 29fps horror show.

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: PowerColor Radeon RX 580 Red Dragon

With AMD Radeon RX 580 prices having fallen into a flaming Division bin in recent months, this mid-range GPU is a cracking buy these days, especially while AMD's free games deal carries on until April 6, too. Indeed, The Division 2 is one of said free games on offer at the moment, and what better way to show it off than on the RX 580?

This 8GB PowerColor Red Dragon model is one of the faster RX 580s out there at the moment, admittedly, and that's mostly thanks to its high boost clock speed of 1380MHz. However, I'm pretty confident most of these results will be applicable to other 8GB versions of this card as well, as even slightly slower models should only be an average of a couple of frames behind tops.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Yes indeed. If an average of 55fps on Ultra isn't good enough for you, then an average of 72fps on High almost definitely will be.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Yes indeedy doubly. Medium will get you the smoothest frame rates, averaging a very agreeable 66fps, but I also think you'll be perfectly happy on High with an average of 50fps as well, especially if you apply some of the settings tweaks mentioned on the first page of this here The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide as well. Even Ultra is possible at this resolution thanks to a playable average of 38fps, which you'll no doubt be able to push even higher applying the same techniques I just mentioned.

Can I play this at 4K?

A less enthusiastic yes indeedy triply here, but it's possible nevertheless. Low will bag you a silky smooth average of 67fps, but why settle for Low when you can get an infinitely better looking game at 1440? I mean, you can always pick Medium and use those aforementioned settings tricks to push its average frame rate of 37fps a bit higher, but really, do you'll almost certainly enjoy the game better by knocking the resolution down a notch.

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: PowerColor Radeon RX 590 Red Devil

Yep, it's another PowerColor, but this time it's the RX 590 - the closest rival AMD has to Nvidia's new GTX 1660. Now this card is both more expensive and a fraction slower than Nvidia's new GPU, but here you get the benefit of AMD's complete three free games offer - including a free copy of The Division 2 to boot - which arguably makes it better value overall.

Indeed, turning our attention to The Division 2's benchmark scores, both cards were pretty much neck and neck in overall performance. While this particular PowerColor is quite possibly one of the largest graphics cards I've ever seen, this chunky boy should be pretty typical of what most RX 590 cards are capable of here, as its boost clock speed of 1576MHz puts it more or less right in the middle of what you'll find on other RX 590s.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Uh-huh, and at a lovely 62fps on Ultra to boot.

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Uh-huh-uh-huh, especially if you like the idea of 56fps on High, too. I mean, sure, Medium will net you an ultra smooth 71fps if you've got a high refresh rate monitor to hand, but everyone else should be pretty happy bumping up the quality here. Indeed, you could probably even manage Ultra with its average frame rate of 44fps if you wanted, especially if you apply the sneaky settings tips outlined over on the first page of this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide

Can I play this at 4K?

Uh-huh-uh-huh-uh-huh, and Medium will get you a decent 40fps average for your trouble, too. Tweak the settings using the same aforementioned tricks as well, as you're probably looking at something even tastier. Because why settle for 74fps on Low when you could have much prettier graphics and significantly less pop-in on Medium?

Want to see what other graphics cards make of The Division 2? Here's a handy list of links:

The Division 2 PC graphics performance: Sapphire Radeon RX Vega 64 Nitro+

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 may not be AMD's top dog graphics card any more, but it's still got more than enough power to run The Division 2 at whatever resolution you like. With 8GB of HBM2 memory at its disposal, this GTX 1080-level competitor has plenty of oomph for 1080p and 1440p alike and even a bit of decent 4K as well.

I should note that Sapphire's Nitro+ edition seems to have either been discontinued or is suffering a severe stock shortage at the moment, but with a boost clock speed of 1611MHz, this is certainly one of the faster models you're likely to find. As a result, the following results are probably more of a best-case scenario than not, but even if you've got a slower Vega 64 (or picked one up in light of AMD's three free games deal now that prices have hit as low as £400 / $430 recently), you should still get pretty excellent performance regardless of which model you have.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Affirmative. Does an average frame rate of 86fps on Ultra sound pleasing to you? It does? Well, enjoy!

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Roger that, captain, and once again you're looking at Ultra for a silky smooth average of 64fps.

Can I play this at 4K?

You betcha. Medium will give you the smoothest ride through DC with its right on the nose average of 60fps, but you'll probably fare just as well sticking on High with its average of 47fps. What's more, have a fiddle with some of the settings outlined on the first page of this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide and you'll probably have a frame rate closer to 60fps in no time at all.

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The Division 2 PC graphics performance: AMD Radeon 7

The other big daddy, and the other official Ubisoft recommendation for 60fps 4K play. Admittedly, the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti still has the edge over the AMD Radeon 7, as that card can do 60fps on the top Ultra setting. You'll have to settle for High here if you want the same kind of speed, but needless to say, this is still more than enough to play the game at practically any setting or resolution you like.

I've got AMD's own version of the card on test here, but it has exactly the same base and boost clock speeds as all the other third-party Radeon 7s as well, so these results should be pretty uniform no matter which version of the card you either have or might be looking to buy if you're still eyeing up AMD's three free games deal.

Can I play this at 1920x1080?

Give me a Y!

Can I play this at 2560x1440?

Give me an E!

Can I play this at 4K?

Give me an S! What does that spell? YES! To all three resolutions. At 1080p you're looking at 91fps on Ultra, at 1440p you can get a nice 71fps on Ultra and at 4K you can bag a smooth 54fps on High.

I mean, you can get a triple Ultra whammy if you want, as this will still give you an average of 42fps at this resolution, but you'll probably need to employ some of the tricks I talk about on the first page of this The Division 2: How to get the best PC settings guide to bump it up closer to 60fps. Still, 54fps on High is still pretty damn great if you ask me, so off you pop and go and enjoy yourself. Washington DC isn't going to save itself, after all.

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