It's no secret that Dishonored 2 launched in a bit of a state a few weeks ago. There was talk of widespread performance issues for PC players, even those with high-end systems. How then does it stack up after a fortnight of patching? We take a look at it with the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G to find out.
Dishonored 2 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4 (Click to Enlarge)
For our benchmarks we put Dishonored 2 to the test against the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G, equipped with 6GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. We ran through a number of short segments with each preset and a selection of different resolutions taking an average frame rate.
Dishonored 2 MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G 4K Benchmarks
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Dishonored 2 Low vs Ultra Graphics Comparison
Dishonored 2 got quite a lot of flak for bad performance at launch, but since then it's been patched a fair bit. The performance on offer here with the MSI GTX 1060 isn't fantastic, although it isn't terrible either. For 1080p gaming it offers very stable performance. During action scenes at Ultra it can drop down into the low 40's, yet for the most part while exploring it's comfortably above 60 frames per second.
Bump it up 1440p and it's a different story here. Fortunately the frame rate remains relatively stable, although there are drops down into the 20's. Not ideal performance so I'd have to recommend a 1070 and above for 1440p players. Unsurprisingly this means 4K is a no go, unless you're particularly fond of slide shows.
Overall Dishonored 2 runs fine on the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G, yet it has to be said that the oftentimes basic visuals don't really look like they should be stressing a beefy graphics like this too much. Visually it's not massively better than the original so this is quite curious to see. With any luck Arkane keeps plugging away at the engine so eventually those with lower end GPUs can squeeze out a playable frame rate.
One special too for the Adaptive Resolution. Dear god. Whatever you do, disable this if you can. Set it Manual and the image quality goes totally down the drain. It was like smearing my eyeballs in Vaseline. Have a look at the example below to see what I mean. Both images were taken at (allegedly) 1080p resolution on the Ultra preset.
Grim, right? Trust me, it looks even worse in motion.
For more on Dishonored 2 be sure to check out Felix's recent review.