Humankind PC performance report - Graphics card benchmarks

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Aug 20, 2021 1:15 PM
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The time is finally upon us to take human civilization through the ages, from the neolithic tribes of yonder, to the modern contemporary setting we know today. Amplitude's latest historical strategy game is here and with big shoes to fill, but regardless how it plays, how does it perform? And what kind of hardware is needed to play Humankind at its best? We take a look at the PC performance benchmarks for Humankind...

First of all, in this PC performance benchmark article for Humankind, we benchmark a range of graphics cards going from the higher-end RTX 2060; the mid-range GTX 1060 which is the recommended GPU; and to the lower-end R9 380 which is close to the minimum required GPU.

Then we go through the FPS test results of each graphics card running at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. From there we can see the performance of the minimum and recommended system requirement graphics cards and consider how well optimized Humankind really is.

Humankind unfortunately does not include an in-game benchmarking tool, so for the results below we started in a late game with multiple units on screen and most of the map explored. We then walked around and explored for a bit before getting into a battle with one of the enemies. Since most of your time in Humankind will be doing just that, we felt this run to be pretty representative of the majority of your gameplay experience in Humankind.

With that in mind, let's jump into the PC performance benchmarks for Humankind...

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Humankind RTX 2060 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia PNY GeForce RTX 2060 | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in Humankind @ 1080p

Humankind Fastest Fast Simple Good Beautiful Fantastic
Average FPS 132.6 123.1 107.8 90.1 76.5 65.9
Min FPS 113.8 101.6 92.7 76.8 71.4 62.9
Max FPS 148.8 136.1 117.4 97.2 80.8 69.2
1% Low FPS 74.6 72.6 52.8 51.1 45.3 42.6
0.1% Low FPS 38.1 42.1 14.2 41 18.9 33.5

The FPS performance of the RTX 2060 in Humankind at 1080p is pretty good, achieving more than 60fps performance even on Fantastic graphics settings. Therefore, the RTX 2060 is perfectly suitable for playing Humankind at 1080p on Fantastic graphics settings.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in Humankind @ 1440p

Humankind Fastest Fast Simple Good Beautiful Fantastic
Average FPS 115.5 109.4 103.6 76.3 59.3 51.4
Min FPS 94.4 95.8 87 69.1 55.5 48.7
Max FPS 127.9 122.4 115.8 81.4 62.3 54.9
1% Low FPS 66.2 65.2 56.3 51.5 40.8 37.9
0.1% Low FPS 37.7 37.4 43.1 37.2 33.3 30.7

The FPS performance of the RTX 2060 at 1440p in Humankind is still pretty good, although drops below 60fps performance on Beautiful or higher graphics settings. Thankfully, Humankind does not need to be played at 60fps to feel comfortable, so the RTX 2060 is still perfectly suitable for playing Humankind at 1440p on Fantastic graphics settings.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in Humankind @ 4K

Humankind Fastest Fast Simple Good Beautiful Fantastic
Average FPS 96.4 88.8 70.8 58.8 50.1 32.3
Min FPS 80.9 81 62.5 54.7 42.7 30.2
Max FPS 109.7 101.1 77.8 63.5 53.5 33.9
1% Low FPS 58.4 54.6 42.4 39.1 34 24.6
0.1% Low FPS 39.6 28.3 9.3 29.8 27.6 23

At 4K, the FPS performance of the RTX 2060 in Humankind is still pretty good, although frame rate drops significantly on Fantastic graphics settings. At this point the game is still playable and provided a comfortable experience, though depending on your preference may want to stick to Beautiful settings or lower at 4K.

Overall, looking at the results above the RTX 2060 is perfect for playing Humankind at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolutions, though graphics settings will depend on preference as some settings can drop below 60fps even down to 30fps. However, Humankind does not need to be played at 60fps to be comfortable, and in our experience was still perfectly playable even at 30fps performance.

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Humankind GTX 1060 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 1060 | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Humankind @ 1080p

Humankind Fastest Fast Simple Good Beautiful Fantastic
Average FPS 92.3 84.2 69.2 54.8 45.7 40.1
Min FPS 75.3 77.3 64.1 48.7 42.8 38.5
Max FPS 103.9 93 75.2 58.9 48.3 42.9
1% Low FPS 37.2 40 40.8 33.9 29 26.8
0.1% Low FPS 10.5 12.9 35.3 31.3 20.2 22.9

The GTX 1060's FPS performance in Humankind at 1080p is good, though it does drop below 60fps performance on Good or higher graphics settings. Once again though, Humankind does not need to be played at 60fps to be enjoyable, and so in our experience even on Fantastic graphics settings was still comfortable to play. Considering this is the recommended GPU for Humankind, the GTX 1060 is perfectly suitable for playing Humankind at 1080p.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Humankind @ 1440p

Humankind Fastest Fast Simple Good Beautiful Fantastic
Average FPS 77.5 70.4 65.1 46.1 34.8 31.1
Min FPS 68.3 62.9 58.2 42.8 32.6 29.6
Max FPS 86.9 78.5 72.1 49.7 36.7 33.3
1% Low FPS 43.4 40 39.5 29 24 22.1
0.1% Low FPS 20.5 32.4 31.5 19.4 21 18.4

At 1440p, the GTX 1060's FPS performance in Humankind is okay, though still perfectly playable even on Fantastic graphics settings where frame rate drops to around 30fps. Though, if you want a more stable or higher frame rates, then Simple or Good graphics settings would be better here at 1440p for the GTX 1060, depending on your preference.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Humankind @ 4K

Humankind Fastest Fast Simple Good Beautiful Fantastic
Average FPS 57.7 55.2 42 34.2 29.2 18.4
Min FPS 49 46.5 37.6 30.5 26.5 15.8
Max FPS 68.1 62.9 46.8 37.8 31.7 19.5
1% Low FPS 35.3 33.2 28.4 23.3 20.6 13.4
0.1% Low FPS 28.5 15.8 18.6 17.5 18.5 4.5

Finally, at 4K the FPS performance of the GTX 1060 is not too great, though still playable up to Good graphics settings. Unfortunately, at Beautiful or above settings the frame rate drops below 30fps, and in our experience was uncomfortable to play, though it won't affect your actual in-game performance.

Overall the GTX 1060 is perfect for playing Humankind at 1080p up to Fantastic graphics settings depending on your preference. At 1440p the situation is the same but a little more demanding, though still playable even on Fantastic graphics settings. At 4K however, it is recommended not to select Beautiful or Fantastic graphics settings due to the low frame rates, as we found this actual became uncomfortable to play, though not completely unplayable.

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Humankind R9 380 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on AMD MSI Radeon R9 380 | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB

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Average FPS for AMD Radeon R9 380 in Humankind @ 1080p

Humankind Fastest Fast Simple Good Beautiful Fantastic
Average FPS 40.4 33.3 31.5 27.1 18 15.5
Min FPS 36.2 30.1 28.4 24.8 16.1 13.5
Max FPS 44 35.7 33.5 28.9 19.5 16.7
1% Low FPS 16.6 15.4 15 14.1 11.1 9.8
0.1% Low FPS 14.4 14.7 14.4 13.1 10.7 8.3

The FPS performance of the R9 380 at 1080p in Humankind is okay. This is close to the recommended GPU though just slightly under, but manages to still achieve more than 30fps performance up to and including the Simple graphics settings. Unfortunately, on Good or higher settings the R9 380 was not able to achieve comfortable performance, as the frame rate drops below 30fps. Overall though, the R9 380 is perfect for playing Humankind at 1080p on Simple graphics settings or lower.

Average FPS for AMD Radeon R9 380 in Humankind @ 1440p

Humankind Fastest Fast Simple Good Beautiful Fantastic
Average FPS 33.9 31.5 30 20.8 16.9 13.5
Min FPS 25.4 27.5 27.2 18.8 15.5 10.3
Max FPS 37.8 34.7 32.3 22.1 19.1 14.8
1% Low FPS 15.3 14.2 14.5 12.1 10.6 9.1
0.1% Low FPS 5.6 10.9 13.4 11.6 9.9 4

At 1440p the R9 380's FPS performance is still surprisingly okay, achieving playable performance up to and including Simple graphics settings, although frame rates may be balancing the line between comfortable and uncomfortable performance too much, so depending on preference should be kept as low as possible.

Looking at the results above, the R9 380 is perfect for playing Humankind at 1080p and 1440p up to and including Simple graphics settings, though 1440p might be a little too demanding depending on your preference.

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Conclusion

Overall, taking a look at the results above Humankind is a surprisingly demanding game on modern hardware when set to the highest graphics settings. However, the presets available have a wide range of performance to choose from, and thankfully Humankind does not need to be played at 60fps for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

That said, if you want to play Humankind at its best you will need a pretty modern and powerful GPU to play at 4K on Max graphics settings. The RTX 2060 seems to be perfect for that, however, performance may be dipping too close to sub-30fps territory that you may need a more powerful graphics card to do so.

For lower-end hardware, Humankind is also pretty demanding, but thankfully still seems to get playable frame rates on Low graphics settings at 1080p. Although it doesn't reach 60fps performance it is still playable and enjoyable, and so possibly hardware even lower than an R9 380 should be able to run Humankind just fine.

It is also worth mentioning that performance can vary depending on what you are doing in the game and what camera zoom level you are at. Additionally, the "Simplified Army" graphics setting mentions using 1 pawn per unit instead of multiple, which theoretically should improve performance in large battles. Although our tests didn't show much improvement, the effect may be more noticeable on lower-end hardware where squeezing every frame you can is preferable.

As always, we welcome any and all feedback from you guys as well with your experience of hardware configurations and FPS performance/quality settings. That way we can all better gauge how well our systems will be able to run Diablo 2 Resurrected.

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