Destiny 2: PC graphics analysis benchmark review

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Graphics card performance

The game offers several quality settings modes up-to Ultra. Considering at 1920x1080 even entry-level to mainstream graphics cards achieve good frame-rates at Highest settings, this will be the quality settings used. Visually there is little difference in-between the High and Highest mode We use this specific mode as hey, you are playing games on a PC and that is all about the PC experience, proper image quality.


In the above chart, you can see the differences in performance in-between the primary quality modes versus Full HD (1920x1080) and WQHD (2560x1440). Should you need to drop a quality mode performance wise, HIGH-quality mode makes an effective difference should you need the extra perf. Low and medium quality modes are just not worth the image quality or performance benefit IMHO (unless you use an IGP or something).

We measure at the harsh on the GPU intro level - without the accuracy of AfterBurner Overlays we note down the FPS at this level.


All graphics cards are based on reference clock frequencies or clocked at reference frequencies. Nvidia cards often are sold as AIB product with a much faster factory tweak (and extra 100~150 Mhz on the base clock is not unusual) that can result into 10 even 15% additional performance over reference. For AMD card that typically is lower at a ~50 MHz increase. The type of game you play is always relevant though, a first-person shooter game is nice at 50 to 60 fps, an online shooter on a 144Hz monitor feels better at 100+ fps. And totally on the opposing side, for RPG gaming things are different for which we are comfortable with an FPS ranging as low as 30~35 FPS. For race-games I feel a minimum of 40 FPS average would be a good point to start. At all times if your framerate is low, you can opt to change in-game image quality settings. Mind you that we test with reference cards or cards that have been clocked at reference frequencies. Factory tweaked graphics cards obviously can run up to 20% faster. But for the generic overview, we treat all cards equal. 

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