Xe-LP GPU Performance: Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Deus Ex is a franchise with a wide level of popularity. Despite the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (DEMD) version being released in 2016, it has often been heralded as a game that taxes the CPU. It uses the Dawn Engine to create a very complex first-person action game with science-fiction based weapons and interfaces. The game combines first-person, stealth, and role-playing elements, with the game set in Prague, dealing with themes of transhumanism, conspiracy theories, and a cyberpunk future. The game allows the player to select their own path (stealth, gun-toting maniac) and offers multiple solutions to its puzzles.

DEMD has an in-game benchmark, an on-rails look around an environment showcasing some of the game’s most stunning effects, such as lighting, texturing, and others. Even in 2020, it’s still an impressive graphical showcase when everything is jumped up to the max.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided: 600p Minimum QualityDeus Ex Mankind Divided: 1080p Maximum Quality

At the minimum settings, all of the integrated graphics are easily playable, with AMD winning at 15 W but the 28 W Tiger Lake goes a bit above that, within reaching distance of the desktop APU. At a more regular 1080p Maximum, the 20 FPS is perhaps a bit too slow for regular gameplay.

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  • MDD1963 - Saturday, September 19, 2020 - link

    Although equaling/exceeding 7700K-level of performance within a 50W envelope in a laptop is impressive, the 4c/8t design is going to cause at least one or two frowns/raised eyebrows... Reply
  • ballsystemlord - Saturday, September 19, 2020 - link

    @Ian why do these companies always seem to have the worst timing on sending you stuff? Do you tell them when you'll be on vacation?

    Thanks for the review!
  • Ian Cutress - Sunday, September 20, 2020 - link

    It's happened a lot these past couple of years. The more segments of the tech industry you cover, the less downtime you have - my wife obviously has to book holiday months in advance, but companies very rarely tell you when launches are, or they offer surprise review samples a few days before you are set to leave. We do our best to predict when the downtime is - last year we had hands on with the Ice Lake Development system before the announcement of the hardware, and so with TGL CPUs being announced first on Sep 2nd, we weren't sure when the first units were coming in. We mistimed it. Of course with only two/three of us on staff, each with our own segments, it's hard to get substitutes in. It can be done, Gavin helped a lot with TR3 for example. But it depends on the segment.

    And thanks :)
  • qwertymac93 - Sunday, September 20, 2020 - link

    Finally a decent product from Intel. It's been a while. Those AVX512 numbers were impressive. Intel is also now able to compete toe to toe with AMD integrated graphics, trading blows. I feel that won't last, though. AMD is likely to at least double the GPU horsepower next gen with the move from a tweaked GCN5 to RDNA2 and I don't know if Intel will be able to keep up. Next year will be exciting in any case. Reply
  • Spunjji - Sunday, September 20, 2020 - link

    It'll be a while before we get RDNA2 at the high end - looks like late 2021 or early 2022. Before that, it's only slated to arrive with Van Gogh at 7-15W Reply
  • efferz - Monday, September 21, 2020 - link

    It is very interesting to see that the intel complier make the SPECint2017 scores 52% higher than other compliers without 462.libquantum. Reply
  • helpMeImDying - Thursday, September 24, 2020 - link

    Hello, before ranting I want to know if the scores of spec2006 and spec2017 were adjusted/changed based on processors frequency(Read something like that in the article)? Because you can't do that. Frequencies should be out of the topic here unless comparing same generation CPU's and even then there are some nuances. What matters is the performance per watt comparing low power notebooks. It can be done mathematically, if the TDP can't be capped at the same level all the time, like you did in the first few pages. I'm interested in scores at 15W and 25W. So you should have and should in the future monitor and publish power consumed numbers near the scores.
    And if you are adjusting scores based on CPU frequencies, then they are void and incorrect.
  • helpMeImDying - Thursday, September 24, 2020 - link

    Btw, same with iGPUs. Reply
  • beggerking@yahoo.com - Friday, September 25, 2020 - link

    none of the tests seem valid... some are intel based others are AMD based... I don't see a single test where Ryzen beats 10th gen but loses to 11th gen on standard 15 watt profile...

    the speed difference between 10th and 11th gen intel is approx 10-15%.. its good, but probably not worth the price premium since Ryzen is already cheaper than 10th gen, i don't see how 11th gen would go cheaper than Ryzen...
  • legokangpalla - Monday, September 28, 2020 - link

    I always thought AVX-512 was a direct standoff against heterogenous computing.
    I mean isn't it a better idea to develop better integrations for GPGPU like SYCL, higher versions of OpenCL etc? Programming with vector instructions IMO is lot more painful compared to writing GPU kernels and tasks like SIMD should be offloaded to GPU instead being handled by CPU instruction(CPU instruction with poor portability).

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