Gaming Tests: 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. For this title, we are testing the following resolutions:

  • 600p Low, 1440p Low, 4K Low, 1080p Max

The benchmark runs for about 90 seconds. We do as many runs within 10 minutes per resolution/setting combination, and then take averages and percentiles.

AnandTech Low Resolution
Low Quality
Medium Resolution
Low Quality
High Resolution
Low Quality
Medium Resolution
Max Quality
Average FPS
95th Percentile

DEMD is often considered a CPU-limited title, so when the 11700K is better than the older Intel CPUs is at the low resolution, low quality setting, that confirms that. But as we ramp up the resolution, and the quality, the 11700K falls behind ever so slightly in both averages and percentiles.

All of our benchmark results can also be found in our benchmark engine, Bench.

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  • inighthawki - Monday, March 8, 2021 - link

    It's not about the cost of electricity. High power draw typically translates to a lot of heat. My PC is on the upper floor and heat accumulates in my room and it gets extremely hot while gaming in the summer, even with AC on.

    As you stick to the same process node and continue to crank up the frequency, it gets hotter and hotter and hotter. Skylake didn't run even close to the temps that these new CPUs run at.

    And yes, even Zen3 produces a lot of heat when under load.
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  • YB1064 - Saturday, March 6, 2021 - link

    How did you conclude that there exist thermal hotspots? Is it an educated guess or did you actually measure a temperature profile? If it was a measurement, was it a thermal image of the socket area of the rear PCB, multiple thermal probes? BTW, your argument does sound logical. Reply
  • ThereSheGoes - Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - link

    Aaannddd. these results are obviously flawed. https://www.hardwareluxx.de/index.php/artikel/hard... Reply
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  • blppt - Friday, March 5, 2021 - link

    Wow, couldn't even match the 5800X. AMD really knocked it out of the park with the 5xxx series. Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Friday, March 5, 2021 - link

    Fell short while using considerably more power. Reply
  • Azix - Friday, March 5, 2021 - link

    I wouldn't call it knocking it out of the part if a 14nm chip is right behind them. Reply
  • DV8_MKD - Friday, March 5, 2021 - link

    Yeah, "right behind them" with 20% more power, smh Reply
  • inighthawki - Friday, March 5, 2021 - link

    TDP is not a measurement of power draw. The 11700k peak power usage is over 2x the 5800x Reply
  • lmcd - Friday, March 5, 2021 - link

    Yea if it was only 20% behind in power draw, that'd be a win at this point. Reply

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