The Division 2 PC Optimization, Settings, Get Higher FPS, 2x Performance

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The Division 2 PC private beta has given us a taste of what the game has to offer and I was able to play with the game’s setting in order to see what kind of performance boost you get when lowering some of them. There are plenty of settings that you can play with when it comes to The Division 2 PC and here we are going to look at the optimization options and settings that you can lower in order to get higher FPS and better performance.

The Division 2 PC Requirements

Before we dive into the different settings and The Division 2 PC Optimization you should know about the requirement of the game. The following is the kind of hardware that you will need in order to run the game at different resolutions:

Minimum – 1080p | 30 FPS

  • OS: Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD FX-6350 | Intel Core I5-2500K
  • RAM: 8 GM
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 270 | Nvidia Geforce GTX 670
  • VRAM: 2 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12

Recommended – 1080p | 60 FPS

  • OS: Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X | Intel Core I7-4790
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: AMD RX 480 | Nvidia Geforce GTX 970
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12

High – 1440p | 60 FPS

  • OS: Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 | Intel Core I7-6700K
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: AMD RX Vega 56 | Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070
  • VRAM: 8 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12

Elite – 4K | 60 FPS

  • OS: Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X | Intel Core I9-7900X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon VII | Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 TI
  • VRAM: 11 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12

The Division 2 PC Optimization And Settings

Now that you have gone through the requirements of the game you have an idea of what your graphics card will be able to handle. We used a GTX 1060 6GB for our testing which is a fairly powerful mid-range graphics card and should give us a solid performance at 1080p. Our testing was done using DX12 which provides better performance compared to DX11 except for when the GTC 1060 was used to run the game at 1440p and 4K. By the end of this The Division 2 PC optimization guide you will be able to run the game at much higher FPS.

How To Increase Performance And FPS

There are plenty of settings that have a minor impact on visuals but can boost the performance of your graphics card and there are some settings that have little to no impact on FPS. The following are all the settings that had a minor impact on performance and provide an FPS boost of less than 3%:

  • Sharpening
  • Particle Detail
  • Reflection Quality
  • Vegetation Quality
  • Sub-Surface Scattering
  • Depth of Field
  • Lens Flare
  • Vignette Effect
  • Water Quality
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Projected Texture Resolution
  • High-Resolution Sky Textures
  • Terrain Quality

If you are having a hard time getting to 60 FPS then you can turn these settings down and all of these settings lowered will give you a bump in performance but know that individually the difference is minimal. Now let’s look into the settings that have a higher impact on performance.

Shadow Quality: Lowering this setting can give you a performance boost of up to 9%.

Contact Shadows: Lowering contact shadows can give you a boost in FPS of up to 5%.

Parallax Mapping: Lowering this setting can increase performance by 7%.

Ambient Occlusion: Reducing Ambient Occulusion can improve performance by 8%.

Extra Streaming Distance: This setting can impact performance by up to 8%.

Spot Shadows: This setting can affect the performance of The Division 2 by 15%.

Spot Shadow Resolution: Reducing the Spot Shadow Resolution can increase performance by 14%.

Resolution Scale: Resolution Scale can have a pretty drastic impact on performance by up to 85%.

Volumetric Fog: This can be taxing on any graphics card and reducing this setting can improve performance by 28%.

Local Reflection Quality: Bringing down the Local reflection Quality can improve FPS by 14%.

Anisotropic Filtering: Reducing this setting can increase performance by up to 11%.

Object Detail: Object detail also has a significant impact on the game and you can get 27% boost in FPS by turning this setting down.

If you are interested in learning more about The Division 2 then you can check out our other guides:

Let us know what you think about The Division 2 PC optimization and whether or not you are interested in playing the game.

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About the Author: Talha Amjad

PC hardware enthusiast and avid gamer Talha Amjad has been creating content for more than 6 years now. He has worked with multiple brands and renowned websites. Tech and gaming are more than just work, they are a passion and way of life for him.

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