Data from PCGames Hardware shows AMD and Nvidia trading shots across the spectrum. While the overclocked Palit GTX 980 Ti takes top honors overall, PCGH doesn’t compare against the full Fury X, but instead uses a Sapphire Fury Nitro. That GPU locks in second-place at 1080p, with the R9 390 notching third against the GTX 970. The older R9 280X surprisingly beats out the GTX 780 — that’s not a result we would’ve predicted — and the R9 380 takes out the GTX 960.
At 1440p, that gap grows even more pronounced, as the Fury and R9 390 both clear the 30 FPS bar, while the GTX 970 falls below even the GTX 780. Hit PCGH for more details on specific tests, but for now this looks like a tight match-up between AMD and Nvidia.
Guru3D has run some tests on the final version of the game, and its results generally match the PCGH figures. The gap between the Fury X and the GTX 980 Ti is largest at 1080p and smallest at 4K, which matches what we historically see from AMD’s GCN-based GPUs, which scale better than their NV counterparts. In this case, however, Nvidia holds on to a narrow win overall. The Fury Nano’s price recent price cut to $500 make it a particularly sexy GPU in this performance bracket if you want its blend of speed and tiny form factor. 1440p looks to be the sweet spot for gaming if you want to balance high quality and playable frame rates — even the GTX Titan X only manages 36 FPS in 4K.
The Division appears to still be a DirectX 11 title, for those of you keeping score at home.
Game-Ready drivers causing problems for some
Last night, Nvidia pushed out driver 364.47 as part of its Game-Ready driver update for The Division. That’s fairly normal for Nvidia, but in this case, the driver appears to have suffered a problem. Multi-monitor users with Windows 10 reported BSODs, installation failures, and boot issues in that operating system. It’s not clear if this problem hit single-display users, but Nvidia has already pushed out a new driver to clear the issue: 364.51.
That driver can be downloaded from Nvidia’s website, and we recommend upgrading to it if you previously installed the 364.47 variant. If you’re planning to play The Division, it’s best to start with the newer beta driver altogether.