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Legion Dog Watch – Performance test of RTX and DLSS graphics cards

Legion Dog Watch - Performance test of RTX and DLSS graphics cardsThe Watch Dogs series has been remembered as sandboxes with big ambitions, which, despite high announcements and interesting patents, did not harm Grand Theft Auto’s position, but found a loyal group of fans. Each time, “Crackling Dogs” came with relatively high hardware requirements, but the next installment, besides standard graphics options, also includes ray tracing, DLSS. Of course, the impact of additional merchandise will be subject to the Legion Dog Watch performance test, although measurements will also lack dedicated GeForce RTX 2000/3000 functions. What tools do you need to calmly cross the streets of London and fight for freedom?

Author: Sebastian Oktaba

Watch Dogs has undergone a major metamorphosis in its history, as each subsequent edition changes the atmosphere to a visibly loose one. One was a dark story about the cold revenge of a wounded man, two of which spoke of the inverted actions of a homeland hackers group, while three depict the struggle against the oppressive system in an even more chaotic and exaggerated form. The title Legion is a metaphorical reference to a disobedient society, whose representatives of different professions, social classes, races and religions organize militias underground against the fiercely non-verbal organization that n manage the city. Literally anyone can become inverse, because in the new incarnation of Watch Dogs one new hero has been replaced by a whole bunch of non-expressive NPCs. This approach will not suit everyone, as will the increased emphasis on the development and retrofitting of agents, but the rest of the mechanics have remained broadly the old way – avoiding safety, free movement around the agglomeration, urban infrastructure treatment, etc.

Watch Dogs Legion brings not only environmental change, gameplay rules and story building, but also introduces new graphics options dedicated to GeForce RTX 2000/3000 – ray tracing and DLSS.

Legion Dog Watch - Performance test of RTX and DLSS graphics cards [nc1]

Ubisoft has carefully prepared the hardware requirements divided into RTX OFF and RTX ON categories along with active DLSS. Since the developer just substituted NVIDIA products for the graphics card, I chose the matching stuff from the AMD stable on my own. The basic Watch Dogs Legion computer, which lets you turn on the High settings in 1920×1080, should have an AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / Intel Core i7-4790 processor and a graphics card such as NVDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 580. Requirements for 2560×1440 High gain for AMD Ryzen 5 3600 / Intel Core i7-9700K and GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER / AMD Radeon RX 5700. To play 3840×2160 you must have AMD Ryzen 7 3700X / Intel Core i7-9700K and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti / AMD Radeon VII. If you want to enable ray tracing and DLSS, of course, the requirements for processors are increasing, but above all for graphics systems, where, depending on the resolution, you need an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (1920×1080), GeForce RTX 3070 (2560×1440) and GeForce RTX 3080 (3840×2160).

AMD Procesor Ryzen 5 1600 Ryzen 5 3600 Ryzen 7 3700X
Intel processor Core i7-4790 Core i7-9700 Core i7-9700K
NVIDIA graphics card GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce RTX 2060S GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
AMD graphics card Radeon RX 580 Radeon RX 5700 Radeon VII
Action memory 8 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Disk space 45 GB 45 GB 65 GB
Operating system Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
AMD Procesor Ryzen 5 2600 Ryzen 3600 Ryzen 7 3700X
Intel processor Core i5-8400 Core i7-9700 Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA graphics card GeForce RTX 2060 GeForce RTX 3070 GeForce RTX 3080
AMD graphics card
Action memory 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Disk space 45 GB 45 GB 65 GB
Operating system Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit

The manufacturer’s official materials do not mention the name of the graphics engine on which Watch Dogs Legion was created, so one can only assume that its predecessor’s modified engine (Disrupt) was used. On the other hand, however, some notable options have disappeared, which may indicate a closer origin to the Anvil Next driving Assassin’s Creed franchise. Anyway, DirectX 12 is finally introduced, which should be quite useful for a large open world production that likes to pass a lot of data through the CPU. The use of newer APIs has forced the implementation of ray tracing responsible for realistic real-time reflections visible in, among others, pools, windows, wet surfaces, and the like. The developer, along with NVIDIA, introduced the DLSS technique available in four variants. The two good ones above are dedicated to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2000 and RTX 3000 graphics card owners, while the Watch Dog Legion will be added for free to the latter. All GeForce models featured in this test were provided by KFA2.

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