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Total War ROME II Patch 2: PC Performance Benchmarks for Graphics Cards and Processors

BASIC INFORMATION ON THE GAME

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Release Year : 2013
Genre : Strategy (Real-time / Turn-based) / 3D
Developer : The Creative Assembly
Publisher : SEGA
Platform : PC 

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This review is dedicated to the study of the performance of the game Total War ROME II with the release of Patch 2, which, according to the developers, should solve a large number of pressing problems, it also includes optimizations to increase performance, improve AI performance, optimization of pathfinding for the campaign and additional graphics / resolution settings for DX10 and 11 on mobile GPUs.

Also, tests were added to the review at the maximum acceptable quality settings for the game and tests of the processors directly in the game itself, where the load on the central processors is much higher than in the in-game benchmark. If you want to learn more about the main aspects of the game, we advise you to read the last review. 

TEST PART

Test configuration

test stands

Benchmark #1 based on the Intel Socket 2 011

Testbed #2 based on the Intel Socket 2 011

Test stand #3 based on the Intel Socket 1155 platform

Test stand #4 based on the Intel Socket 1366 platform

Testbed #5 based on the Intel Socket 115 6

Test Bench #6 Based on AMD Socket AM3 Platform

Benchmark #7 Based on AMD Socket AM3 +

multimedia equipment

3D monitor LG W2363D

Monitor LG E2750

Dell U3010 monitor product provided by  AMD

Software configuration

operating system

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64 SP1

Graphics driver

Nvidia GeForce/ION Driver Release 326.98

AMD Catalyst 13.10

Monitoring program

MSI Afterburner v 3.0.14

GPU test

All video cards were tested at maximum graphics quality by MSI Afterburner. The purpose of the test is to determine how video cards from different manufacturers behave under the same conditions. The average and minimum FPS of the in-game benchmark was taken as the performance indicator.  Below is a video of the test segment:   

Our video cards were tested at 1920x1080 and 2560x1600 resolutions at the maximum graphics quality settings allowed by Total War ROME II. Multi-chip configurations from NVIDIA are not supported by the game, but with the release of drivers and a new patch, AMD video cards sometimes  show a slight increase with some settings, and go into the red with others. The tests were carried out at the highest quality of the game itself, and at the maximum settings that can only be unscrewed manually...

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Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 

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At a resolution of 1920x1080 at maximum settings, video cards of the level Radeon HD 5870 or GeForce GTX 480 showed an acceptable level of performance . Solutions at the level of  Radeon HD 7950 or  GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be optimal  .

Testing at maximum quality settings 2560x1600

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At a resolution of 2560x1600 at maximum settings, video cards of the level Radeon HD 7970 or  GeForce GTX 680 showed an acceptable level of performance  . Solutions of the ASUS ARES II  GeForce GTX 780 level and above will be optimal  .

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Testing at the maximum acceptable   quality settings 1920x1080 

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At a resolution of 1920x1080 at maximum settings, video cards of the level Radeon HD 7950 or  GeForce GTX 660 Ti showed an acceptable level of performance . Unfortunately there is no perfect solution...

Testing at the maximum acceptable quality settings 2560x1600

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At a resolution of 2560x1600 at maximum settings,  video cards of the GeForce GTX 780 level  and higher showed an acceptable level of performance .  

VRAM test

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Testing of the video memory consumed by the game was carried out by the  MSI Afterburner program. The results were taken on top video cards from AMD and NVIDIA at resolutions of  1920x1080 and 2560x1600.

Testing at maximum memory GPU quality settings 

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The recommended amount of video memory for this game Total War ROME II is about 1536 MB for standard resolutions and at least 2048 MB for ultra-high. In the most difficult modes, we recommend using video cards with 3 gigabytes of video memory.

Micro Stuttering Test

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 Introducing our testing of FPS output latency on a Micro-Stuttering monitor. The results were taken on video cards from AMD ARES II and NVIDIA GTX 780 at a resolution of 1920x1080 with maximum image quality settings.

Testing at maximum quality settings Micro-Stuttering GPU

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Micro-Stuttering delays for video cards are currently at an acceptable level.

CPU test

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We tested processor dependence on 15 models of basic configurations that are relevant today. The test in most cases was carried out in those places where the value of the video card for the game is minimal and its load was less than 99%, at a resolution of 1920x1080 with maximum graphics quality settings. The first test was carried out in the in-game benchmark, and the second in the game itself on the historical map "Battle for Carthage", below is a video of the test segment:

Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080

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As we can see, with the release of the patch, the performance in the game has increased only for Intel processors. HT technology in the in-game benchmark takes Intel processors to the minus. But then it will be more interesting - let's see the results in the game itself. 

Testing at maximum quality settings "Battle for Carthage"  1920x1080

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And what comes out - in the game itself the situation is more than twice worse than in the benchmark. and surprisingly,  HT gives an increase in performance, and with such results, it can be considered quite noticeable.  

Loading of processor cores  at maximum quality settings "Battle for Carthage"  1920x1080 Intel %

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Loading of processor cores at maximum quality settings "Battle for Carthage"  1920x1080 AMD % 

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Total War ROME II uses most of the CPU resources, but even this is not enough... It is very noticeable that only one processor core plays the main role, which is constantly loaded at 100%, apparently because of this, such a sad picture is observed...

RAM test

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Testing of the RAM consumed by the game was carried out by monitoring directly through the Windows Task Manager. The test was conducted on the base configuration Core i 7 3970X@4.9 GHz with 16GB DDR3 2400 MGz pre-installed memory.

Testing at various quality settings

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As we can see, with various basic quality settings, the amount of RAM consumed in Total War ROME II is at the level of 1200 megabytes. Thus, for a comfortable game, you must have at least 2  GB of RAM installed in your PC. 

Well, according to the release of updates, one thing can be said - the performance has improved a little only for solutions from Intel, while video cards have practically remained at the same level. But even if you have a top processor from Intel, playing Total War ROME II at the moment is rather uncomfortable even with extreme overclocking...