Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2 is the latest installment of the long-running Total War series of turn based strategy games, and alongside Civilization V is notable for just how many units it can put on a screen at once. As it also turns out, it’s the single most punishing game in our benchmark suite (on higher end hardware at least).

Total War: Shogun 2 - 2560x1600 - Ultra Quality + 4xAA/16xAF

Total War: Shogun 2 - 1920x1200 - Very High Quality + 16xAF

Total War: Shogun 2 - 1680x1050 - High Quality + 16xAF

With Shogun 2 the GTX 680 sees its first decisive win at last. At the all-punishing resolution of 2560 the GTX 680 not only becomes the first single-GPU card to crack 30fps, but it takes a 16% lead over the 7970 here. Even at a more practical resolution and setting of 1920 the GTX 680 still leads by 15%. Meanwhile the GTX 580 fares even worse here, with the GTX 680 leading by 51% at 2560 and a whopping 63% at 1920. Even the GTX 590 can only barely beat the GTX 680 at 2560, only to lose at 1920.

At this point we’re not sure what it is about the GTX 680 that improves on the GTX 580 by so much. Shogun 2 does use a lot of VRAM, and while the greater amount of VRAM on the GTX 680 alone wouldn’t seem to explain this, the fact that most of that memory is consumed by textures just might. We may be seeing the benefit of the much greater number of texture units GTX 680 has.

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  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - link

    What you're saying is true for amd cards, and is severe in CF, but true across the board.
    Lower clocked cpu system, better results from Nvidia.
    Reply
  • bozolino - Monday, March 26, 2012 - link

    I dont know whats happening. I have a gtx 560 2win and wanted to compare it to the 680 and see if its worth the replace but the charts cant be compared, for example:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5048/evgas-geforce-g...

    This review uses an i7 3xxx while the older uses an i7 720, how can the older cpu performs better than the new one?? Something is very odd....

    I wish they had used same computer as vga test bench, so we could compare all the results together....
    Reply
  • Sharpie - Monday, March 26, 2012 - link

    Its about design trade offs, you can increase the memory speed if you have a narrow bus to get the same throughput of something with lower clock speed and a large bus. all depeends on the architectural design so arguing about clock numbers is pointless generally speaking unless you are comparing apples to apples. Comapring an NVidia chip to an ATI chip is apples to oranges. Yes, im an engineer. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - link

    Oh I get it you're in some pretend world where the card companies are not "fanboy compared" in the article itself.
    Once the amd card loses, and someone tells the truth about that, it's trolling or fanboy right ?
    If an amd fan lies, it's "a good opinion".
    If an amd fan liar gets corrected, that's "taking it too far" into "fanboy".
    Once aghain, telling the truth on the two competing cards is forbidden only if it's an Nvidia advantage - then WE MUST OMIT the AMD card from the analysis, right ?
    I think you might as well NEVER read another article on a card launch at this site, if you intend to stick to your RUDE comment.
    Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - link

    Heck you didn't read this article nor many others then that say and prove the exact thing.
    I'm sure it will never make sense to you.
    Reply
  • SlyNine - Friday, April 27, 2012 - link

    Actually, I'm pretty sure it's you that doesn't understand the DX API. The CPU's are doing roughly the same thing for both videocards. Cept when it comes to processing the Drivers. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - link

    The GTX690 currently holds the world record with a 1,900mhz overclock, and is gaining easily 15% with noob out of box overlclocks, and reaching very high memory clocks as well as 1,300+ core, I've seen 1,420 on air, and overclocked models are on their way....
    So much for that fud about 7970... it's FUD FUD and pure FUD.
    Reply
  • blanarahul - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - link

    GTX 690???? Reply
  • blanarahul - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - link

    Smart move by NVIDIA. Make a single gpu powerful graphics card to battle the Dual Tahiti monster. Judging by how they are doing the GTX 680 it should have the following specs:-

    4.72 billion transiostors
    2048 CUDA Cores
    384-bit memory bus width
    3 GB VRAM
    600-700 USD
    TDP of 225-250W

    If the clock speeds high enough, it will be quite a match for the 7990!

    The reason i think it will be a single GPU card is because GTX 680=2x GTX 560 Ti.
    So it should be GTX 690=2x GTX 580.
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  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - link

    The release date of the 7970 was jan 11th, 2.5 months is opverstating in AMD's favor...
    Nothing like not knowing what you're talking about huh.
    7970's have come down in price a bit, but you still will find them for much more than $569 at an awful lot of USA online places.
    Reply

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