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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  • sngbrdb - Friday, March 30, 2012 - link

    *from : P Reply
  • Mombasa69 - Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - link

    This is just a rebadged mid-range card, the 680 has less memory bandwidth than GPU's brought out 4 years ago lol, what a ripp, I can see the big fat directors at Nvidia laughing at all the mugs that have gone out and bought one, thinking this is the real big boy to replace the 580... muppets. lol. Reply
  • N4v1N - Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - link

    Nvidia is the bestest! No AMD is the betterest!
    lol...
    Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Friday, April 06, 2012 - link

    Yes Nvidia clocked the ram over 6Ghz because their ram controller is so rockin'.
    In any case, the 7970 is now being overclocked, both are to 7000Ghz ram.
    Unfortunately the 7970 still winds up behind most of the time, even in 2650X1200 screen triple gaming.
    Reply
  • raghu78 - Saturday, April 07, 2012 - link

    In the Reference Radeon HD 7970 AND XFX RADEON HD 7970 review the DirectX 11 compute shader Fluid simulation perfomance is far more than in this review.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5261/amd-radeon-hd-7...

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5314/xfxs-radeon-hd-...

    http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5314/43383...

    Reference HD 7970 -133 and XFX HD 7970 -145 . In this review Reference HD 7970 -115.5

    What has changed in between these reviews. Is it that performance has actually decreased with the latest drivers
    Reply
  • oddnutz - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - link

    well i have been an ATI fanboi forever. So I am due a gfx upgrade which would of already happened if ATI priced their latest cards similar to previous generations. I will watch ATI prices over the next few weeks but it looks like i might be turning green soon. Reply
  • blanarahul - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    Actually the GTX 680 REFERENCE BOARD was designed for 375 Watts of power.
    It has a total of 2 6-pin and one 8-pin connector on the board! I realized this after seeing the back of the board.
    Reply
  • Commander Bubble - Thursday, April 19, 2012 - link

    I agree with some of the sensible posts littered in here that Witcher 2 should be included as a comparison point, and most notably the ubersampling setup.
    i run 2x 580GTX SLI @1920 and i can't manage a minimum 60fps with that turned on. That would be a good test for current cards as it absoultely hammers them.

    also, i don't know whether CeriseCogburn is right or wrong, and i don't care, but i'm just sick of seeing his name in the comment list. go outside and meet people, do something else. you are clearly spending way too much time on here...
    Reply
  • beiker44 - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    I can't wait to get one...or wait for the bad ace Dual 690!!! decisions decisions Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, July 05, 2012 - link

    "At the end of the day NVIDIA already had a strong architecture in Fermi, so with Kepler they’ve gone and done the most logical thing to improve their performance: they’ve simply doubled Fermi."

    Fermi Lite, you mean.

    "Now how does the GTX 680 fare in load noise? The answer depends on what you want to compare it to. Compared to the GTX 580, the GTX 680 is practically tied – no better and no worse – which reflects NVIDIA’s continued use of a conservative cooling strategy that favors noise over temperatures."

    No, the 680's cooling performance is inferior because it doesn't use a vapor chamber. Nvidia skimped on the cooling to save money, it seems.
    Reply

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