Civilization V

Our final game, Civilization 5, gives us an interesting look at things that other RTSes cannot match, with a much weaker focus on shading in the game world, and a much greater focus on creating the geometry needed to bring such a world to life. In doing so it uses a slew of DirectX 11 technologies, including tessellation for said geometry, driver command lists for reducing CPU overhead, and compute shaders for on-the-fly texture decompression.

Civilization V - 2560x1600 - Maximum Quality + 4xMSAA

Civilization V - 1920x1200 - Maximum Quality + 4xMSAA

Civilization V - 1680x1050 - Maximum Quality + 4xMSAA

Remember when NVIDIA used to sweep AMD in Civ V? Times have certainly changed in the last year, that’s for sure. It only seems appropriate that we’re ending on what’s largely a tie. At 2560 the GTX 680 does have a 4% lead over the 7970, however the 7970 reclaims it’s lead at the last possible moment at 1920. At this point we’ve seen the full spectrum of results, from the GTX 680 losing badly to winning handily, and everything in between.

On a final note, it’s interesting to see that the GTX 680 really only manages to improve on the GTX 580’s performance at 2560. At 1920 the lead is only 8%, and at 1680 we’re just CPU limited. Haswell can’t get here soon enough.

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  • Owls - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Not hasty but trolly. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    He states the facts that shame amd's recent launch fiasco and it's trolling...
    Way to go. Tell the truth, you're a troll. Only if we tell lies for amd are we being a good poster boy.
    Reply
  • Lazlo Panaflex - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    The Bitch is back! Go troll some other site, chump. Reply
  • flashbacck - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Lol. What a loser! Reply
  • medi01 - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    But he read the title.
    Besides, Anand never misses chance to piss on AMD's cookies.
    Reply
  • medi01 - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    "but as always, at the end of the day it’s NVIDIA who once again takes the performance crown"

    Oh boy...
    Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    The 680 stomped the 7970 in Civ5 and the reviewer obviously a you know what fan, said the 7970 tied. He's trying as hard as he possibly can for his brothers like you. Reply
  • mschira - Friday, March 23, 2012 - link

    Oh come on. You're just annoyed he beat you.
    And his comment almost makes sense.
    M.
    Reply
  • N4g4rok - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    You should probably go look at the charts, at least. Reply
  • Belard - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Er... no. In some games, AMD's $350 card was faster... in many games they are are comparable with each other. But nothing deadly to AMD.

    In general, the 680 is the faster card.... hopefully we'll see a price war.
    Reply

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