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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  • Makaveli - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    what are you ranting about wreckage NV would have done the same thing if they released their card first!

    Gouging its customers don't make me laugh. If the price is too high for you don't buy it.
    AMD didn't put a gun to anyone head.
    Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - link

    Nvidia released it's last 4 flagship cards at $499, yes that's correct, and this one is that.
    Not sure what imaginary world you live in, but it's one that does not include the common facts at hand.
    In other words, AMD already knew far beforehand the $499 flagship Nvidia card price was coming, and so did everyone else who paid attention.
    Reply
  • consolePoS - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    I said haha busted you dickhead goddamn Reply
  • consolePoS - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    woops thought my well thought out comment had been removed, oh well whilst I'm already commenting heres another: "Wreckage is a complete benson and an all around arse-bandit" Reply
  • slayernine - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Actually it looks to me like the 680 is hugely disappointing, losing to the 7970 and even the 7950 in some tests.

    Try reading the article....
    Reply
  • Hauk - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Wreckage first again! LMAO.. Reply
  • pandemonium - Friday, March 23, 2012 - link

    I'm confused...are we reading the same article? The 7970 and 680 swap top positions for the most powerful single GPU in several different ways.

    Where is this, "This cards beats AMD on EVERY level! Price, performance, features, power..... every level"?
    Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Saturday, March 24, 2012 - link

    We always, since game engines favor one style core over another, have a reasonable average of the games chosen to be tested as indicator of "performance".
    Every common and popular website testing has that "performance" chalked up the GTX680 winning.
    you can't argue price
    you can't argue features
    you can't argue power
    --
    20% slower overall
    $80 more expensive
    no on the fly OC, no dyna vsync, no physx- no unique destrcution, no TXAA
    loses on watts per frame
    --
    Yes we are looking at the same review but your bias has your brain dreaming up other things ?
    Reply
  • IceDread - Friday, March 23, 2012 - link

    No it does not.

    SLI scaling is really bad as is surround.

    http://www.sweclockers.com/recension/15196-geforce...

    Check the graphs.
    Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Saturday, March 24, 2012 - link

    I guess SWE clockers are amateurs or have some shoulder chip..

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-sli-...

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-7970-cross...

    Nvidia 101 FPS
    AMD 89 FPS
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