Civilization 6

First up in our CPU gaming tests is Civilization 6. Originally penned by Sid Meier and his team, the Civ series of turn-based strategy games are a cult classic, and many an excuse for an all-nighter trying to get Gandhi to declare war on you due to an integer overflow. Truth be told I never actually played the first version, but every edition from the second to the sixth, including the fourth as voiced by the late Leonard Nimoy, it a game that is easy to pick up, but hard to master.

Benchmarking Civilization has always been somewhat of an oxymoron – for a turn based strategy game, the frame rate is not necessarily the important thing here and even in the right mood, something as low as 5 frames per second can be enough. With Civilization 6 however, Firaxis went hardcore on visual fidelity, trying to pull you into the game. As a result, Civilization can taxing on graphics and CPUs as we crank up the details, especially in DirectX 12.

Perhaps a more poignant benchmark would be during the late game, when in the older versions of Civilization it could take 20 minutes to cycle around the AI players before the human regained control. The new version of Civilization has an integrated ‘AI Benchmark’, although it is not currently part of our benchmark portfolio yet, due to technical reasons which we are trying to solve. Instead, we run the graphics test, which provides an example of a mid-game setup at our settings.

At both 1920x1080 and 4K resolutions, we run the same settings. Civilization 6 has sliders for MSAA, Performance Impact and Memory Impact. The latter two refer to detail and texture size respectively, and are rated between 0 (lowest) to 5 (extreme). We run our Civ6 benchmark in position four for performance (ultra) and 0 on memory, with MSAA set to 2x.

For reviews where we include 8K and 16K benchmarks (Civ6 allows us to benchmark extreme resolutions on any monitor) on our GTX 1080, we run the 8K tests similar to the 4K tests, but the 16K tests are set to the lowest option for Performance.

All of our benchmark results can also be found in our benchmark engine, Bench.

MSI GTX 1080 Gaming 8G Performance





Benchmarking Performance: CPU Legacy Tests Gaming Performance: Shadow of Mordor


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  • Luckz - Monday, April 23, 2018 - link

    PB2/XFR2 seems to be all the overclocking anyone would want to do on Ryzen 2xxx (besides LN2 and other non-sustainable things) Reply
  • werpu - Friday, April 20, 2018 - link

    Ahem those initial results were meltdown only and January, there have been a boatload of fixes since then on both the meltdown and spectre side. So the data is not correct anymore. Even in January VMs etc.. everything I/O intensive already encountered a serious performance hit. Reply
  • Crazyeyeskillah - Friday, April 20, 2018 - link

    Those reviews haven't rerun the intel chip parts, hence the dated data. Reply
  • Azix - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    They used a 1080 in these tests. maybe thats a factor Reply
  • 5080 - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    I think what you're seeing with the other reviews is old database information being used without the spectre and meltdown patches. They only say that Ryzen+ was tested with the latest patches, but it dosn't say that they retested all the Intel systems with the BIOS fix and patches applied. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    All of our Intel systems were re-run with the full Smeltdown fixes for this review. Reply
  • wicketr - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    It's be interesting to have an article running all these tests pre and post patches to show how much they affect the system. There seems to be a lot of confusion about how bad it is. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    It's definitely something we're intending to mine from the data later, after we're over this launch hump. Reply
  • 5080 - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    That's what I thought and what Chris113q doesn'r realize. Reply
  • hescominsoon - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link


    You need to take into account the latest system/bios patches for meltdown/spectre as well. Anandtech is not manipulating the results. Just because they get "different" results from "everybody else"(especially when you fail to cite the differences), strains your credibility.

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