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.

As a reminder, ASRock were not able to loan us the exact GPU that I normally use for our gaming testing. Instead we were able to source an RX 580, so this means that our gaming testing data will only have two data points: a Core i7-8700K and a Core i7-8086K. We will get some more data next week when we are back in the office.

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

ASRock RX 580 Performance

Civilization 6 (1080p, Ultra)Civilization 6 (1080p, Ultra)

Civilization 6 (4K, Ultra)Civilization 6 (4K, Ultra)

Almost zero difference for Civilization between the two. The 8086K is never in a situation to fire up to 5.0 GHz.

Benchmarking Performance: CPU Legacy Tests GPU Tests: Shadow of Mordor
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  • Namisecond - Monday, July 9, 2018 - link

    There are plenty of computers with K series CPUs that are run at stock. Only people who assemble their own computers from components would even consider overclocking their K-series CPUs. I personally have a 4790K and a 7700K running at stock clocks and I built both those systems from scratch. Reply
  • mr_tawan - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    My AMD Athlon XP 1600+ didn't come with a heat sink ... Reply
  • owan - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Almost anyone dropping $425 on a chip is prepared to shell out another $100 for a CLC. They are very common in this market segment, and I think acting like its some kind of grave injustice against AMD that a CLC is being used is just asinine. Reply
  • jklw10 - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Using intel stock cooler absolutely fucking idiotic... You know intel is the scumbag company that want to get maximal profits. Hence the toothpaste on the die and a cactus for a thermal solution Reply
  • AutomaticTaco - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Every business is about profit. It is how they stay in business. You choose to make a purchase or not. Their selection of thermal compound matches the rating of the processor. The choice to simple sell a processor is fine with me. If you don't like the processor or them just buy something else. Simple enough. Your level of hatred for them is ridiculous. Simply buy an AMD or build otherwise. Reply
  • mkaibear - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    Yeah, apart from the fact that the "toothpaste" on the die avoids all the problems with solder and alternative TIMs and works sufficiently for the processor to perform as advertised at the speed they specify within the temperature range they specify, and the thermal solution works well enough for people who don't overclock.

    So basically Intel states precisely what they say they will provide, then provides it, and apparently that makes them a "scumbag company that want to get maximal profits" (as if any company doesn't want to get maximal profits...)

    Get a grip.
    Reply
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    WHAT problems with solder? It was a cost-cutting measure, and anyone who claims otherwise is either a shill or a fanboy. That doesn't even address the fact that potential issues with "alternative TIMs" can apply to Intel's compound too. There's plenty of good pastes out there with excellent longevity and better thermal performance. They're more expensive.

    With that being said Intel's current crop of processors have enough headroom compared to their competition that they simply do not care to improve. When and if AMD's future Zen iterations are able to clock aggressively, at that point Intel will start thinking about switching back to solder (at least on their unlocked higher-end chips).
    Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, June 14, 2018 - link

    Correctly formulated typical solder may have a cracking issue under the stress of liquid nitrogen cooling. For water and air cooling it won't. So, for "real world" cooling, "all the problems with solder" comes down to only faulty formulations — like the formulation Nvidia used in a mobile GPU line that led to widespread premature failure throughout the industry (and, of course, no recalls). Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, June 14, 2018 - link

    "avoids all the problems with solder"

    Oh, boy, the liquid nitrogen bogeyman.
    Reply
  • Death666Angel - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    That would be a review of the cooler, not the CPU. And anyone buying a 400+USD CPU should invest in a decent cooler as well, that is just common sense. Reply

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