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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  • MDD1963 - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - link

    Who *actually* thought, after so many years of Intel not giving coolers with it's "K" model variants, that this one might come with a bundled cooler? :) Reply
  • Tkan215215 - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    got rip off by Intel again Xd. little to no improvement. that is what their fab are for flexible manufacturing Reply
  • The Chill Blueberry - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    But that's not a new processor, it's just a binned i7-8700k. It's just pre-overclocked a bit and guaranteed stable. Reply
  • The Benjamins - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    A bin that is a big let down, with no better 2-6 core turbos it makes this CPU only marginally better then the 8700k. they could of tried to have the other turbo speeds have some improvements. Reply
  • Dr. Swag - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    This chip is obviously intended for OCing in which case it should be able to attend least hit 5 ghz. Reply
  • AutomaticTaco - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Simple enough solution. Don't buy one. Right? Reply
  • mr_tawan - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    You know, this SKU is meant a collectible for their anniversary.

    I think they should gold plate the lid though :P
    Reply
  • jcc5169 - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    More INTEL non-innovation .... Reply
  • Death666Angel - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    It's a whimsical anniversary celebration CPU. What were you expecting? It will only sell to people who want it for the novelty/collectors aspect. Anyone getting it for the performance delta deserves to lose their money. Reply
  • AutomaticTaco - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Or others who happen to be in the market for an upgrade now. Reply

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