Total War: Warhammer II (DX11)

Last in our 2018 game suite is Total War: Warhammer II, built on the same engine of Total War: Warhammer. While there is a more recent Total War title, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, that game was built on the 32-bit version of the engine. The first TW: Warhammer was a DX11 game was to some extent developed with DX12 in mind, with preview builds showcasing DX12 performance. In Warhammer II, the matter, however, appears to have been dropped, with DX12 mode still marked as beta, but also featuring performance regression for both vendors.

It's unfortunate because Creative Assembly themselves have acknowledged the CPU-bound nature of their games, and with re-use of game engines as spin-offs, DX12 optimization would have continued to provide benefits, especially if the future of graphics in RTS-type games will lean towards low-level APIs.

There are now three benchmarks with varying graphics and processor loads; we've opted for the Battle benchmark, which appears to be the most graphics-bound.

Total War: Warhammer II - 2560x1440 - Ultra Quality

Total War: Warhammer II - 1920x1080- Ultra Quality

Along with GTA V, Total War: Warhammer II is the other game in our suite where the GTX 1060 6GB FE remains in the lead even against factory-overclocked RX 590s. NVIDIA hardware all fare well here, and for the RX 590 it has at least made up enough ground to nip at the GTX 1060 6GB FE's heels. And while the RX 590 represents a decent jump from R9 390 levels, it is still priced higher and draws more power than the GTX 1060 6GB.

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  • eva02langley - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    Who the hell is using SFX?

    There is plenty of small form factor case using regular ATX standard.

    Unless you use Silverstone cases, SFX is not even a matter.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    I am using a Silverstone case and a SFX power supply. Not that either of the two matter in regards to an RX590 announcement. Reply
  • duploxxx - Friday, November 16, 2018 - link

    hard to find any psu below 500w these days.... Reply
  • Gasaraki88 - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    Unless the 1060 GDDR5X version comes out... which is soon. Reply
  • eva02langley - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    GDDR5X is only having an impact at higher resolutions than 1080p... which the 1060 GTX is clearly not aiming at. Reply
  • eva02langley - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    Exactly, this is selling at the same price as a 1060 GTX and offer a game bundle, it is brainless and right before christmas.

    Unlike a lot of people here, I think it is the best new card of the year. RTX was such a disaster and especially more with BF5 benchmarks.
  • ragenalien - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    Still viable for smaller cases that have stricter heat requirements. Reply
  • Uelmo - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    I bought my GTX titan X I bought in mid 2016 for cheaper than current price rtx 2080 ti , it's sad that GPU advancement has slowed , my card can still good with best :( Reply
  • goatfajitas - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    Boy oh boy, if AMD keeps pushing like this by next year they will be as fast as Nvidia was in 2016. Reply
  • mapesdhs - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - link

    Problem is, far too many gamers just don't buy AMD even when they do have something genuinely competitive or objectively better. Many people use them merely as a means of buying a cheaper NVIDIA option when the latter drops its prices. I've even seen people say such dumb things as they hope AMD will release something good so they can buy a cheaper NVIDIA card. With such a consumer mindset, there's no incentive for AMD to target the high end at all. AMD are going after the mainstream, which is where the volume is. If they can do well there then they can build the brand recognition and aim higher later.

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