Gaming Tests: Civilization 6

Originally penned by Sid Meier and his team, the Civilization 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 underflow. Truth be told I never actually played the first version, but I have played every edition from the second to the sixth, including the fourth as voiced by the late Leonard Nimoy, and 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.

For this benchmark, we are using the following settings:

  • 480p Low, 1440p Low, 4K Low, 1080p Max

For automation, Firaxis supports the in-game automated benchmark from the command line, and output a results file with frame times. We do as many runs within 10 minutes per resolution/setting combination, and then take averages and percentiles.

AnandTech Low Resolution
Low Quality
Medium Resolution
Low Quality
High Resolution
Low Quality
Medium Resolution
Max Quality
Average FPS
95th Percentile

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

 

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  • brunis.dk - Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - link

    It's nothing compared to the price premiums Intel used to charge for their performance leadership. Reply
  • Diggodo - Monday, January 11, 2021 - link

    You might want to rethink what you've just claimed.. and I'm very confused why you would think 5950x is worth it unless you absolutely need the extra cores for work. Its $750 MSRP compared to $550 🤦‍♂️. I'm curious why you say otherwise because every Intel 10th gen-11th gen chip have been duds really.

    The 5900x is a steal for it's price and is a killer chip. The price hike means nothing because the 3900x was 499 when it came out.
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  • Santoval - Monday, November 9, 2020 - link

    Not just in price/performance this time, in performance period. Reply
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    Rip anandtech server been overloaded (to many views I and to reload like 8 times just to get to this page about to try and use the print to show all pages good luck to me trying that so I can read everything ) Reply
  • NickOne - Thursday, November 5, 2020 - link

    Yeah, probably Intel server Reply
  • Drkrieger01 - Thursday, November 5, 2020 - link

    Just my $0.02 as a sysadmin, it's likely a limited bandwidth issue, not server access/drive IOPS. Reply
  • lmcd - Thursday, November 5, 2020 - link

    Probably all the other website editors looking for the best one-line quote to include Reply
  • Orkiton - Thursday, November 5, 2020 - link

    Intel will buy TSMC and Rip out Amd :)) Reply
  • Hifihedgehog - Thursday, November 5, 2020 - link

    Wishful thinking. That's like a Bulldog trying to eat a Great Dane. Reply
  • fazalmajid - Thursday, November 5, 2020 - link

    Er, TSMC’s market cap is double Intel’s. Reply

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