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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  • Threska - Monday, November 16, 2020 - link

    Like it says in the article AMD almost folded in 2015, and people were writing articles about it's demise. Seems no one has learned anything about predicting the future from that experience. The world needs competition. It doesn't need an AMD monopoly, nor an Intel one, and with good fortune RISC-V and maybe other competitors will come on the scene so we don't keep repeating the history of "Oh they're dying, and I'm rooting for it". Reply
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    Keep on wishing, friend Reply
  • Jasonovich - Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - link

    Hardly likely, TSMC is the bigger fish, has almost twice the capita as Intel. Reply
  • vais - Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - link

    Luckily there are anti-monopoly laws ;) Reply
  • Threska - Monday, November 16, 2020 - link

    Let's see how the whole ARM acquisition by Nvidia shakes out before we all start quoting monopoly laws. Reply
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