Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2 is the latest installment of the long-running Total War series of turn based strategy games, and alongside Civilization V is notable for just how many units it can put on a screen at once. As it also turns out, it’s the single most punishing game in our benchmark suite (on higher end hardware at least).

Total War: Shogun 2 - 2560x1600 - Ultra Quality + 4xAA/16xAF

Total War: Shogun 2 - 1920x1200 - Very High Quality + 16xAF

Total War: Shogun 2 - 1680x1050 - High Quality + 16xAF

With Shogun 2 the GTX 680 sees its first decisive win at last. At the all-punishing resolution of 2560 the GTX 680 not only becomes the first single-GPU card to crack 30fps, but it takes a 16% lead over the 7970 here. Even at a more practical resolution and setting of 1920 the GTX 680 still leads by 15%. Meanwhile the GTX 580 fares even worse here, with the GTX 680 leading by 51% at 2560 and a whopping 63% at 1920. Even the GTX 590 can only barely beat the GTX 680 at 2560, only to lose at 1920.

At this point we’re not sure what it is about the GTX 680 that improves on the GTX 580 by so much. Shogun 2 does use a lot of VRAM, and while the greater amount of VRAM on the GTX 680 alone wouldn’t seem to explain this, the fact that most of that memory is consumed by textures just might. We may be seeing the benefit of the much greater number of texture units GTX 680 has.

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  • Owls - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Not hasty but trolly. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    He states the facts that shame amd's recent launch fiasco and it's trolling...
    Way to go. Tell the truth, you're a troll. Only if we tell lies for amd are we being a good poster boy.
  • Lazlo Panaflex - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    The Bitch is back! Go troll some other site, chump. Reply
  • flashbacck - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Lol. What a loser! Reply
  • medi01 - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    But he read the title.
    Besides, Anand never misses chance to piss on AMD's cookies.
  • medi01 - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    "but as always, at the end of the day it’s NVIDIA who once again takes the performance crown"

    Oh boy...
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    The 680 stomped the 7970 in Civ5 and the reviewer obviously a you know what fan, said the 7970 tied. He's trying as hard as he possibly can for his brothers like you. Reply
  • mschira - Friday, March 23, 2012 - link

    Oh come on. You're just annoyed he beat you.
    And his comment almost makes sense.
  • N4g4rok - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    You should probably go look at the charts, at least. Reply
  • Belard - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Er... no. In some games, AMD's $350 card was faster... in many games they are are comparable with each other. But nothing deadly to AMD.

    In general, the 680 is the faster card.... hopefully we'll see a price war.

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