Total War Warhammer DirectX 12 review: 20 GPUs tested

Tested in Full HD, WQHD and Ultra HD

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Game experience, test method and image quality

We tested Total War: Warhammer with 20 graphics cards, ranging from an entry-level GTX 950 to high-end graphics cards such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 and the AMD R9 Fury X. The game features a built-in benchmark, which we've used for our benchmarks.

Warhammer is a strategy game and therefore it can be played well at 30 fps, however 60 fps is much more comfortable and more fluid. Scrolling is much better at 60 fps and it doesn't feel like the game is dragging along.

We tested the game on our new GPU test system, at Full HD (1920x1080), WQHD (2560x1440) and Ultra HD/4K (3840x2160) resolution. Our test system consists of an Intel Core i7 5960X @ 4.0 GHz, MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC motherboard16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory @ 2133 MHz 13-13-13-36-2T, Samsung 840 Evo 1TB SSDSeasonic Platinum Series 1200W PSUNZXT Kraken X60 CPU cooler and a Cooler Master Test Bench. For AMD cards we used Crimson 16.9.2, while we used driver version 372.90 for Nvidia graphics cards.

As usual we tested the game at Medium and Ultra settings. In the table below you can find the exact settings we used. We also made some screenshots of the game running at the lowest settings.

Setting Medium Ultra
Anti-aliasing Off 4x
Texture filtering Anisotropic 4x Anisotropic 16x
Water detal Medium Ultra
Grass detail Medium Ultra
Terrain detail Medium Ultra
Building detail Medium Ultra
Unit size Medium Ultra
Porthole quality 3D 3D
Texture quality Medium Ultra
Shadow detail Medium Ultra
VFX detail Medium Ultra
Tree detail Medium Ultra
Unit detail Medium Ultra
Depth of field Off On
Screen space reflections Off On
SSAO Off On
Distortion Effects Off On
Proximity fading Off On

Below you can find some comparison screenshots taken at Lowest, Medium and Ultra settings. We also made some screenshots at Full HD and Ultra settings to showcase the game. Since many elements are generated randomly it's not possible to replicate screenshots. You can clearly see more details and effects at Ultra settings.

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