Total War Warhammer DirectX 12 review: 20 GPUs tested

Tested in Full HD, WQHD and Ultra HD

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Maximum settings per graphics card

You can find screenshots on page two that showcase the quality difference between the various settings. The game is quite playable at 30 fps, however the experience is much more fluid if you can get an average frame rate of 60 fps. Therefore you can find which setting each graphics card can achieve for both frame rates and which graphics card you need at least for certain quality settings and resolutions.

60 fps

  Medium Ultra
GTX 950 - -
GTX 960 - -
GTX 970 Full HD -
GTX 980 WQHD -
GTX 980 Ti WQHD -
GTX 1060 3GB WQHD -
GTX 1060 6GB WQHD -
GTX 1070 WQHD Full HD
GTX 1080 WQHD Full HD
R9 270X - -
R9 280X Full HD -
R9 290 WQHD -
R7 370 4G - -
R9 380 4G Full HD -
R9 390X WQHD -
R9 Fury X WQHD -
R9 Nano WQHD -
RX 460 - -
RX 470 4GB WQHD -
RX 480 8GB WQHD -

Unfortunately even the fastest graphics cards cannot render the game at 60 fps at WQHD or Ultra HD Ultra.

  Medium Ultra
Full HD GTX 970 / R9 280X GTX 1080 / -
WQHD GTX 970 / R9 290 - / -
Ultra HD GTX 1080 / - - / -

30 fps

  Medium Ultra
GTX 950 WQHD -
GTX 960 WQHD -
GTX 970 Ultra HD Full HD
GTX 980 Ultra HD WQHD
GTX 980 Ti Ultra HD WQHD
GTX 1060 3GB Ultra HD Full HD
GTX 1060 6GB Ultra HD WQHD
GTX 1070 Ultra HD WQHD
GTX 1080 Ultra HD WQHD
R9 270X WQHD -
R9 280X WQHD -
R9 290 Ultra HD Full HD
R7 370 4G WQHD -
R9 380 4G WQHD -
R9 390X Ultra HD WQHD
R9 Fury X Ultra HD WQHD
R9 Nano Ultra HD WQHD
RX 460 Full HD -
RX 470 4GB Ultra HD Full HD
RX 480 8GB Ultra HD Full HD

Of course 30 fps is much more achievable. Unfortunately there is still no card that can render the game at Ultra HD Ultra.

  Medium Ultra
Full HD GTX 950 / RX 460 GTX 970 / R9 290
WQHD GTX 950 / RX 460 GTX 1060 6GB / R9 390X
Ultra HD GTX 970 / R9 290 - / -

 


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