Total War Warhammer Benchmarks Unveiled: Better Invest In A Powerful CPU

Omar Sohail
Posted May 26, 2016
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Total War Warhammer benchmarks are in and if you have purchased the game and want to crank the latest title to its highest visual settings, then we are telling you right from the start that it is imperative that you invest in a powerful desktop CPU.

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Before we proceed with the benchmarks, we want to thank PC Gamer for conducting these tests. We understand the amount of effort and time it takes to compile these benchmarks coupled with the amount of time it takes to compose an entire article detailing the sort of performance you’ll experience depending on what visual setting you enable, so if you want to check out the entire article, you can do so at will.

System Requirements

If you want to play the game, then make sure that you system features the following hardware or equivalent.

Minimum

  • Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0Ghz
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Hard Drive: 35GB
  • Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 5770 1024MB, NVIDIA GTS 450 1024MB, or Intel HD4000 (for gaming at a resolution of 720p)

Recommended

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4570 3.20GHz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 35 GB
  • Video Card: AMD Radeon R9 270X 2048MB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2048MB (for gaming at a resolution of 1080p)

Maximum Settings (Preset to Ultra)

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 35GB
  • Video Card: AMD Fury X or NVIDIA GTX 980 (for gaming at a resolution of 1080p)
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Test Bed

PC Gamer used the following configuration for carrying out the benchmarking tests:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K running at 4.2GHz
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K running at 3.9GHz (simulated)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4360 running at 3.7GHz (simulated)
  • Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4-2666
  • Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 2TB
  • PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
  • CPU cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 280L
  • Case: Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Drivers: AMD Crimson 16.5.3, Nvidia 368.22 (386.16 for 1080)

The tests were carried out at five settings:

  • 1920 x 1080 at Medium, High, and Ultra
  • 2560 x 1440 at Ultra
  • 3840 x 2160 at Ultra
  • For CPU scaling, the tests were limited to just 1920 x 1080 at Medium and Ultra quality
  • V-Sync is turned off for all tests

Test results for gaming at 4K

Test results for gaming at 1440p

Test results for gaming at 1080p

CPU Scaling

Conclusions

The summary of these tests are that if you want to game at a steady 60FPS, then it might not be possible until and unless you have a really powerful CPU strapped in the socket. Even an i7-5930K overclocked at 4.2GHz came short at 1080p Ultra, but according to the source, a Skylake i7-6700K overclocked at 4.7GHz might just feature the processing power you need to render sufficient number of frames. Additionally, you can also wait for the DX12 patch, which is expected to improve frame rate by 50 percent of more.

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