The Romans are coming...because that magical day everyone (Divayth & Me) has been waiting for, is finally here. I know you're all itching to rush out and grab your copy of Total War Rome 2 but are cautiously waiting to hear back from GD regarding Rome 2 system performance.
Well let's run the classic benchmark first and see how our ageing GD machine, we like to call Jerry, runs the beautiful sweeping battles of Rome 2. Jerry, for those of you who dont know, has a very weak version of the HD 6670 in it...
Rome 2 Total War Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 6670
First off we have started to hear graphical bugs reported for the Rome 2 release and we have an article covering that called: Rome 2 Graphical Glitches And Low Res Texture On Extreme Setting
If you would like to see some extra info on Jerry's GPU then visit the recent Splinter Cell Blacklist HD 6670 Benchmarks page where we show you the full run down of the GPU for your comparison.
Total War Rome 2 Benchmarked on AMD FX-6100 AMD Radeon HD 6670 8GB RAM. 1920x1080, 1600x900, 1366x768 screen resolutions
Rome 2 has a broad selection of graphics settings available to the PC gamer. The default options allow you to choose from the following graphics settings, Low, Medium High, Very High, Ultra and Extreme graphics settings.
Our native screen resolution for our monitor is 1920x1080. This native resolution is really important in Rome 2, more so than most other games and I will explain why.
In fast paced games, like first person shooters, it's highly desirable to have a high FPS, because if you suffer from low frames then lag will kick in. This will make it harder to accurately get your cross hairs over an enemy swiftly, as you are battling the sluggish mouse movement. Therefore, if your hardware is slightly under powered you can lower the resolution to gain some extra FPS, as the hardware has a smaller area (number of pixels) to process.
The downside to lowering the screen resolution is that the number of pixels displayed on your screen do not match the physical number of pixels that exist on your monitor. This leads to blurry edges to your on screen graphics. This is not normally a problem with fast paced action titles that are moving around a lot. The fluffy edges are often quickly overlooked due to the speed of the game.
Rome 2 is not a first person shooter. A little slow down on the camera movement around the battlefield is acceptable, providing you can get a nice feel for what the troops are doing. You can always pause the game. The sprites and scenery are tiny and very important to the feel of a battle. Adjusting screen resolution away from native resolution has the biggest graphical impact on your game. It will quickly make your little Romans stood in a bush, look more like a small pile of vomit after one of Caesar's famous banquets.
Understanding if one of your units is getting a kicking at a glance is incredibly important to the feel and flow of the game. So I suggest that you aim to run Rome 2 Total War on native screen resolution settings and lower your basic graphics settings until you reach your desired experience.
The AMD Radeon HD 6670 ran Rome 2 very well, and you will see that the game line above shows that by adjusting the Rome 2 graphics setting down to High, you will still be able to play a crisp looking battle.
There was a significant performance increase once you move away from the Very high, Ultra or Extreme settings.
If you wish for greater customisation over your graphics then Creative Assembly have applied the advanced graphics menu in for their PC gaming fans, which looks like this.
So there you have it, you lucky HD 6670 gamers will likely be able to get an enjoyable experience from Rome 2 largely due to the extra graphical options the guys at Creative Assembly have layered into the game. But remember to keep the native screen resolution set to match your monitor, although switching them on the fly mid battle is not too much of a pain, so why not play around with it a little.
We will be bringing you some more Rome 2 graphics benchmarks over the coming week across various other systems. Plus we'll be putting together our Rome 2 Review to tell you whether this Roman Total War meets the Emperors expectations or if it is starting to smell like a peasant from Gaul.