By the sounds of it there are a lot of people suffering from Rome 2 graphics issues and performance problems when trying to get their game up and running smoothly. People with giant rigs as well as low powered PCs are reporting similar problems.
With regards to the Low Res Texture on Extreme graphics setting issue that some people are suffering from, we are advised its all about GPU memory. Some people are experiencing low resolution texturing even though they have Rome 2 running on Extreme graphics setting. It seems that the cause of the low resolution textures is from not having enough graphics card memory...
Rome 2 Advanced Options Menu Low Res Texture Fix
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If you are one of the people that is suffering from low resolution textures, while running Rome 2 on Extreme graphics setting, then you can force an override by ticking the Unlimited Video Memory tick box, which can be found in the advanced graphics settings window. But remember that this is likely to affect performance and could cause Rome 2 to grind to a halt in battle screens.
There is also something in the advanced options menu called Vegetation Alpha. This should be left in the off position unless you feel your rig is a real beast, otherwise you are likely to experience some problems from that as well.
Click the image in the top right of this article to expand it and see the Advanced Graphics Menu. Then you will see the Vegetation Alpha and Unlimited Video Memory highlighted so you know where to find those options if you need them.
I dont know about you, but I want to turn those things on now just to see what happens.
Make sure you are using your latest graphics card drivers.
One final work around option that may help some other graphics issues that some of you are experiencing is to set your game in the Windows Mode which may help stop texture bugs also.
Problems being experienced are not specific to one card manufacturer over another.
UPDATE - We will update this page as more information on the state of the Rome 2 graphical/performance related problems are available.
Another possible fix you should try is switching Rome 2 from Direct X 11 to Direct X 9.
The first official patch is due at the end of the week and we are informed that they will be rolling them out weekly instead of daily.
They are also announcing that they will be enhancing the somewhat dodgy AI routines the game sometimes suffers from and adjusting game balancing features based on their real-time gameplay performance metric feedback from players around the world.
From our man on the Ground - Divayth
More bad news about Rome II: The game does not support SLI or Crossfire (even 690 and 7990 use 1 core). Nvidia said they're looking into it (via facebook) to release some special SLI profile but that essentially the problem lies with the game.
For dual monitor weilding PC owners, we heard that you are likely to gain a performance boost if you unhook your second monitor entirely from your PC. So if you can be bothered, unplug it from your GPU.
Here are some of the things so far that people are reporting
"horrible grafix, pixelated units, very dark, units turn into shadows from afar. HELP!"
"Titan and i7 4770K and still graphic problems"
"AMD 7970m CROSSFIRE Graphic Error, Artifact, blinking"
"The game won't recognise my graphics card. AMD Radeon HD 7670M"
"Terrible graphics performance on high end rig"
"Edges of screen cut off when playing game"
"Issues with shadows and lighting"
"5FPS on Low Setting"
"Black screen on startup and game running properly behind the black screen"
"Rome 2 won't recognise my graphics card"
Anyone else experiencing any issues then tell everyone below and if you know of the fixes or even performance enhancers that work for Rome 2 then comment those as well.
You can visit our first graphics card Rome 2 benchmark for the AMD Radeon HD 6670 to get a good idea of how a low end PC might hold up to the game.