The Total War series is an absolute goliath in PC gaming. Couple that with Games Workshop's beloved Warhammer Fantasy license and you've got a recipe for a winner. We'll have the full verdict on Total War: Warhammer soon, but in the meantime we decided to put Creative Assembly's recent claims that this is the best optimised Total War yet to the test.
Our Total War: Warhammer benchmark rig contained the R7 370 2GB, backed up by 8GB RAM and an AMD FX-4100 CPU. As usual we ran at a bunch of resolutions ranging from 720p to 1080p, along with four tiers of settings - Low, Medium, High and Ultra.
Total War: Warhammer Benchmarks on a Radeon R7 370, AMD FX-4100 CPU & 8GB RAM
Total War: Warhammer AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB Average Frame Rates
I have to admit, despite Creative Assembly crowing about Total War: Warhammer being the best optimised Total War yet, I still had serious reservations about its performance on a rig like this. While by no means a really low-end rig, the Radeon R7 370 can be known to suffer a little for its limited VRAM. 2GB doesn't usually cut it for Ultra these days, but it maintained playable frame rates on Total War Warhammer on just about every setting. 1080p / Ultra was a little juddery, but considering the slow pace of the game I found it more than acceptable.
It's great news for those with low/mid-range graphics cards as Total Warhammer does genuinely go quite easy on the GPU. If I had to say anthing it's that perhaps Total War: Warhammer isn't the finest strategy game out there visually, and it's not the usual jump in spectacle we've come to expect from CA.
Secondary to the graphics card, there was also legitimate concerns about the AMD FX-4100 CPU. This is well under the FX-8350 recommended, and the Total War series in general is known for being an absolute CPU hog. Disaster was looming over this playthrough, but the FX-4100 equipped itself well.
FX-4100 CPU Usage Total War: Warhammer
I was really surprised to see just how low the CPU usage was. This sample was taken from the middle of a battle at Ultra/ 1080p and the FX-4100 is barely breaking a sweat. It got hammered by Total War: Attila, so there's certainly been some major advances towards optimisation and multi-threading support by Creative Assembly, so a big thumbs up for that.
Total Warhammer Low / Ultra Comparison Screens
Keep your eyes peeled for more on Total War: Warhammer here in the coming days. We'll be taking a look at how it works across a variety of systems ahead of its launch on May 24th.