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Total War: Three Kingdoms graphics performance: How to get the best settings on PC

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Total War: Three Kingdoms PC graphics performance: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 Dual Fan

One of the recommended graphics cards for playing Total War: Three Kingdoms on High at 1920×1080, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 continues to be a great little graphics card even in the face of these mighty Chinese armies. That’s partly thanks to its healthy 4GB of memory, which gives it a lot more scope to deal with the dozens of units onscreen at any given time.

This particular Dual Fan model from Zotac is pretty average as far as GTX 970s go. Its base and boost clock speeds are a bit faster than Nvidia’s reference specification at 1076MHz and 1216MHz respectively, but there are plenty of others out there that are even nippier, so some results may vary depending on what type of card you have in your PC. However, I’m pretty confident these results should be broadly representative of what the GTX 970 is capable of in Three Kingdoms, so hopefully you’ll be able to get a similar level of performance from your card as I did from mine.

Can I play this at 1920×1080?

You sure can. As Creative Assembly hinted at in their PC requirements list, the GTX 970 is definitely capable of playing the game on High, but I only saw an average of 46fps when I ran it through the game’s battle benchmark. There were some smooth highs of 55fps at times, but there were also lows of 39fps as well, which may be a fraction too juddery for some.

Personally, I’d say High was perfectly doable with the GTX 970 – especially if you fancy fiddling about with the settings as outlined on the first page of this Total War: Three Kingdoms graphics performance guide – but for those after a solid 60fps at all times, your best bet is Medium, which averaged a lovely 78fps and never went below 65fps.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

Yes, but Medium is about as good as it’s going to get with this particular card, as I only saw an average of 47fps in the game’s battle benchmark. Much like my High results at 1920×1080, the GTX 970 peaked at 53fps on this quality setting and bottomed out at 39fps, so it should be doable as long as you don’t mind the odd stutter here and there. Otherwise, you’re going to have to settle for Low and its average of 90fps, but nobody really wants that…

Can I play this at 4K?

I mean, you can, but Low is all the GTX 970 can manage at this resolution, averaging just 41fps in the game’s battle benchmark. It’s playable, sure, but it’s also ugly as anything, so do yourself a favour and stick to lower resolutions here.

Want to see what other graphics cards make of Total War: Three Kingdoms? Here’s a handy list of links:

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