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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: Palit GeForce GTX 1050Ti Storm X

It may be less powerful than the GTX 970, but the 4GB version of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti can still just about hold its own in the face of Total War: Three Kingdoms‘ intense graphics settings. I’m not sure the 2GB models of this card will fare nearly as well as their 4GB siblings, in all honesty, but those with the latter cards should still be able to get a decent frame rate at 1080p without making too many compromises on quality.

Indeed, given that Palit’s Storm X model of this particular card is one of the slower GTX 1050 Tis out there, with its base and boost clock speeds of 1290MHz and 1392MHz respectively, you may even get slightly better results than what I’ve listed here. As a result, consider this more of a baseline experience for the GTX 1050 Ti, not a best case scenario.

Can I play this at 1920×1080?

Yes, indeed. Medium will likely provide the best balance between speed and overall graphical fidelity with its average of 54fps in the game’s battle benchmark, but those of you who really want to punch up the quality setting could probably manage High as long as you don’t mind the odd dip below 30fps. The GTX 1050 Ti averaged 33fps on this superior setting, peaking at 39fps and hitting a lot of 28fps. It’s not ideal, but it is manageable, and you could probably bump it up a bit using the tips and tricks I’ve outlined on the first page of this Total War: Three Kingdoms graphics performance guide, too.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

Just about. An average of 63fps on Low is the fastest it’s going to get at this resolution, but as above, you can probably crank it up to Medium if you really aren’t fussed about having the smoothest speed. Like High at 1080p, the GTX 1050 Ti averaged 33fps here, with highs of 36fps and lows of 27fps when the camera really zoomed in close to individual spear men. Really, though, you’ll get a much smoother experience on a lower resolution.

Can I play this at 4K?

Barely. Low averaged a mere 30fps in the battle benchmark, with juddery lows of 24fps and highs of just 34fps. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll stick with playing at 1080p.

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

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