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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: Asus GeForce GTX 1060 OC 9Gbps Edition

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 has been such a trooper this generation. Sure, I wouldn’t recommend anyone buy it now, not when the faster Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 can be had for a lot less money, but for the many hundreds and thousands of you that do have one currently dwelling inside your PC, you’ll be pleased to hear it put up an immensely good fight in Total War: Three Kingdoms.

Or at least Asus’ rather fast OC 9Gbps Edition of the card did, which is admittedly one of the nippier versions of the GTX 1060 that’s ever been released thanks to its high boost clock speed of 1809MHz. As such, this is probably a best case scenario for current GTX 1060 owners, but hopefully the results below won’t differ too greatly from what you’ll be able to manage with your own card.

Can I play this at 1920×1080?

Absolutely. High will give you a comfortable average of 59fps, with lows of just 52fps, but you can probably manage Ultra if you don’t mind the odd judder down to 39fps. The GTX 1060 averaged 43fps on this quality setting, which is perfectly playable if you’re not dead set on obtaining 60fps, and you can always follow the tips and tricks outlined on the first page of this Total War: Three Kingdoms graphics performance guide to bump it up a bit, too. Otherwise, stick with High.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

You sure can, but here your best bet is going to be Medium. Averaging 58fps on this setting, you’re still looking at the odd drop to 49fps, but that’s probably better than falling all the way down to 31fps when you move up to High. The GTX 1060 still averaged a decent 36fps on High, admittedly, but it also never went any higher than 41fps, which may be a bit too slow depending on your priorities. Personally, I’d recommend sticking to 1080p if you really want to play High at a good speed, but for those less concerned about super fast frame rates, it should be doable at 1440p as well.

Can I play this at 4K?

The GTX 1060 was never really intended to play anything at 4K, but if you really want to you can technically get a playable average frame rate of 48fps if you play on Low. I wouldn’t recommend it, but the option’s there if you really feel like it for some reason.

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

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