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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 ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming

Now this is more like it. Armed with a nice 8GB’s worth of memory, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 offers one of the best 1080p experiences for would-be Total War: Three Kingdoms players. Like my GTX 1060 results, however, the Asus ROG Strix Gaming card I’ve tested is one of the faster GTX 1070s currently available, so this will once again be more of a best case scenario for this type of card as opposed to anything else.

Still, provided your GTX 1070’s base and boost clock speed don’t differ wildly from Asus’ respective speeds of 1632MHz and 1835MHz, you should hopefully get a pretty similar experience on your own card here, regardless of whether you’re aiming to play at 1920×1080 or push things into 2560×1440.

Can I play this at 1920×1080?

A big fat battle “HHHNNNGGG” in the affirmative here. Contrary to Creative Assembly’s recommended GTX 1080 specs for 60fps at this resolution, I actually managed a very smooth average of 58fps on Ultra with the GTX 1070, with highs of 69 and lows of just 52fps. That’s pretty darn decent if you ask me, although if you really don’t want those sub-60 dips, then you’ll have to make do with High, where you’ll average 76fps.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

Another big “HHNNNG” here, although you do start to enter slightly dodgy territory here depending on how hard you push the graphics settings. For the most smoothest and most comfortable battle charge, for example, you’ll want to play on Medium, where the GTX 1070 averaged 77fps with lows of 66fps. High, though, is equally doable, thanks to an average of 48fps, as even here the frame rate never dipped below 43fps. Plus, you can probably push it a bit higher by following the tip and tricks outlined on the first page of this Total War: Three Kingdoms graphics performance guide.

I’d even go as far as saying Ultra is possible on at this resolution as well, especially with some of that aforementioned settings tweaking. For those after a ‘pure’ Ultra experience, however, you’re only looking at an average frame rate of 38fps here, with some slightly juddery lows of 34fps. It’s acceptable, but I’d urge sticking to High if you can possibly help it.

Can I play this at 4K?

A slightly weaker “HHNG”, but a “HHNG” all the same. As per previous cards on this list, Low will produce the smoothest average frame rates, reaching 71fps on the GTX 1070, but if you really wanted you could probably manage Medium as well, which averaged 37fps. You’ll still see lows of 31fps at times, but if resolution is the be all and end all for you, then it is doable if you can’t stomach the idea of playing at either 1440p or 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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