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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 1650 OC

Sandwiched between the GTX 1050 Ti and AMD’s Radeon RX 570, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 is a decent all-round 1080p card for those on a budget. It’s never going to deliver the highest speeds the world’s ever seen, but as long as you’re happy with Low to Medium settings in Total War: Three Kingdoms, the GTX 1650 should do you just fine.

This Zotac model is one of the cheapest GTX 1650 cards you can buy today, but it does have a slightly higher boost clock speed than Nvidia’s reference specification, coming in at 1695MHz as opposed to 1665MHz. This shouldn’t make a huge difference, though, so I’m pretty confident you’ll be able to take the results below as the bare minimum kind of performance you can expect to see from all GTX 1650s you can buy today.

Can I play this at 1920×1080?

Yes, but Medium and an average of 66fps is almost certainly going to be the best case scenario for this particular card, as stumping up to High saw that average frame rate tumble all the way down to 39fps, with occasional lows of just 33fps when the camera zoomed in and took a fancy to your army’s impressive array of facial hair. It’s doable, certainly – especially if you apply some of the settings tweaks I mentioned on the first page of this Total War: Three Kingdoms graphics performance guide – but those after a smoother ride into battle will almost certainly be better off on Medium.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

Surprisingly, yes! Low will naturally produce the smoothest speeds here, averaging 73fps, but Medium should be feasible as well if you really, really want to push it that hard. Admittedly, you’re looking at the same kind of scenario as you were on High at 1080p – that is, an average of 40fps, with lows of 33fps again – so it’s hardly going to be an ideal sort of speed, but let’s face it, Medium is way prettier than Low.

Can I play this at 4K?

Not really. I mean, sure, you can get an average of 35fps on Low with the GTX 1650 at this resolution, but you’ll have much better success sticking 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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