Civilization V GPU & CPU Performance In-depth

By Julio Franco · 42 replies
Oct 1, 2010
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  1. Civilization V GPU & CPU Performance In-depth

    Sid Meier's Civilization V is a classic example of what many like to call a '4X' game, as players manage an empire where they explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate. We've decided to greet the title with a battery of GPU and CPU tests.

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  2. Johny47

    Johny47 TS Rookie Posts: 157

    Another good in depth comparison, well done techspot. It's just a shame it's 'turn based RTS' I really don't like that, I'd honestly prefer to play chess =/
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I'm running it at max settings with pretty good performance except an occasional flicker on a single tile that goes away when I zoom in/out. But admittedly I haven't gotten past 1500 AD on any of the games that I played.
  4. Has anyone else had trouble even getting the game to run at 2560x1600? I'm using a GTX 280, and even just starting a new game, at that resolution the terrain is not drawn (being entirely black) and there is corruption and trails for dialog boxes etc...

    Any resolution less than this is fine. I also tried dropping the detail down to medium, but that made no difference.
  5. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    Incredibly heavy for this kind of game. Thanks, TS!
  6. myrmidonks

    myrmidonks TS Rookie Posts: 48

    Glad I have a 5870...
  7. Omnislip

    Omnislip TS Rookie Posts: 91

    @myrmidonks Glad I have a GTX 460 for almost half the price :p
  8. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Excellent comparison review as always. I just installed the game last night and looking forward to see how my GTX 460 SLI rig handles it. From this article, I believe I'll be fine. ;)
  9. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    @omnislip too bad for you dont think your "GTX 460" its up to the HD 5870... soo... im happy for you but just don compare it better go for a HD 5770 for that...
  10. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 162   +25

    Awesome benchmarking guys :) as I am going to buy this game it will be interesting to compare your results with mine when I start playing. Any chance of doing the same with ArmA2 OA ? ;)
  11. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    Well not really, did you read the review?

    "1920x1200 High Performance"

    the GTX 460 destroys every ATI in there! and I think I can safely say thats usually the ideal Resolution that alot of gamers will be using, or lower.

    So yeah, in this particular instance the GTX 460 is better than the HD5870.

    But omnislip, I don't think the GTX460 will be as good at playing Crysis 2 as the HD5870 :)

    Although you could SLI it, wouldn't cost too much over a single HD5870 either.
  12. Do we really need 30+ fps in a turn based strategy game?
  13. Omnislip

    Omnislip TS Rookie Posts: 91

    @edison5do yeah, I know. I mean, when the non overclocked 460 beats 5850s most of the time, my Hawk really should be compared to a 5770. I wish I'd spent £100 on a HD 5870 so that It could come after a 460 in a gaming benchmark...
  14. In my opinion poor ATI performance in this game is related to drivers and I should wait for new drivers or patches because I see no other reason.In my book at the same price point ATI beats NVidia in performance at every level,unless there's something fishy. But it's just my opinion...
  15. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    I would generally agree with you with the exception of the GTX460 1GB. it really is better value than any of the ATI products, which i'm supprised about considering the rest of Nvidia's line up is rather shocking to say the least.
  16. I'm compelled to agree with you
  17. I don't have a 280 but from the same generation my 4890 and q6600 @3.2ghz runs the game really well on high quality 2560x1400. The only delays I see are waiting for the other players.. I do have the occasional lower res block show up later in the game (400 turns plus) but if I zoom in and out it goes away. I think it's because I only have 4gb of ram because my 8gb system doesn't do it.
  18. I'm on a i7 @ 3.6 + 4890 so this game should run well aslong as I don't pump up the AA. However I'm on a SSD and would like to have seen if that will solve the texture caching issue?
  19. Burty117, the rest of Fermi lineup is shocking to you? For example, GTX470 has been available for $250-270 on many occasions, a card that's generally a hair within HD5870 on average and costs $80-100 less.

    The inferior performance of ATI cards has nothing to do with the drivers. NV's architecture is superior in DX11 games (more advanced Tessellation engine, gather4 instructions, etc.):

    Besides BF:BC2 and Mafia 2, there are practically no DX11 games where 5850 beats a GTX470 or HD5870 beats a GTX480:

    Lost Planet 2 -,6.html
    Metro 2033 -
    Just Cause 2 -
    AvP -

    Then there are BattleForge, STALKER:CoP, Dirt 2, Civ5 and even Starcraft 2 (although not DX11).

    While HD5000 series clearly dominates from the performance/watt perspective, ATI no longer has the better card in any price bracket. From a price/performance perspective, GTS450 > 5750, GTX460 768 > 5770, GTX460 1GB > 5850, GTX470 > 5870. The only card with no equals is the 5970.

    With HD6000, ATI will come on top once again.
  20. What happened with the 5970 tests? I'm interested in how it does. I'm thinking of getting one vs a 480, but it never seems to get reviews anywhere for any game.

    anyone know off hand?
  21. Omnislip

    Omnislip TS Rookie Posts: 91

    @edison5do Just thought Id add that I win in Starcraft 2 as well kthnxbai
  22. I have a XfX5970be... Don't buy one.
    Not now this close too the RLS of ATI 6xxx series
    Well name change... AMD6xxx series i guess.

    The 2GB ram on them are actually 1GB x2, 1gb for each gpy and not shared so
    Eyefinity is better\best on a 5870 2gb if u gone try that thing.
    And it performs less than 5870 in cf

    And u are playing the lottery for being lucky too get a stable one or it too be stable on your sys.
    U will Crash BSOD CTD a lot whit them depending the driver.

    If u are buying at this price range.....
    Get the GTX480 1,53gb
    Or a 5870 2GB
    Or wait for the AMD HD 6xxx
  23. where's the 5750?
  24. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Two 5870's in CF would outperform a 5970, a 5970 is a pair of 5850's
  25. It would be handy to know what improvement I would get running XP.

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