Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War III PC performance review

Hardware and Testing Methodology

Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War III PC performance review

Hardware and Testing Methodology

When benchmarking modern games it is very important that we use a variety of hardware configuration, not only to provide a large number of results but also to see how modern games play on both new and old hardware configurations.  

At OC3D we are constantly working to improve our testing methods and we are currently looking to new methods to improve our game performance reviews, with plans in place to conduct more in-depth CPU testing in the near future. 

 

Hardware Setup

Our games testing rig is based on our normal GPU testing setup, using the same ASUS X99 Gaming Strix motherboard with an Intel i7 6850K and 32GB of Corsair memory.  

This system is powered by a Corsair HX1200i PSU and cooled using an H110i AIO liquid cooler, with all of these parts coming in Corsair's new 460X enclosure. 

 


Game Test Rig

Intel i7 6850K
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair Vengeance LP 4x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair HX1200i
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 "Creators Update"

 

 

Inside this PC we will be using a wide range of GPUs for game testing. Here is a list of every GPU that we are currently using for dedicated game testing. 

Geforce GTX 10-series

- Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
- Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition
- ASUS GTX 1060 Strix Gaming OC

Geforce GTX 900-series 

- Nvidia GTX 980 Ti (Reference Design)
- ASUS GTX 960 Strix 

AMD GCN GPUs

- AMD R9 Fury X (Reference)
- ASUS R9 380 Strix

AMD RX 400-series

- AMD RX 480 Strix OC

 

Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War III PC performance review

 

Rig Gallery

The reasons behind the hardware choices in out test setup are simple, bringing together a range of hardware that not only provides a solid basis for both GPU and CPU testing in modern games but also come in a neat package that will visually appeal to modern gamers/PC builders.

Yes, we could have used a test bench or a similar hardware configuration, but we think that all of our hardware should be tested in its native environment and in the same way that home users will use their chosen hardware.   

The component selection here is mostly based on each product's performance when they were originally reviewed, providing a high-quality baseline for future games testing. 

Many will wonder why we did not use Intel's new i7 7700K inside this PC, or overclock our CPU, though in time our reasoning will become clear as we conduct further CPU testing as varying core counts and configurations. 

  

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Below are some photos for those that want some late night shots of this PC, showcasing exactly why we chose white memory for this RGB setup. In these pictures, we are using ASUS' Aura software to control our LED lighting, as well as the included LED controls on our Corsair 460X chassis. 

 
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Keyboard & Mouse

To control this setup we will be using Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard with Cherry MX Silent keys alongside a Corsair M65 RGB mouse, matching the general theme of this RGB illuminated system.  

Cherry MX Silent Keys are ideal for gaming, coming with similar characteristics as Cherry MX Red keys, but with quieter operation. This comparative silence will help keep players immersed in their games, without the distracting clicks that are present in other Cherry key types.  

 

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Drivers  

As always, we will be using the most recent drivers from AMD and Nvidia at the time of release. This means that we will be testing this game with AMD's Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.4.4 Driver and Nvidia's Geforce 381.89 driver. 

These drivers are both "Game Ready" for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, which means that both manufacturers have optimised their drivers for this game release. AMD has gone so far as to say that their GPU performance improves by 7% in Dawn of War II with this new driver release, which makes this driver update essentially for having the best gaming performance. 

   

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Most Recent Comments

29-04-2017, 14:36:48

Dicehunter
Really impressed with the Fury X on the heels of the 1080.Quote

29-04-2017, 14:52:39

Bartacus
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Really impressed with the Fury X on the heels of the 1080.
Me too! It really shows AMD's driver team has come a long way. That bodes well for Vega.Quote

29-04-2017, 17:45:15

Kourgath223
Anyone else think minimum settings looks kinda close to the texture quality of the original Dawn of War?Quote

29-04-2017, 17:55:06

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
Me too! It really shows AMD's driver team has come a long way. That bodes well for Vega.
AMDs drivers have been great for years. I suspect the performance of this game is due to great optimization for GCNQuote

29-04-2017, 19:09:31

Kourgath223
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
AMDs drivers have been great for years. I suspect the performance of this game is due to great optimization for GCN
Well more recently it seems AMD is doing a better job of getting drivers out prior to or the day of a games release.Quote
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