Settle in everyone, for your performance guide for what is potentially the best PC strategy game series of all time. I am of course talking about Sid Meier’s Civilization, and in this guide we're going to look at the performance of the most recent in the series (Civ VI) which had its second expansion earlier this year, while also comparing the requirements from the two previous outings in the series, namely Civilization IV and V.

One of the big reasons for this comparison is that there has been a general shift in the in-game graphics design, as well as the general gameplay. Also, VI is the first version to branch out into having a full release on mobile devices, as well as other consoles like the Nintendo Switch.

As with our other guides, we're aiming for a smooth 60 FPS gaming experience with Sid Meier’s Civilization VI at the various common monitor resolutions (1080p, 1440p, and 4K). Whether you haven't had a chance to play a game in the series before, you're looking to update an existing PC to get the most out of the in-game visuals, or you just want to know how much of an impact each of the game's graphical settings have on performance—this guide will lead you on the right path towards an excellent Civilization experience.

In Section 1, we compare the requirements of the older Civ IV and Civ V so you can get a sense of how the info in this guide applies to those earlier entries in the series.

In Section 2, we discuss the official minimum and recommended specifications for Civilization VI, and what kind of performance each set of specs could provide.

In Section 3, we provide four balanced example builds geared toward providing enough power to run Civilization VI at 60 FPS with different resolutions (1080p, 1440p, and 4K).

Finally, in Section 4, we have put together a Civ VI graphics settings guide that will tell you what each graphics option does, and how much each of them impacts the FPS of the game.

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