Bioshock

Bioshock (DirectX 10)


An impressive FPS-based game with a great story, Bioshock impresses with both graphics and its ability to drag you along in the gameplay.  It has both DX9 and DX10 render paths and should make a great benchmark for graphics cards promising the best of both worlds. 


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Bioshock settings

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In Bioshock the GTX 280 1GB card performs very well and is about as fast as the 9800 GX2 card that uses a pair of G92 cores for its processing compared to the single GT200 of the GTX 280.  I was expecting a bit more out of the card though since it does cost so much more than the GX2 card.  The GTX 280 has a beat out the top NVIDIA single GPU solution, the 9800 GTX by a noticeable amount: 42% or so.

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The GTX 260 is a decent performer but can’t keep up with the 9800 GX2 or the HD 3870 X2.

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The best scaling we see here is at 2560×1600 where the second GTX 280 brings us a 45% better frame rate with only a slight bump in the minimum frame rate.  Even the three 9800 GTX cards can’t quite keep up.
 

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