Bioshock Infinite (DirectX 11)
BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter like you’ve never seen. Just ask the judges from E3 2011, where the Irrational Games title won over 85 editorial awards, including the Game Critics Awards’ Best of Show. Set in 1912, players assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the flying city of Columbia on a rescue mission. His target? Elizabeth, imprisoned since childhood. During their daring escape, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond — one that lets Booker augment his own abilities with her world-altering control over the environment. Together, they fight from high-speed Sky-Lines, in the streets and houses of Columbia, on giant zeppelins, and in the clouds, all while learning to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities, and immersing players in a story that is not only steeped in profound thrills and surprises, but also invests its characters with what Game Informer called “An amazing experience from beginning to end."
Our Settings for Bioshock Infinite
At 1080p in Bioshock Infinite, the MSI R9 280 finds itself 11% slower (99 FPS vs 110 FPS) than the R9 280X though quite a bit faster than the R9 270X and the GTX 760 from NVIDIA (22%).
At 2560×1440 though that gap actually WIDENS in favor of the R9 280 as it produces and average frame rate that is 24% faster than the GTX 760 and R9 270X but is only 11% slower than the R9 280X. Being able to push just over 60 FPS on average at this resolution at Ultra quality settings is a great feat for a $229 graphics card.
No overvolting or memory
No overvolting or memory overclocking? The card looks promising with Hynix memory and a good cooler.
$230 is great compared to its current competition, but it isn’t too impressive considering that 7950s dropped to ~$200 quite a while ago, before the Bitcoin inflation.
In the video you say that the
In the video you say that the card has 2GB of VRAM when it actually has three.
Was a story AMD a new tonga
Was a story AMD a new tonga named gpu to replace the r9 280 later this year.
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I’m kind of disappointed.
I’m kind of disappointed.
I looked at the past five graphics card reviews and none of them had the memory overclocked. As much as I like you Ryan, I think that’s pretty ignorant of you to not even consider overclocking the memory.
I understand it doesn’t improve the performance as much as overclocking the core does, but it’s still free performance. You never know if a game has some sort of weird bottleneck that is alleviated after increasing memory frequency.
You should consider that in future reviews.
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Pretty sure I overclocked the
Pretty sure I overclocked the memory on my last review. I know on NV cards often overclocking the memory causes the core to not overclock as well. Some interesting push/pull situations with that…
Ah, you did the review, Josh?
Ah, you did the review, Josh? Said the author was Ryan.
At any rate, Overclocking the memory to it’s limit typically does reduce maximum core overclocking, but not by a significant margin. There’s always a balance to be had between the two. I guess you just didn’t have the time to find that balance. Kudos anyway.
To the last post, I would
To the last post, I would think that you would want to test the card as it was sold. It would be like ordering a card from a retailer and then being upset because it did not overclock well. It is either good for your needs as is or it is not as the manufacture sold it.
As an enthusiast, I’d like to
As an enthusiast, I’d like to overclock things to their limit. It wouldn’t have mattered if the memory didn’t overclock at all. What bothered me was that there was no attempt to find that limit.
I had a pair of 7950s (XFX DDs) which is the same as R9 280 with similar clocks. Memory was set to 5 GHz out of the box. I managed to push them to 6.8 GHz, resulting in significant performance gains. Would have been nice to know what this card would have reached given that different manufacturers use different DRAM.
Another oddball was a reference GTX 760 from EVGA. Core overclocking was abysmal as I managed only 1150 MHz with 1.21V, but the memory went all the way to 7800 MHz from a stock 6000 Mhz simply because they used Samsung memory (Same as the stock memory on GTX 770) as oppose to Hynix which pretty much all other vendors used on their 760s.
when i’m building my new pc i
when i’m building my new pc i wonder how am i going to start installing the OS ,when the motherboard doesn’t have integrated graphics ……..how should the display be able to show images if drivers of the gpu arent installed and there is not integrated graphics on motherboard and how i am going to install the drivers……??
And i have the same question for the other parts like the cpu,cd-room,,,,,,,in a new build pc do this parts start working automatically or what??
It’s a bit late to answer,
It’s a bit late to answer, but I’ll go ahead anyway. First almost all motherboards have integrated graphics now. But even if it doesn’t you would just plug the graphics card into it and it will work. The display might be stuck at 1074×765 or something like that, and look funky and run sluggish till the proper drivers are installed, but it will work. And everything else like the cd-rom will just work too, assuming there’s nothing physically/mechanically wrong and it’s plugged into the motherboard correctly.
I remember before my first build everything seemed a bit intimidating, but it’s really a simple endeavor. Just plug everything in and install the drivers, easy peasy.