Definitive Bioshock Infinite Review with Benchmarks - HotHardware

Definitive Bioshock Infinite Review with Benchmarks

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One of the biggest draws of the Radeon HD 7790 is that AMD GPUs currently ships with a copy BioShock Infinite. Given how great the game is, this should be considered a serious factor in the purchase decision. The offer isn't unique to the Radeon HD 7790, but the card's low purchase price ($149) make a $59 game a sizeable chunk of the total cost.

We tested the Radeon HD 7790 against Nvidia's GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost using the built-in benchmark. The game offers multiple benchmark modes, including the option to test user-created settings. We used the DX11 High benchmark, DX11 - Ultra, and DX11 - Ultra with an alternate depth of field test.

All three benchmarks were run at 1920x1080. We also tested the Radeon HD 7790 in an overclocked configuration, to see if boosting the card's clock rates would substantially improve the results.



These figures mirror the results we've seen elsewhere. AMD's Radeon HD 7790 is a good graphics card. It delivers 60 FPS in DX11 with high detail levels. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that -- but the Radeon HD 7790 isn't nearly as fast as the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST. This isn't very noticeable at High detail settings, but at Ultra and Ultra with DOF, the difference is significant.



Overclocking the GPU from 1075MHz up to 1200MHz had virtually no impact on performance, which suggests this is a memory bandwidth issue. The 7790 has a 128-bit bus clocked at 1600MHz and 100GBps of memory bandwidth -- the GTX 650 Ti Boost has a 192-bit bus and 144GBps of bandwidth total, plus a 2GB frame buffer as compared to the Radeon HD 7790's 1GB.

Clearly, the GeForce's advantages pay off at the top detail levels -- but there's a pretty compelling value argument here. If you're going to buy BioShock Infinite and a new GPU, the total value proposition looks like this:

Radeon HD 7790 + BioShock Infinite = $149.
Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost + BioShock Infinite = $169 (GPU) + $59 (game) $228.

That $80 difference is enough to step up to a faster Radeon GPU that would narrow the gap with the GTX 650 Ti Boost or to pocket a nice bit of cash. Normally I don't do much single-game value analysis -- most people play many games, and so the value of any single free title is diluted.

BioShock Infinite is so good, I'm effectively bending that rule in this specific case. This game is worth buying a new GPU for. That's another fancy way of saying that I'd pay more than $59 for it, if Irrational Games had set the price that high.
 

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For some reason this game made all of my fans go nuts

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I couldn't agree more with your assessment. I was considering the 7790 and the 650TI as an upgrade for my sons aging 5670 in his computer. I run a pair of GTX 670 in my main computer and am very partial to Nvidia GPU's however after looking at the current AMD bundles it made sense for me to spend a little extra on an AMD GPU (2GB XFX DD 7850 for $179) and get a free copy of Bioshock and a free copy of Tomb Raider, (worth $120 together). While I may have been sitting on the fence regarding Tomb Raider I certainly would have spent the $60 on Bioshock, so doing the math I really only spent $119 on my sons GPU upgrade (less if you consider the cost of Tomb Raider too, I'll give this to my son.). Terrific deal IMO. And a better GPU than both the 7790 and 650TI Boost.

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While Bioshock and Tomb Raider are worth "$120" I wouldn't except to be able to sell them for that so call it $40 each which still makes AMD cards a deal and half since you can take money off after alittle work or keep them for yourself.

On to the game! I've heard alot about this game and I have not played the first 2 Bioshocks but after all the reviews I just might have to see if I can find them cheap and play this one. I hate playing games out of order so id have to play the first two but i like the how the benchmarks are going. Definitely is sounding like a must play game.

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BioShock Infinite takes place decades before Bioshock 1 & 2. You won't be spoiled by anything if you play it first.

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Joel H:

BioShock Infinite takes place decades before Bioshock 1 & 2. You won't be spoiled by anything if you play it first.

Yeah, I just hate playing games out of order even if they chronological.

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5 pages of unadulterated praise but the game isn't given the editor's choice award? I wish I had money to buy this game, but I need to wait for the price to drop unfortunately. I haven't been so excited to play a game for its story since God of War 3, and won't be again, most likely, until Half-Life Episode 3.

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If you haven't play this game , play it!!!!

Deff second best game i've ever play

First . Resident evil 4

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I'm pretty happy with this game so far after getting it and crysis 3 with my 7950 sapphire card last week. I am not finished with the game yet but i do intend to play bio shock 1 and 2 after i am finished.

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I just finished the game a few moments ago and wow that plot got confusing near the end but was still pretty impressive.

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Soo shiny I wish i had the game and a pc that could really make it shine like this. Regardless it looks amazing and I've heard nothing but good things about it.

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