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Bioshock Infinite Performance

Bioshock Infinite
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Bioshock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is clear game-of-the-year material. The floating city of Columbia is one of the most evocative, intense, and gorgeous environments we've ever seen in a PC game -- but how much you like it may depend on what sort of visual wizardry you prefer. BioShock Infinite is built on Unreal Engine 3, and while it pushes that framework's capabilities into the stratosphere, there's a clear difference between BioShock Infinite and, say, Crysis 3. BioShock Infinite emphasizes light, color and motion, and while the characters look more exaggerated and cartoon-like than some other games, they still look great. We tested the game at various resolutions with its DX11 code path with DOF effects enabled.



The GeForce GTX 780 and GTX Titan were easily the highest performing cards in Bioshock Infinite. At both resolutions, the GeForces led the pack.
 



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The GeForce cards also offered much more consistent frame times in this game. The Radeon R9 290 cars suffered from significant variations in frame time, especially towards the middle of the run. And at about the 75% mark, the Radeons all exhibited a few sharp spikes that shot up over the 90ms mark.
 


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