ASUS Radeon R9 270 Direct CU II Review

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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 Asus Radeon R9 270 DirectCU II trailed the GeForce GTX 660 in our Bioshock Infinite testing, at both resolutions. Asus' card skipped past the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition and GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, however.

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There were some issues delivering those frames to the screen, though. All of the Radeons (and the GTX 650 Ti Boost) suffered from some major spikes in frame times at about the 60% mark.

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