Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 Review: Beauty And Brawn

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Performance: Batman Arkham Origins and BioShock Infinite

This prequel to Batman: Arkham City follows Batman as he develops his fighting techniques and persona as the Dark Knight. The game is built on a modified version of Epic’s Engine 3. We run the benchmark with high quality settings and FXAA.

Batman: Arkham Origins
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

We've chosen not to update to Batman: Arkham Knight until the game's engine has the majority of its bugs and kinks worked out and Warner Bros. Interactive re-releases the improved version to Steam. 

batman ao

Allowing for variance between multiple runs, these are the results we expect to see based on our synthetic tests. Just as I tested the CPU for performance constraints, I also watched the 960M's clock speeds and temperatures to gauge whether or not anything was holding it back, and didn't witness any throttling. Though here's what AIDA64 reported during my benchmark run of Batman: Arkham Origins: 

throttling test batman

BioShock Infinite
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Also based on Epic’s Unreal Engine 3, BioShock Infinite takes you (as former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt) to the mysterious, flying city of Columbia. You find yourself helping Elizabeth, who soon turns out to have unusual powers. The game is an FPS, but the storyline is as compelling as the battles and Bioshock infinite has won awards and praise for its story and art design.


Deadlocked with the HP Omen 15, sure, but look at that awesome minimum framerate, embarrassing even the desktop GTX 980? We'll take it. But let's check in on two other games to see if our results remain consistent. 

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