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BioShock is the "genetically enhanced" first person shooter with RPG elements, that has a feel very reminiscent of System Shock 2 or Deus Ex.  It uses a modified Unreal Engine 3.0 with heavy emphasis on enhanced water effects to the extent that Irrational Games actually hired a water programmer and water artist just for this game.  Part horror flick, part sci-fi novel, BioShock is an experience that one won't soon forget.  We gathered our testing results by measuring frame rates through FRAPS while performing the same set of actions in the opening corridors of Rapture at 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 with all graphical settings turned to High.


Bioshock benchmarking results in an extreme blowout for the Radeon HD 3870s, completely unable to keep up with these mid-range 8800-based cards - nevermind what would happen against a GTX or Ultra model.  Within their own camp, however, the Radeon HD 3870s find themselves in a tight grouping.  There's almost no difference at all amongst the three cards at 1280x1024.  At 1600x1200, we do see a small gain by the Sapphire version as it picks up an additional 2 frames per second over Diamond's dynamic duo.

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