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Batman: Arkham City Performance

Batman: Arkham City
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Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City is a sequel to 2009’s Game of the Year-winning Batman: Arkham Asylum. This recently released sequel, however, lives up to and even surpasses the original in many ways. The story takes place 18 months after the original game. Quincy Sharp, the onetime administrator of Arkham Asylum, has become mayor and convinced Gotham to create "Arkham City" by walling off the worst, most crime-ridden areas of the city and turning the area into a giant open-air prison. The game has DirectX 9 and 11 rendering paths, with support for tessellation, multi-view soft shadows, and ambient occlusion. We tested in DX11 mode at various resolutions with all in-game graphical options set to their maximum values.

The driver NVIDIA provided with the GeForce GTX 780 (which wouldn't install on older cards, BTW), seemed to improve minimum framerates in Batman dramatically. Average frame rates fall right where'd you expect, with the GeForce GTX 780 outpacing the GeForce GTX 680 here, but trailing the Titan by a slightly. And yes, CrossFire is still broken in this game, but we continue to use it to hammer that point home.

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There were no issues with frame pacing to speak of with Batman with the single GPU configurations we tested. That large spike you see is a scene transition and nothing to be concerned about.

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Save for a few additional spikes, there were no major issues with frame times with the multi-GPU configurations either. Of course, CrossFire wasn't working here, so the Radeons' results are similar to the single-GPU data posted above.

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