Alien: Isolation Benchmarked, Performance Review

By Steve
Oct 14, 2014
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  1. alien isolation benchmarked performance review performance benchmark alien isolation

    Classified as a survival horror/stealth game instead of an action shooter, Alien: Isolation differs significantly from last year's Alien: Colonial Marines in that there is just one Alien who can't be killed, requiring you to employ stealth tactics. Although the game features some weapons, they will only be effective against the human occupants and android "Working Joes".

    Apparently the Alien AI has been programmed not to follow a predetermined path but rather hunt the player using sight, sound and smell, which should make for plenty of pants-wetting moments. The game sounds like a blast if you're comfortable with soiling yourself but we're more interested in Alien: Isolation's performance when running at max quality and varying resolutions.

    Read the complete review.

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  2. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 699   +164

    I'm not surprised that it's not the next Crysis, but I'm still getting it because everything I've seen looks awesome thus far.
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  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    I think the graphics of the game are pretty sweet when cranked up right now and it shows that the visuals were something heavily focused on.

    Honestly I am a little shocked at CPU performance because it seems that I guess because of the close quarters that sums up most of the game that a powerful CPU was just unnecessary. Great for people with something like a Pentium Anniversary or Athlon 860K because they can push the game to its limits with the right GPU.

    Cool review @Steve!
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  4. This game isn't very graphically demanding. I had to poke my GTX Titans to let them know it was running.
  5. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Booster Posts: 154   +40

    Intel HD 4600/4800/4000 test might be interesting too. Not everyone who's interested into this game has a gaming pc.
  6. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,188   +1,217

    The Intel HD 4600 renders an average of 7fps at 1680x1050 using these quality settings. Not sure how low you would have to go for playable performance, I am assuming as low as the game will allow which will no doubt destroy the experience and therefore the game.

    Hopefully for those who are interested in this game but don't have a gaming PC have either an Xbox or PlayStation, poor soles indeed.
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  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Very interesting to see the 980 topping the charts constantly. I cannot wait to see what AMD will put out to compete. Once again though, it is fascinating to see how much OCing AMD CPUs can make a difference.

    Great review Steve.
  8. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Addict Posts: 292   +68

    Thanks for covering so many cards. I am glad my 1.5 years old mid-range is still capable of running it.
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  9. I have a intel i7 4710 with hd 4600 graphics. I get a very playable 30 frames per second at 720p with almost all settings turned up. given the laptop has a 17 inch screen 720p is just fine visually.
  10. nashathedog

    nashathedog TS Rookie

    Since when was 1920 x 1200 classed as 1080p?
  11. Tadziun

    Tadziun TS Rookie

    Awesome my GTX 770 just a bit Slower than GTX 780 :)) but I unhappy that R9 280X is faster :/ but a bit
  12. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,188   +1,217

    Didn’t mean to class 1080p as 1920x1200 but rather suggest that the frame rate performance at each resolution is comparable. There is 10% difference in pixels which isn’t a lot, the performance difference is going to be less than that.

    Some readers in the past have had a hard time grasping the difference between 1920x1200 and 1920x1080. In short if your graphics card was tested and provided playable performance at 1920x1200 then you can expect it to provide playable performance at 1080p.

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