BioShock 2 Graphics Performance In-depth

By Julio Franco ยท 26 replies
Feb 16, 2010
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  1. To thoroughly evaluate the performance of BioShock 2 we have taken over 25 popular ATI and Nvidia graphics cards, tested them using medium and high graphics quality settings at three resolutions that are generally supported by 22โ€, 24โ€ and 30โ€ LCD monitors.

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    Please leave your feedback here.
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Nice article guys.
    Glad to see such a wide range of cards tested-not every gamer has the latest-and-greatest, and great to see most everyone is catered for (excepting Mr Bennett and his eyefinity lust).
  3. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    Good work with the benchmarking, although I have already been playing this for the last few days at maximum settings :D

    This made me chuckle as I am playing Bioshock 2 with a Core 2 Duo and GeForce 8 currently. Although my native resolution is 'only' 1280x1024 so my hardware usually cuts it for that on most modern games.
  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

    skitzo_zac you can certainly play with older hardware, especially if you are gaming at low resolutions which you said you are. The 9800 GT which is basically an 8 series card averaged 55fps at 1680x1050 and that will allow for playable performance, it just depends on how picky you are. Anyway thanks heaps for the feedback so far guys!
  5. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    I agree - Great coverage on the cards tested. I have a mid/low end graphics card and am usually comfortable dealing with lower resolutions and lower game settings :) Although this does seriously make me want to get a faster setup :)
  6. CodePhoeniX

    CodePhoeniX TS Rookie Posts: 36

    I cant access page 2, and page one CSS seems all screwed up.
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    Experiencing the same as CodePhoeniX. Can't access the article.
  8. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    Ya, the article links are wonky.
  9. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Sorry about that guys, it will be resolved shortly :).
  10. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,674   +989

    We got it under control, the article should open fine now.
    Thanks everyone for letting us know about the issue.
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    BTW - I thought this was an awesome article... very thorough. I am wondering how much difference a slower CPU is going to make, though. Guess I'll see when I get the game.
  12. I'm wondering the same thing. Is this game cpu sensitive or not?
  13. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    Thanks for the fix. Excellent article - great to see the broad spectrum of cards tested. Also nice to know that my GTX 285 will provide me more than enough horsepower to run the game at highest settings. :D
  14. momir

    momir TS Rookie

    Yeah its really thorough,nice,helpful! But i would like to correct Julio for the Original Bioshock regarding 8600 GTS performance if i may. Well back then i had 8600GTS and an athlon x2 4400+ (still have the CPU :) ) and i played on 1280x1024 with all the bells and whistles on aproximate 50-60 fps,it was just flawless gameplay so i dunno about that low settings and barely playing on the same res
  15. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

    Like most fps games it is primarily GPU limited and therefore any relatively new CPU will do.

    momir you would be correcting me :) Please not that this opinion is based on what we saw when testing the original game and I tend to be very picky about performance. We also often test games in scenes where a lot of action is taking place.
  16. Tgard

    Tgard TS Booster Posts: 88   +26

    Well I guess that leaves me out with a Diamond Viper 3870 512MB card even though I play at 1280X1024. Knew my card was getting old but it works for my current games. Was hoping to squeeze a bit more life out of it but you are right about the low and medium settings looking bad. If I can't enjoy high settings on this game then it's not worth playing to me as I am picky too. Can't believe an $85 card (5570) beats mine already. Would expect todays $150+ cards to do that, but not an $85 budget card. Sheesh!!
  17. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    I didn't mean to detract from the article or anything. I am fully aware that if and when I get a new higher resolution monitor my setup especially GPU will not cut it anymore.

    And those people worried about their CPUs being powerful enough, I am running an original Conroe based C2D E6300@2.45GHz with no performance issues.
  18. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

    Not a problem I really appreciate the feedback, keep it coming.
  19. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Posts: 290

    if anyones having crashes on a win 7 machine try right clicking the bioshock 2 icon and click run as directx 9 and the crashes should go away.
  20. I still have a GTX 7900 and a native resolution of 1600x1200.

    Any thoughts on what performance would be?

    What are the best setting I should change for a playable experience?
  21. Do you know if Bioshock 2 is Eyefinity friendly? I assume any new release will be. A little bit nervous as DragonAge is unplayable on Eyefinity as it has major draw-in issues. Did (or do you plan on) you do any testing with an Eyefinity setup?
  22. Captain828

    Captain828 TS Guru Posts: 287   +10

    While BioShock 2 is a hot new title, the new AvP game would be a lot more interesting to test out, especially since it has DX11 support.

    Besides that, the usual high-quality TS articles we're all used to see and read. :D
  23. This glorified rehash should run on the same hardware as it older brother. After all its doing exactly that in the consoles.
  24. Completed it a week ago on my laptop with a Geforce 7600 Go (below min spec), not the lowest settings but pretty low, so for me the sequel looked worse than the original (which I played at highish settings).

    Overall, the increase in requirements doesn't seem to match the graphical improvement
  25. Nice review!

    Well i am able to play everything high on a 8800gtx, what really surprised me.
    Anyway, the menues suck to navigate, and when i had quite some save games, it took like 2 seconds to change from one menue to another.

    still a great game :)

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