High Quality Performance

Lowering the quality preset from ultra to high along with reducing the anti-aliasing level to FXAA should help improve frame rates. At 1680x1050 almost all the cards we tested broke 40fps, with the exception of the GTX 650 Ti, HIS R7 250X iCooler 1GB, GTX 560 Ti and the HD 7770 and 7750. For an average of 50fps, you'll only need the GTX 660 or R9 265 while 60fps requires the R9 270X (7870) or GTX 760.

To play at 1920x1200, you'll need either the GTX 750 Ti or HD 7850 to average 40fps, while the R9 270 or GTX 660 Ti offer 50fps and the HD 7950 Boost or GTX 680 provide the ideal 60fps.

Cranking up the resolution to 2560x1600 really hurts frame rate performance, even with high quality settings instead of ultra. That said, this time the GTX 780 Ti broke the 60fps barrier while the HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X² Turbo 4GB managed 60fps. The GTX 780 and R9 290 both averaged 51fps, the older HD 7950 Boost delivered a playable 40fps and the GTX 680 rendered 42fps.