Alien vs Predator:
“Aliens vs. Predator is a first-person shooter video game developed by Rebellion,the team behind the 1999 original Microsoft Windows game and published by Sega for Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is based on the Alien vs. Predator franchise,a combination of the characters and creatures of the Alien franchise and the Predator franchise. The game is based on Asura Engine,its a DX11 title,the latest version of the game was released back in February 16,2010.”
In this game performance does increase when the card is overclocked.
“Battlefield 3 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. It is a direct sequel to 2005’s Battlefield 2,and the twelfth installment in the Battlefield franchise.The game was released in North America on 25 October 2011 and in Europe on 28 October 2011 for Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game received critical acclaim from most game reviewers. It is the first game in the series that does not support versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista as the game only supports DirectX 10 and 11. The PC version is exclusive to EA’s Origin platform,through which PC users also authenticate when connecting to the game. In terms of visuals the game looks fantastic,the game is based of Frostbie 2 engine.”
Since the game doesn’t come with any in game benchmark or benchmark tool I had to play the game to take the performance figures. I have used the Operation Swordbreaker level for testing. The anti aliasing setting was turned off because at times I was experiencing huge frame drops however with anti-aliasing turned off the game runs very smooth even in 1920×1080. At 1920×1080 there is a nice performance increase when the card is overclocked.
“BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game and the third installment in the BioShock series. Previously known as “Project Icarus”,it has been developed by Irrational Games and was released worldwide on Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms on March 26,2013. BioShock Infinite is not part of the storyline of previous BioShock games but definitely features similar gameplay concepts and themes. The retail Windows version accommodates higher-resolution textures beyond the console versions and will support video cards capable of running DirectX 11 in addition to DirectX 10,allowing for further graphical improvements to the game.”
When DDOF is turned on in this game it gets a huge performance hit in 1920×1080 with minimum FPS being as low as 11.1 under stock settings. My advice is to turn off DDOF if you are having a 1080p monitor and a entry level mainstream gaming card.
“Crysis 3 is a first-person shooter video game developed by the German Crytek Studios. It is running on the Cryengine game engine and is published by Electronic Arts for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and released in North America on February 19,2013. Officially announced April 14,2012,it is the third main installment of the Crysis series,a sequel to the 2011 video game Crysis 2 and runs on the CryEngine 3 game engine and its a DX11 title. It was one of the most anticipated upcoming games of 2013. Crysis 3 has won PC Gamer Most Valuable Game, Game Informer Best of Show and Electric Playground Best of E3 awards.”
The game is so demanding in terms of hardware that it was absolutely unplayable at very high settings so I had to turn down the settings to high and had to turn off anti alising to achieve decent frame rates. One more thing which I would like to inform is the game was getting bit hit in performance when anti aliasing was turned on even at lowest setting eg. SMAA 1x,we can blame the 128bit bus for this performance drop. I have tested the game with latest 1.3 patch which shows some nice performance increase and the game gives boost in performance when the card is overclocked. Visually the game looks absolutely stunning and is considered the best looking game ever made till date. With settings turned down to high along with anti alising off the game is playable in 1920×1080.
“Dirt: Showdown (stylised as DiRT: Showdown) is a video game published and developed by Codemasters for Microsoft Windows,Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It was released on May 25,2012 in Europe and on 12 June in North America. It is part of the Colin McRae Rally game series. The game is based on EGO 2.0 Engine and its a DX11 title.”
The card didn’t face any sort of problem handling this game even at highest setting. The card gives almost 10 fps boost when overclocked.
“Hitman: Absolution is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix. It is the fifth entry in the Hitman game series and runs on IO Interactive’s proprietary Glacier 2 game engine. Before release,the developers stated that Absolution would be easier to play and more accessible,while still retaining hardcore aspects of the franchise. The game was released on 20 November 2012,which is in the 47th week of the year (in reference to the protagonist,Agent 47). It received generally positive reviews upon release,with the general consensus being that while the game remains faithful to the stealth genre,the gameplay deviates too much from the previous installments.”
Turning on MSAA gave huge performance drops so I’ve turned them off for smoother gameplay. This particular game didn’t benefit from overclocking.
“Mafia II is a third-person action-adventure video game,the sequel to Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. It is developed by 2K Czech,previously known as Illusion Softworks and is published by 2K Games. Originally announced in August 2007 at the Leipzig Games Convention,it was released on Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in August 2010. The game is based on Illusion Engine with Physx.”
The card handled the game decently even with anti aliasing turned on.
“Metro 2033 is a first-person shooter video game,based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was developed by 4A Games in Ukraine and released in March 2010 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. A PlayStation 3 version was planned but ultimately cancelled. In March 2006,4A Games announced a partnership with Glukhovsky to collaborate on the game. The game was announced at the 2009 Games Convention in Leipzig;along with an official trailer. The game is based on 4A Engine.”
I have used the in game benchmark to measure performance,the game looks stunning. The game is so demanding in terms of hardware that I had to turn down the settings to high. I have turned on advanced physx which is a nvidia exclusive feature. The game is extremely taxing on the gpu part and at times the minimum fps drops to as low as 3fps. The game is almost unplayable at 1920×1080 even with high settings so I would recommend to turn down the setting to medium for this particular resolution.
Sniper Elite V2:
“Sniper Elite V2 is a 2012 tactical shooter video game developed by Rebellion Developments for Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 3,Wii U and Xbox 360. It is a remake of Rebellion’s 2005 game Sniper Elite. The game takes place in the same time frame and location—the Battle of Berlin in April–May 1945—but now the main character,an American Office of Strategic Services officer,must capture or eliminate the scientists involved in the German V-2 rocket program. The game is based on Asura Engine.”
The game produced extremely low fps with super sampling turned on. So I have decided to turn them off.
“Tomb Raider is an action-adventure video game. Published by Square Enix,Tomb Raider is the fifth title developed by Crystal Dynamics in the Tomb Raider franchise. As the first entry in a new Tomb Raider continuity,the game is a reboot that emphasises the reconstructed origins of the culturally influential lead character Lara Croft. Tomb Raider was released on 5 March 2013 for PlayStation 3,Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The game is based on Modified Crystal Engine.”