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bioshock single core benchmark request

thermoelectro

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To those of you playing bioshock on older processors, what are your settings, setup (video card processor, ram), and your FPS?


I have a p4 and am curious what kind of performance you can get from a video card upgrade.
 

deadseasquirrel

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This page deals specifically with CPU and memory, but earlier pages break it down to video card (even older ones) and even show image quality comparisons.
 

shortylickens

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I wouldnt even try it. I have two machines, one is a single-core, socket 754 with a Radeon X800 Pro. No way I would bother with Bioshock on that.
My other system is a 4800+ Dual Toledo core (939) with a GeForce 7900GTX. That plays alright.

Nobody who spends money on a good video card is going to settle for a single core CPU these days. Duals are very common and priced well, and quads are becoming more common every month.

Same with RAM. People were pissing and moaning about the heavy memory requirments for modern games and OS's, until they finally realized that the stuff is dirt cheap nowadays.

For example:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16820220145

If you wanna play hi-end games, spend a little extra on RAM and a dual-core CPU, you'll be glad you did.
 

Piuc2020

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A dual core is a hefty upgrade for Bioshock but I've tried it on my old P4 machine and it still ran fine with a 6800XT at max settings 800x600 and I'm sure I was still GPU bound, a 7600GT P4 machine should easily hit 1024x768 max settings just fine.

Bioshock is not that demanding, it is however coded very poorly.
 

rek075

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I run it at 1400x960 on max settings with an AMD FX-57 @ 3 GHz and a 7950GT AGP 512 and get 30+ FPS. Its one of the fastest (if not the fastest) single core CPUs though.
 

Bakku

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i dont see how dual core is going to benefit much in your gaming experience. multiprocessor support in games nowadays = almost non existence. it's better to put your money in a better video card. anyway, bioshock runs fine on my rig, FX-55 2.9GHz + X1900XTX, 1280x1024 with all IQ max'ed. FPS never drops below 30.
 

warpigeon

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a64 4000+ stock
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x1950pro agp

Ran at 1280x1024 high settings. Great performance, ~35 fps. Just a few chugs every now and then.

Later I bought an x2 4200+ and played around a bit in fort frolic- didn't notice much of a difference, maybe 5 more frames per sec.
 

Daaavo

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Originally posted by: Bakku
i dont see how dual core is going to benefit much in your gaming experience. multiprocessor support in games nowadays = almost non existence. it's better to put your money in a better video card. anyway, bioshock runs fine on my rig, FX-55 2.9GHz + X1900XTX, 1280x1024 with all IQ max'ed. FPS never drops below 30.
From the BioShock readme.txt:

BioShock is optimized for dual core machines. If the game is run on a single core machine then a processor of 2.5GHz or better is required to get reasonable performance. The higher the clock speed of the processor the better the game will run. Most dual core machines will be optimum for BioShock.
 

AzN

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Originally posted by: Bakku
i dont see how dual core is going to benefit much in your gaming experience. multiprocessor support in games nowadays = almost non existence. it's better to put your money in a better video card. anyway, bioshock runs fine on my rig, FX-55 2.9GHz + X1900XTX, 1280x1024 with all IQ max'ed. FPS never drops below 30.
Non existent 2 years ago. Now dual core giving 50% performance is very common.
 

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Originally posted by: Azn
Originally posted by: Bakku
i dont see how dual core is going to benefit much in your gaming experience. multiprocessor support in games nowadays = almost non existence. it's better to put your money in a better video card. anyway, bioshock runs fine on my rig, FX-55 2.9GHz + X1900XTX, 1280x1024 with all IQ max'ed. FPS never drops below 30.
Non existent 2 years ago. Now dual core giving 50% performance is very common.
Thats true, but often that is in CPU limited tests. The real world impact isn't necessarily so pronounced. If building a new rig, definitely go multi-core, but for people with fast single core systems, a vid card is till the best bang for buck, that way you can crack up the res and settings and make the game more GPU bound.

 

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