Wow, my friend with a 290 will probably smoke my 780 performance. Interesting... I'm too lazy to look up recent Civ5 benchmarks (after patches), but with current drivers it would be interesting to see how Civ5 and BE perform compared to each other. BE is looking more and more like a re-skin in-game. I'm seeing all the same menus and graphics/interface options, even down to how it will trigger the Win7 Aero bug and menu prompt as well as lacking the Borderless full screen options that all other games have now and the lack of that annoyed me greatly in Civ5.