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DirectX 10 vs DirectX 9 Performance - Bioshock

DirectX 9 vs DirectX 10 Performance in Bioshock

For a little addition to our usual suite of benchmarks I thought I'd throw this test in.

Bioshock is a recent FPS shooter by 2K games. Based on the UT3 engine it follows the DirectX 10 path by default in Vista with DX10 hardware. Noticeable enhancements to the graphical experience are prevalent in the water effects and the smoke effects especially.

To capture this I loaded up Vista on the exact same hardware as the rest of the review had been performed on and played identical parts of the game, keeping as close to the same gameplay in each as possible. I focused on parts of the game that had smoke, lighting and water effects whilst using a wide range of weapons and plasmids to create explosions and mayhem and generally keep the GPU working away.

bioshock screenie 1

bioshock 2

bioshock 3

bioshock 4

bioshock 5

Note that I played through several parts of the game in both DX9 and DX10 to get a good all-round view of performance.


The results may just surprise you a little they certainly did for me. Whilst the minimum frame rate suffered a little in Vista under DX10, generally performance was almost identical between XP and Vista: DX9 and DX10. The little differences become noticeable the more you play the game and DX10 is showing glimpses of what all the fuss is about.

bioshock frames per second comparison

As I said: the DX10 path doesn't look all that bad at all for performance.

Unfortunately at this time I no longer had the 2900XT for a card to card comparison, but we're working on a DX9 vs DX10 roundup for you :)
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30-09-2007, 18:29:02

We take a look at a card XFX claims is the "Worlds fastest 8800GTS"

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30-09-2007, 18:40:31

Awesome review Kemp and a great card to boot. Loved the inclusion of the DX9 vs DX10 comparison. Quote

30-09-2007, 18:42:23

Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Awesome review Kemp and a great card to boot. Loved the inclusion of the DX9 vs DX10 comparison.

I'm seeing what I can do about getting a more thorough analysis of that, keep your eyes peeled folks Quote

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