XFX 8800 GTS 320mb Fatal1ty Edition
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.
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.