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GTX 280 vs 8800 GTX - 18 Months of Innovation

Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures & BioShock

Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures 

AoC is one of those sword and sorcery MMORPGS. On a personal note I didn’t like playing it, but when I was playing it I had a very hard time stopping.  If you want to know more check out the game’s official site or the AoC Wiki.

Here are the settings that I used in all my testing for AoC:

AoC Graph

You may have noticed that the minimum FPS reading is 0 for each card and setting. That’s because the game basically “pauses” at 0 FPS after I press the button that tells Fraps to begin recording FPS information.  At 1600x1200 the GTX 280 is about 63% faster than the 8800 GTX and at 1920x1080 the GTX 280 is a full 93% faster. For those of you who want to play this game on a nice high resolution widescreen at high settings (the game is beautiful), the GTX 280 is a major improvement over the 8800 GTX.

BioShock 

Most of you probably already know what BioShock is all about. Those of you that do not can read all about it here. All you really need to know is that the game is freaking fantastic and it is the most fun that I have had in a long time. I am hoping to see something about BioShock 2 at PAX this year. I will be sure to let you guys know if I do. If you need a taste of insane underwater adventure you can get this award winning game for only $29.99 on Steam.

Here are the settings that I used in all my testing for BioShock:

BioShock Graph

 I am not sure how or why it happened, but I got more FPS with the 8800 GTX at 1920x1080 than I did at 1600x1200. The maximum FPS measurement was lower at 1920, but the average and minimum were higher.  I checked all my settings and such, but everything was the way it was supposed to be. Chalk it up to Chaos Theory I guess.

At 1600x1200 the GTX 280 is 88% faster and at 1920x1080 the 280 is 69% faster. If you look at the results of the GTX 280 across the two resolutions, you can see that the GTX 280 performed almost as well at 1920 as it did at 1600. Nice!

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