I just dowloaded and played the demo for Bioshock. And I just need to say, it is very fun and quite enjoyable. I have been waiting for this game for a long time. I saw it in a magazine about a year and a half ago, and it actually prompted me make my computer a gaming computer.
Anyway, the point of this is to tell people what frames I get with my hardware, since it seems like a lot of people are curious about Bioshock.
E6550@3.41Ghz (cooled by Tuniq Tower)
2Gb GeiL ddr2 800@974
Sapphire x1950pro (628core/776mem)
74 GB Raptor
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
With this system, and the max settings the demo would let me do (I'm not sure if it will be different for the real game, because it didn't say anything about AA) and at 1680x1050 resolution, I got a frame rate of about 25 to 30 on average. To me, it didn't seem choppy at all, and it was very playable. And it looks great. Absolutely fantastic.
Now this was obviously without the DX10 features, as I do not have a DX10 capable video card. It said there were "Direct X 10 detail surfaces" that I could have enabled if my video card was capable. I'm not sure if this would increase or decrease performance... but if you have and 8800 series video card, I don't think you'll be having too much trouble with the frames anyway.
Pretty much, I just thought people might want to know how the game runs and my machine, so they might be able to estimate how it will run on theirs. I'm just glad that it was very playable for me. I wanted to get an 8800 series card this summer to make sure I had the best experience (as I have been anticipating this game for a while) but I didn't have the money. I'm pleased that it was very acceptable to me even without this upgrade.
I would definitely recommend Bioshock to anyone. I think this game will be very successful, and I think anyone looking to have some fun should buy it. I know I will.
I'm curious to know if anyone is running the Bioshock demo on an 8800GTX with any DX10 features enabled especially at 1920x1200, if so what kind of performance do you get?, if its anything like reasonable then this could be the excuse I've been waiting for to upgrade my 7800GT.
Specs in Sig....wondering how its going to run at 1680 x 1050
Well I did it at that resolution with an x1950pro. So I don't think you will be able to do high settings. Especially since mine dropped into the teens a few times. I'm not really sure what you'd get. You would at least have to drop to medium settings. And you might just have to lower the resolution.
I have my Bioshock maxed out on everything running at 1920X1080 with DX10 on my 8800GTS and I get a constant 30FPS on Vista 64. On XP32 I get 40-50FPS. Of course DX10 'eye candy' is shut of in XP so that is where the extra FPS comes from. If I run Vista without DX10 I get the same performance.
As a side not though, the 30fps seems very smooth and there is no stuttering.
It is running very nicely in DX10 on my rig, E6600 @3.4Ghz. 8800 GTX, 2 GB Mushkin. 680i.1680x1050 What I want to know is why cant I enable Antialiasing? Also I would like to comment that I'm not overly impressed with DX10 textures, IMO they cut back a little to keep the requirements far from absurd.....now Crysis on the other hand, oh boy.