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Batman: Arkham Asylum: GPUs, CPUs, And PhysX Performance

Batman: Arkham Asylum is based on the venerable Unreal 3 Engine, so it doesn't require the most powerful hardware to produce high frame rates. Because of this, we chose the highest visual fidelity options when testing, leaving out only anti-aliasing (AA) and PhysX from our basic settings. We used the in-game benchmark to keep results consistent.

We tested a solid sample of cards from our "Best Graphics Cards for the Money" column. At the time of testing, we didn't have any new ATI Radeon HD 5000-series cards available in our Canada office, but keep in mind that the new 5770 should perform closely to the Radeon HD 4870, and the 5750 will probably perform in the neighborhood of the Radeon HD 4850 and GeForce GTS 250.

Intel Test System
(Performance & CPU Benchmarks)
AMD Test System
(Some CPU Benchmarks)

Intel Core i7-920 (Bloomfield),
2.67 GHz, QPI-2400, 8MB Cache

AMD Phenom II X4 965 (Deneb),
3.4 GHz, 2000 MHz HT, 6MB Cache


ASRock X58 Supercomputer
Intel X58, BIOS P1.90

Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
AMD 785G, BIOS 0410

Onboard Gigabit LAN controller

Mushkin PC3-10700
3 x 2,048MB, DDR3-1066, CL 8-8-8-19 at 1.8V

Mushkin PC3-10700
3 x 2,048MB, DDR3-1066, CL 8-8-8-19 at 1.8V


Sapphire HD4650 512 MB DDR2 PCIe
Gigabyte GV-N220OC-1GI GeForce GT 220 1 GB DDR3 PCIe
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI GeForce 9600 GT 1 GB DDR3 PCIe
Gigabyte GV-N250ZL-1GI 1 GB DDR3 PCIe
Asus EAH4850 MT 512 MB DDR3 PCIe
Asus ENGTX260 796 MB DDR3 PCIe
ATI Radeon HD 4870 Reference PCIe

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar WD50 00AAJS-00YFA,
500GB, 7,200 RPM, 8MB cache, SATA 3.0 GB/s

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache SATA 3.0 Gb/s


Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W
1,200W, ATX 12V 2.2, EPS 12v 2.91

ePower EP-1200P10-T2
1,200W, ATX 12V, EPS 12v

Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit 6.0.6001, SP1 Microsoft Windows 7 x64
DirectX versionDirectX 10DirectX 11
Graphics Drivers

Nvidia ForceWare 191.07, ATI Catalyst 9.9

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