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Gory Gaming: Bulletstorm Performance Analyzed
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Bulletstorm’s art direction and game engine both deliver very attractive visuals with gobs of graphics fidelity for those with hardware that can handle it. As it turns out, the real-world graphics card requirement is fairly low: a Radeon HD 5570 or GeForce GT 430 can handle medium settings, while a GeForce GTX 550 Ti or Radeon HD 5770 can handle maximum detail plus 4x AA at 1080p.

The CPU results are far more surprising, since it’s rare to find a game engine that takes multithreading very seriously. A triple-core Phenom II at 2.5 GHz is the minimum to get the most out of this game, while a quad-core chip can squeeze by at 2 GHz.

We thank MSI for supplying the graphics hardware for this article. The company’s proprietary Twin Frozr II and Cyclone coolers impressed us with great thermal and acoustic performance. 

Almost as impressive is the company's sponsored freeware overclocking utility, MSI Afterburner. This software continues to serve as a staple for us due to its flexibility, and we applaud MSI for getting behind a tool that can be used with graphics cards from any vendor. This is the kind of open-minded innovation that makes everyone’s life easier. Of course, the company adds value for those buying its hardware by giving Afterburner the power to alter voltages on specific models.

To summarize, this newest representation of Unreal's latest engine continues to provide excellent visuals without requiring high-end graphics hardware, although it does utilize multiple CPU cores. As for the game, Bulletstorm is a goofy, sometimes hilarious, gruesome romp of mindless first-person shooter action. Like the Jackass movies, it can be a lot of fun, but you might be embarrassed to admit you enjoy it.

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    yyrkoon , June 2, 2011 6:11 AM
    JohnnyLuckyThe next time how about installing a game on a solid state drive and a hard disk drive so we can find out about any differences in game play.


    Where have you been for the last decade? It would only effect level loading.
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    shubham1401 , June 2, 2011 5:28 AM
    mayankleoboy1i enjoy the game and i am not embarrassed to admit it on my 3.33ghz core 2 duo and gtx580, it stutters a lot during some areas and level loading. even a slight CPU use by another processes make this game unplayable.


    Didn't happen with me. I have a 2.66Ghz C2D and 9800GT. And I played the whole game with ~45Fps at 1600X900 medium settings.
    :) 
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    yyrkoon , June 2, 2011 6:11 AM
    JohnnyLuckyThe next time how about installing a game on a solid state drive and a hard disk drive so we can find out about any differences in game play.


    Where have you been for the last decade? It would only effect level loading.
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    haplo602 , June 2, 2011 6:15 AM
    why are the pictures and descriptions on the cards backwards ? I mean firs the image than the description ? since we are scrolling DOWN normaly, it's the wrong way around.
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    Maziar , June 2, 2011 7:00 AM
    Thanks for the review :) 
    The good thing about Unreal engine is that the PC game powered by it are almost always optimized and that's what's lacking in most of todays' PC games.
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    hannibal , June 2, 2011 8:14 AM
    The thing that "Epic is serious about multithreading" is good thing to see! We have had so long time 4 to 6 core CPUs, that it has been a shame that those cores had not been supported in games so far. This is very promising indeed!
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    nevertell , June 2, 2011 9:45 AM
    You definitely have to do these more often.
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    Formata , June 2, 2011 10:17 AM
    I love this sort of article. Would be nice to see that same sort of comparison done with Witcher 2
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    joshyboy82 , June 2, 2011 10:53 AM
    I had no interest in buying this game, but I read the review to see if it my change my mind. Sadly it won't. I already am into too many games and I just can't seem to beat CS:S, so when I've run out of Witcher sequels and Portals, I'll only have Battlefields and Diablos to conquer, before I become a full time farmer (as a in-game career) in Skyrim. Sorry about your luck.
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    iam2thecrowe , June 2, 2011 11:24 AM
    shubham1401Didn't happen with me. I have a 2.66Ghz C2D and 9800GT. And I played the whole game with ~45Fps at 1600X900 medium settings.

    i think the key there is "medium settings". Draw distance, objects on screen and physics detail have a fair impact on the CPU performance.
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    dimitri , June 2, 2011 12:20 PM
    mayankleoboy1i enjoy the game and i am not embarrassed to admit it on my 3.33ghz core 2 duo and gtx580, it stutters a lot during some areas and level loading. even a slight CPU use by another processes make this game unplayable.

    I had exactly the same problem; You need to edit some configuration file and set bSmoothFrameRate and bEnableMouseSmoothing to "false.". You can find more specific instructions online.
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    scook9 , June 2, 2011 1:16 PM
    Needs all the CPU power it can get and minimal graphics.....another successful console port!

    I say that, but I have generally really enjoyed all the UE3 games I have played so far and play UT3 more than anything else online haha
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    tommysch , June 2, 2011 1:24 PM
    mayankleoboy1i enjoy the game and i am not embarrassed to admit it on my 3.33ghz core 2 duo and gtx580, it stutters a lot during some areas and level loading. even a slight CPU use by another processes make this game unplayable.


    Your GPU must be so badly choked... I had a Q6600 and it wasnt enough to run a GTX 470 at full speed. Do you have a GPU monitor to see the core % usage? It is probably stuck under 80% if not lower.
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    tommysch , June 2, 2011 1:26 PM
    You cant disable V sync in that shitty game or what?
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2011 1:27 PM
    Kevith's right - it sits somewhere between an ad for MSI and an ad for Bulletstorm. Journalism at its (less then) finest.
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    rootheday , June 2, 2011 2:03 PM
    how about trying the game on Intel HD 3000 for comparison with the low end cards?
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    Onus , June 2, 2011 2:10 PM
    Here's a FPS I might actually enjoy; it looks not all that difficult, and should run maxed on my primary system.

    Question about CPU performance: How does a hyperthreaded dual core (e.g. an i5/650) compare to a true quad?
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    gokanis , June 2, 2011 2:19 PM
    Works fine on my Q6600 and MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II OC. I did notice a rare stutter every now and again but it wasn't enough that it bothered gameplay.

    I may go back and see what settings I had and try an experiment or two, I know I had at least 1680x1050 and I always set everything to high, not sure if I had 4xAA on or not, most likely did.

    The stutters were probably because I was crunching WCG cancer units in the background. The CPU is OC'd to 3GHz. I did like the game, it made me laugh pretty hard at times. The creative kills is what made me finish the game to the end.
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    clonazepam , June 2, 2011 3:45 PM
    I wish I had it to test on my q6600 and 570. I didn't care much for the demo so that influenced my choice not to purchase.

    Does that 1680x1050 (most common resolution) glitch and encrypted config files a part of anti-piracy attempts that hurt everyone?

    I wish I had purchased the MSI 570 instead of the PNY card, but I had to get what I got on BB credit =/
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