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Game Benchmarks: Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box

GeForce 9600 GT/GTS 250/GTX 260 Non-Reference Roundup
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Burnout Paradise is great fun to play, and for me, it has supplanted Need for Speed as the premier fun racing title on the PC. The game seems to have a Vsync feature that can’t be disabled even by overriding it in the graphics card driver. Fortunately, the game’s 3D engine is highly optimized so we’re able to apply 8x AA to really put these cards through the paces.

While the Burnout engine is absolutely gorgeous, it seems to take it easy on the graphics cards. Even the GeForce 9600 GT cards are easily handling 1920x1200 with 8xAA.

Let’s make things a lot more difficult by enabling the Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) feature. This will make the lighting model a lot more realistic, but will give us a massive performance hit:

With SSAO enabled, this is a different story entirely, instantly making the game incredibly difficult for these cards to cope. The GeForce 9600 GT cards can’t handle it at any of our tested resolutions.

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