Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
This game doesn’t support display resolutions of 16:10 format, so we use a resolution of 1920x1440 pixels (4:3 format) instead of 1920x1200 for it.
The modified GeForce 9800 GTX proves to be as fast as the Radeon HD 4870 and Radeon HD 3870 X2, which is good. But you should keep it in mind that the modified card produces too much noise, consumes too much power and generates too much heat. And there is the constant risk of the GPU just burning out.
BioShock doesn’t support FSAA when running in Windows Vista’s DirectX 10 environment. We benchmark graphics cards without FSAA in this game.
The extremely overclocked card from Nvidia is successful in BioShock but the ordinary Radeon HD 4870 at default frequencies is just as fast as it. It is clear that the off-the-self GeForce 9800 GTX+, which has lower GPU frequencies, won’t be competitive to the latter, except being cheaper. Moreover, the speeds are so high here that there is no real need to overclock anything. The Radeon HD 4850 delivers a comfortable frame rate for only $199.