|MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012|
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DX11: Batman: Arkham City
If there was ever a game that showcased the growing gap between game consoles and high-end gaming PCs, Batman: Arkham City is it. In this dystopian near-future, part of Gotham City has been walled off as an enclave for criminals (rather like Escape from New York). It's a 3rd-person action game that adheres to story line previously set forth in Batman: Arkham Asylum, and is based on an updated Unreal Engine 3 game engine. Batman: Arkham City is a DirectX 11 title that uses multi-threaded rendering to produce life-like tessellation effects.
One annoyance with the game is that all game settings must be made through a hidden application called "BMLauncher". Once you've made your settings, though, an in-game benchmark provides the feedback you'll need to tune your system's performance.
The AMD Radeon graphics cards are at a disadvantage here, since, like Arkham Asylum, Arkham City is a showcase of PhysX effects, which can be directly accelerated by NVIDIA cards but not by AMD cards. I left PhysX turned off for this test but if your Radeon-equipped rig is running an Intel 2500K or higher processor, consider turning it on: the PhysX will run on the CPU but modern multi-core CPUs have enough power to do a credible job, and you'll miss out on some really cool effects otherwise. With PhysX turned off, however, the Radeons run roughshod over the NVIDIA cards.
Again, the N660Ti is the slowest card here: even overclocked, it can't match the performance of the other cards. Also again, it still turns in more than playable frame rates at a cost per frame per second lower than any of the other cards.
Cost Analysis: Arkham City (1920x1080)
Test Summary: The XFX Radeon 7970 waltzes to a win here. The luster on AMD's Southern Islands GPUs dimmed somewhat when NVIDIA's Kepler-based cards were introduced, but enthusiasts should remember that these are very fast cards, and now have a $-per-FPS advantage in many cases...except for the N660Ti.