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First-Person Game Benchmarks

FPS is where things get interesting and where there is much user interest.

Alien vs Predator Benchmark is another media and vendor favourite using DirectX11 and dates back to AMD's Radeon 5000 release. Both cards achieve the same sub 60 FPS score at 'only' 1200p/2.3 Megapixels resolution

While Battlefield 3 (another AMD endorsed title) is important to gamers, we treat it as a data-point rather than focusing on it. It is important to focus on a gamut of titles of varying ages using different APIs and engines to determine overall experience and performance.

Both it and Bioshock Infinite at worst case Ultra settings offer a similar experience in the 50-70 FPS range, good enough for some, no good enough for others.

'Good old' Crysis 1 seems to favour the shader performance of the 270X, while Crysis 3's introduction map is a bit too much. We did play Crysis 3 for extended periods at these settings but further minor tweaking or using GeForce Experience for the GTX 760 will enhance game play further.

Without resorting to Crossfire, Deus Ex just runs away and we have sufficient frames to do various enhancements like 3D. Amusingly NVIDIA is faster in this AMD endorsed and optimised game.

We run two passes of Metro 2033 for a reason; Depth of Field is a frame rate killer. These Settings again are too much for 'buttery smooth' game play.

MSI HAWK Alien V Predator, Battlefield 3, Bioshock Infinite, Crysis, Crysis 3, Deus Ex and Metro 2033 benchmark scores

BioShock Infinite Benchmark Scaling

Bioshock's benchmark basically flys around its game maps in the usual panning fashion. With V-Sync off we see ridiculous maximum frame rates which do not correlate to real game play.

Taking the AVERAGE and MINIMUM FPS across Low to High Detail for Full HD gaming, NVIDIA GTX 760 offers consistently higher average frame rates while AMD RADEON R9 270X offers significantly higher minimum frame rates. Maxed out with depth of field this advantage is almost nullified, but GeForce does break the golden FPS mark.

MSI HAWK R9 270X nd GTX 760 Resolution/Detail Scaling in Bioshock Infinite benchmark frames per second

Battlefield 3 Game Play Frame Times, Rates and Ranking

Frame Time

Easily calculated, for reference if we have 60 frame per second, each frame takes 16.67 milliseconds.

While both AMD and NVIDIA average 60FPS, the AMD card still has many runt frames (spikes in the graph,representing slow frames)

Frame Rating - Battlefield 3 Frame Times for MSI R9 270X HAWK

While NVIDIA not only has less runt frames but overall frames are faster.

Frame Rating - Battlefield 3 Frame Times for MSI GTX 760 HAWK

We are interested in a narrower,tighter graph plot which results in a smoother gameplay experience.

Ranking

Frame Rating - Battlefield 3 Frame Time Rank for MSI R9 270X HAWK Frame Rating - Battlefield 3 Frame Time Ranking for MSI GTX 760 HAWK

Crysis 3 Game Play Frame Times, Rates and Ranking

Frame Time

Frame Rating - Crysis 3 Frame Times for MSI R9 270X HAWK

Frame Rating - Crysis 3 Frame Times for MSI GTX 760 HAWK

Ranking

Frame Rating - Crysis 3 Frame Time Rank for MSI R9 270X HAWK Frame Rating - Crysis 3 Frame Time Rank for MSI GTX 760 HAWK

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