Monday, September 24, 2012

Enjoying Borderlands 2

I'm sure a lot of gamers right now are enjoying playing Borderlands 2.  It's definitely better than the first one, and still fun to play and explore its fascinating world!

I have just tested Borderlands 2 on my overclocked Llano APU

A8-3870K (CPU @ 3.2 GHz / HD 6550D @ 847 MHz)
NB @ 900 MHz
8GB DDR3 1866 CL9
Windows 7 64-bit
Catalyst 12.8

Here are the settings I used:

Resolution: 1280 x 720
V-sync: off
Texture detail: High
Game detail: High
Foliage distance: Near
Draw distance: Medium
Depth of field: On
Anisotropic filtering: 4x
Ambient Occlusion: Off

I think I have played for 3 hours, the frame rate ranges from 35 to 40 fps. CPU usage across all 4 CPU cores were above 90% as reported by Open Hardware Monitor v0.5.1 beta

For those using an HD 6670 or 9800 GT or faster GPU, you need not worry.

Borderlands 2 GPU & CPU Performance Test

"For those gaming at 1680x1050 or similar resolutions, we found that very modest GPUs like the Radeon HD 6770 (aka the 5770) were able to deliver decent results, but again, Nvidia's performance advantage allowed budget GeForce cards such as the GTX 460 to produce 58fps, besting the HD 6850 and HD 7770.

At 1920x1200, the GTX 660 Ti could be considered overkill as the GTX 660 was only 1% slower while being 30% cheaper. That said, the GTX 660 Ti helps fill that gap by shipping with a free copy of Borderlands 2, so you'll have to determine what works out to be the best overall value in your situation.

Radeon cards seem to handle PhysX slightly better than their GeForce counterparts. When running Borderlands 2 at 1920x1200, the HD 7970 only took a 15% performance hit after enabling PhysX (dropping from 72fps to 61fps), whereas the GTX 680 fell 19% from 74fps to 60fps.

We were a bit worried about AMD's GPUs going into this because Borderlands 2 is a "TWIMTBP" title, but it seems we should've placed our concerns on the company's CPUs. Dual-core chips like the Phenom II X2 couldn't provide playable results, the Phenom II X4 and X6 were on par with Intel's old Core i7-920, while the FX series was roughly 20fps behind newer Core i7 parts. Additionally, Borderlands 2 responded far better when overclocking the i7-3770K than the FX-8150.

It seems your CPU choice may be more crucial to Borderlands 2's performance than your GPU choice and you'll definitely want to play with a quad-core chip."

CPU's tested

Intel Core i7 3000 series
Intel Core i7 2000 series
Intel Core i7 920
AMD FX series
AMD Phenom II series
AMD Athlon II series
AMD A6-3500

GPU's tested

AMD Radeon HD 7970 (3072MB)
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 (3072MB)
AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2048MB)
AMD Radeon HD 7850 (2048MB)
HIS Radeon HD 7770 (1024MB)
HIS Radeon HD 7750 (1024MB)
HIS Radeon HD 6970 (2048MB)
HIS Radeon HD 6950 (2048MB)
HIS Radeon HD 6870 (1024MB)
HIS Radeon HD 6850 (1024MB)
HIS Radeon HD 6790 (1024MB)
HIS Radeon HD 6770 (1024MB)
HIS Radeon HD 6750 (1024MB)
HIS Radeon HD 6670 (1024MB)
AMD Radeon HD 5870 (2048MB)
AMD Radeon HD 5830 (1024MB)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 (2048MB)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 (2048MB)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti (2048MB)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 (2048MB)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 (1536MB)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 (1280MB)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti (1024MB)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 (1024MB)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 (1536MB)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 (1024MB)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1024MB)

source: Techspot

Borderlands 2 : Dark Souls Easter Egg

The exploration was rewarding , several funny moments, even the Double Rainbow meme

Borderlands 2 Double Rainbow Meme

Original Video:

Borderlands 2 version:

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*credits to kyrencross and benchmarks_of_truth, TPC

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