TechSpot: Borderlands 2 GPU & CPU Performance Test

Although it was somewhat of an underdog when it arrived in October 2009, Borderlands quickly became a hit among PC and console gamers alike, selling over 4.5 million copies and propelling Gearbox Software to new heights. Despite complaints about repetitive gameplay and finicky menus, fans loved the title's unique comic-like art style and its seamless mashup of the first-person shooter and role-playing genres.

Considering the success of its first entry, it came as no surprise when Gearbox revealed plans to produce a sequel that would address Borderlands' shortcomings while expanding on its strengths.

Built on a highly modified version of Unreal Engine 3, the game only uses DirectX 9, opting to exclude the engine's DirectX 11 support. It's worth mentioning that Borderlands 2 is a "The Way It's Meant to be Played" title, supporting many Nvidia features such as PhysX and 3D Vision Surround.

Borderlands 2 succeeds at building on the foundation laid three years ago, delivering an improved menu system, revamped skill trees, new characters, more weapons, smarter foes, and the same addictive loot-driven co-op first-person shooter action. As exciting as all of that may be, we're more interested in seeing how the game runs on the finest PC hardware from Intel, AMD and Nvidia. Let's get down to business...

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Why do people even bother benchmarking Unreal Engine 3 games.. They all run perfect at max settings on my 3 year old PC

PmRd said,
Why do people even bother benchmarking Unreal Engine 3 games.. They all run perfect at max settings on my 3 year old PC

I doubt you'd be running maxed out with PhysX at 60fps with a 3 year old PC.

Goldfire86 said,

I doubt you'd be running maxed out with PhysX at 60fps with a 3 year old PC.


I have a decent system (mid-end though) and I cant for the love of god play this game at high settings. Well it goes fine untill I encounter enemies. FR drops to about 1-2 FPS. Medium settings its still goddamn horrid. Without Physx its not to bad.
FX4100 with GT510 I can play GTA4 on high settings, same for saints row the third, prototyp2, mafia 2 and more with a decent framerate. But Borderlands2 with its cartoony graphics which doesnt even come close to the graphical power like the other games I listed, runs like **** on medium settings already.
This game is complete horrid when it comes to optimization. Well, many games do last couple of years. Its a shame.

and anti-aliasing, no matter if its 2, 4, 8 or 16. its a drain on FPS but NO graphical improvement WHAT SO FREAKING EVER.

Shadowzz said,

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No edit heh, but come to think off it, this is probably the only unreal game that works so tremendously horrible on my system. Especially for a game that doesnt even WOW me the slightest regarding graphics.

Shadowzz said,

I have a decent system (mid-end though) and I cant for the love of god play this game at high settings. Well it goes fine untill I encounter enemies. FR drops to about 1-2 FPS. Medium settings its still goddamn horrid. Without Physx its not to bad.
FX4100 with GT510 I can play GTA4 on high settings, same for saints row the third, prototyp2, mafia 2 and more with a decent framerate. But Borderlands2 with its cartoony graphics which doesnt even come close to the graphical power like the other games I listed, runs like **** on medium settings already.
This game is complete horrid when it comes to optimization. Well, many games do last couple of years. Its a shame.

and anti-aliasing, no matter if its 2, 4, 8 or 16. its a drain on FPS but NO graphical improvement WHAT SO FREAKING EVER.

have you tried updating your videocard drivers to the most recent? Works almost everytime for me with new games.

PmRd said,
Why do people even bother benchmarking Unreal Engine 3 games.. They all run perfect at max settings on my 3 year old PC

Yeah suprisingly mine does as well! Still using 9800GTX in SLI of course purchased it in summer of gr.10 now im going into third year!

g0ld1e said,

Yeah suprisingly mine does as well! Still using 9800GTX in SLI of course purchased it in summer of gr.10 now im going into third year!

Yeah runs great on my GTX 260/Phenom x4