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Low End PC Performance Guide: Borderlands 2

The first Borderlands is a big success, thanks to its massive world with variety of creatures, the bazillion guns, comic-style graphics, and its humor. Gearbox Software released Borderlands 2 with more from the first one, with new characters and little customization. Like the first one, it also uses heavily modified Unreal Engine 3, but with the addition of Physx effects, meaning you have more and realistic effects like cloth, blood, fluids, and explosions, available only with NVIDIA video cards.

 

TEST SYSTEM AND REQUIREMENTS

Our system scored P4766 points in 3DMark Vantage with 3802 GPU score and 20083 CPU score at Performance preset.

  TEST SYSTEM

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

    Borderlands 2 Borderlands 1
Processor Intel Celeron G550 2.6 GHz Dual-core 2.4 GHz Dual-core 2.4 Ghz or equivalent processor
Memory 2GB DDR3 1600MHz 2GB 1GB
Video Card nVidia GeForce 9600GT 512MB DDR3 (Green Edition) nVidia GeForce 8500GT Geforce 7 series / Radeon HD 2400
Driver / Patch version nVidia Forceware 306.97    
Operating System Windows 7 SP1 64-bit Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 Windows XP

 

If you have played the first Borderlands with minimum requirements, you need to upgrade a little to play the second one; it’s been three years since.

 

BENCHMARKING PROCEDURE

                 All of the tests were initially set with the processor’s stock clock, 2GB of RAM, and with GeForce 9600GT. Within the game’s settings, Field of view set to 90, Vsync set to off and Framerate set to unlimited. We used 90–second Fraps up to three times (3x) to measure the frames per second from “Sawtooth Cauldron” level. Below is our benchmarking scene.

All tests were done with lowest settings at 1280×720 resolution.

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