So we start off with a monitor resolution of 1600x1200, I've dropped 1280x1024 - all tests have DX11 / HIGH Quality mode with FXAA enabled according to the settings we have shown you in the past few pages. We recommend HIGH Quality settings for modern mid-range graphics cards, and here's why.
Our scores are average frame rates so you need to take a margin in mind for lower FPS at all times. As such we say 40 FPS for this game should be your minimum, while 60 FPS (frames per second) can be considered optimal. Ideally you start with an R7850 or GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which are fairly cheap and will offer you nice performance.
** Radeon GHz editions are marked as GHz, these are the cards with Dynamic turbo. One remark on the Radeon HD 7950 GHz, that is the card you guys know as 'Boost' edition. AMD really has no fixed name for the 925 MHz 7950 models with a dynamic turbo frequency hence I label it GHz edition. Unfortunately it is the only 7950 I have left for testing as we had to flash the regular 7950 towards this Boost/GHz model. We can see why that can be a little confusing though. But now you know.
In more civilized 1920x1200 monitor resolutions you'll notice that the numbers are already crumbling down a bit. Keep that 40 FPS minimum in mind as you want a little reserve. Also keep in mind that all levels are different, some more harsh on the GPU than others. The opening scene for example is a drag. We test in the level Welcome to the Jungle, which I'm sure is a level title creatively borrowed from Guns 'n Roses ;)
A GeForce GTX 660 (non-Ti) would be optimal for the money in this resolution as well as a Radeon HD 7870.
A monitor resolution of 2560x1600 is of course more complicated, still even with a GeForce GTX 660 Ti or Radeon HD 7950 you could manage the job well. Though we'd recommend something a step higher. So these are your average framerates at High Quality setting with FXAA enabled. Let's start-up VERY High image quality settings and get worried.