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Crysis SP GeForce 8800 GT and SLI Peformance

Crysis SP GeForce 8800 GT and SLI Peformance

Due to popular demand, we've gone ahead and updated our GeForce 8800 GT launch article with a full suite of Crysis benchmark numbers and even a few screen shots to dress it up a bit.  The game engine alone with this upcoming release will live up to the hype that surrounds it.  Word is Crysis has gone gold and will be on sale in stores 11/16.  If you're one generation behind in graphics cards, now might be a good time to consider the new GeForce 8800 GT or if you can stand it, perhaps wait for its successor, which is rumored to hit some time in early '08. 

From the article, as they say... 



  
Crytek's Crysis in all it's glory...

 

Even with our image quality settings configured without Anti-Aliasing, Crysis serves up an absolutely punishing workload for any graphics card on the market today and certainly amongst the cards we tested here.  We tested with game engine settings all set to "high" instead of "very high", which reduces some of the image post-processing effects workload, like motion blur and makes use of slightly less complex lighting and shadowing effects, just to name a few of the compromises.  Regardless, the changes are hardly noticeable in action and as you can see, our graphics test-bed still had a bit of work to do keeping up.

Obviously, our pair of GeForce 8800 GTs in SLI outpaced the single Big-Daddy GeForce 8800 GTX card by about 10% in round numbers.  A single GeForce 8800 GT was about 10 - 15% slower than a GeForce 8800 GTX but the GT ran complete circles around the AMD-ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT.

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I have 2 questions for anybody with technical knowledge or just an oppinion:

1) Will those numbers improve with the final release?

2) With my current specs is the game more cpu bound, gpu bound or fairly even?

 

 

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On question 1, it's hard to say but I wouldn't expect stellar gains in performance between the demo and the gold release. I would expect that the major Graphics vendors will improve driver performance with the game over the coming months however and substantial gains could be seen there.

The game is DEFINITELY GPU-bound. It's big time lighting and shader-intensive with very high polygon counts.

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Very nice info! I think I might just have to buy two of those 8800 GT's now. Thanks for the update!

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Kinda figured it was GPU bound. I anticipated that Crysis would be a GPU slayer so I've got $$$ set aside for nvidias next flagship!!! If they drop another dual chip card I'll probably go for that even though the 7950GX2 was kinda a disappointment... or so I've heard.

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I think Q1 to early Q2 '08 will bring some NICE new toys. :)

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More and more games that I won't be able to play cause I can't upgrade to a dx10 card. Is this gonna be the new trend with most of the games you think? This makes the 2nd game on my list now that i really want but can't play.

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I would imagine that games coming out will run on DX9 hardware throughout 08, but having a DX10 cappable card will become a must at some point.

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DX10 is still in its infancy pretty much, Nelson. Most new engines being released to market have both DX10 and a DX9 rendering path and it is very hard to see the differences IQ-wise between the two. I'm not sure what your hardware specs look like now but I would say you can probably still play Crysis, but just with the settings turned down to medium and at a bit lower res maybe. The game will still look amazing to you at those settings too, I'm sure.

I'm a high res snob and like to play most games at 1920 and up. Crysis is the first game I've seen that looks perfectly acceptable on my large screens around here, at 1280 res and even 1024 with a bit of AA. Of course I don't actually get time to play much of anything lately. :)

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well that's good to know so I could play crysis and unreal tournament 3. I have athlon 64 4000, 2 gigs of ddr500 and a 7800gt. plus my raptors in raid 0 not that they would affect it much. my biggest thing is upgrading will result in all new water blocks to and it really starts getting pricey then.

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What would the 8800 gt sli's compare to the top of the line 8800 ultra superclocked or XXX version?

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I would say in most games the pair would be pretty close and occasionally get beaten by the Ultra or Superclocked cards. In that case, one card is a bit more elegant in my opinion.

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Davo:
In that case, one card is a bit more elegant in my opinion.

 

Nice way to put it... I agree!!!

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Yeah, no need to complicate things with SLI for little or no peformance gain. Two Ultras in SLI are worth moving to though, if you've got the jack. ;-)

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Davo:
Two Ultras in SLI are worth moving to though

 

I'd much rather wait for the next top tier card from Nvidia... possibly a dual chip card!!!

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