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Far Cry 2, Crysis

If there were ever a game title that we'd call "long in the tooth" for benchmarking purposes, it would have to be Crysis.  Ever-popular with snarky discussion board lurkers, looking to jab into the conversation about literally any tech-related product with the tired, exhausted, seemingly age-old question, "but can it play Crysis?"; is the epitome of worn-out. Regardless, both Crysis v1.2 and FarCry 2 are still murderously demanding on overall system performance, so we've got those numbers for you here as well with the Area-51 pushing the pixels.

FarCry 2
DirectX Gaming Performance

FarCry 2

Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date.  Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations.  We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article with a fully patched version of FarCry 2, using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map. Of the three available, we used the Ranch (Short) option.  The test results shown here were run at a resolution of 1920x1200 with 8X AA and Ultra High Quality presets enabled concurrently.

                                                  * Alienware Area-51 - 2560X1600 4XAA:
  79 fps

Largely GPU-bound, FarCry 2 shows modest gains for the similarly configured Alienware Area-51 versus its closest competitor, the Origin Genesis system.  Further, even at a 30" panel native resolution of 2560X1600, with 4X AA turned on, we're able to maintain near 80 frames per second performance.

Crysis v1.21
DirectX 10 Gaming Performance


Crytek's game engine visuals in Crysis are some of the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen on a computer screen even as of today. The engine employs some of the latest techniques in 3D rendering like Parallax Occlusion Mapping, Subsurface Scattering, Motion Blur, and Depth-of-Field effects, as well as an impressive use of Shader technology. The single player, FPS Crysis is a smash-hit, and rightfully so. We patched the game to v1.2 with all of the game's visual settings to 'High' at 1920x1200 resolution to put a significant load on the systems' graphics engines being tested.

                                               * Alienware Area-51 - 2560X1600 4XAA:  86 fps

Now you know why Crysis gets the wrap it does in the media and in online discussion threads.  Even with identical graphics subsystems, the 6-core powered Alienware Area-51 posts a 23+ percent gain in performance over the quad-core based Origin Genesis.  This performance edge is driven virtually exclusively by the additional CPU power under the Area-51's hood.  Finally, even at High Quality settings, with 4X AA turned on at 2560X1600 resolution, the Area-51 clips through Crysis taking down rendered frames with M16-class fire power.

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