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Crysis Performance

Crysis v1.21
DirectX 10 Gaming Performance


If you're at all into enthusiast computing, the highly anticipated single player, FPS smash-hit Crysis, should require no introduction. Crytek's game engine produces some stunning visuals that are easily the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen on the PC to date.  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 some of the most impressive use of Shader technology we've seen yet.  In short, for those of you that want to skip the technical jib-jab, Crysis is a beast of a game.  We ran the full game patched to v1.21 with all of its visual options set to 'Very High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested  A custom demo recorded on the Ice level was used throughout testing.


In our custom Crysis benchmark, the Radeon HD 4890 and GeForce GTX 285 are blown away by the Radeon HD 5870. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 fares much better, but it is still outpaced by the 5870--not bad for a single GPU. NVIDIA's current flagship, dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 295 is able to pull ahead of AMD's new baby by about 10% at both resolutions, however.

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