ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 - AMD Back On Top

Crysis v1.2

Crysis v1.2
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 v1.2 with all of its visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested  A custom demo recorded on the Island level was used throughout testing.

It appears Crysis would not scale past two GPUs with the Radeon HD 4800 series cards.  The Radeon HD 4870 X2 performs right on par with a pair of Radeon HD 4870 cards running in CrossFire mode.  Pairing up the Radeon HD 4870 X2 cards in a four-GPU CrossFireX configuration didn't help performance, however.  Overall, all of the NVIDIA SLI configurations put up better scores in this test.  We expect future driver revisions to significantly help the Radeon HD 4870 X2 CrossFireX configuration here though.

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