ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Powerhouse Review

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Crysis v1.21

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.


Our custom Crysis benchmark puts a significant strain on all of the cards we tested, as is evident by the relatively low framerates. Here, the Radeon HD 5970 once again crushes all of the single-GPU powered cards and smokes the GeForce GTX 295. The 5970, however, finishes in a dead heat with the Radeon HD 5850 CrossFire configuration and trails the Radeon HD 5870 CrossFire setup by a sizable margin, somewhere in the neighborhood of 18%.

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