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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 

All three of the video cards were able to handle Crysis on the High image quality setting with AA and AF disabled quite well. All three cards produced playable results, with the GTX285 coming out on top, though not by much. The MSI R4890 Cyclone SOC actually performs very well here, staying right on the heels of the GTX285, a feat the stock Radeon 4890 can't do.

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