||If you're at all into enthusiast computing, the highly anticipated single player demo of the hot, new, upcoming FPS smash-hit Crysis, should require no introduction. Crytek's game engine visuals are easily the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen on the computer screen 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 HOT. We ran the SP demo with all of the game's visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested.|
Crysis is such a demanding game that even without any anti-aliasing, we're still only able to break the 30fps barrier with the dual set of GeForce 8800s and the Radeon HD 3870 at the lowest resolution in our testing suite. The Diamond HD 3850 is about three frames behind the HD 3870, yet three frames ahead of the Sapphire card. The frame rates there lead to some easy mathematics: Diamond's card is about 10% slower than the HD 3870 and 10% faster than the competition.