Digital Storm's Core i5 System Reviewed

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Far Cry 2, Crysis

FarCry 2
DirectX Gaming Performance

FarCry 2

Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date.  Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations.  We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article with a fully patched version of FarCry 2, using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map. Of the three available, we used the Ranch (Short) option.  The test results shown here were run at a resolution of 1920x1200 with 8X AA and Ultra High Quality presets enabled concurrently.

There are two performances of note in the above graph. First—Holy Hannah—the Alienware Aurora just frackin' tears the doors off the benchmark. The Dunia engine and the new ATI HD 5800 series are, apparently, the best of friends. The second item of interest is the performance gap between the x16/x4 Digital Storm configuration and the x8/x8. Up until now, all the deltas we've seen have been in the 10 percent range. Not this one. Shift a video card, boost your frame rate 40 percent—and lead the pack, save for the Aurora.

Crysis v1.21
DirectX 10 Gaming Performance


Crytek's game engine visuals in Crysis are some of the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen to date on a computer screen. 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 an impressive use of Shader technology. The single player, FPS Crysis is a smash-hit, and rightfully so. We patched the game to v1.2 with all of the game's visual settings to 'High' at 1920x1200 resolution to put a significant load on the systems' graphics engines being tested.

It would've been entirely fair to think our Far Cry 2 results were just an oddity—but they weren't. In x16/x4, the i5-750 hits a respectable (if unremarkable) 51.9 FPS.  Put the darn thing together correctly, and FPS goes up 44 percent. RTM—sometimes, kids, it really does matter. 

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