||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 restored at least part of the lost faith in the set of Radeon cards, as the HD 4870 rebounded to the point of being directly competetive with the GeForce 9800 GTX+ and GTX 260 cards. At 1600x1200, the frame rates of the 9800 GTX+ took a severe hit, falling well off the pace set by the HD 4870 resulting in performance numbers more along that of the HD 4850. SLI testing once again proved to be a great boon for the ECS Hydra Pack. Performance numbers went up appreciably, with frame rates at 1600x1200 better than any other single card could achieve at 1280x1024.