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Crysis Performance

DirectX 9 and 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 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 full game patched to v1.21 with all of the game's visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested.

While the R4850 512M outperforms the Radeon HD 3850 by a considerable margin, it can't quite match the performance of any of the other cards. Even the GeForce 9800 GTX manages at least a 2 FPS lead at each resolution.

The DX10 results are a little different from the DX9 results. The MSI R4850 512M performs basically the same as the ASUS EN9800GTX TOP and even almost matches the Radeon HD 4870. These results are a good reminder that the performance you get out of your video card depends significantly on other components in your system, especially the CPU. In other words, a faster CPU would definitely result in a bigger spread in the results.

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