||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 v1.2 with all of its visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested A custom demo recorded on the Island level was used throughout testing.|
Crysis tells essentially the same story as all of our previous in-game tests. Here, the new GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 best all other single-GPU based rigs. They both fall victim to the GX2 and 9800 GTX SLI setups, however. Multi-GPU scaling with Crysis was also good with the new GeForce GTX 280, putting up scores far superior to anything else we've ever tested. 3-way SLI, however, didn't offer up much of an improvement over two cards, at least not with our quad-core powered test system and the current 177 series drivers.