If you're at all into enthusiast computing, the single player, FPS smash-hit Crysis, should require no introduction. Crytek's game engine visuals are easily some of 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 v1.2 with all of the game's visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the systems' graphics engines being tested.
On our Crysis test the Edge Z55 put up more of a fight than on some of the other 3D gaming tests. With a demanding game like Crysis, an average frame rate of 36.47 fps is considered playable. Of note is that the Edge Z55's score is less than 4 fps faster than the single-card-based 9800 GTX system. In fact, you'll notice for nearly all of the systems here that have both single- and dual-card versions, that the dual card solutions provide only a very modest performance boost.