Crysis

Crysis (DirectX 10)


Without a doubt the most breath taking game I have seen yet, Crysis is from the developers of Far Cry, yet another title that was ahead of its time.  This game will bring any system to its knees, but look good doing it.

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Crysis Test Settings

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At first glance the numbers from the GTX 280 aren’t that much more impressive than that GX2 card in Crysis – the real key though is to look at the minimum frame rates and how the GTX 280 is consistently more stable graphically than the dual-GPU cards.  At 1920×1200 the minimum mark that the GTX 280 hits is 44% higher than the HD 3870 X2 or 9800 GX2. 

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The GTX 260 can’t keep up with the 9800 GX2 in the average frame rates though the minimums are much more in-line with what we expect from a top of the line card. 

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The results from our Crysis testing are promising – the GTX 280s in SLI can best the three-way threat of the 9800 GTXs even though scaling is a bit mediocre at 1600×1200 and non-existent at 1280×1024.  At 1920×1200 though we see a 50% increase in the average frame rate over a single GPU and nearly 10 FPS added to the minimum.

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