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Whats the highest playable settings I can run Crysis with this system?

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November 27, 2010 2:45:57 PM

What are the highest (playable) settings I can play Crysis and Crysis Warhead on with the following PC setup.

Core i7 930
6GB DDR3 tri-channel RAM (1333 MHz)
MSI Big Bang Xpower X58 motherboard
X2 GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5870 in CrossfireX
Corsair TX850 850W PSU
2TB Hitachi 7200 RPM HDD
Coolermaster HAF 932 case
ZALMAN CNPS9900 CPU cooler
1920x1080 (1080p) HD monitor
MSI "quantum wave" audio card

A Core i7 and Two HD 5870's in CF should handle Crysis, as well as most other games pretty well?

With a high-end system, it's not too difficult to run games at 1920x1080 resolution. It's 2560x1600 combined with AA which really brings GPU's to their knees. Even 3-4 way GTX 480's.

I'm guessing I could get away with 35-50 FPS playing Crysis on very high/enthusiast 1920x1080 resolution. I might get 45-60 if I overclock my CPU and graphics cards.

Crysis' performance is awful, but it's nice to look at.
November 27, 2010 2:49:41 PM

You are answering your own question !!
November 27, 2010 3:09:25 PM

mianmars said:
You are answering your own question !!


I wanted other people's imput.

I'm just making an educated guess.
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November 27, 2010 3:17:16 PM

Well at 1920x1080 resolution it will be all smooth no matter how high settings are. r u planning on buying this build?
November 28, 2010 3:29:35 PM

mianmars said:
Well at 1920x1080 resolution it will be all smooth no matter how high settings are. r u planning on buying this build?


I already have all of the parts listed in the OP sitting in my closet.

I'm having an electronics store put it together on December 7th.
November 28, 2010 4:16:33 PM

hmmm gud but y not put it all together urslef, aint much work !!
a b B Homebuilt system
November 28, 2010 5:26:14 PM

+1. If you can hook up a DVD player, you can build a PC. It's all plug and play for the most part.

Crysis isn't a very good indicator of build performance though, really. I'd guess you're about right with your guess though. I have a single GTX480 and a midly OC'd Q6600, and I average right around 35FPS.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 28, 2010 5:44:09 PM

Build it your self man, can't you hear the parts calling you from the cupboard?
:p 
Moto
November 29, 2010 12:21:38 AM

I can't get it warrantied if I build it myself.

Two HD 5870's should run any game completely maxed out @1080p resolution (smoothly) with the exception of Crysis, Crysis Warhead, and Metro 2033, and GTA IV. Maxing Crysis is still a challenge even for the fastest hardware possible.

Future games will be more demanding, requiring faster graphics cards.

1920x1080 is no longer considered a terribly high resolution. Playing Crysis at this resolution may have been difficult back in the days of the GeForce 8xxx/9xxx series and the ATI HD 3xxx/4xxx series graphics cards.

But today's high-end GPU's can run most games on that resolution with relative ease. Especially more than one of them in SLI/CF mode.

Trying to run games at 2560x1600 with AA applied brings ANY GPU setup to it's knees. Even 3-4 way GTX 480.

But a few GPU generations from now, that resolution may also be conquered. Besides, there aren't many monitors which support that resolution.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 29, 2010 12:38:57 AM

If you're considered about warranties extending beyond manufacturers warranties of components, you're in the wrong section. Once you build a PC yourself, you'll kick yourself for paying someone to build it for you, it's that easy.

If prebuilt was your decision from the start, it might have been more economical for you to go with a manufacturer, since they purchase components in bulk, and therefore pay less for them.

I have to differ with you on your comment about 2560x1600 though, as the current generation's flagship GPU's are on a scale beyond previous generations. There isn't too terribly much 2 GTX480's can't render quickly, even at 2560x1600+.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/quad-sli-nvidia-sur...

5760x1080 is a behemoth resolution, and 4 GTX480's still pumped out 42FPS with 4xAA. That's 6,220,800 pixels if we're counting. :) 
November 29, 2010 12:50:28 AM

Crysis is extremely hard to max out because it only recognizes and uses 2 CPU cores. Since it is a highly GPU intensive game however, a good graphics card will help make up for that. However, Crysis runs MUCH more smoothly on a similarly powerful Nvidia Graphics card. (This is a fact, something with the drivers =P)

You could probably max it out with AA set pretty high and have playable frame rates, but I would highly recommend liquid cooling for a build like unless you like to keep your fan speeds @ 75% or higher.
November 29, 2010 2:43:22 AM

jack_attack said:
If you're considered about warranties extending beyond manufacturers warranties of components, you're in the wrong section. Once you build a PC yourself, you'll kick yourself for paying someone to build it for you, it's that easy.

If prebuilt was your decision from the start, it might have been more economical for you to go with a manufacturer, since they purchase components in bulk, and therefore pay less for them.

I have to differ with you on your comment about 2560x1600 though, as the current generation's flagship GPU's are on a scale beyond previous generations. There isn't too terribly much 2 GTX480's can't render quickly, even at 2560x1600+.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/quad-sli-nvidia-sur...

5760x1080 is a behemoth resolution, and 4 GTX480's still pumped out 42FPS with 4xAA. That's 6,220,800 pixels if we're counting. :) 


Crysis @ 2560x1600 with 8x AA enabled usually yields below 15 fps in most cases. Even with Two HD 5970's (four GPU's)
a b B Homebuilt system
November 29, 2010 5:45:02 AM

ambam said:
I can't get it warrantied if I build it myself.

Two HD 5870's should run any game completely maxed out @1080p resolution (smoothly) with the exception of Crysis, Crysis Warhead, and Metro 2033, and GTA IV. Maxing Crysis is still a challenge even for the fastest hardware possible.

Future games will be more demanding, requiring faster graphics cards.

1920x1080 is no longer considered a terribly high resolution. Playing Crysis at this resolution may have been difficult back in the days of the GeForce 8xxx/9xxx series and the ATI HD 3xxx/4xxx series graphics cards.

But today's high-end GPU's can run most games on that resolution with relative ease. Especially more than one of them in SLI/CF mode.

Trying to run games at 2560x1600 with AA applied brings ANY GPU setup to it's knees. Even 3-4 way GTX 480.

But a few GPU generations from now, that resolution may also be conquered. Besides, there aren't many monitors which support that resolution.


You build it yourself, you dont need a warranty above the manufacturers
plus you frequent Toms hardware, this IS your tech support if wanted/needed
and yes, several Gpu generations from now will be shovelling out 6800x4800 with 32AA and 128 multisampling on nineteen monitors, but there are limits to the perception of detail available to the human eye, beyond which point any 'improvements' are null and void
My comment earlier was a playful poke, not a dig, if you dont want to/ dont feel confident enough to build it yourself dont, I was just trying to help cajole you into making the leap from clued-up customer, to confident builder, its a natural step imo and one I hope you do make in the future :) 

Moto
November 30, 2010 1:46:02 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
You build it yourself, you dont need a warranty above the manufacturers
plus you frequent Toms hardware, this IS your tech support if wanted/needed
and yes, several Gpu generations from now will be shovelling out 6800x4800 with 32AA and 128 multisampling on nineteen monitors, but there are limits to the perception of detail available to the human eye, beyond which point any 'improvements' are null and void
My comment earlier was a playful poke, not a dig, if you dont want to/ dont feel confident enough to build it yourself dont, I was just trying to help cajole you into making the leap from clued-up customer, to confident builder, its a natural step imo and one I hope you do make in the future :) 

Moto


I have my eyes set on a 27" ASUS 1080p monitor on sale for $239.99
a b B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2010 10:08:40 PM

ambam said:
Crysis @ 2560x1600 with 8x AA enabled usually yields below 15 fps in most cases. Even with Two HD 5970's (four GPU's)


Do you think AA is needed at 2560x1600?

Although 8X,16X,32X AA @ 2560x1600 is a good bragging point, it's not needed. The point behind AA is/was to fix those jagged ickies at 1280x1024, which the majority of people are beyond in 2010. IMO, anything above 1920x1080 doesn't really benefit from AA.
December 1, 2010 10:59:01 PM

jack_attack said:
Do you think AA is needed at 2560x1600?

Although 8X,16X,32X AA @ 2560x1600 is a good bragging point, it's not needed. The point behind AA is/was to fix those jagged ickies at 1280x1024, which the majority of people are beyond in 2010. IMO, anything above 1920x1080 doesn't really benefit from AA.


Crysis @ 2560x1600, even with 4-way (superclocked) SLI GTX 480 or Two HD 5970's in CF (also overclocked) usually yields below 20 fps.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 1, 2010 11:15:49 PM

I'm not bickering back and forth, as I'm looking at actual numbers. You must realize that although Crysis was a ridiculously demanding game when it came out, it's not nearly the case anymore with 2010 enthusiast level hardware. I guess if you'd like to discuss what type of Sempron you'll have to link with those 4X480's/2x5970's to get 20FPS, we can do that.
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