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Crysis 2 Goes Direct X 11: The Ultra Upgrade, Benchmarked
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In our Crysis 2 Demo performance preview, the game servers were turned off before we were able to test CPU scaling. Let’s see how the full game reacts to different processor frequencies: 

Performance scales slightly with every 500 MHz increase on the Phenom II X4, but the Core i5-2500K demonstrates more of a jump than can be explained by a higher clock rate. The game favors Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture, clearly, though even a theoretical 2.0 GHz Phenom II X4 CPU provides enough horsepower to reach a 30 FPS minimum.

With that in mind, the Phenom clearly bottlenecks our GeForce GTX 570, which is something you don't want to see after spending good money on a fast graphics card.

Now let’s see how the game reacts to fewer execution cores:

There’s a dramatic and linear drop from four to two cores. You probably wouldn’t want to be playing Crysis on anything less than a triple-core CPU at 3.5 GHz, and for the best performance a quad-core part is definitely recommended.

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    Anonymous , July 12, 2011 4:25 AM
    >.> the graphics card I bought a month ago is officialy outdated imo.
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    iam2thecrowe , July 12, 2011 6:55 AM
    the reason i tell people to get a 6850 minimum even for lower res...games like this. Toms, how do 6 core phenom2's scale?? does it see improvement over 4 cores?
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    dragonsqrrl , July 12, 2011 4:25 AM
    Awesome, I've been waiting for Tom's to bench the DX11 patch. Thanks for the benchmarks.
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    Anonymous , July 12, 2011 4:24 AM
    O.O
  • 26 Hide
    Anonymous , July 12, 2011 4:25 AM
    >.> the graphics card I bought a month ago is officialy outdated imo.
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    dragonsqrrl , July 12, 2011 4:25 AM
    Awesome, I've been waiting for Tom's to bench the DX11 patch. Thanks for the benchmarks.
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    dragonsqrrl , July 12, 2011 4:33 AM
    bear95>.> the graphics card I bought a month ago is officialy outdated imo.

    What graphics card did you buy a month ago?
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    bebangs , July 12, 2011 4:43 AM
    Is your monster rig is bored? Can't find any other games to play with your rig? Get this patch.

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    coldtortilla , July 12, 2011 4:51 AM
    wow now I am really ashamed of buying a core i3 for my budget gaming pc, hopefully it won't be that bad considering that the game favors intel architecture.
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    Anonymous , July 12, 2011 4:59 AM
    Always when you overclock a amd system, the CPU_NB (northbridge ) is so or more important then clock itself. Just raise the multiplier and no cpu_NB over makes no sense at all!!! The performance boost its significative!!
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    Anonymous , July 12, 2011 5:17 AM
    And the game play still is average or below. When people say they want gameplay over graphics and then push Crysis 2 you know that is not the truth.
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    Taylor422 , July 12, 2011 5:19 AM
    I would've liked to see how a single GTX 580 held out. There were single and double 570s, but only double 580s. Otherwise, good article. It looks like Metro 2033 has been knocked off as the benchmark standard.
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    SteelCity1981 , July 12, 2011 5:45 AM
    So a $109 dollar Phenom II X4 945 CPU can play Crysis 2 just fine as long as you have a Highend GPU. Well I got one of the two now I need an Nvidia Geforce GTX 570 Time to retire my ATI Radeon 4770 and sell it on ebay.
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    dragonsqrrl , July 12, 2011 5:59 AM
    SteelCity1981So a $109 dollar Phenom II X4 945 CPU can play Crysis 2 just fine as long as you have a Highend GPU. Well I got one of the two now I need an Nvidia Geforce GTX 570 Time to retire my ATI Radeon 4770 and sell it on ebay.

    That processor will definitely bottleneck a GTX570 (at lower resolutions the performance hit seems quite severe), although yes, you'll probably still be able to achieve playable frame rates at anything but maxed out settings.
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    SteelCity1981 , July 12, 2011 6:06 AM
    dragonsqrrlThat processor will definitely bottleneck a GTX570 (at lower resolutions the performance hit seems quite severe), although yes, you'll probably still be able to achieve playable frame rates at anything but maxed out settings.



    Doesn't look that way seems like the Phenom II X4 945 @ 3gz paired with a Geforce GTX 570 on highest details on a 1280x 1024 with 45fps seems to be pretty playable.
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    wintermint , July 12, 2011 6:09 AM
    Don't wanna be nitpicky on typos but for your test setup.. you mentioned "OCZ PC3-16000" :p 
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    dragonsqrrl , July 12, 2011 6:11 AM
    SteelCity1981Doesn't look that way seems like the Phenom II X4 945 @ 3gz paired with a Geforce GTX 570 on highest details on a 1280x 1024 with 45fps seems to be pretty playable.

    Sorry, I just assumed that since you were going for a GTX570, you'd be running it at higher resolutions.
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    flyboy86 , July 12, 2011 6:16 AM
    Wish they would have included the 5770 in crossfire.
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    kurahk7 , July 12, 2011 6:25 AM
    It says "1920x1800" instead on 1920x1080 on the Dx11 page.
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    crisan_tiberiu , July 12, 2011 6:25 AM
    i have a GTX 460 1 GB, and yes, the benchamrk what Toms did its accurate. Maxed out on 1080p i have 20 -21 FPS. Core i7 2600k its bottlenecked by the GTX 460. I buyed the card last december.. so i dont wanna upgrde yet :(  or i should? oO
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    iam2thecrowe , July 12, 2011 6:55 AM
    the reason i tell people to get a 6850 minimum even for lower res...games like this. Toms, how do 6 core phenom2's scale?? does it see improvement over 4 cores?
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