Crysis 2 Performance Previewed And Analyzed

Benchmark Results: Hardcore Details

With Hardcore details enabled, the game looks subtly better than it does with the Advanced setting. As we mentioned previously, the demo had been disabled before we could take comparative screenshots, so it’s difficult to be more precise than that. We’ll have another look at the difference when we have our hands on the full release version. But for now, you can see what kind of hardware is necessary to run Crysis 2 at maximum visual fidelity:

At this setting, the GeForce GTX 460 and Radeon HD 6850 are able to muster a minimum frame rate over 30 FPS, although the Radeon HD 5750, 5770, GeForce 550 Ti, and GT 450 come close, achieving more than 25 FPS minimums. The lesser cards can’t even reach 20 FPS when the going gets tough.

As the resolution is raised, only the GeForce GTX 460, Radeon HD 6850, and higher-priced options remain viable. Lesser models get eliminated, but we’re still seeing sub-$200 graphics cards able to deal with the highest level of detail at this respectable resolution. Certainly, this was not the case with the original Crysis.

Here we see the highest settings and resolution tested, and the GeForce GTX 460 and Radeons 6850 and 6870 are left out with minimum frame rates below 30 FPS (although the Radeon HD 6870 almost makes the cut with 27 FPS). If smooth performance is what you’re looking for at 1080p with maximum detail, you’re going to need a GeForce GTX 560 Ti or Radeon HD 6950, at least.

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  • kcorp2003
    I still have to download their demo....but so far, everyone is saying its a let down. (perhaps copying CoD?)But its nice to see hardware performance. however its Dx9.
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  • reasonablevoice
    So its another crappy console port? Oh I'm shocked. No wait, what is the opposite of surprised? I'm that.
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  • rohitbaran
    Well, so the 1 million grant from nVidia to Crytek was indeed to make the game run faster on Geforce cards.
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  • rohitbaran
    As for the game to be run on mainstream cards, I have to say that the graphics in Crysis 2 aren't much better than the first one. The major thing about Cryengine 3 is that it is multi-platform, but visually, the two games are not too far apart. Current mainstream cards are at least 2-3 times faster than 8800 Ultra, so that answers question of the game running so well.
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  • mantis2001
    As I saw lots of Benchmarks dx11/dx10/dx9, I sill believe that GTX 460 is the best card $150
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  • Saljen
    That last pic looks like a freakin' photograph. I can't wait for this to be released.
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  • stiehl
    Crysis 2 is already the most disappointing game of 2011. Subpar graphics, console port and that the multiplayer is a dumbed down copy of COD multiplayer all make this game something to scoff at. The fact crytek has the audacity to release a dx9 game instead of dx11 baffles me. I don't understand how PC enthusiasts such as toms can enjoy this game!
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  • sabot00
    rohitbaranAs for the game to be run on mainstream cards, I have to say that the graphics in Crysis 2 aren't much better than the first one. The major thing about Cryengine 3 is that it is multi-platform, but visually, the two games are not too far apart. Current mainstream cards are at least 2-3 times faster than 8800 Ultra, so that answers question of the game running so well.

    Actually, a 8800GTX is more or less equal to a 9800GTX, and the 5770 = 9800GTX+/GTS250, so the slight improvements means a 5770 (mainstream today) is only say 10-20% better instead of 2-3 times.
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  • jlefebre6001
    the multi-player is so much like CoD its ridiculous.
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  • Rizlla
    I'll be waiting to hear some feedback from others about the games before buying it, but first I must get Dragon Age 2. :D
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  • scrumworks
    "two Radeon HD 6850s in CrossFire gives the same result as one" No they won't. One gives 39fps and two 55fps.
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  • scrumworks
    Even if I don't care about the game it's nice to see my HD5770 beats GTX550.
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  • tony singh
    Looks like my faithful HD4870 will serve me well at 1080 advanced!!
    Tom is getting interesting day by day :)
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  • aznguy0028
    kcorp2003I still have to download their demo....but so far, everyone is saying its a let down. (perhaps copying CoD?)But its nice to see hardware performance. however its Dx9.

    You should dl it. I really liked it. I'm an avid FPS player, everything from CS/quake/unreal/cod/battlefield. The stealth suit's powers are really fun to play with an adds a tactical aspect to the game. The only similarity i see with cod is getting X kills and you can do a radar sweep/call down gunship. Thing is though, its much harder to reach a 7 kill streak in this game (for gunship), so you rarely ever see the higher call downs, I usually only get 3 kills streak for the radar sweep. I honestly dunno why ppl are saying the demo's bad.
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  • footsoldier
    nesto1000Are you an idiot? Crysis 2 is coming out in DX11... The demo was in DX11 ffs...Dam trolls/idiots piss me off...


    Please, u didn't read? The demo was in DX9...
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  • stiehl
    Quote:
    Are you an idiot? Crysis 2 is coming out in DX11... The demo was in DX11 ffs... Dam trolls/idiots piss me off...


    LOL BE PREPARED TO BE OWNED

    In an interview with crytek developers

    "Die Demo lief wie erwähnt unter DirectX 9, die Cryengine 3 beherrscht aber auch DirectX 10 und 11 und wird in einigen Monaten mit DX11-Support an Lizenznehmer ausgeliefert."

    I am sure you can put that through a translator (basically demo is in dx9 and crytek will add dx11 later as a patch)

    SOURCE: http://www.pcgameshardware.de/aid,768480/Crysis-2-Alles-ueber-DirectX-11-3D-ohne-Leistungsverlust-und-8-Kern-Optimierung/Action-Spiel/News/

    And from another interview from IGN

    "Regarding DirectX 11 support, which would allow for more advanced graphical effects, Camarillo said, "Crysis 2 will support DirectX 11 but we'll talk more about that in the future. There's an announcement coming soon about that." "

    SOURCE: http://pc.ign.com/articles/115/1153248p1.html

    And from a swedish source

    "At a presentation before the launch of Nvidia's new graphics card in the GeForce 500-series revealed that Crysis 2 initially will not include support for DirectX 11. Instead, the PC gamers had to make do with the six year old DX9......According to Nvidia the developers promises to include a DX11 mode in a future update."

    SOURCE: http://www.sweclockers.com/nyhet/13594-crysis-2-endast-dx9-dx11-kommer-senare

    From do gaming

    "Gamers looking to get Crysis 2 on the PC will need to put up with the console disadvantage for a while as the PC version will only be shipping with DirectX 9. "

    SOURCE: http://gaming.do.co.za/articles/news/crysis_2_with_directx_9.htm


    Chances they will add directx11 as a patch later - 50% in my book
    Chances the patch will actually make the game look better - 10%
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  • dragonsqrrl
    nesto1000Are you an idiot? Crysis 2 is coming out in DX11... The demo was in DX11 ffs...Dam trolls/idiots piss me off...

    Wow you sound really confident there, even to the extent of calling someone else, better informed, an idiot. Given the 5 minutes of research you're probably now conducting after the fact, confirming that the Crysis 2 demo along with the final shipping version of the game will in fact be DX9 only (at least initially), don't you feel like a bit of an... well, I won't say it.
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  • stiehl
    aznguy0028You should dl it. I really liked it. I'm an avid FPS player, everything from CS/quake/unreal/cod/battlefield. The stealth suit's powers are really fun to play with an adds a tactical aspect to the game. The only similarity i see with cod is getting X kills and you can do a radar sweep/call down gunship. Thing is though, its much harder to reach a 7 kill streak in this game (for gunship), so you rarely ever see the higher call downs, I usually only get 3 kills streak for the radar sweep. I honestly dunno why ppl are saying the demo's bad.


    level system = cod
    kill cam = cod
    load outs = cod
    medals = cod
    xp system = cod
    spawn system = cod
    level design = cod
    kill streaks = cod

    if you disregard the different graphic styles, crysis 2 and cod are the exact same multiplayer game except for one difference. A nanosuit.
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  • Olle P
    I really like this type of performance review, and prefer it to the canned benchmarks!

    Here it's hands on, experience based, results telling what's actually playable and what's not.
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  • silverblue
    There's a couple of things to note about the performance of the GF114 and 116 cards. With Gamer settings, the framerate plummets when going from 1024 to 1680 far more than it does with the older GF104-enabled 460. Also, I suspect that strange memory setup on the 550 hampers it in Advanced settings as the major drop off is when you go from 1680 to 1920, whereas it's a more linear drop-off with the Radeon cards, thus allowing the 5770 a little glory for a change.

    It's also worth noting that the Crossfired 6850s actually start to help when you really start throwing work at them, notably 1680 Advanced and higher. It's a small boost, but it's there. The behaviour with the SLi'd 460s is odd considering this is a TWIMTBP title but I'm sure it'll be fixed very soon.

    The 560 just eats Crysis 2 up, very impressive. I do know now that my old 4830 will never handle this game. :P If NVIDIA can bring out more efficient cards to replace these with the next refresh, I may just be on the lookout for one.

    Please note, the final Hardcore graph says 1920x1800. Other than that :P , very good article.
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