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Triple-Monitor Benchmarks

Crysis 3 Performance, Benchmarked On 16 Graphics Cards
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Finally, we have three 1920x1080 displays in a 5760x1080 array. Unfortunately, none of the hardware at our disposal is fast enough to play at this resolution using the Very High quality preset, so we started testing at the Medium preset using FXAA and 8x AF.

Using less-detailed settings, our results look similar to what we encountered at 1920x1080 using Very High quality. The Radeon HD 7950 with Boost and Radeon HD 7970 both drop below 30 FPS, though the higher-end board's dip is very brief.

The frame rate over time chart shows us that even the Radeon HD 7950 spends most of its time above the 30 FPS mark.

Although we aren't able to speak definitively about the dual-GPU solutions, it is notable that Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan records a fairly high frame time variance result. Subjectively, though, all of these cards (and combinations of cards) run smoothly. It'd seem that sub-20 ms 95th percentile results aren't high enough to adversely affect our experience in this game. 

Is there room to bump up image quality even higher? We turn the settings up to High details, Low Motion Blur, 8x AF, and 2x SMAA.

Under this much more demanding load, only a few dual-GPU solutions and the GeForce GTX Titan manage to get anywhere near 30 FPS minimum. The real surprise is that the Titan does this with a performance floor of 31 FPS, which is better than any dual-GPU combo.

For some reason two GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards in SLI struggle with this benchmark, despite multiple tests and troubleshooting. The combo appears to have a problem with 2x SMAA; the frame rates rise significantly if we use TXAA or MSAA instead.

The frame rates over time show us what the minimum and average FPS chart already did, but in more detail.

A pair of GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards in SLI yield the highest 95th percentile frame time variance. And indeed, this is the combination that demonstrated the highest propensity for stuttering. Frankly, if you want to play at 5760x1080, stick to the Medium detail setting for smoother performance.

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    s3anister , March 5, 2013 5:14 AM
    Cool article but every time I see an "ultra-mega-(insert specific game here)-gpu-performance-showdown" type article I can't help but feel that they are always lacking in comparison to older cards. It'd be nice if there were at least a few last gen cards tossed in for reference. Not everyone decided to upgrade from their HD 6970s or GTX 580s.
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    stickmansam , March 5, 2013 3:24 AM
    Still feel that the game is unduly harsh for what it displays

    Also hope AMD comes out with better drivers soon
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    Immoral Medic , March 5, 2013 4:09 AM
    I completed this game in 4.5 hours. I gotta say, having great graphics does NOT make a good game. It's sad when all you have to attract customers is "Best Graphics in a Game Yet". BUYBUYBUY. Don't even get me started on the absolutely terrible multiplayer...
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    will1220 , March 5, 2013 3:24 AM
    Why would you include the top of the line amd, middle of the line intel (ivy bridge i5) and not the top of the line ivy bridge i7 3770k?????????
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    stickmansam , March 5, 2013 3:24 AM
    Still feel that the game is unduly harsh for what it displays

    Also hope AMD comes out with better drivers soon
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    johnsonjohnson , March 5, 2013 3:26 AM
    Right on time. I kinda suspect the i3-3220 performance from Techspot was unusual..
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    rawrrr151 , March 5, 2013 3:33 AM
    I thought i3 3220 was IB, not SB?
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    hero1 , March 5, 2013 3:35 AM
    Time to make an i7 rig and pass my current system to wife because Crysis demands. Nice review and the 13.2 driver from AMD has really improved frame variance for their cards. Keep it up red team so green team can do the same. The better the drivers the better our gaming experience. After all, we pay pretty penny looking for better experience. Cheers!
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    DryCreamer , March 5, 2013 3:54 AM
    I have a hand ful of benchmarks I ran when I upgraded to from the i3 3220 to the i7 3770K and I DEFINITELY noticed a jump in the minimum frame rates:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/395367-33-crysis-benchmark-560ti

    Dry
  • 34 Hide
    Immoral Medic , March 5, 2013 4:09 AM
    I completed this game in 4.5 hours. I gotta say, having great graphics does NOT make a good game. It's sad when all you have to attract customers is "Best Graphics in a Game Yet". BUYBUYBUY. Don't even get me started on the absolutely terrible multiplayer...
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    aussiejunior , March 5, 2013 4:25 AM
    Wheres the gtx 680?
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    xpeh , March 5, 2013 4:39 AM
    The only thing this game has going for it are the graphics. I beat the game in under 6 hours. The story was simply tossed in the gutter. They should have stuck with fighting the Koreans instead of introducing Aliens.
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    iam2thecrowe , March 5, 2013 4:49 AM
    toms, your method of monitoring frame times must be screwed up, the cards vary wildly and at some point the lowly gtx 650ti was showing an unbelievably good score, even better than the gtx 670. There is something wrong with your testing method. I have also noticed the same thing in previous benchmarks where you measured frame time, not consistent results. Please look into this.
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    JJ1217 , March 5, 2013 4:53 AM
    xpehThe only thing this game has going for it are the graphics. I beat the game in under 6 hours. The story was simply tossed in the gutter. They should have stuck with fighting the Koreans instead of introducing Aliens.


    While its no where near to Crysis 1, I don't understand the hate for C2/C3's campaign. I thought it was amazing, good fun, while crysis was just too serious. I loved jumping around in c2, sliding through hallways, spamming my shotgun.

    I do think that C2 and C3 shouldn't be C2 and C3, if you know what I mean, like it should be called something different, not in the same Crysis franchise.
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    mouse24 , March 5, 2013 5:02 AM
    Wonder if theres tessellation under the ocean in this one to.
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    cleeve , March 5, 2013 5:11 AM
    iam2thecrowetoms, your method of monitoring frame times must be screwed up, the cards vary wildly and at some point the lowly gtx 650ti was showing an unbelievably good score, even better than the gtx 670. There is something wrong with your testing method. I have also noticed the same thing in previous benchmarks where you measured frame time, not consistent results. Please look into this.


    The method is fine, but the graphics load has a lot to do with the results. It's not cut and dry.

    Were writing an article around it this month, it should explain a lot.
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    cleeve , March 5, 2013 5:12 AM
    aussiejuniorWheres the gtx 680?


    In the high detail and triple-monitor benchmarks
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    s3anister , March 5, 2013 5:14 AM
    Cool article but every time I see an "ultra-mega-(insert specific game here)-gpu-performance-showdown" type article I can't help but feel that they are always lacking in comparison to older cards. It'd be nice if there were at least a few last gen cards tossed in for reference. Not everyone decided to upgrade from their HD 6970s or GTX 580s.
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    de5_Roy , March 5, 2013 5:16 AM
    there was something more into fx8350's 'higher' performance after all. proof that average fps don't tell the full story.
    i hope crytek can fix this with an update.
    i can totally see this game becoming a benchmark staple very soon. :D 
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    Novuake , March 5, 2013 5:19 AM
    The first graphics benching AA with GTX670???? Whats up with that?

    How can the minimum FPS be 30FPS but the average is 24 FPS?

    And its a little odd that the min FPS is so close across the the board... Explain?
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    slomo4sho , March 5, 2013 5:23 AM
    I wanted to see if the hd 7870 or a 2gb 7850 would be able to support 5760x1080 on low settings.
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    mouse24 , March 5, 2013 5:47 AM
    JonnyDoughJust like Crysis 1 and 2, I still don't care. I play TF2, Skyrim, and any other game that isn't brand new because I refuse to pay $60 for a game that I can't return to the store and I don't have time to play all the titles out there I want to anyway. Anyone who has to jump on the latest and greatest bandwagon doesn't understand what "good gameplay" is.


    Some people don't understand that peoples opinions/gameplay/genres are different.
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