Even after all this time, Crysis continues to punish graphics cards with high details and minimal optimization. While most of the world is more interested in the more efficient Crysis Warhead version, inclusion of this older title in our GTX 295 Quad-SLI evaluation caused it to reappear in today’s review.
While the test appeared to run smoothly on the GTX 285 at our lowest-tested Crysis settings, occasional stutters would get the player fragged in a real game. The only good option for a single-GPU card would be to reduce detail levels, although the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 could make 1920x1200 pixel game play possible for buyers with more discretionary income.
Players can forget about using very high details with AA and AF enabled in Crysis, as even the dual-GPU cards suffered enough stutter to cause an occasional surprise ending. The GTX 285 edged out the GTX 280, but with all cards producing unplayable frame rates, this win is purely academic.