Our software contribution to this preview is Crysis running at 64-bit—still one of the most demanding games on the market. In all but one case, the GTX 295 is able to edge out AMD’s Radeon HD 4870 X2. At 2560x1600 with antialiasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering (AF) enabled, Nvidia admits that its beta driver has a bug affecting performance.
Interestingly, the 512 MB Radeon HD 4870 has come a long way and is able to hang close to the GTX 280 without AA or AF turned on. Flip on the eye candy, though, and you see the card’s half-sized frame buffer hammer its performance.