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Crysis 2 Performance Previewed And Analyzed

Conclusion: Crysis 2 Is A Lot Easier To Run Than Its Predecessor

When the original Crysis was released, the most powerful graphics card available was the GeForce 8800 Ultra. That card cost over $800 upon its introduction, and could not run the game at 1080p with a minimum frame rate of 30 FPS at the highest detail setting.

God bless progress. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti and Radeon HD 6950 are significantly more powerful than the GeForce 8800 Ultra, both can be purchased for less than $300, and the two cards can handle the highest graphical settings in the Crisis 2 multiplayer demo at 1920x1080. Indeed, even the Radeon HD 6870 and GeForce GTX 460 1 GB can smoothly play the game at 1080p using its Advanced setting.

There are some details worth pointing out here. Note that the game seems to favor Nvidia's GeForce architecture ahead of the official launch, as the Nvidia options perform better than their Radeon counterparts at the same price points. Having said that, Radeon owners are not left out in the cold: even the $125 Radeon HD 5770 is able to handle the Advanced detail setting at 1680x1050. And as mentioned previously, there's a chance that AMD's driver team will improve its standing in Crysis 2 the same way it helped optimize for Metro 2033 and Lost Planet 2, even though performance on AMD hardware was pretty dismal when both of those games launched.

We should point out that the multiplayer demo may prove to have fewer detail options than the full version. Regardless, we are confident that the cards we’ve singled out here will be capable of playing Crysis 2 quite smoothly, even if some settings have to be tweaked here or there. Crytek put in a lot of work to make sure that this game runs much smoother than its predecessor (Ed.: I still don't think this was an altruistic move; Crytek wants in on console gaming at the expense of the PC), and it shows.

But at this point, the big surprise for us was how compelling the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo turned out to be from a game play perspective. We certainly didn’t expect a change in direction of this magnitude. But what we’ve played so far has us stoked, and looking forward to the game’s release. If Crytek improved the single-player experience as much as it improved multiplayer, Crysis 2 is going to be one hell of a game.

  • 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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