Benchmark Results: Crysis
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.
Overclocking would be nice to see what the hardware can really do; but I generally don't dabble into overclock video cards. Never seems to work out, either the card is already running hot or the slightest increase in frequency produces artifacts.
Also driver updates seem to wreak havoc with oc settings.
I have not overclocked the GTX 285 yet, I am waiting for NiBiToR v4.9 to be released so once I overclock it, I can set it permantly to the final stable clock. I am expecting to be able to hit about 730 GPU, but it could be less.
In other words, no matter how well ATI's strategy of using two smaller, cheaper GPUs in tandem instead of one huge GPU works, you will still be able to say that Nvidia is the best.
Also, why would most people who are spending $400-$450 on video cards not want a dual-card setup. Most people I know see it as a kind of bragging right, just like water-cooling your rig.
One last thing, why is it so hard to find reviews of the 4850x2?