Benchmark Results: Crysis
ATI’s Radeon HD 5850 is faster than the GeForce GTX 285 in Crysis, but we’d still argue that the price premium isn’t worthwhile next to the speed of a Radeon HD 4890 (and considering you don’t get great performance at even 1680x1050 with Very High detail settings). CrossFire helps, though, and the 5850s do breeze by Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 295. Getting better performance means SLI’ing a pair of GeForce GTX 285s or even pricier Radeon HD 5870s.
Cranking up the anti-aliasing hammers all of these cards, and again it takes a cooperative rendering configuration to garner playable frame rates. In this case, ATI’s improvements to AA performance allow two Radeon HD 5850s to sneak past $660 worth of GeForce GTX 285s. Not too shabby.