Next we move on to Crysis, a science fiction first person shooter by Crytek. After all these years, it remains one of the most demanding games for any PC and it is also still one of the most beautiful games released to date. Crysis is based in a fictional near-future where an alien spacecraft is discovered buried on an island near the coast of Korea. The single-player campaign has you assume the role of USA Delta Force, ‘Nomad’ who is armed with futuristic weapons and equipment.
Crysis uses DirectX10 for graphics rendering. CryEngine2 is the game engine used to power Crysis. As well as supporting Shader Model 2.0, 3.0, and DirectX10’s 4.0, CryEngine2 is also multi-threaded to take advantage of dual core SMP-aware systems and Crytek has developed their own proprietary physics system, called CryPhysics. However, it is noted that actually playing this game is a bit slower than the demo implies. All of our settings are set to the in-game maximum’s “very high” including 4xAA for 1920×1080 and we force 16xAF in the control panels.
Here is Crysis’ Island Demo benchmark GPU. Lets’s look at the frame time chart for the GTX 680.
Crysis also appears to have been more optimized for frame rates and not as much for smoothness. Now check out the frame time chart for the HD 7970 GHz edition.
Here is the GTX 680 ranking:
Now the HD 7970 ranking:
- Average time: Average time across the entire run
- 1% time: Time it takes to draw 99% of frames
- 0.1%: Time it takes to draw 99.9% of frames
The HD 7970 at GHz speeds is slightly faster, however the mimimums and average are higher; the amount of spikes are similar and neither runs are particularly smooth. Let’s move on to Far Cry 2.