Introducing the GTX 570 – the GTX 480’s Performance at $349
Next we move on to Crysis, a science fiction first person shooter by Crytek. 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. A standalone but related game, Crysis Warhead was released last year. CryEngine2 is the game engine used to power Crysis and Warhead and it is an extended version of the CryEngine that also powers Far Cry. 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 2xAA for 2560×1600 and for 1920×1200 and we force 16xAF in the control panels.
Here is Crysis’ Island Demo benchmark, first at 1920×1200 resolution: Although the HD 5870 passes the GTX 480, the GTX 580 moves right past it. The GTX 570 is a bit faster than our GTX 480. Next we test at 1680×1050. ‘The GTX 480 is edged out by the GTX 570 although the HD 5870 is faster. However the GTX 580 is even faster still. All of our top cards are now playable with Crysis at 1920×1200 if you are willing to compromise with anti-aliasing and/or lower a couple of detail settings. However, the experience is similar on all 4 cards although the GTX 580 is definitely faster if you are keeping score. GTX 280 again brings up the rear.