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Crysis 2 in DirectX 11 mode - PC performance graphics benchmarks of Graphics Cards

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Genre: Action (Shooter) / 3D / 1st Person
Year: 2011
Developer: Crytek
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Publisher in Russia: Electronic Arts

Crysis 2 is a computer game in development, a science fiction first-person shooter, which is being developed by the German company Crytek and will be published by Electronic Arts. The game is being developed for the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 platforms using Crytek's own game engine - CryEngine 3. "Crysis 2" is a continuation of the 2007 game "Crysis" and the second part of the "Crysis" series of games.

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The game was officially announced on June 1, 2009. The game was released on March 24, 2011.

You can download the patch with support for DirectX 11 here.

 


 

Review: Graphics

Well, it's done! Everyone waited for a very long time and finally it arrived. Thanks to the efforts of the Crytek studio and the feasible assistance of NVIDIA specialists, a patch with support for DirectX 11 and improved textures was released. We were able to receive this patch for testing in advance and can now share our work with you. The update given for testing to version 1.9 included three packages, however, as the developers write, this is not the final version of the update, and it will change slightly at the time of release.

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This update brought benefits not only to owners of cards with hardware support for DirectX 11, but also to ordinary people who, by coincidence, did not acquire a new video card. In addition to new technologies, the developers also added high-resolution textures to the game, making the picture a little clearer and more detailed. And although these are crumbs that compensate for the lack of DirectX 10, it is still nice to pay attention to the entire PC gaming audience. Also, under DirectX 9, a more improved reflection system and its own analogue, Ambient Occlusion, were added.

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But the very best will go to the owners of cards with DirectX 11 support! Previously, only through the example of gaming benchmarks could we see what new video cards are capable of. And for the first time in these years of his presence in the gaming industry, we can finally see him in person, without resorting to the magic of magnifying glasses. So what do we get when we switch to this mode: tessellation and displacement maps, high-quality HDR and Motion Blur, realistic shadows with variable soft shading, based depth of field, parallax thumbnail display, particle motion blur, shadows and art updates, rendering improvements water and using tessellation + displacement maps. Below we have provided screenshots of these improvements.

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You've probably never seen anything like this in a game before. Tire tracks on the road look more than convincing. If you look at the shadows, they look softer and prettier than in DirectX 9 mode.

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But the following screenshot clearly demonstrates the effect of tessellation. Its implementation may well rival the picture quality of the well-known Heaven DX11 Benchmark. True, it’s a pity that the quality of tessellation in the game is not customizable. The DOF work is also noticeable, which will increase the depth of field and focus the gaze on the desired target.

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The above screenshots clearly show how tessellation works on the surface of the water. But for more effective perception, whatever one may say, static movement is necessary. That is why below we have conducted two video gaming benchmarks in DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 mode.

Video of a gaming benchmark in DirectX 9 mode             

Video of a gaming benchmark in DirectX 11 mode

Well, what else can you say. All users who purchased a licensed version of the game Crysis 2 will be able to enjoy all the delights of modern graphics. At the moment, this is the most technologically advanced game, using all the resources of modern technologies. Another plus is support for technologies such as NVIDIA 3D Vision and AMD Eyefinity. Well, then we move on to the most interesting part, namely the testing process!


 

Review: Resource-intensive game

All video cards were tested at maximum graphics quality using MSI Afterburner. The purpose of the test is to determine how video cards from different manufacturers behave under the same conditions. The minimum and average frame size is taken as the performance indicator. Below is the configuration of our test systems.

Hardware configuration

Processors

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE 3.33@4 GHz product provided by the company AMD

AMD Phenom II X4 940 BE 3.0@3.7 GHz products provided by the company AMD

AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz products provided by the company AMD

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550@ 4.25 GHz

Intel® Core™ i7-930@4.2 GHz

Intel Core i5-760 2.8@4.2 GHz

motherboards

Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H products provided by the company AMD

Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H products provided by the company AMD

Maximus II Formula socket LGA775 product provided by the company Asus

MSI X58 Eclipse Plus socket LGA1366 product provided by the company MSI

MSI P55GD55 socket LGA1156 product provided by the company MSI

MSI 790FX-GD70 socket AM3 product provided by the company MSI

Memory

GOODRAM PLAY 1600MHz (8-8-8-24) product provided by the company GOODRAM

GOODRAM Pro 2000MHz (8-8-8-29) product provided by the company GOODRAM

Video Cards

GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB
GeForce 8800 GTX 768 MB
EN 8800ULTRA 768 mb product provided by the company Asus
GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB
GeForce 9800 GTX 512 MB
GeForce GTS 250 1024 MB
GeForce GTX 260 896 MB
GeForce GTX 260 core 216
GeForce GTX 280 1024 MB
GeForce GTX 275 896 MB
GeForce GTX 285 1024 MB
GeForce GTS 450 1024 MB product provided by the company Inno3D
GeForce GTX 460 768 MB product provided by the company Leadtek
GeForce GTX 460 1024 MB
GeForce GTX 465 1024 MB
Zotac GeForce GTX 470 1280 MB product provided by the company Zotac
GeForce GTX 480 1536 MB
GeForce GTX 560Ti 1024 MB
GeForce GTX 570 1280 MB
Zotac GeForce GTX 580AMP! 1536 MB product provided by the company Zotac
Radeon HD 3870 512 MB
Radeon HD 4750 512 MB
EAH 4770 512 MB product provided by the company Asus
Radeon HD 4830 512 MB
Radeon HD 4850 1024 MB
MSI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB product provided by the company MSI
MSI Radeon HD 4890 1024 MB product provided by the company MSI/AMD
EAH 5750 FORMULA 1024 mb product provided by the company Asus
MSI Radeon HD 5770 HAWK 1024 MB product provided by the company MSI
Radeon HD 5830 1024 MB
Radeon HD 5850 1024 MB product provided by the company AMD
Radeon HD 5870 1024 mb и Eyefinity 2048 MB products provided by companies XFX/AMD
Radeon HD 6850 1024 MB product provided by the company AMD
Radeon HD 6870 1024 MB
Radeon HD 6950 2048 MB products provided by companies AMD/XFX
Radeon HD 6970 2048 MB products provided by companies AMD/XFX
Radeon HD 6990 4096 MB products provided by companies AMD

Multimedia equipment

3D monitor LG W2363D

Monitor LG E2750

3D Vision Kit product provided by the company Nvidia

Power supplies, cases, cooling systems

Enclosures Chenbro PC61731 product provided by the company Syntex

Seasonic X-850 Seasonic X-660 Seasonic X-760 depending on the stand - products provided by the company Syntex

CPU Cooler GlacialTech Siberia product provided by the company It-Labs

System software and drivers

Operating system

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64

DirectX

DirectX 11

Platform Driver

Intel INF chipset Update Utility 9.1.0.1012

Graphics driver

Nvidia GeForce/ION driver Release 275.33

AMD Catalyst 11.6

Less productive video cards up to the level of GeForce GTS 450 and Radeon HD 4870 are tested on the basis of Core 2 Quad Q9550 and Phenom II X4 940 BE processors, depending on the resource intensity of the game, and more productive ones are based on more powerful solutions. Overclocked versions of video cards presented by sponsors were equal to conventional analogues by reducing their clock speeds.

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Our video cards were tested at separate screen sizes of 1280x1024 and 1920x1080 in DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 modes at the maximum quality settings allowed by the game. High resolution textures were included in both cases. NVIDIA 3D Vision technologies were tested at a resolution of 1920x1080, and AMD Eyefinity at a resolution of 5760x1080. The game fully utilizes Cross Fire and SLI technologies, unleashing the full power of dual-chip accelerators. The test was carried out in a gaming benchmark using the oaman utility, which is recommended to be downloaded from the NVIDIA website the first time you launch it. The game with these patches became very sensitive to the amount of video memory, so cards with a capacity of less than 768 megabytes did not take part in the tests.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1280x1024 DirectX 9

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As we can see, at maximum quality settings at a resolution of 1280x1024 in DirectX 9 mode, NVIDIA cards are far ahead. It’s a little strange that DX 11 cards showed lower performance than their counterparts with hardware support for DX 9... In this case, video cards of the Radeon HD 5830 or GeForce GTS 250 level will be required. Comfortable performance can be provided by video cards of the Radeon HD 5850 or GeForce GTX 280 level.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1280x1024 DirectX 11

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But in DirectX 11 mode, the performance of NVIDIA cards dropped significantly, while AMD remained almost at the same level, which confirms our guess about the problem in the drivers or configurator. The minimum that players will need in this mode is level video cards. Radeon HD 5830 or GeForce GTX 460 SE. Comfortable performance can be provided by video cards of the Radeon HD 6950 or GeForce GTX 470 level.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 DirectX 9

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At Full HD resolution, the minimum level of performance will be provided by the Radeon HD 6870 or GeForce GTX 280. The FPS limit of 25 frames can be overcome by video cards of the Radeon HD 6970 or GeForce GTX 470 level.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 DirectX 11

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Well, the moment of truth has come! We were promised that the minimum that is needed to play Crysis 2 in DirectX 11 mode is a GeForce GTX 580 video card, and only owners of a GeForce GTX 590 will be able to play normally. But as we see, this is not so. A Radeon HD 6950 or GeForce GTX 470 can provide a minimum level of more or less tolerable performance. The most optimal solutions, both for gaming and for purchasing, should be considered video cards of the Radeon HD 6990 or GeForce GTX 570 level. The performance level of the Radeon HD 6990 has not been fully developed, so we are waiting for the speedy release of drivers from AMD.

AMD Eyefinity Technology Testing

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All our video cards were tested at maximum quality settings on two Full HD monitors combined thanks to Eyefinity technology in a resolution of 5760x1080. The panorama, thanks to the use of multiple monitors, is simply amazing... But there is one thing - Crysis 2 consumes a lot of video memory and using video cards with a capacity of less than 2 gigabytes is simply impractical.

Testing at maximum quality settings using AMD Eyefinity technology on two monitors at a resolution of 5760x1080 DirectX 9

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Testing at maximum quality settings using AMD Eyefinity technology on two monitors at a resolution of 5760x1080 DirectX 11

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With the use of Eyefinity technology, card performance is reduced by 60-70% of the standard mode, depending on the video cards model. Unfortunately, there are no suitable solutions for these settings and resolutions at the moment...

Testing using NVIDIA 3D Vision technology

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In the 3D Vision drivers, the rating for Crysis 2 is currently called Fair, but even despite this, the 3D quality is still excellent. As our users may remember from the last review, the loss of performance when switching to 3D mode is symbolic and amounts to 10-20% of work in standard mode. In 3D mode there is an internal frame limit of 60 FPS. You can check out the 3D video effects in Crysis 2 on the NVIDIA website.

Testing at maximum quality settings using NVIDIA 3D Vision technology 1920x1080 DirectX 9

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The minimum that is needed for comfortable 3D gaming in DirectX 9 mode is a video card of the GeForce GTX 275 level. The most optimal solution should be considered a video card of the GeForce GTX 460 class or higher.

Testing at maximum quality settings using NVIDIA 3D Vision technology 1920x1080 DirectX 11

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When switching to DirectX 11 mode, the minimum performance level will rise to video cards of the GeForce GTX 470 level. The most optimal solution should be considered a video card of the GeForce GTX 580 class and higher.

CPU dependency testing

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We tested processor dependence on 10 models of basic configurations, which are the most relevant today. The processor dependence test was carried out in the benchmark at a resolution of 640x480 with high graphics quality settings.

Testing at high quality settings 640x480 

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Oddly enough, in this benchmark I gave preference to AMD processors. And as a confirmation of our previous statements, the game is perfectly designed for multi-core operation, but the potential of more than 4 processor cores is not in demand. All our tested models were able to show a decent level of performance, allowing them to work with the highest level video cards.

 

 

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Crysis 2 is a very good game, with an excellent plot and gameplay. Many people completed the game with DirectX 9, now they will have a reason to enjoy the beauty of the DirectX 11 mode.

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In terms of technology, the game has currently taken first place, flaunting the rich capabilities of DirectX 11, which you can see with your own eyes, unlike other projects where you need to look for them with a magnifying glass.

 

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The optimization in Crysis 2 was a pleasant surprise, because many expected the very worst, and the flexibility of graphics settings allows you to adjust the game to almost any configuration.

 



 

We express our gratitude to all the manufacturing companies that were able to provide test equipment for our GPU tests and we hope that in the future their number will increase significantly!

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