Crysis demo performance in-depth

Crysis is a highly anticipated first person shooter developed exclusively for the PC by Crytek, the makers of the award-winning Far Cry. The demo offers PC gamers a quick look at what will possibly be the most advanced FPS ever created, you just have to swallow the huge 1.8GB download first. I'm sure many will agree that the demo is well worth the download though, offering the entire first level of the game which represents "roughly 45 minutes" of pure gameplay.

Today we are going to see how the various mid-range and high-end graphics cards handle this new and exciting first person shooter. There will also be some brief visual quality comparisons along with some CPU scaling and DX9 vs. DX10 performance charts. The single-player demo supports both DX10 and DX9 rendering in Vista while Windows XP users are limited to DX9. While the game has been said to include 64-bit support, the demo can only be run in 32-bit mode, so there are no 32-bit vs. 64-bit comparisons just yet.

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pretty sad to see the game was unplayable at 16x10 w/ Medium settings and 169.01s. Thats with my 8800GTS too. going to have to lower resolution and tweak some settings.

The problem in my eye is the top end video card market has been a bit too quiet. The 8800GTX is over a year old and the Ultra is just an overclocked GTX really. The new 8800GT will be good for mid range customers but they need to get a 9 series card out. I honestly can't imagine running this game or even Bioshock and UT3 at max settings on my 24" display on a GTX. Sure, they'll run but not with the sort of performance level that really justifies their cost. I'm sure a new top end card is around the corner and will be announced after the GT hits the shelves. The top end cards haven't really dropped in cost so I'd rather wait until the new releases replace them at about or just a bit more than the price of the 1 year old hardware.

As for the game running maxed on 8800's. I'm pretty sure it does depending on the resolution...well people in the forums seem to suggest it is possible anyway. The problem is it's all good and well for developers to say it will run at max settings on a 8800GTX but theres so many variables like resolution, ram, cpu, OS (x64 or x86) and driver quality to name a few. One persons experience won't be anothers. Also depends what you call playable...some people say 25 some 30 some 50fps.

I tried running it on my machine (only an 8600 GT but should run at low settings, even on DX10 Vista). Locked completely before it even got going but I will try the new nVidia drivers first, after I've completed my Machines & Computation assignment of course . . .

vista also goes 10/20fps slower than xp cause of directx 10 ppl need to let go of xp and the comparisons between them they are nothing alike

While the game has been said to include 64-bit support, the demo can only be run in 32-bit mode, so there are no 32-bit vs. 64-bit comparisons just yet.

Huh? Are these people retarded, blind or do they just have a different copy? The demo I downloaded includes the 64bit executables, in fact, I played the 64bit-demo. No performance difference by the way.

my 8800gts is just about able to play this at around 20-30fps with everything on high except the post processing which is set to medium @ a res of 1600x1200. If they made a few tweaks here and there i'm sure they could squeeze out a few more fps to push the average up to 35+ on the 8800gts. I'm sure this will happen, as the reaction from the community to the demo is not good at the moment as if you read back over the last year or so it would appear that the devs gave the impression that the game would work well on high settings with a dual core cpu and 8800gts.

Given that this is the most hyped "vista" dx10 title, combined with the fact that vista appears to be running ALL games around 10-20fps slower than xp.... things are not looking good for pc gaming. I'm starting to wonder why i bothered upgrading at all.

It's got the same performance than on XP, you just need to execute it in Dx9-Mode. It's Dx10 which makes it go slower (even if you own a Dx9-card). Not Vista's fault. And I guess there will soon be drivers who make it go much faster. I was amazed when I saw that the nVidia-drivers for Crysis made my UT3-Demo run about twice as fast...

still a game that requires so much brute force to run and none of the top hardware can play it on full makes u think of not bothering

Good review

But very slack they didnt have quad core neither did they use a 8800GT which is now very close to being king.
beating 8800GTX is a few tests (including 3dmark06)

We are not allowed to post any 8800GT numbers just yet. :(

Update: GeForce 8800GT numbers for both Vista and XP should be up any minute now...

"8800GT which is now very close to being king. beating 8800GTX is a few tests (including 3dmark06)"

in All of the toms hardware benches the GTX won, at I believe all resolutions.

The GT appears to lose any performance it has once you hit the top 2 higher resolutions tested.

I highly doubt the GT.... will be king ever.. especially when the GTX is faster, and the Ultra is even faster.

phiberoptik said,
"8800GT which is now very close to being king. beating 8800GTX is a few tests (including 3dmark06)"

in All of the toms hardware benches the GTX won, at I believe all resolutions.

The GT appears to lose any performance it has once you hit the top 2 higher resolutions tested.

I highly doubt the GT.... will be king ever.. especially when the GTX is faster, and the Ultra is even faster.

I used the word almost . The GTX won yes, but it won by around 5 FPS - which is basically nothing especially when it is nearly double the price of the 8800GT.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3140&p=9 - 8800GT vs 8800GTX

Also with the new 8800gts 640 coming out soon that should knock the 8800GTX of its post.