Crysis: Warhead

Kicking things off as always is Crysis: Warhead, still one of the toughest game in our benchmark suite. Even 2 years since the release of the original Crysis, “but can it run Crysis?” is still an important question, and the answer continues to be “no.” While we’re closer than ever, full Enthusiast settings at a playable framerate is still beyond the grasp of a single card.

Crysis end up setting the stage for the rest of this article. As a GTX 480 replacement the GTX 570 is effectively tied with it at 2560 and 1680, and only at 1920 do we see the GTX 570 fall behind by all of 4%. Meanwhile compared to the GTX 470 it’s 20% faster (and 40% more expensive), while it falls to the GTX 460 1GB SLI by over 10%. Overall the GTX 570 is at near parity with the GTX 480, and should be equally capable of playing just about everything at 1920.

As for AMD’s cards, the 5870 (which was never too far behind the GTX 480) nips at the GTX 570’s heels – at times the GTX 570 is no more than 5% faster and no better than 15% faster, showcasing why the 5870 is a threat to the GTX 570 as a value threat. Meanwhile the 6850 CF is tops here at 1920 by a wide margin for only around $20-$30 more than the GTX 570. As was the case with the GTX 580, a pair of lesser AMD cards is going to offer better gaming performance in exchange for the drawbacks of a multi-GPU setup.

Looking at our minimum framerates, the story is much the same. Outside of 2560 where the extra memory provides a stark advantage for the NVIDIA cards, the GTX 570 and GTX 480 are close together except for 1920 where the 570 falls behind by a bit more than we’d expect. The 5870 isn’t nearly as threatening here as it is with average framerates, but the 460SLI/6850CF configurations are still well ahead.

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  • Taft12 - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - link

    Game, set and match. It will take a long time for Anandtech to redevelop its reputation. Reply
  • 7Enigma - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - link

    Seriously? We're still going to preach on this topic? I was one of those in disagreement with the way they handled the launch of the AMD 68XX series cards, but let it die already. This is a LAUNCH article and it deals with the design of the card and the performance of the reference card. As such it should not contain comparisons to OC'd cards.....not AMD nor NVIDIA. In a follow-up article, however, it should be compared to non-reference designs from both camps.

    If, when the AMD 69XX series cards come out and they include OC'd Nvidia cards, THEN you can rant and rave. But I can guarantee you there is no way they would do that after the fallout of the previous launch.

    So I politely ask that you stop.
    Reply
  • Kef71 - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - link

    Yes, seriously. Was there ever any official statement if OC cards would be used in GPU launches? I didn't see any but on the other hand anandtech has not been in my bookmark list for a while... Reply
  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - link

    Yes, there was, they said because of d-bag comments like yours they would ignore a sector of the market and only provide some of the possible competitors for new products. Reply
  • Kef71 - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - link

    If you really need to be rude, at least spell out "douchebag". Reply
  • slacr - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - link

    I was just wondering why there are no starcraft2 performance figures in the review.
    Understandably there is no "benchmark" feature implemented in the game and they are annoying and time consuming to run and of course the card can handle it. But it is the only game some of us play and the figures may help guide us to see if it's "worth it".
    Reply
  • nitrousoxide - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - link

    It's a more CPU-bound game so it cannot perfectly reflect the difference in GPU performance Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - link

    I'm still in the process of fully fleshing out our SC2 benchmark. Once the latest rendition of Bench is ready, you'll find SC2 in there. Reply
  • tbtbtb - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - link

    The GTX 570 is now available for pre-order on Amazon for 400$ (http://amzn.to/e89Oo2) Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - link

    Where is it, especially minimum frame rate testing?

    While it's nice to see minimum frame rates for Crysis, it would be nice to see them for Metro as well.
    Reply

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