Crysis 3

Still one of our most punishing benchmarks 3 years later, Crysis 3 needs no introduction. Crytek’s DX11 masterpiece, Crysis 3’s Very High settings still punish even the best of video cards, never mind the rest. Along with its high performance requirements, Crysis 3 is a rather balanced game in terms of power consumption and vendor optimizations. As a result it can give us a good look at how our video cards stack up on average, and later on in this article how power consumption plays out.

Crysis 3 - 3840x2160 - Very High Quality + FXAA

Crysis 3 - 2560x1440 - Very High Quality + FXAA

Crysis 3 - 1920x1080 - Very High Quality + FXAA

This being the first cycle we’ve used the Very High settings, it’s humorous to see a $700 video card getting 35fps on a 3 year old game. Very High settings give Crysis 3 a level of visual quality many games still can’t match, but the tradeoff is that it obliterates most video cards. We’re probably still 3-4 years out from a video card that can run at 4K with 4x MSAA at 60fps, never mind accomplishing that without the MSAA.

The GTX 1080 does however at least get the distinction of being the one and only card to crack 30fps at 4K. Though 30fps is not suggested for Crysis, it can legitimately claim to be the only card that can even handle the game at 4K with a playable framerate at this time. Otherwise if we turn down the resolution, the GTX 1080 is now the only card to crack 60fps at 1440p. Very close to that mark though is the GTX 1070, which at 58.1fps is a small overclock away from 60fps.

Looking at the generational comparisons, GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 lead by a bit less than usual, at 62% and 51% respectively. The GTX 1080/1070 gap on the other hand is pretty typical, with the GTX 1080 leading by 27% at 4K, 23% at 1440p, and 21% at 1080p.

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  • TallestJon96 - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - link

    Still Waiting on that 960 review :)

    All kidding aside I'm I'm sure Il'll enjoy this review. Probably buy a 1080 in 2-3 weeks
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  • Sandcat - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    Mea culpa. Reply
  • Armus19 - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    Could you pretty please do the usual HTPC credentials test for 1070, 1080 and 1060 and RX 480 as well pretty please? Otherwise a great review. Reply
  • Xajel - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    I hope to add to this list a new revisit for Hardware Decoding+Encoding capabilities for these new GPU's in comparison to Intel QuickSync and pure Software solutions... Reply
  • JBVertexx - Friday, July 22, 2016 - link

    Still waiting..... I've been checking all afternoon..... Reply
  • JBVertexx - Friday, July 22, 2016 - link

    For the 1060 review, that is..... Reply
  • colinisation - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - link

    Lovely stuff as always chaps, to the complaints quality takes time.

    There goes my evening.
    Reply
  • i4mt3hwin - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - link

    "As of the time this paragraph was written, Newegg only has a single GTX 1080 in stock, a Founders Edition card at $499."

    Should be $699
    Reply
  • osxandwindows - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - link

    Finally! Reply
  • jsntech - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - link

    Nice review.

    On page /30 (Power, Temp, etc.):

    "...there is a real increate in power..."
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