Crysis Warhead Performance

Crysis Warhead delivers improved performance over the original, but it is still a system killer. We are testing the frost level.

Crysis Warhead

While the performance advantage of the Radeon HD 4870 X2 over the GTX 285 still leads the cost premium, neither of those two options really delivers playable framerates at this resolution. For 2560x1600 we really need the GTX 295 at a minimum.

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The advantage of the GTX 285 over the GTX 280 ranges from about 5% to over 11.4% which still shows a good improvement. The performance lead the 4870 X2 maintained at 2560x1600 shrinks as resolution decreases, making the GTX 285 a better deal at playable resolutions.

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  • MadMan007 - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    The benchmark numbers are there below the graphs but I agree that charting 2560x1600 isn't very realistic. Maybe the benchmarkers are getting a little out of touch with what real people have for monitors. Reply
  • Beno - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    ffs its been 2 years and we still cant get pass 100 fps burrier in crysis at 1650x !!

    every new cards ati and nv makes, only gives around extra 10 fps on that game :(
  • MadMan007 - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    One detail that's not clear, and this is partly because of NVs confusingly named releases, is which GTX 260 is included in the charts. We know it's not the 55nm, but is it 192 or 216 shader? Lots of websites forget to put this detail in their testing, just writing GTX26-192 or -216 would make it clear. Thanks. Reply
  • jabber - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    ....those bizarre S-Video outputs?

    Why not something more useful? Or just drop them completely.
  • Odeen - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    The S-Video outputs are industry standard, and are used to connect to SD TV sets.. I don't see what's so bizzare or useless about them. Reply
  • jabber - Friday, January 16, 2009 - link

    But who uses them?

    I've never seen anyone use them and I havent read about anyone trying for years. When they did all those years ago the VIVO thing was a mess or a pain to get working.

    Just seems pointless now especially for SDTV.
  • MadMan007 - Friday, January 16, 2009 - link

    While it's an s-video looking output it's not just for s-video, they are used for component output as well I believe. Reply
  • SpacemanSpiff46 - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    Any reason the 4850 X2 is being neglected so much? I have not seen any reviews with this card. Also, it would be nice to see how the 9800GX2 is stacking up with these cards. Reply
  • bob4432 - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    wonder the same thing myself - the 4850 is a good card alone and the price is very nice. add to that that many people are running a 4850, this could be a very attractive upgrade - lets see some 4850 cf setup #s/comparisons too Reply
  • Sunagwa - Friday, January 16, 2009 - link

    I have to agree. I always go for the most value when I purchase my parts.

    Granted "value" can easily be taken out of context considering obviously wide ranging income.

    For me however the 4850 (this time around, I am a PC gamer at heart) was the absolute choice when I purchased it.

    Getting back on topic, I would love to see the CF setup as well as the dual GPU setup included in your review. If only to be able to compare the performance and possible upgrade potential of my current computer to your test bed.

    Just a side note for those who care but my C2DUO-Wolfdale OC'D to 4Ghz that I payed 160$US for has me very happy and I could care less about I could not. 8)


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