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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  • GhandiInstinct - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link


    These articles need to start concluding with: "So if you have to buy a video card(cpu...etc) today, buy the ____________.

    Thank you.
  • Beoir - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    For a similar price you could get a 4870 X2.
    Do they think the customer is stupid? NVIDIA was not thinking about pricing by making it only $100 less than a dual GPU. But, to be the "glass is half full" wait a few months and I'm sure the price will drop significantly.
  • SiliconDoc - Monday, January 19, 2009 - link

    It's stupid to get a dual gpu solution when you can have one GPU be smoking up the fps in ALL GAMES.
    The problem of course is, ATI doesn't have a single gpu that is even close. ATI is sucking wind.
    That's a problem, so somehow, some line of hogwash must be blabbered about to fix that problem.
    If you like screwing with games endlessly, trying to get CF working, then you go to another title and it takes an fps HIT, and comes out lower and nothing can fix it - go for your "pick".
    There's just no way a sane person would take the 4870x2 over the GTX285, unless they loved trouble, no driver profiles, no Cuda, and no PhysX - and a huge power suction to go with all that crap - toasting any "savings" on the electric bill.
    Try the Warmonger demo, it even runs at 17fps on a 3650 at 1280x1024. Check out how cool PhysX is - you've never seen any game like it - try it... then you'll see.">
    top one - download that puppy and have some real fun...
    HUGE POTENTIAL, and it's already something to behold.
  • hk6900 - Saturday, February 21, 2009 - link

    I really hope that you get curb-stomped. It'd be hilarious to see you
    begging for help, and then someone stomps on the back of your head,
    leaving you to die in horrible, agonizing pain. *beep*

    Shut the *beep* up f aggot, before you get your face bashed in and cut
    to ribbons, and your throat slit.
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    Or for $50 more you can get a GTX 295 instead of the 4870X2. I'd be more inclined to go that route, personally. I don't think the importance of drivers and multi-GPU driver profiles can be overstated on the single card dual-GPU solutions. Reply
  • Goty - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    The GTX295 would make sense if it weren't NVIDIA's practice to shove out a halo product with issues and then stop supporting it entirely farther down the road a la the 9800GX2. Reply
  • Thar - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    These reviews left me a little confused. Where you comparing a single card to configurations with two cards in crossfire and or two cards in SLI? If I see SLI or X2 at the end of a card name am I to assume the test bed was running two cards and if I don't see it assume a single card was used?

    In your conclusion you say the 295 has captured the Halo yet not one bench mark showed it at the top. The only thing I could figure is you were benching a single 295 against 2 card SLI and Crossfire set ups.
  • Toolius - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    Would it be possible to update the results with 4870x2's in Crossfire ? I mean a GTX295 SLI setup is over a 1000 $ and a GTX 285 SLI setup is close to 800 $ . Considering that 4870x2's in Crossfire also cost just about the same , Can we have some figures for 4870x2's in crossfire as well PLEASE ?? Pretty Please ? With a Cherry on top :) Reply
  • Thar - Friday, January 16, 2009 - link

    Head over to Tom's Hardware for 4870's in Crossfire. A good review that makes it clear how many cards are running in each test.

    Best I could tell this test on Anandtech did not have the GTX295 in a dual card SLI setup, and while they completly failed to mention it I do believe the GTX 285 and 260 were both in a two or maybe 3 card SLI setup.
  • IKeelU - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - link

    Third sentence should probably read: "As we weren't able to get power tests done on time..." instead of: "As we weren't able to get power tests done time..." Reply

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