Crysis 2 fully utilizes four cores and is seemingly unplayable on dual-core processors. The Phenom II X2 560 averaged just 24fps while the Core 2 Duo E8500 was even slower at 23fps. With the aid of HyperThreading, the Core i3 540 managed an average of 56fps.
The quad-core Phenom II X4 970 matched the performance of the Core i7 920 with an average of 61fps. Meanwhile, the new Sandy Bridge processors that were the most impressive as the Core i7 2600K delivered 79fps when paired with the GeForce GTX 590.