Testing Methodology

For putting together this performance preview we tested 8 graphics cards using AMD and Nvidia GPUs. We focused on the latest generation products only. The latest official drivers were used for all graphics cards.

For our benchmarks we used Fraps to measure frame rates during a minute of gameplay from the single-player level called Sudden Impact. The scene has heaps going on which should provide a fair representation of the performance gamers might expect to see on Crysis 2.

Our Intel Core i7 920 processor was left running at its default operating frequency of 2.66GHz for these tests. The game was tested at three resolutions: 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 2560x1600. We were unable to set anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering levels properly. Furthermore, we could only test using the DirectX 9 rendering mode, though regardless the visuals were still spectacular.

Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 920
- x3 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 7-7-7-20)
- Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)
- OCZ ZX Series 1250w
- Seagate 500GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA300)
- GeForce GTX 580
- GeForce GTX 570
- GeForce GTX 560 Ti
- GeForce GTX 460 1GB
- Radeon HD 6970
- Radeon HD 6950
- Radeon HD 6870
- Radeon HD 5770
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Nvidia Forceware 266.66
- Nvidia Forceware 266.58
- ATI Catalyst 10.12