It's clear that NVIDIA's top dogs come out ahead of the AMD offerings, and with the giant NVIDIA logo at the start of Crysis it comes as no real surprise.
There is no doubt that Crysis is going to be at the top of the priority list for both NVIDIA and AMD as we see more drivers between now and the end of the year. It will be interesting to see how much more performance AMD can squeeze out of the HD 2900 XT, though it really doesn't look all that good for them since the 8800GT has rocked up on the market.
The Crysis settings system works by only offering you resolutions that the computer can handle. What's frustrating is that none of the cards here today gave us the ability to run at our native 2560 x 1600 resolution with any detail settings. With that said though, given the Ultra was only cracking 50FPS at 1920 x 1200 we wouldn't be expecting big numbers at 2560 x 1600.
Also, if their system was flawless it wouldn't let you choose past 800 x 600 for the 8600GTS and HD 2600 XT. While I don't doubt that there are people out there with an 8600GTS saying "Nah this game runs great at 1280 x 1024 and high settings", it's clear that these people have no idea what smooth performance looks like.
You would think that after looking at this Crysis would be a bit of a video card seller, but clearly there is nothing in this generation that is really going to offer the ultimate Crysis experience; we'll have to wait till later in the year.
Just quickly before I finally load up the demo for myself, we thought we should just make a quick mention of SLI and Crossfire performance. With the article coming up at the very last minute we tested what we had on hand and tried to offer as broad a range as possible in the extremely limited time.
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