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Crysis 2 DirectX 9 : PC Performance Benchmarks for Graphics Cards and Processors


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Genre: Action (Shooter) / 3D / 1st Person
Released: 2011
Developer: Crytek
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Publisher in Russia: Electronic Arts

Crysis 2 is a sci-fi first-person shooter video game in development developed by the German company Crytek and published by Electronic Arts. The game is being developed for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 platforms on Crytek's proprietary game engine - CryEngine 3. Crysis 2 is a continuation of the 2007 Crysis game and the second part of the Crysis series of games.

The game was officially announced on June 1, 2009. The game was released on March 24, 2011.


Review: Playability ( by Bartleby )

It's done! One of the main shooters of the year is already on the shelves!

But let's start from the beginning ... from the beginning ... from the first part. I unfortunately missed Warhead, but the original played, passed, and in the future I advised many to play! But I advised it rather not because of the plot, to which there are a lot of claims, but rather for the sake of revolutionary graphics (which for several years ahead became the standard for all game developers and an excellent test of hardware for PC players) and, of course, a nanosuit! The suit turned the game into a kind of superman simulator - bullets bounce off us, jump higher than palm trees, turn invisible, etc. ... but still something was missing, it seemed that we had already seen all this, and in fact it was so ... such the impression that the designers took someone else's game for each level and dressed it in their own suit, the beginning of the Far Cry game, then either Medal of Honor or CoD, the mission in the alien ship was terribly reminiscent of Pray,

Slow down…

On February 11, an early beta version of the game was leaked and, of course, immediately went to various torrent trackers and sites distributing illegal content. This version included a full story campaign that only works on version 9 of DirectX, and of course bugs bugs bugs ... of course, many played THIS and spoiled their impression of the final version of the game, but in vain! After all, the impressions are simply fantastic!


More cool

The developers took into account their past mistakes and completely redrawn the game! The action was moved from the jungle to New York, it would seem, again a stamp ... but no! We have never seen such New York, here the beauty of local attractions is mixed with the vile colors of the epidemic, quarantine and total destruction (fortunately, CryTek never had any problems from the visual side), and it looks just gorgeous and, most importantly, it is perfectly optimized and even works without brakes on far from high-end computers.


The plot captures from the first frames of the intro and constantly stirs up interest with in-game videos, but it's hard to tell about it without spoilers! In short, the action takes place 3 years after the events of the first part, most of the world is captured by aliens, battles are constantly fought against the remnants of humanity. Our hero, Alcatraz, serves in the reconnaissance troops, and together with his group is sent to New York on a rescue mission, but everything did not go as planned ... an enemy ship attacks the submarine, not many remain alive, but our hero is saved ... PROPHET , squad leader from the first part! The Prophet is infected with a virus and before his death gives us his nanosuit... and, in fact, the authority to save the world!


The main thing is that the suit should fit

Nanosuit 2.0 got some pleasant surprises! Special abilities are now turned on automatically - you need to jump high, hold the jump, you need to accelerate - hold the run button, which makes control much more convenient, and the gameplay even more nimble! In addition, customization has appeared - we extract a certain substance from the bodies of aliens and, due to it, we increase the suit with additional modules of capabilities that can be switched depending on the game situation.



Overview: Graphics


As in the case of the demo, we have almost no graphic settings, except for the resolution and three levels of graphics quality. At the moment, we can only enjoy graphics in DirectX 9 mode, but thanks to long and painstaking work, we got a picture that is almost balanced with the original Crysis in DirectX 10 mode. A patch with DirectX 11 support will be released only after an indefinite period of time. Let's hope that this will happen very soon, and we will be able to not only enjoy an unsurpassed gameplay, but also gorgeous graphics...


Recall that CryEngine 3 in Crysis 2 supports per-pixel real-time lighting, reflections, refractions, volumetric heat effects (“glow” effect) and animated textures for simulating windows, bullet holes, surfaces with sun glare and many other effects. CryEngine 3 shaders use the unified shader architecture that has been available since Direct3D 10.


One of the major innovations is the new Unreal Lightmass lighting system, which uses lossless global illumination features that were implemented in older lighting systems. Improved work with multiprocessor systems - distribution of tasks between multiprocessor systems using Unreal Swarm, as well as faster compilation of C ++ code and processing of Unreal Script due to the Unreal Build Tool (the last increase in performance will only affect developers or creators of amateur modifications).

We will be able to make out the difference in the picture between DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 only with the release of the corresponding patch, but for now we can only wait.


Review: Game resource intensive

All video cards were tested at maximum graphics quality by MSI Afterburner. The purpose of the test is to determine how video cards from different manufacturers behave under the same conditions. Below is the configuration of our test systems.

Hardware configuration


AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE 3.33@4 GHz product provided by AMD

AMD Phenom II X4 940 BE 3.0@3.7 GHz products provided by AMD

AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz products provided by AMD

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550@ 4.25 GHz

Intel® Core™ i7-930@4.2 GHz

Intel Core i5-760 2.8@4.2 GHz


Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H products provided by AMD

Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H products provided by AMD

Maximus II Formula socket LGA775 product provided by Asus

MSI X58 Eclipse Plus socket LGA1366 product provided by MSI

MSI P55-GD55 socket LGA1156 product provided by MSI


GOODRAM PLAY 1600MHz (8-8-8-24) product provided by  GOODRAM

GOODRAM Pro 2000MHz (8-8-8-29) product provided by  GOODRAM

Video cards

GeForce 8800 GTS 640 mb
GeForce 8800 GS 768 mb
EN 8800GT 512 mb provided by Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512 mb GeForce 8800 GTX 768 mb EN 8800ULTRA 768 mb provided by Asus GeForce 9600 GSO 768 mb GeForce 9600 GT 512 mb  GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB GeForce 9800 GTX 512 MB GeForce GT 240 DDR5 1024 MB GeForce GTS 250 1024 MB GeForce GTX 260 896 MB GeForce GTX 260 core 216 GeForce GTX 280 1024 MB GeForce GTX 275 896 MB GeForce GTX 285 1024 MB GeForce GT 430 102 4 MB GeForce GTS 450 1024 mb

product provided by Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 768 mb product provided by Leadtek GeForce GTX 460 1024 mb GeForce GTX 465 1024 mb Zotac GeForce GTX 470 1280 mb product provided by Zotac GeForce GTX 480 1536 mb GeForce GTX 560Ti 1024 mb GeForce GTX 570 1280 mb Zo tac GeForce GTX 580AMP! 1536 mb product provided by Zotac Radeon HD 3850 512 mb Radeon HD 3870 512 mb Radeon HD 4750 512 mb EAH 4770 512 mb product provided by Asus Radeon HD 4830 512 mb Radeon HD 4850 1024 mb

MSI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB Product provided by MSI MSI Radeon HD 4890 1024 MB Product provided by MSI / AMD EAH 5670 1024 MB Product provided by Asus EAH 5750 FORMULA 1024 MB Product provided by Asus MSI Radeon HD 5770 HAWK 1024 MB Product provided by MSI Radeon HD 5830 1024 MB Radeon HD 5850 1024 MB product provided by AMD Radeon HD 5870 1024 MB and Eyefinity 2048 MB product provided by XFX

Radeon HD 6850 1024 MB
provided by AMD
Radeon HD 6870 1024 MB
Radeon HD 6950 2048 MB
provided by AMD / XFX
Radeon HD 6970 2048 MB
provided by AMD /

multimedia equipment

3D monitor LG W2363D

Monitor LG E2750

3D Vision Kit product provided by Nvidia

Power supplies

4xSeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850 W product provided by Syntex

System software and drivers

operating system

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64


DirectX 11

Platform driver

Intel INF Chipset Update Utility

Graphics driver

Nvidia GeForce/ION Driver Release 267.31

AMD Catalyst 11.2

Less efficient video cards up to the level of GeForce GTS 250 and Radeon HD 4830 are tested based on Core 2 Quad Q9550 and Phenom II X4 940 BE processors, while more efficient ones are based on more powerful solutions. Overclocked versions of video cards presented by sponsors were equated to conventional counterparts by reducing their clock speeds.


Our video cards were tested at three resolutions in normal mode and at 1920x1080 for NVIDIA 3D Vision technologies and 3840x1080 for AMD Eyefinity. Using our graphs, you can evaluate how your video card behaves relative to other modern solutions in almost all modern visual modes. We will conduct a more detailed test with the release of a patch with DirectX 11 support .

Testing at maximum quality settings 1280x1024


 At a resolution of 1280x1024 at maximum settings, video cards of the Radeon HD 4750 or GeForce GTS 450 level will be required, which is slightly lower than the gluttony of the first Crysis, but with the caveat that it uses DirectX 10.  Comfortable performance can be provided by graphics cards like the Radeon HD 5770 or GeForce GTX 260.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1680x1050 


When the resolution is increased to 1680x1050, video cards of the Radeon HD 5770 or GeForce GTX 460SE level will already be required. Optimal performance can be provided by graphics cards like the Radeon HD 4870 or GeForce GTX 260 Core 216.

Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080


And finally, at Full HD resolution of 1920x1080, video cards of the Radeon HD 4870 or GeForce GTX 285 level will show an acceptable performance level. Video accelerators of the Radeon HD 6850 or GeForce GTX 460 level should be considered the most optimal for this game. Based on the purchase of a video card specifically for this game , then the Radeon HD 6850 or GeForce GTX 460 are currently the most preferred.

Testing with AMD Eyefinity Technology



All our video cards were tested at maximum quality settings on two Full HD monitors combined thanks to Eyefinity technology at a resolution of 3840x1080. The panorama, thanks to the use of multiple monitors, is simply immense...

Testing at maximum quality settings using AMD Eyefinity technology on two monitors at a resolution of 3840x1080



With the use of Eyefinity technology, the performance of cards decreases within 30-40% of the standard mode, depending on the model of the video card, which is not so bad. The minimum required for a comfortable game at a resolution of 3840x1080 is a Radeon HD 5870-level video card. For comfortable playability, we recommend a Radeon HD 6970 or higher.

Testing with NVIDIA 3D Vision Technology


The 3D Vision drivers do not yet have support and rating for Crysis 2, but despite this, the 3D quality is at a quite decent level. The performance loss when switching to 3D mode is minimal and amounted to a ridiculous 10-20% of the work in standard mode. In 3D mode, there is an internal frame limit of 60 FPS. You can check out the 3D video effects in Crysis 2 on the NVIDIA website.               

Testing at maximum quality settings using NVIDIA 3D Vision technology 1920x1080


The minimum required for a comfortable game in 3D at a resolution of 1920x1080 is a video card of the GeForce GTX 285 level. The most optimal solution is a video card of the GeForce GTX 460 class and higher.

Processor dependency testing


We tested processor dependence on 9 models of basic configurations, which are the most relevant today. The test was carried out in those places where the value of the video card for the game is minimal and its loading was less than 99%, but this time at a resolution of 800x600 with the minimum Gamer quality settings. The game is adapted for multi-threading and can use more than 4 processor cores.

Testing processor dependence at maximum quality settings 800x600


The most productive solutions for Crysis 2 are Core i 5, Core i 7, Phenom II X6 and Phenom II X4 processors. But even less fast models will be able to provide a decent level of performance.

Conclusion on system requirements

For a comfortable game in Crysis 2 in DirectX 9 mode, you need to have a more or less productive card like the Radeon HD 6850 or GeForce GTX 460 and a modern multi-core processor. In terms of playability, the game came out simply excellent, but we are waiting for the release of the patch with DirectX 11, and we hope that it will be able to use all its features to the maximum, returning the title of the most technologically advanced game to the Crysis brand.