Crysis is a new game from your friends at Crytek, and is very much like a significantly upgraded version of FarCry. The in-game visuals are incredible, and it even supports extra DirectX 10 goodies for those with top-end, enthusiast-level video cards. We're using the game demo, which includes both GPU and CPU benchmarks, and as this is a video card review, we're naturally using the former. All details have been set to Medium, as anything higher is an absolute slideshow with entry-level and mainstream video cards, and we have utilized standard 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 resolutions for the first test.
Crysis benchmarking really demonstrates how the performance levels of the various cards are affected when presented with a truly high-end graphics engine. Some, like the last-generation cards, can drop off considerably, while many of the newer DirectX 10 cards maintain, or even increase, the pace. The PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB shows some exceptional performance in the Crysis benchmark test, hitting the top scores with ease and showing very little drop-off at 1600x1200.
Crysis AA and AF Performance
The PNY card maintains virtually the same Crysis framerates at higher-end 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering settings, dropping only 7 fps between 1600x1200 standard and 1680x1050 high-AA/AF details.
World in Conflict Performance
World in Conflict is another real-time tactical war game, complete with eye-dropping visuals that are demanding enough to drop a mainstream video card in its tracks. It's a bit different from traditional RTS games, in that the war and strategy parts are put to the forefront, while the resource gathering and base construction tasks are taken out of the equation. In this test, we've used the in-game benchmarking tool, and since we've had some issues getting reliable AA and AF results, we've instead used Medium and High detail settings to emulate the extra graphics work. In the first section, we use standard 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 resolutions at Medium detail settings.
Our first World in Conflict benchmark test, using Medium detail settings, doesn't have the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB card starting off well, but by the time we get to 1600x1200, it's in front.
World in Conflict "High Detail" Performance
When we move to the higher detail settings, the XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 takes to it like a duck to water, and drops back only 3 fps between the two resolution settings.