One of the most eagerly anticipated titles of 2011, Crysis 2 promises a great single player campaign, first class visuals and an in depth multi-player mode. Our testing is based on the final version of the game rather than the multi-player demo.
Testing was performed at 1920x1080 and 5760x1080 with no anti-aliasing and maximum in game settings (Extreme).
We have looked at the performance of the multi-player demo on some previous reviews however this is the first time that we have been able to test the single player campaign and with it the retail version of the game. The most significant change from the demo tests to this review is that we can now select the Extreme graphics profile.
With Extreme enabled we see that Crysis 2 is performing exceptionally well on the GTX 590... and the 580 for that matter. At 1920x1080 both NVIDIA cards exceed the performance of the 6990, the GTX 590 hitting performance which is essentially twice that of the Radeon. When we move up to 5760x1080 this strong performance continues and the GTX 590 remains playable whereas the 6990 gives us stutter framerates. It is clear that AMD need to spend some time optimising for this game if they are to have any hope of getting close to the GTX 590 in performance.
Here are some examples of how the game looks at our tested settings.