Radeon HD 5870 CrossfireX test review

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VGA performance: Crysis WARHEAD (DX10)


As in last year's game, expect to encounter dense jungle environments, barren ice fields, Korean soldiers and plenty of flying aliens. There's no denying that this is more of the same, except here it's a more tightly woven experience with a little less freedom to explore.

With a top-end PC (although Warhead has supposedly benefited from an improved game engine, you'll still need a fairly beefy system) rest assured, developer Crytek has enhanced more than just the graphics engine.

Vehicles are more fun to drive, firefights are more intense and focused, and aliens do more than just float around you. More emphasis on the open-ended environments would have been welcome, but a more exciting (though shorter) campaign, a new multiplayer mode, and a whole bunch of new maps make Crysis Warhead an excellent expansion to one of last year's best shooters.

Crysis Warhead has good looks. As mentioned before, the game looks better than Crysis, and it runs better too. Our test machine that struggled a bit to run the original at high settings ran Warhead smoothly with the same settings. Yet as much as you may have heard about Crysis' technical prowess, you'll still be impressed when you feast your eyes on the swaying vegetation, surging water, and expressive animations. Outstanding graphics. Couldn't say more here.

Crysis Warhead then: we up the ante a little more by enabling DX10.

  • Level Ambush
  • Codepath DX10
  • Anti-Aliasing 2x MSAA
  • In game Quality mode Gamer

Check out the numbers in the Crytek engine with the Radeon HD 5870 / CrossfireX. Now CrossfireX definitely kicks in, but not enough as far as I am concerned. ATI might need a driver tweak or two to get scaling done properly.

Fact remains that CrossfireX is really really fast you guys. It seems that single GPU performance is much better than CrossfireX scaling at this moment. Perhaps that will be solved with a future driver update.

But looking at it from the other side, we already knew that NVIDIA has dominated this title for a long time now, as such GTX 285 SLI takes a marginal lead. Ah well.

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