Crysis Warhead Hardware Performance Review

by FiXT     |     October 10, 2008


Our test made use of hardware from across the map. For the most part we were able to stick with current products rather than testing older antiquated relics. The specific hardware used during testing will be listed on the individual benchmarks, however below you will find a complete list of the hardware used. The benchmarks themselves took us through 4 separate levels ranging from tropical paradise to harsh blizzards and even through a few intense battles. The average framerates of each of the individual tests were compiled into the end numbers reflected in the graphs. 30FPS is considered a passing grade for smooth and seamless playback. We also took the time to play through the game to ensure that the reported frames and differences would be exactly what a gamer would experience.


Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz 1333FSB
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 1333FSB
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 1066FSB
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 800FSB
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ 3.2GHz
AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4GHz
AMD Phenom X4 9750 2.4GHz

Video Card
ATI Radeon HD4870X2 2GB
ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB
ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB
nVidia GeForce GTX280 1GB
nVidia GeForce GTX 260 896MB
nVidia GeForce 9800GTX 512MB
nVidia GeForce 9800GT 512MB
nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB

Asus Maximus Formula X38 LGA775 Motherboard
Asus M3A78-T 790GX AM2+ Motherboard
OCZ Reaper 2x2GB DDR2 1066 PC2-8500 Ram
Corsair TX750 750W Power Supply
Western Digital SE16 320GB Hard Drive
Samsung 224T 24inch 1920X1200 Monitor

OS, Drivers and Software:
Windows Vista Ultimate x64 w/ SP1
nVidia GeForce Forceware 177.79 & 177.92
ATI Catalyst 8.9
Crysis Warhead

Quality Comparison

Warhead includes 4 different levels of image quality settings. Crytek changed from the original naming scheme and instead developed their own descriptions to depict quality settings. A unique feature, but potentially confusing to unknowing gamers. None of our benchmarks included any post processing effects. Only adjustments to the resolution and graphical settings were done using their preset levels.


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