Crysis is without doubt one of the most visually stunning and hardware-challenging games to date. By using CrysisBench - a tool developed independently of Crysis - we performed a total of 5 timedemo benchmarks using a GPU-intensive pre-recorded demo. To ensure the most accurate results, the highest and lowest benchmark scores were then removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
Finally, the GTX280 puts its little brother in its place. Once the resolutions were increased, the GTX260 slipped back a little - quite possibly due to its 'lack' of memory compared to the GTX280. It is however, yet another strong showing for the GTX260 Black Edition, cutting through Crysis with relative ease.
F.E.A.R. is a game based on the Lithtech Jupiter EX engine. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects. All results were recorded using F.R.A.P.S, with a total of 5 identical runs through the same area of the game. The highest and lowest results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
Every card has its weakness and F.E.A.R, it seems, is where the GTX260 Black Edition begins to falter. The GTX280 is the outright winner here, besting its sibling at both resolutions. Cost per frame, however, is a different matter all together.