HIS vs EVGA Midrange Gaming Face Off Review

Crysis Warhead

Midrange Gaming Shootout

Crysis Warhead

This should be the first real exciting result. We all know that Crysis is a PhysX game, but our testing over the past 12 months or so has shown that a combination between light PhysX demands, the power of modern GPUs and the lack of optimisation the Crytek team did mean that neither the Radeon nor the GeForce really goes into this with a distinct advantage. Place your bets...

Single GPU - Stock Speeds

Although we could run Enthusiast settings and swathes of anti-aliasing, these are still mid-range offerings and so we'd rather have realistic settings and playable frame-rates than massive settings just for the sake of it. It's probably about what we'd expect to see from the cards here. The HD6870 really is that bit more powerful than the GTX460 and the limited PhysX usage in Crysis Warhead doesn't allow the GTX460 to overcome that. One thing is clear though and that is the eye-candy on offer definitely prefers the 1GB GTX460 over the 768MB version.


Single GPU - Overclocked

Such is the lack of optimisation in the Crytek engine that none of our overclocks give a massive gain, merely a frame or two here or there. The only card that really gets a good lump of extra performance is the GTX460 768MB which goes from 7 frames behind the HD6850, to 3 frames ahead of it. An 8 frame per second increase. Exactly the kind of thing we love to see from a middle-priced card.


Dual GPU Stock

Once we move into Crossfire and SLI territory we can see the limitations of Crysis Warhead. All four cards giving nearly identical average frame-rates. The 1GB GTX460 just edges in front, but besides a big moment in the minimum frame-rate for the HD6850, they really are inseparable.


Dual GPU Overclocked

Overclocking doesn't seem to make a large difference either. It does allow the nVidia offerings to just sneak ahead, but we're still dealing in only the odd extra frame rather than massive leaps.

What starts as a comfortable win for the single stock HD6870 ends up being a GTX460 1GB game by the time we have two overclocked cards running.

We really can't wait for Crysis 2 in the hope Crytek have made an effort this time.

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Most Recent Comments

29-10-2010, 04:01:46

So looks like GTX460 is still worth to buy.Quote

29-10-2010, 05:51:01

This is what I call a hard core review load of charts & game tests, I just hope your payslips justify your mass effort & I just want to let you know your efforts are much appreciated with us the readers; next month is going to be epic with the new GeForce GTX 580 & AMD Radeon 6970 so I’d recommend going to the gym to be in shape because we don’t want anybody collapsing during the tests from lack of sleep.


29-10-2010, 06:51:22

I'm wondering when Quad Xfire would start to make sense.Quote

29-10-2010, 07:10:18

Originally Posted by Todd View Post

I'm wondering when Quad Xfire would start to make sense.
Never. Who is going to drop £800 on four 6870s?

Maybe a few. But I don't know any one with four GPUs apart from Diablo and AMD are not going to waste loads of money in resources to cater to one in fifty (at the most) people.

The problem is it's out of AMD/Nvidia's hands any way. It all falls back to game coders and none of them will bother. Why would you? That's like having a thousand English people in a hotel and because there's one German there you make Bratwurst and Sauercraut for all of them. It's just a waste of time and money for pretty much every one involved. Game makers, GPU manufacturers and so on. Take into account that Obsidian just released Fallout : New Vegas with all of the bugs problems and issues from the initial release of Fallout 3. If they were to get it perfect and get quadfire in there it would have taken ten years, not two. Take into account how long Valve have their games in development trying to get them perfect..

Going back to the review.. Crikey. I can not even begin to imagine the ammount of work that went into testing so many different configurations. Hats off guys, this is some of your best work yet. Also -

[editors note: like Hanibal & Murdock]

Who is the crazy one? hehe that bit made me laugh. I can just see one of you dancing around the test bed.

Also -


Interracial GPU gangbang ahoy !


29-10-2010, 08:01:43

VB is deffo Murdock, he would be really offended if I said it was any other way Quote

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