Crysis 2 Remastered PC Performance Analysis

Crytek has simply launched Crysis Trilogy, that includes the remasters of Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 (alongside the one for the primary sport). So, it’s time now to benchmark Crysis 2 Remastered and see the way it performs on the PC platform.
For this PC Performance Analysis, we used an Intel i9 9900K with 16GB of DDR4 at 3600Mhz, AMD’s Radeon RX580, RX Vega 64,  RX 6900XT, NVIDIA’s GTX980Ti, RTX 2080Ti and RTX 3080. We additionally used Windows 10 64-bit, the GeForce 496.13 and the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.10.2 drivers.

Crytek has added just a few graphics settings to tweak. PC avid gamers can modify the standard of Objects, Particles, Post-(*2*), Shadows, Shading, Water, Textures and Motion Blur. The sport additionally helps Ray Tracing (just for reflections) and NVIDIA’s DLSS.

Crysis 2 Remastered doesn’t characteristic any built-in benchmark. As such, we’ve determined to benchmark this space. Do be aware, although, that later areas could run higher or worse.

In order to learn how the sport scales on a number of CPU threads, we simulated a dual-core, a quad-core and a hexa-core CPU. And, fortunately, the sport doesn’t require a high-end CPU. Our simulated dual-core system (with Hyper-Threading) was capable of push greater than 200fps at 1280×720 on Max Settings (with out Ray Tracing). Again, there is likely to be scenes that run worse than this benchmark scene, so maintain that in thoughts.

Most of our graphics playing cards have been capable of run the sport easily at 1080p/Max Settings. From what we will see, the sport favours NVIDIA’s over AMD’s GPUs. Not solely that, however the RTX3080 is noticeably sooner than the AMD RX 6900XT at 1080p. My guess is that that is as a result of DirectX 11 API (as AMD’s DX11 drivers nonetheless have the next CPU overhead).

At 1440p/Max Settings, the one GPUs that may present a clean gaming expertise are the RTX2080Ti, RTX3080 and AMD RX 6900XT. Since we at the moment are GPU-limited, the RTX3080 loses its efficiency superiority. Still, and for the reason that sport favours NVIDIA’s {hardware}, it stands toe to toe with the extra highly effective RX 6900XT. As for 4K, the RTX2080Ti noticed some drops beneath 60fps. On the opposite hand, the RTX3080 and RX 6900XT pushed a relentless 60fps.

Now the excellent news for RTX2080Ti – and mainly all RTX – house owners is that the sport helps DLSS. As such, you’ll be able to additional improve your efficiency through the use of DLSS Quality Mode. For occasion, our RTX3080 was capable of run the sport with greater than 90fps at 4K/Max Settings. Not solely that, however the sport appears to be like wonderful with DLSS Quality. We did discover very minor extra specular aliasing with DLSS, nonetheless, another surfaces are additionally extra anti-aliased. Contrary to Alan Wake Remastered, DLSS Quality doesn’t blur the picture in Crysis 2 Remastered, and we extremely suggest utilizing it.

Below yow will discover some comparability screenshots (Ray Tracing was enabled). Native 4K is on the left, whereas DLSS Quality is on the precise.

Before persevering with, we should always point out two main tech points that plague Crysis 2 Remastered. There is at the moment a efficiency degradation subject that happens after altering the sport’s graphics settings. Below yow will discover two screenshots that showcase this subject. On the left, now we have a screenshot (after a number of adjustments to the sport’s graphics settings) and on the precise a screenshot proper after restarting the sport. Moreover, the sport suffers from stuttering points when loading new areas.

As mentioned, Crysis 2 Remastered helps Ray Tracing for reflections. These reflections carry a serious efficiency hit on each NVIDIA and AMD {hardware}. And whereas there are some very minor enhancements, it’s actually as much as you to determine whether or not these reflections justify the efficiency hit. Below yow will discover some comparability screenshots. Native 4K screenshots with Ray Tracing are on the left, whereas the native 4K screenshots with out Ray Tracing are on the precise.

AMD’s strongest GPU, the RX 6900XT, is barely capable of run the sport with fixed 60fps at 1080p/Max Settings with Ray Tracing. On the opposite hand, the RTX3080 can present a clean gaming expertise even at 1440p. Moreover, and because of DLSS, the RTX3080 can present even higher framerates. Not solely that, however it could possibly come near a 60fps expertise in 4K/Max Settings/Ray Tracing. By dropping the standard of Ray Tracing to High, we have been capable of get a 60fps expertise on the RTX3080. And, in my view, that’s one of the best ways to play C2R on an RTX3080.

Graphics-wise, Crysis 2 Remastered appears to be like higher than its unique PC model. Crytek and Saber have used SVOGI with a view to improve the sport’s visuals. As a results of that, the sport’s environments look extra lifelike, with higher ambient occlusion and lighting. The solely draw back is that the sport loses its unique “JJ Abrams” inventive fashion. However, I used to be by no means a fan of it so this alteration didn’t actually hassle me. Still, that is one thing it is best to take note. You can even discover extra particulars in regards to the sport’s PC tech enhancements right here.
All in all, Crysis 2 Remastered doesn’t seem to require a high-end CPU. On the opposite hand, the sport requires a mid-tier GPU for gaming at 1080p/Max Settings. And whereas it appears to be like higher than the unique sport, it has noticeably greater GPU necessities. Not solely that, however the sport favours NVIDIA’s {hardware} (so that is dangerous information for AMD house owners). The sport’s Ray Tracing results should not THAT nice, and we advise disabling them on AMD’s {hardware}. On the opposite hand, NVIDIA RTX house owners can allow them alongside DLSS (with a view to mitigate the efficiency hit these ray-traced reflections carry). And, as we’ve already mentioned, DLSS works nice on this sport.

John PapadopoulosJohn is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and extremely helps the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John labored on quite a few gaming web sites. While he’s a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots may be discovered on consoles. John cherished – and nonetheless does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be probably the greatest consoles. Still, the PC platform gained him over consoles. That was primarily because of 3DFX and its iconic devoted 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has additionally written the next diploma thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics playing cards.”
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