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http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/03/12/crysis_3_video_card_performance_iq_review/11#.UUFla0cqZ8E
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We do think Crysis 3 is the best looking game out there right now, with the highest visual quality experience. However, we still have this nagging feeling that it isn't enough of a leap in graphics or gameplay compared to what the first Crysis brought us at the time. Maybe we are just stuck in the past, but the original Crysis was a revolution in graphics at the time, and Crysis 3 just feels like it is a small leap frog jump graphics-wise.

It is games like this we look forward to in pushing the industry forward. Developers should be experimenting with how to do this on the PC. The PC offers a tremendously power platform for GPU performance and flexibility. We want to see developers to continue to push the PC platform forward and go all out giving us the best visual quality experience possible. Crysis 3 is in this category just like Crysis 1 (however not to the same extent), whereas Crysis 2 simply was not even close.

The resolution you play at will determine the best card for the job here. If you game above 1080p, seek out high-end SLI or CrossFire to get the most from this game. If you play at 1080p, you will get a maximized experience with a single GTX 680 or HD 7970 GHz Edition. If you can't afford those, and you must go midrange, the GTX 660 Ti offers the best value in this game for the cost right now.

Pretty good read, and have to agree that this game does have the best graphics in PC gaming to date. Too bad they didn't test a GeForce Titan.
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talk about needing some GPU horsepower to play this game!!!
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talk about needing some GPU horsepower to play this game!!!

Not really. A lot of the setting in Very High add next to no difference in IQ and drop fps hard.
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Yeah would have liked to see some Titan action in this review smile.gif
 
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Welcome to the wonderful world of diminishing returns. Nothing is immune. Having great leaps like Crysis 1 isn't probably going to happen again. The closer we get to photo realism, the less we can expect from each generation to the next. Reminds me of bit rates for music. The jump from the lower bit rates such as 64 to 128 are pretty big. 128 to 256 is not as noticeable, and everything above is going to be less and less noticeable.
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Not really. A lot of the setting in Very High add next to no difference in IQ and drop fps hard.

That doesn't change his statement at all.
And there's quite a difference between high and very high IQ wise.
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Welcome to the wonderful world of diminishing returns. Nothing is immune. Having great leaps like Crysis 1 isn't probably going to happen again. The closer we get to photo realism, the less we can expect from each generation to the next. Reminds me of bit rates for music. The jump from the lower bit rates such as 64 to 128 are pretty big. 128 to 256 is not as noticeable, and everything above is going to be less and less noticeable.

Implying photo-realism is the end-goal for graphics.
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Call me crazy, but I'm enjoying the visuals in Tomb Raider just as much as Crysis 3, and the gameplay is more fun.
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One thing I found interesting...
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There is absolutely no difference between low textures or very high textures. All texture modes perform exactly the same. We also experienced the same thing on the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. Low textures on that video card were at 45 FPS average and at very high textures it was 44.5 FPS average, no impactful difference at all.



This means either two things, that texture quality isn't a performance issue on this generation’s video cards, and these have no trouble running very high textures. Or, the option when we select it isn't actually enabling the different texture levels due to some bug. We checked in the configuration file and the configuration file updated accordingly to the settings we changed in-game. However, as you can see, there is no difference in performance. We do know that in the Beta there was an issue selecting different texture resolutions, it is possible that has followed us into the final release.
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I guess nvidia cards are faster in this game after all.
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Im really disappointed how the 7950 performs in their tests. I didn't get that poor performance on mine.
 
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