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#1
Im going to be starting a revweiw for you guys including screenshots performance numbers and if xfire will do it video

Test system:

MOBO: P5nE-sli
CPU: intel Q6600 (B3) @ 2.5Ghz
RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) Mushkin PC2-6400 @ 800mhz 5-4-4-12
GRFX: 9800GTX (1) at stock clocks.
Driver:177.98
Display: 1440x900

Everythnig exept the proc (100mhz OC) has been brought down to stock settings (including removing my second 9800) to bring my system closer to what normal game play will be like for the majority of system setups.

Fist boot screen ill be keeping you updated through out the night

install screen



installation complete install took ~10min


activation window this checks to make sure you are using it at time of release its also making sure that even if you do get the game if your not in north america it will not pass activation it also runs off securrom like the rest of the game


Crysis warhead brings some new things to the table these next settings were taken at 1440x900 extremist settings. One thing alot of people including myself might be disappointed by is no x64 bit the binary is strictly x32. the kinda good thing about warhead is though the map being laoded is pretty hardcore in graphics and detail at most only takes 40sec to load and ram is left free. using ~1GB or less on avg unlike crysis 1.1gb+ though im likeing warhead so far i have a few complaints already. First off unlike alot of crysis ammo is scarce you start the game were psycho left you the first time after the frozen ship. the detail of the game is nice. however its almost like the particles beams and shadows were over done it does infact look very grainy when moving. upping the AA will take away some of the strange grain however performance will plummit expecially in extremest mode were your avg FPS is inbetween 5-25 were when you start its 10-15 constantly not quite enough to be a slide show but slow enough to notie for a game that ws supposed to be optimized. the quad stays loaded at around 50-60% constantly with slight jumps from time to time. here are some screen shots please go by the consol and not fraps.

Extremest Mode

The menu system is a diff color


dispite the FPS drop in enthusiest mode some high tense action still manages fairly dectn (22FPS)


detail(no AA)


water reflection


veiw distance and detail (bloom effect and sunrise effect on atmosphere)


more detail and framerate examples


alot detail wise has changed suite color has improved and is more vivid detail on the suite apposed to the previous crysis as also dramatically improved (for example when looking down at the arm or leg) bump mapping seems to have been turned up slightely allowing road and dirt to look more textured. more will be updated soon thank you.

Gamer Mode

Gamers mode unlike Extremest brings a whole lot to the table. their is no noticeable detail numb down however the FPS skyrocket. i was pulling 35-~70 on high settings no AA and it ran amazing and looked just as good as before.



excellent frms sustained even in fight scenes iv never seen this


 
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Videos

these vids are not ment to ooo or aaaa but instead to show you game play and graphical detail all of these videos were taken in high mode using the system specs posten in the OP. they are 30sec long because i am using fraps xfire does not yet support warhead though when it does these will be updated. not all are boring please watch them all. enjoy

Vid 1

Vid 2

Vid 3 (action)

Vid 4 (explosion)

Vid 5

Vid 6 (action)

Vid 7 (action)

Vid 8 (action)

Vid 9 (slight action)

Vid 10 (action)

Vid 11 (action)

Vid 12 (ship was sinking in real time)

Vid 13 (Cinema)

Vid 14 (Cinema)

Vid 15 (AI tactics in Foliage)

Vid 16 (this is how you rush someone)

Vid 17 (Notice the smoothness in gamer mode (high) in the dense forest)

Vid 18 (Cinema)
 
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Sweet, cant wait! Can you see if it uses all four cores or just 2/1 for me?
 

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change the wallpaper man, its been the same for last few days ! lol

otherwise, can't wait for the performance numbers
 

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more coming guys :)
 

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Nice one, Thanks solaris! Looks like an intense game!

Not long til payday! :D
 

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Nice screens man, really nice!

Looking forward to trying it out, seeing how well it'll run on my ageing old rig.
 

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Looks very cool, I look forward to playing it this weekend.
 

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Extreme setting? Maxed?
extreme mode was crysis's version of very high keep in mind ladys and gents im not running SLI (card removed) to bring this system closer to the performance norm.
 

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Looks sweet. The performance looks so much better. I am just hoping that it will run right on my system rather than the artifacting mess that Crysis was last time I tried it.
 

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Videos are being encoded their are quite a few that is what post 2 is for i will begin playing as soon as the first is done.
 
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Damn, Warhead loves NVidia cards thats for sure! In high mode in the normal Crysis in 1440x900 I was getting 25-30fps. In Warhead in the same settings I'm getting 18-23fps. :(

Solaris17 is hitting 40's, that is awesome!
 

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Gamer mode looks pretty cool. I want to see comparison screenshots from the same point if you have any time.
 

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That's some serious FPS with a single 9800GTX @ Highest settings. In original Crysis with High settings, I have around 15-25FPS. I'll try this for sure =O.
 

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That's some serious FPS with a single 9800GTX @ Highest settings. In original Crysis with High settings, I have around 15-25FPS. I'll try this for sure =O.
iget the same in crysis as you maybe 20-25fps but not much more this game is very well optimized


vids going up :D

check op and 2

vids are updated by the min please keep checking the second post periodically
 
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just to let you know once all the vids upload i will be testing the other settings of the game just hang tight guys i wont bail on ya.
 
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Cool review, and pretty gfx!!! :D wish I had a system like you guys lol!!!
 
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Wow , the fps is pretty good with fraps recording.

Isn't the fps more when you are not recording the videos ?
 

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Wow , the fps is pretty good with fraps recording.

Isn't the fps more when you are not recording the videos ?
no they are not the fps stay the same i record to a seperate drive ;)


BTW all vids are up i'll comence gaming and wrighting more of the reveiw now :) enjoy :toast:
 

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Changes to the OP and videos soon but here is some stuff to hold you over for the moment o btw new vids coming up some are cinimas so you can see how gorgeous it looks.

(all pics were saved as the same format and taken at the same time on the same load so their will be no diffrences.)


Low detail (performance)


Medium Detail (Mainstream)


High detail (Gamer)


Very High detail (Enthusiast)


please notice the FPS differance it scales very nicely.
 
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