10 Modern, Mainstream GPUs And Ryzen: Can They Play Crysis?

As we discussed a couple of days ago in But Can It Run Crysis? 10 Years Later, Crytek's graphical design work made this title a legend in the minds of many enthusiasts. It was magnificent, with irreproachable gameplay. And most of all, Crysis challenged the most powerful hardware available back in 2007. In fact, it continues bludgeoning high-end graphics cards in 2017.

Crysis was one of the first games to incorporate DirectX 10 and 64-bit support. In doing so, it became iconic as a benchmark for the fastest machines. Crytek made its mark on history by causing gamers to ask, "can it run Crysis?"

We must mention that this was a veritable demonstration of technology from beginning to end, in addition to offering excellent gameplay (for those who could manage a decent frame rate). Now, just after its 10th anniversary, we dusted off our old copy to test Crysis once again. Whereas the Tom's Hardware U.S. team put its emphasis on benchmarking a decade of graphics hardware, Tom's Hardware France gathered up some modern mainstream GPUs and a Ryzen-based platform to test frame rates, CPU utilization, and memory use, chasing down possible bottlenecks.

Graphics Quality: As Good As Ever

The first thing we noticed upon firing up Crysis after so long was that it's just as beautiful as we remember. The following video is evidence. It's hard to imagine this is 10 years old. Crytek's CryEngine 2 could still serve as the foundation for a beautiful open-world first-person shooter in 2017.


The shaders look great, yielding a believable experience that's well-rendered (sunlight passing through the foliage is still impressive). In particular, we remember loving those destructible objects at the mercy of an inescapable physics engine. Crysis almost hasn't aged, though it does show a few wrinkles (particularly in the way it manages shadows, subsequently improved in later games). The main feature missing from Crysis was ambient occlusion.

2007-Era PCs Hammered By Crysis

The recommended configurations for Crysis were relatively in-line with the times. In practice, though, they were far from perfectly smooth.

Minimum Configuration
Recommended Configuration
CPUIntel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or faster
Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz/Athlon X2 4400+ or better
Memory1GB (Windows Vista requires 1.5GB)
Operating System
Windows XP/Vista/7
Windows XP/Vista/7
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 6800 GT, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or better, 256MB of Graphics Memory
Nvidia 7800 Series, ATI Radeon 1800 series or better, 512MB of Graphics Memory (Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS/640)
Disk Space

In November of 2007, our complete benchmark of the game under DirectX 10 clearly showed that even the most powerful machines couldn't stand up to its most taxing settings. The following table summarizes our findings. In it, we hoped to achieve more than a paltry 24 frames per second.

Today, Crysis runs quite well (either in 32- or 64-bit mode) under Windows 10, without any problematic bugs. You may have to fiddle around with Alt+Enter to put the game in full-screen mode, particularly if you own a G-Sync-equipped display. But let's focus on the performance we came here to explore.

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  • keith12
    again, no charts on pages 4/5.

    I fired it up last night via Origin. Some minor teething problems getting it to work, but a google search revelaed a quick fix.

    Game still looks great, and plays well on my R5 1600x w/GTX1060 6gb on 1080p (8x Anti Aliasing). It seems to hit about the 70-90fps with my setup.

    Gonna give it a run through over the weekend, and maybe try the mods too.
  • Flyfisherman
    Thanks for a good test. I will certainly install this game and try it.
    So far I have only played Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 (beautiful graphics on both) and the latter is almost impossible to run at its highest settings with 1920x1080 on my Asus Z97 Deluxe mobo, CPU: Intel Core i7 4790K @4.6GHz, 16GB Ram and GPU: Asus Radeon RX 480 OC 8GB

    Speaking of Crysis 3, it would be interesting with a similar test suite for this game from febr. 2013 (almost 5-Yeras old).

    Best regards from Sweden
  • jakjawagon
    Specs list shows Ryzen 5, but pic of components shows Ryzen 7
  • cats_Paw
    Running this on Ryzen 7 1700 @ 3.8GHz+1080 on water @1950.
    On very high settings.
    1080p: it can drop as low as 22fps, but its very rare. Mostly the range is 66-189, with it staying closest to 90fps in open areas.

    On 4K, its usually in the 45s to 70s.
  • Flyfisherman
    Ok I have now tried Crysis with Very high settings and Anti aliasing 8x (everything maxed out) on my system:
    Asus Z97 Deluxe mobo, CPU: Intel Core i7 4790K @4.6GHz, 16GB Ram and GPU: Asus Radeon RX 480 OC 8GB, graphics driver: AMD Crimson 17.11.1, 1920x1080

    I activated Fraps and I got somewhere between 67-88 fps, but in heavy combats with lots of explosions the fps can drop a bit further.
    So there are no question, Crysis (10-years old) still taxing a modest computer today. And I think the games graphic is impressing to for such an old game.

    As I said before, it would be fun if Tom's could run a test on Crysis 3 with its CryEngine 3 motor, but I know already that this game will be more than my system can handle on the highest settings but the graphics in Crysis 3 is perhaps still one of the best. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWvgETOo5ek

    Best regards from Sweden
  • Flyfisherman
    And I can tell You: my CPU is using all of the 4-cores, and in no way they exceed 35% och the core, nor any temps ill over than 45C

    So please explain how it is Your article You say on two cores is supported?
  • CaptainCretin
    AMD or Intel cpu?? I have noticed that in LOTRO they use the 2nd core very differently - bearing in mind LOTRO uses a single thread game engine.

    On AMD chips, it splits the game ~60/40 and on Intel chips it uses all of the 1st core, THEN starts on a second; so the Intel suffers more from cpu thermal throttling, as the 1st core overheats.

    As stated in the article, single thread performance has pretty much been at a standstill over the last 10 years, and with some chips, it has even become worse!