Crysis Warhead updates and refines the gameplay of Crysis through a side story plot involving Psycho, one of previous protagonist Nomad’s allies. The game is a parallel story that follows Sergeant Michael “Psycho” Sykes, a character from the original Crysis, as he faces his own trials and challenges on the other side of the island during the time period of the first game. It features new fully customizable weapons, vehicles and enemies, along with new multiplayer content. It also showcases a new, enhanced and optimized version of Cry Engine 2.
Playing in “Gamer” mode automatically sets resolution to 1280×1024 and optimizes the other settings around this resolution. We ran the HOC benchmark utility with high image quality settings to benchmark Crysis Warhead at both 1280×1024 and 1920×1200 resolutions.
Benchmark Results with a GeForce GTX 295 Graphics Card: Crysis Warhead is tough on video cards with the image quality settings cranked up to high as you can see in the charts above, but the CPU in the system clearly plays an important role as well. The higher the resolution the more GPU limited the system comes, so the performance between the processors is not as great. Actually, you can see how the test system is GPU limited by the GeForce GTX 295 in this game as the performance hits a wall even though the clock frequency of the CPU was increased. At a resolution of 1280×1024 the Athlon II processors are at the bottom of the performance chart. When the resolution was cranked up to 1920×1200 the benchmark is too GPU limited to see any significant difference between many of the processors.