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With Crysis, they're not just system requirements, they're system demands

Crysis will be the landmark game this year for hardcore PC gamers to prove that their platform of choice is technically superior to the newest consoles. Of course, the required hardware to run Crysis costs far more than a $400 console, but that’s always been the case with the cutting edge of PC gaming.

After months of guess work surrounding the system requirements of Crysis, the official specifications were released today. Gamers running Windows Vista will need slightly faster systems with more memory than those still using Windows XP.

Minimum System Requirements
OS Windows XP or Windows Vista
Processor 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster (Vista)
Memory 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)
Video Card 256 MB
Hard Drive 12GB
Sound Card DirectX 9.0c compatible

Supported Processors:
Intel 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.

Supported Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Integrated chipsets are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

Recommended System Requirements
OS Windows XP / Vista
Processor Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
Memory 2.0 GB RAM
GPU NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar

Unfortunately, those with minimum spec machines can expect Crysis to look nothing like what they’ve seen so far in video and screenshots. Crytek’s CEO, Cevat Yerli, explained to GameSpot, “The quality of Crysis running on [minimum spec hardware] does equal the shading and texture quality of games that are about three years old, but with polygonal detail that is bigger then (sic) games from that same generation. The scaling happens in various areas, such as shading-quality, texture-resolution, shadows. View distance and interactivity are close to Far Cry.”

Yerli later added, “I am happy that we managed to scale down Crysis--which is on average 10 times more pushy than Far Cry--down to Far Cry specs. But Crysis is a high-end game that shall define what's now and in the future. Enjoy it as such as much as you can. It's like a concept car available and affordable now. I like also this quote somebody gave: "It's like a sexy blond girl with a PhD degree," upon which I said, "But with curly hair."”

Crysis is set to release to retail on November 16, with the playable demo available on October 26.

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CPU speed is contradictory
By Bigginz on 10/9/2007 5:03:37 PM , Rating: -1
The minimum processor speed for WinXP is 2.8 GHz but an Intel Core 2.0 GHz and an Athlon 2800+ are supported? If they are supported doesn't that mean they are the minimum?

There are not too many CPUs that run at or above 2.8 GHZ. AMD has 3 models and Intel has about 5.

Are they adding core speeds? If you have an Athlon X2 with both cores running at 2.2 GHz, does that mean you have a total of 4.4 GHz?

This brings up more questions than it answers!

RE: CPU speed is contradictory
By noirsoft on 10/9/2007 5:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
No, the general "CPU speed" is clearly based on the older pre-Core architecture standards (note that they match exactly the Pentium4 specs) where one could always assume that "more is better"

With the Core, things have gotten more complex, and I like the fact that they have the Core vs Pentium4 vs Athlon spelled out separately.

RE: CPU speed is contradictory
By Fenixgoon on 10/9/2007 5:11:37 PM , Rating: 3
ghz is misleading - that is for a pentium 4 era CPUs.

a core2duo will typically run slower (clock frequency) than a 2.8ghz P4 but obviously blow it away due to a far superior architecture.

any dual core CPU or high power single core CPU should be fine, especially when talking *minimum* requirements.

RE: CPU speed is contradictory
By TheFro on 10/9/2007 5:20:26 PM , Rating: 2
Most of us are savvy enough to figure out what they're talking about in the above text. I'm sure the shipping box will have clearer system requirements and this gives us enthusiasts a good idea on where to start.

RE: CPU speed is contradictory
By kamel5547 on 10/9/2007 5:47:44 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree.

Not that I need to worry about system requirements yet, but they might as well not put requirements on the box aside for the video cards and OS. The processor values are meaningless if they are listed as frequencies unless you happen to have a handy P4 to Athlon to x2 to Core2 (without throwing Celeron's, sempron's, mobile chips and P D's in the mix) conversion chart.

Its not that I don't understand the difference, its that what they write on the box is in effect meaningless.

RE: CPU speed is contradictory
By The Sword 88 on 10/9/2007 6:04:43 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly you need on eof these or better:

Supported Processors:
Intel 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.

Why is that hard to understand?

RE: CPU speed is contradictory
By scrapsma54 on 10/9/2007 6:23:34 PM , Rating: 2
Judging by the game requirements having a single core will set you back. I honestly believe that using a HT enabled Pentium 4 might save us a little bit of cpu usage in vista. So if you have quad core that might mean that it only requires just something short of 1.6GHz, but the slowest clocked quad core is 2.13 so I imagine you're safe (even with a x1310 xeon). This game my friends seems to be the first truly Multi-threaded game. I wouldn't fret, just means that you can't really turn up the particle effects too high.

RE: CPU speed is contradictory
By mindless1 on 10/29/2007 1:41:11 PM , Rating: 2
I honestly believe that using a HT enabled Pentium 4 might save us a little bit of cpu usage in vista.

But of course, they don't have access to Pentium 4 CPU or Vista so they had to make up that part about:

Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista)

I honestly believe they tested the performance, that the only remaining question is whether your standards for an acceptible gaming performance level are the same as theirs, higher, or lower.

RE: CPU speed is contradictory
By Bigginz on 10/9/2007 6:03:46 PM , Rating: 2
The first thing listed was minimum processor speed of 2.8 GHz. It did not say "Pentium 4 2.8 GHz." It was not worded very well and the person who wrote it should have included "Pentium 4" in the Minimum Requirements list. If they are not going to list the model of CPU with the processor speed, then it should not be listed at all.

I see the Pentium 4 specs in the Supported Processors list, so I'm not blind.

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