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Crysis demo released; gamers lament the weakness of their PC hardware

Gamers who recently spent a considerable sum of money on a high-end video card will finally find that their piece of hardware is no longer overkill. That’s right, the Crysis single-player demo is here as promised by the developers late last month.

The demo was originally set for release on September 25, but developer Crytek decided to push the public debut date back a month in the interest of quality. The retail date of November 16 still appears to be on-track.

“We are taking some extra time to make sure you that you have an amazing experience but also we did not want to risk the release date of Crysis at this stage,” Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek, explained regarding the delay. “To get the game into your hands by November the 16th, we had to make this call.”

The demo may be downloaded directly from an EA Canada web server. The 1.77GB download includes the entire first level and the CryEngine 2 - Sandbox 2 game editor, giving the community an opportunity to get familiar with the tools before the retail game ships.

As should be well known by now, Crysis is the most hardware-demanding game to ship this year. Those who are interested in diving into the demo should read the official system requirements and recommendations before downloading.

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RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By daBKLYNdoorman on 10/28/2007 12:33:31 PM , Rating: 3
I'm getting an average of 40 FPS on my setup:

Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4Ghz
2GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
320GB Seagate PRT HD
GeForce 8800GTS 320 EVGA
ASUS P5B-Deluxe
Windows XP Pro
All new drivers for GeForce

Thats at 1680 x 1050 resolution all on medium.

RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By fk49 on 10/28/2007 9:34:04 PM , Rating: 3
With all settings on low, I get about 50fps at 800x600 and 25fps at 1440x900.

-Athlon 64 3200
-Ati x1600xt
-2gb ddr2 667
-Vista 64-bit

The grass is very ugly but its still very playable and everything else looks pretty good. Just a reference for those with lower end computers.

RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By feraltoad on 10/29/2007 4:41:31 AM , Rating: 2
15 FPS avg on High at 1680x1050. Ouch.

q6600 @ 3Ghz
2GB Ballistix
1900xtx @688mhz core 7.10 drivers
36gb Raptor(OS)
500gb WD5000AAKS

Oh, if your not happy with your framerate max out the AA and play for 5 minutes, then turn it off and play. It will feel like you upgraded. :p

Bioshock ran great w/this setup, but Crysis on High really is phenomenal. The final release might run better, and I'm sure nVidia and ATi will optimize their drivers to squeeze some extra performance. Plus it's so rough on cards it will force the hand of NV and ATi to pump out some better cards. Hell, with all the games out in '07 you could wait a year before you run out of new things to play.

RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By returnofdjango on 10/29/2007 6:13:32 PM , Rating: 2
I just got my IP35 Pro and I have a G0 q6600.
WOuld you mind sending me all your BIOS settings and BIOS version!!!!, as well as tell me your cooler, and memory? I can't get mine past 2.7Ghz ...thanks.

i really would appreciate it.

RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By feraltoad on 10/30/2007 3:20:05 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Freezer Pro 7. I found it for like $22 shipped so I couldn't resist. I used the TIM included with the cooler after reading a really positive review of their TIM. The memory is a Crucial Ballistix Kit of 2x1GB BL128664AA804.

Bios version date 9/06/2007 version 1BC14. I used the FlashMenu program to update it. I usually use a floppy but this program worked great to update the BIOS thru windows.

Believe it or not I'm using uGuru program to OC. I used to only go through the BIOS since an windows OCing was unstable but I haven't had a single problem with it. I've ran 2 instances of Prime 95 for an hour and gamed with BioShock and ETQW for hours and hours even while encoding video, probably not the most thorough testing but I've been having 2 much fun using the PC to mess with it. Plus, you can set up profiles with uGuru! Anyway I setup OC Guru profile USER2 with these settings ExtClk 334 PCIEClk 100 VCORE 1.2875 MCH 1.37 CPUVTT 1.20 ICH 1.12 CPUGTLREF 1&3 67% DDR2 2.00 ICHIO 1.6 DDR2REF 0% CPUGTLREF 0&2 67%. It automatically runs the memory at DDR1000 when I enable the OC, I've checked the memspeed through CPUz. Oh, and I set Fan EQ through uGuru to kick in to 100% fan speed at 44c.

Oh, and you need version uGuru v3105. v3104 would NOT load on my system. If you have that problem list ur email here and I will email it to you. I found it on a forum where someone found it elsewhere that ABIT's site only lists v3104 as latest but that POS would not load. But I can't find the forum I found it on to give you a link.

Good Luck!

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