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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: Q6600 and 8800GTX?
By BitJunkie on 10/29/2007 3:32:01 AM , Rating: 2
It would be interesting to know what is the bottleneck on your system. I just did a check and when I'm running Crysis on my system (spec in a post above) it shows I'm using 2.25GB of memory, 672MB of which is directly for the Crysis exe and there's 15% CPU utilisation.

If you have 2GB of memory then you will probably be hitting the page file at some point. Which then takes you into the realms of disk IO which I always remember as being bad news. Since being a cash strapped student and hearing my 386 dx 40 thrashing away at it's hard drive - I've always attempted to avoid that ;) It still brings me out in cold shivers.

Anyway, I seem to recall that the larger your gfx memory the more main memory is reserved for the game - so 4GB is probably what is helping me out. There'll be a local optima in performance for people with 2GB of memory using graphics cards with less memory than 768MB or whatever is on the 8800GTX.

I think MS put a hotfix out that reduced the reserved memory for 3d games:

Probably worth checking whether you installed that - can't recall if it comes down via Windows Update...

RE: Q6600 and 8800GTX?
By enlil242 on 10/29/2007 4:41:44 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm, I installed the hotfix during the demo install. It is worth noting that it is not by any means unplayable. I just had to lower the settings, turn of AA, AF if I was to keep playing at 1920x1200. And even though I did that, it chugged in parts. I have just been getting used to games finally running like silk on my machine since I upgraded...

To Timmiser: I am by no means new to gaming. Since Pong I think I have played almost all types of consoles and PC games. Plus I jumped on the 3D train full force when I forked over the cash to upgrade my game system with a DUAL Diamond Monster 3D card setup! ($700 for both in 1996/97). My point is, it doesn't make me a n00b or a console head to want *current* games to take advantage of *current* hardware. I guess it's the software that pushes harware vendors to up the ante...

For that I'll wait to play the game until it plays the way I like it. Simple as that. Perhaps when the '9800GTX' comes out.

RE: Q6600 and 8800GTX?
By timmiser on 11/1/2007 5:27:57 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes new games will come out that push the latest hardware to their limits and sometimes the new hardware that comes out has no software to push it to the limit. Either way, some people get annoyed at this which is what I don't understand.

RE: Q6600 and 8800GTX?
By SlyNine on 10/31/2007 10:31:55 PM , Rating: 2
If you are running a 32 bit OS and didnt do the mod to let you use 3gb for apps 1gig for kernal. Then Crysis will never use more then 2 gigs no matter how much ram or VM you have. So anyone with a 32bit OS shouldnt go out and buy more ram if they have 2 gigs allready.

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