If you are interested in the fastest solution for your Crysis 2 experience, then you are probably going end up spending $699 on Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 graphics card. Its dual chip design coupled with more refined SLI drivers delivered the highest performance possible. The dual GPU solution from AMD follows closely behind. It seems that Radeon HD 6990 may provide better fps in the future, but for now it looks like CrossFireX profile needs a bit more tweaking.
The fastest single-chip solution for your Crysis 2 gaming rig will have to be GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. It manages to pass the magical 60 fps threshold, which is unattainable for the competing AMD Radeon HD 6970 power plant.
Please note that none of the participating graphics cards delivered comfortable performance level in the highest resolution. You are going to sacrifice some quality on virtually any standard graphics card setup available on the market.
Performance Mainstream category is dominated by Nvidia-based solutions. If there is a chance to get your hands on a brand new GeForce GTX 570 graphics card, then it is definitely the best choice. Just as in the Premium group, this is the only solution that has enough horsepower to get past the 60 fps mark. If you accept some image quality sacrifices, then the more affordable GeForce GTX 560 Ti is also a viable candidate. It is actually only 12-20% slower than the bigger and pricier GF110 based card, but it still manages to outperform or at least be as fast as anything AMD has to offer.
The game clearly prefers Nvidia over AMD, as both Radeon HD 6950 and Radeon HD 6870 are struggling to catch up. It seems that Crysis 2 favors the now outdated 5-way VLIW architecture used in the Radeon HD 68x0 graphics cards as there is really a surprisingly small difference in performance between Cayman and Barts based products. The last place is occupied by a lonely Radeon HD 6850 which is clearly struggling against competition, so you will have to give up a lot of image quality in this case.
Even the performance category segment of the market is clearly struggling with the loads generated by the Crysis 2 game. Don't be alarmed though, because we have already been through the same ordeal when the original Crysis came out. If we had to make a recommendation here, we would suggest that you should stick to Nvidia based products, as the game clearly prefers their GPU architecture.
Remarkably, the difference between AMD and Nvidia solutions is really minuscule in this particular market segment. The now outdated Radeon HD 5770 stands its ground and mirrors GeForce GTX 550 Ti performance across all resolutions. The replacement Radeon HD 6790 is clearly going to be faster and thus a more desired purchase, but until we get our hands on a sample of the latest AMD graphics card, we must record a tie here.
Besides the above mentioned solutions, every single participant is struggling with Crysis 2 video game. We didn’t expect a miracle here, but if you are really on a tight budget, we would suggest getting a Radeon HD 5750. It is going to be the only affordable graphics card capable of handling the load at lower quality settings and with disabled FSAA.
All in all, entry level products are not going to please you, unless you are a big fan of a slideshow experience. Everyone expected Crysis 2 video game to be hard on the hardware, so hopefully you managed to save a few extra dollars for your upgrade, as you are going to need them bad.