Far Cry HDR
Crytek’s Far Cry was the first game to adopt high dynamic range (HDR) rendering and is still an example to follow…
Obviously, performance of modern graphics cards is so high that it is enough to play on the Pier level even on the Radeon X1950 XTX (well, perhaps, you will not be able to make headshots at the speed of lightning, but 50/40fps should be comfortable) and even in 1920x1200 resolution.
The results on the Pier level deserve attention: minimal frame per second figures tend to be similar on different graphics cards, but Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 GTX skyrockets even above itself in 1920x1200 resolution for an unknown reason. We do not know what limits performance here, but, definitely not render back ends of the new Radeon: even there are 16 of them, the new board tends to be faster than the predecessor (which has 16 as well) on a higher percentage than the difference between the clock-speeds of the boards.
Anyway, Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 GTX is the fastest here, while GeForce 8800 GTX and Radeon HD 2900 XT show similar results.
Research level shows no surprises: Radeon HD 2900 XT is slightly faster than GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB, while GeForce 8800 GTX sitting on the very top, but its minimal fps is constantly below those of AMD’s flagship offering. ATI Radeon X1950 XTX shows sufficient performance here too.