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HIS HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo Review

Take on the fight as the volatile Sergeant “Psycho” Sykes in a new parallel story Crysis Warhead which takes place during the events of Crysis. Psycho’s secret mission will take him to the other side of the island on a ruthless pursuit of a North Korean general hell-bent on obtaining powerful technology. With the versatile powers of his Nanosuit and an arsenal of fully customizable weapons & vehicles at his disposal, Sykes will do whatever it takes to carry out his top-secret objective.

Action on the other side of the island is more intense, the battles are fierce, and the mission protocol is no longer “Adapt to Survive”. As Sergeant Sykes, now you must adapt to dominate the battle. Twin SMG’s blazing, seizing new vehicles, or going stealth, the action and the victory is on your terms.

  • Pulse-racing new installment from 2007’s PC Game of the Year: Play as Sergeant Sykes and experience a whole new side of the battle. A standard combat mission behind enemy lines becomes critical when you discover your enemies have captured something of vital importance to the ensuing war. It’s down to you to retrieve the cargo, at any cost.
  • M ore explosive and dynamic minute to minute game play: new customizable weapons, new vehicles, new photorealistic locations to explore, and a fully interactive war zone to dominate.
  • Enhanced human and alien AI: Intelligent enemies, bigger challenges, and all-new ally squad support.
  • Includes Crysis Wars, an expanded new multiplayer experience with new online modes and 21 maps including seven all-new maps to battle it out against other players.
  • Crysis Warhead is a standalone release and does not require ownership of Crysis to play.

Initially we planned to only run this on Enthusiast setting but our frame rates dropped into the danger zone a few times so we decided to also test at the Gamer settings.  We will re visit this game later on with some Crossfire action.

Testing our cards at Enthusiast provided beautiful visuals but was obviously stressing  our GPU's throughout the testing.The HIS 5850 once again had slightly higher numbers then the reference model.  Overall the gaming at enthusiast was enjoyable even though we did experience occasional drops in our FPS that took us into the danger zone. Both cards averaged close to 30 frames per second which is definitely a respectable result at this resolution with all in game settings on Enthusiast.

After lowering the in game setting to Gamer our testing was very smooth  through the entire test. The HIS and Asus 5850 cards both had  minimum frames per second below 25 FPS but only occurred during an intense section of our testing.  Other then that one particular area we averaged close to 45 FPS, which is very good when taking into consideration the 1920×1200 resolution.

Stay tuned for some Crossfire results a bit further on in the review.

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