We tested and selected the Best Graphics Cards (GPU) for Crysis Remastered in terms of Performance (Benchmarks), Price and more. Above you can see the test results in our Ranking and below you can find the in-depth test reports of each Graphics card.
Guide: Crysis Remastered
In the mid-2000s, gamers had one question that every modern and expensive Gaming PC had to be measured against: “But can it run ‘Crysis’?
The first-person shooter “Crysis”, released in 2007 by German developer Crytek, placed such high demands on the hardware that even PCs costing several thousand Dollars had a hard time displaying the game smoothly.
The in-house CryEngine was technically so sophisticated and far ahead of its time that “normal” gaming PCs from “Crysis” could not display more than a slide show – and that on low details.
New ‘Crysis Remastered’ announced
Even today, the game is still very impressive and has aged comparatively well. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the sequels, because they did not go down well with fans or critics. This also had the consequence that there was no new sign of life after the release of “Crysis 3”.
And also developer Crytek hasn’t released any relevant games since then. The only exception: The online horror game “Hunt: Showdown”, which was released for PC on August 27, 2019, has been positively received again. So it’s no wonder that they now want to continue the successes of the old days and grab the most successful game to date.
After there were already many rumors and leaks around a possible new edition, “Crysis Remastered” is now finally official and there is already a first teaser trailer.
The game should be released “soon” for PC, PS4, Xbox One and even Nintendo Switch. The PC version is supposed to offer raytracing among other things and will probably be as hardware-hungry with the Max settings as the original in 2007.
The plot of “Crysis” is fittingly set on the fictional tropical island of Ling-Shan in 2020. You are Nomad, a member of a US special unit of soldiers, and thanks to your nanosuit you have superhuman abilities.
And you’ll need them, because if you fight only human soldiers at first, you’ll also find aliens later in the game. But thanks to your battle suit you’re not only very strong, you can also make yourself invisible for a certain time.
But watch out: All extras consume energy, so you should use the nanosuit’s abilities tactically.
There is no concrete release date for “Crysis Remastered” yet, but it is currently assumed that the game will be released in mid 2020. And then gaming PCs will again have to be measured by the following question:
“But can it run ‘Crysis Remastered’?”
Which is why we created the Best Graphics Card for Crysis Remastered Ranking, so you can answer: Definitely!
Ranking First: Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super Waterforce
- Strong performance values
- Got its’ own water cooling
- Perfect for 4K displays and VR-Ready
- Expensive, but great performance always costs
The Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce relies on the TU102 GPU in full configuration and Gigabyte delivers the card slightly overclocked in relation to the reference model.
Thus, the Aorus’ boost clock is 1.770 MHz, while the reference card’s clock frequency is given with 1.545 MHz and Nvidia’s own Founders Edition is given with 1.635 MHz. For this reason, the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce delivers more performance than the competitors we’ve tested so far, for example the Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Dual with 11GByte GDDR6-VRAM.
However, the construction of the graphics cards is the same for the other elements – more than cooling and overclocking, board partner Gigabyte can’t influence. The basis remains the well-known Turing architecture.
That’s why 4,352 shaders (“CUDA cores”) are responsible for the graphic calculations on the Gigabyte Aorus. In addition, the memory bus of 352 bits with a corresponding transfer rate provides a bandwidth of 616 GBytes per second to fully utilize the 11 GByte GDDR6 VRAM.
The Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce already sets the bar even higher than the previous leader – the Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Dual – in the synthetic benchmarks like 3DMark.
This already achieves excellent 5,167 points in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme, while the Gigabyte graphics card clearly tops it with 5,428 points.
A similar picture can be seen in the gaming benchmarks, especially in the UHD resolution. Because here the gigabyte is always a few frames per second ahead of the competition.
For example, in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, where the Gigabyte reaches an average of 68 and the Palit 63 FPS. The benchmark for GTA V is similar – here we measure 99 to 93 FPS in favor of the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce.
One of the reasons for purchasing an RTX graphic card is, apart from the performance, the two features DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) and raytracing. However, these two options are only slowly becoming established in the gaming industry, so that the number of games like Crysis Remastered that support them is still manageable.
The figurehead is probably still Battlefield V and Shadow of the Tom Raider also joins the ranks. Otherwise, many development teams react rather cautiously to these two new technical possibilities.
Temperature and Noise Levels
Gigabyte has given its Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce, as the name suggests, its own water cooling. Nevertheless, the graphic card didn’t turn out to be a quiet pedal in our test.
For example, our measurements resulted in an average of 3.1 sone under full load in 3D mode – in comparison, the air-cooled Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Dual achieved 2.8 sone in the same test run.
Both are acceptable values. In return, the Gigabyte Aorus is ahead in terms of temperature development. We measured a maximum of 59 degrees Celsius thanks to the water cooling. In return, water cooling and performance provide a high power consumption of 443 watts and thus one of the highest rates of our cards tested so far.
Because of the large buffer in the cooling performance, we played around a bit with the overclocking and accelerated the Waterforce once again considerably: We raised the base clock from 1.350 MHz to 1.506 MHz, the boost from 1.770 MHz to 1.928 MHz.
This brought us, for example, in Far Cry V in 4K resolution another 5 FPS on average, in The Division 2 at least another 3 FPS. So if you like to experiment a bit and if efficiency isn’t that important to you, you can gain a noticeable performance gain here.
Despite water cooling, the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce occupies two slots in a desktop PC during installation. This is because the fans included in the scope of delivery are, among other things, there to blow the warm exhaust air outside and have to be installed accordingly in the case.
After installation, three DisplayPorts in version 1.4, three HDMI 2.0b ports as well as a USB Type-C connection including VirtualLink are available.
These are sufficient connection possibilities for a multi-monitor setup or the connection to a VR headset. In addition, parts of the graphics card as well as the fans are RGB-illuminated and can be configured using the Gigabyte Fusion software.
If you want to buy a real high-end graphics card, you don’t look at your wallet in the first place, but mainly at the performance and the equipment.
Here, the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce can score convincingly in the test – which doesn’t leave much for the competition. Which is why the RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce is ranking First on the Best Graphics cards for Crysis Remastered.
Ranking Second: Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT
- Sufficient power for 1080p and 1440p at high quality settings
- Best Price
- Low noise under heavy workload
- Waste heat remains in the housing
The first momentum of custom navi maps has reached us and with the Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT we are looking at a model which according to the manufacturer is supposed to be faster, quieter and better in all respects.
Whether one can also fulfill these high goals, we look at the following pages. Interesting is certainly also the comparison to the competition from the house Sapphire, because many will ask themselves the question, which is the best of the custom navi maps.
Whether consciously or not: With the reference version of the Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT, AMD has left some room for its board partners. In terms of clocking, perhaps not so much is to be expected and this was already shown in the test of the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT, which can score especially in terms of temperature and volume.
Powercolor also wants to hit the same score with the Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT. You can feel quite clearly that AMD’s exclusive partners have been waiting for the navigation cards, as there will not only be one custom model per manufacturer, but especially the larger manufacturers have even put several series on sale.
But now we want to come to the Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT.
The Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT is of course no different from any other Radeon RX 5700 XT in the details of GPU or memory expansion. Thus, a Navi-10-GPU with 2,560 shader units, 160 texture units and 64 render backends is used.
All details about the RDNA architecture can be found in the corresponding article. The memory interface is 256 bit wide and connects 8 GB to GDDR6, which works with 1.750 MHz. The memory bandwidth is therefore 448 GB/s.
One of the differences can be found in the clocking. Thus Powercolor raises the base clock to 1,770 MHz. In games like Crysis Remastered typically 1.905 MHz should be reached and in rare cases more than 2.000 MHz should be reached.
We couldn’t adjust these more than 2.000 MHz, though. In comparison to the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT, Powercolor puts a clear edge on it. The question is whether these clock rates will also be reached in gaming like in Crysis Remastered in the end.
Powercolor offers a BIOS switch on the Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT. This allows switching between a silent or an OC mode. The difference in the BIOS versions can be found in the fan control and the power limit.
Once the GPU can allow itself up to 180 W and once it is up to 220 W. How big the differences between the two modes are, let’s have a look at the measurements, because we put the card through the benchmark course in both BIOS versions.
The Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT comes with its 300 mm almost to the full ATX size for graphics cards for Crysis Remastered. However, the PCB is much shorter at 240 mm, so the size of the board is justified by the size of the cooler.
In order to be able to increase the volume of the cooler, Powercolor has decided to use a height of 2.5 slots. The three axial fans have a diameter of 90 mm and the additional power supply is provided by two 8-pin connectors. We will go into further details in more detail.
We have already mentioned the two operating modes – Silent and OC. We have also looked at these two modes in terms of temperatures and clock rates.
In silent mode, we measured a GPU temperature of 75°C at a clock rate of about 1.825 MHz. In OC mode, the fans turn significantly faster, which reduces the GPU temperature to 69 °C. The GPU clock is then around 1.892 MHz. So the GPU clock increases by about 70 MHz in OC mode.
The Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT appears to be of a much higher quality than the previous Devil cards. There is less red in the design, but more black in combination with grey. What you see in the front view are the three axial fans and the cooler’s cover. The actual heatsink can be found under the fans and the cover.
The back of the card is equipped with a backplate. Only the area behind the GPU is left free. At the rear end of the board you can see very well the area where the cooler protrudes over the PCB.
The fans used by Powercolor have a diameter of 90 mm each. In silent mode, they rotate at 1,175 revolutions per minute under load, in OC mode it is 1,860 revolutions per minute.
From a GPU temperature of 50 °C, they stop in both modes. The Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT is thus a semi-passive card. If the GPU gets warmer than 56 °C, the fans start to turn.
On the front side of the card is a Red Devil logo, which glows red when the card is in use. RGB control is also possible via software, but this did not work properly at the time of testing.
Further to the right of the Red Devil logo are the two additional power connectors. These have eight pins each and according to the specification can supply 150 W each to the card. Together with the PCI Express slot, this brings us to 375 W, which can at least be fed to the card.
In the direction of the slot bracket, the BIOS switch can be found. This allows to switch between the silent and OC mode. On the backplate there is a label of the switch position, so that in the installed state it is always clear in which mode the card is now.
The back of the card shows a large area where the rear fan can push the air through the cooler body. This means that the warm air does not escape exclusively at the sides of the cards, but is blown upwards through the card itself in this area.
The new Red Devil logo is built into the backplate, which is much more appealing than the old logo, which can still be found on the hubs of the fans. The logo is illuminated and also here a change of the color from red to any RGB color is possible.
As usual, the display connectors are located on the slot bracket. Powercolor offers DisplayPort 1.4 three times and HDMI 2.0a once. To find the right connection under the table, Powercolor illuminates the connectors in the slot bracket.
We’d like to conclude the subject of lighting for the time being with a few pictures of the card in the built-in and active state. On the front and backplate of the cards there are illuminated elements.
The thing that conjures up the frames on the screen can be found under the cooler and that’s why we disassembled it once. Underneath is the PCB with the numerous components – including the Navi-GPU in the middle.
The back of the PCB looks rather unspectacular in comparison. No large components are installed here. When assembled, the backside is also hidden by the backplate.
Powercolor uses for the Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT a rather thin heat conducting paste. There are no model numbers or similar on the chip itself. On the frame of the GPU-package there are some designations, which identify the package clearly as Navi-GPU.
The eight GDDR6 memory chips are from Micron. They are specified for a clock rate of 1,750 MHz and run on the card also with this clock rate. Powercolor uses quite thick thermal pads to establish contact between the memory chip and the cooler.
Powercolor uses a power supply with ten phases on the Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT. The reference version of the Radeon RX 5700 XT has seven voltage phases. The complete design is designed for a power consumption of 300 W.
In the rear area of the PCB there are other components of the power supply and voltage supply. The power supply of the navigation GPU is not the limiting factor for overclocking, but rather the quality of the chip and the limitations of the basic design in conjunction with the temperatures.
The backplate is attached to the PCB with a few screws. The black panel with connector is the illumination for the Red Devil logo on the back of the card.
The cooler has a large base plate on which the GPU and memory chips are placed. The VRMs of the power supply are also resting on another part of the cooler. Our measurements have already shown that the cooler copes more than well with the card’s waste heat. Further results are available in the measurements that will follow.
Noise levels and Temperature
In both silent and OC mode, the Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT is quieter than AMD’s reference version, but only in silent mode is it also quieter than the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT.
The power consumption in the whole system is a bit lower than the reference version in silent mode, but a bit higher in OC mode. In BIOS the power limit differs by 40 W (180 to 220 W), but this is only related to the GPU and does not include the other components.
The power limits stored in the BIOS are purely related to the GPU with 180 and 220 W. Accordingly, the card consumes significantly more than these 180 W. In silent mode it is 217.3 W, in OC mode 235.7 W
The card reaches a temperature of 69 °C in OC mode and 75 °C in silent mode. This is due to the different fan speeds. In OC mode, the fans turn significantly faster and thus reduce the GPU temperature. The card reaches 42 °C in idle mode and the fans are at a standstill.
In OC mode we also looked at the possibilities of overclocking the Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT. However, it’s already clear with the navigation maps: The potential isn’t particularly high, since AMD and its partners have already brought the GPUs quite close to the maximum.
Nevertheless, we have tried to get a bit more performance out of the map. In the end, we achieved a slight plus for the GPU of another 50 MHz, so that we stay a bit below the 2-GHz limit. We were also able to overclock the memory and let it run at 1,900 MHz.
Verdict and Performance
Powercolor doesn’t even try to build the wonder card with the Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT, but you know what you are working on and how to handle it.
However, the specifications for the boost clock are a bit too high with 2.010 MHz. Here surely the marketing wanted to have the two in front to be able to advertise. But at least without the user’s intervention, you won’t see a GPU clock of 2.000 MHz and more.
But let’s come to the actual assessment: The Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT represents a good compromise, but for this the user has to decide on one of the two operating modes. In silent mode, the card is a bit slower than the reference version and of course a good distance away from the Sapphire competition.
But in return, the card convinces with an extremely quiet cooling – also and especially under load. Even the junction temperature is far from the much-said 110°C and is rather in the range of 85 to 90°C.
In OC mode, the card then gains 60 to 70 MHz in GPU clock and thus moves on the level of Sapphire’s custom competition. Looking at it purely through the performance glasses, the update from a reference version to the custom models isn’t worth it.
But even in OC mode, the Powercolor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT is still very quiet, although it is a bit louder than the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT. The temperatures are even a bit lower than in silent mode, but this is due to the faster fan speed and leads to the aforementioned increase in volume.
But Powercolor does a lot of things right with the Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT. The performance is right, the small performance increase compared to the reference version – but also between the silent and the OC mode – is rather due to the fact that the current GPUs work very dynamically and dependent on voltage, temperature and power limit and there is usually little leeway here.
Although Powercolor allows the choice between 180 and 220 W for the power limit, one of the other factors limits the power.
The revised optics of the Red Devil series of Powercolor can convince. For many, however, the appearance of the hardware doesn’t play a major role. It must be fast and as quiet as possible.
In addition to the color red, the Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT can now be illuminated in other colors via software – thanks to RGB LEDs. The illumination of the display connections on the slot bracket is nice. Who hasn’t looked under the table for the right connection for their monitor?
In terms of price, Powercolor positions the Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT roughly where we see or will see the other custom models.
You’ll have to spend $450 for such a model. The Limited Edition will be a bit more expensive and offers a mouse pad and an elaborate packaging. If you are simply interested in the hardware, you can go for the normal version and save a few more Dollars.
All in all the Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT is ranking second on our Best Graphics cards (GPU) for Crysis Remastered. It also won our ‘Best Price’ Category, due to its relatively low price (but still great performance), so if you are on a budget, you should buy this Graphics card.
Ranking Third: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC
- Good performance for 4K gaming
- Quiet cooling system
- Supports Raytracing & DLSS
- Just a bit pricey..
With the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC, manufacturer Gigabyte is sending one of its first RTX 2070 graphics cards for Crysis Remastered of the current super-generation into the race.
This is accompanied by the fact that the older RTX 2070 models will no longer be produced and will gradually disappear from the market. Bargain hunters still have the chance to get a powerful graphics card for Crysis Remastered of the last generation at a reasonable price.
The biggest difference to the previous model is the use of a – among the 2070s – new GPU. The TU104, which we knew so far from the RTX 2080, replaces the previous TU106. This change also requires further technical changes, so the number of texture, tensor and RT units increases.
In addition, the gigabyte model offers the in-house Windforce-3X cooling system and supports RGB Fusion version 2.0, which in combination with other Aorus products enables interesting lighting effects.
Manufacturer Gigabyte overclocks the TU104 GPU of its RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC and delivers it with a boost clock frequency of 1,815 MHz – in comparison, the standard boost frequency of the Geforce RTX 2070 Super is 1,770 MHz. The base frequency of both models is 1.605 MHz.+
The biggest differences to an unmodified RTX 2070 are mainly to be found in the use of the GPU TU104. In addition, the current RTX 2070 Super has 2,560 shaders and 160 texture units, the predecessor model still has 2,304 shaders and 144 texture units. It does not come to the 2,944 Shader in the TU104 of the RTX 2080 however.
Altogether these hardware upgrades of the current 2070 Super bring a speed advantage of about 10 percent compared to the older version. Thus it reaches nearly the performance level of a RTX 2080 FE.
This increase is particularly noticeable in 4K gaming, as it is in Crysis Remastered. Thus, the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super achieves about 5 Fps (frames per second) more in the highest detail level in “Metro Last Light” and “Metro Exodus” than, for example, the inno3D GeForce RTX 2070 iCHILL X3 Jekyll.
A similar picture can be seen in “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” in UHD resolution – here, too, the RTX 2070 Super brings about 5 to 7 Fps more in comparison. However, if you switch to Full-HD mode, the speed increase isn’t quite as noticeable in some game titles and can even reach the same value.
For the installation you have to reserve some space for the graphics card, as usual, as it needs about 2.5 slots in height. For this it then offers you an HDMI port of type 2.0b, three times display port type 1.4 and once VirtualLink. The latter is intended to simplify the connection of a VR headset to the computer.
Heating and Noise levels
The ventilation system called Windforce 3X not only ensures a good temperature structure, but also a low noise level. Here, the middle one of the three fans rotates in opposition to the other two and thus ensures better ventilation.
It can’t be heard at all in standard Windows mode, as the passive cooling rotors aren’t used here. The average noise development is a pleasantly low 2.3 sone under full load. That isn’t whisper quiet, but it’s perfectly okay for an overclocked graphic card with these performance rates.
The Windforce technology also has another advantage: The card offers potential for overclocking due to the lower temperature development. This should give hobbyists the opportunity to sacrifice a little volume or power consumption to get even more out of the card.
Of course, a lighting feature should not be missing on a card in this price range. At Gigabyte, this system is called RGB Fusion 2.0 and allows coordinated lighting effects with other devices in the Aorus series.
The power consumption under full load in the test system has been throttled by the manufacturer Gigabyte with about 317 watts in comparison to comparable graphic cards. Therefore, the value as such is ok.
The price-performance ratio of the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC is completely in order. With the new GPU you get a lot of performance for your money. However, the RTX 2070 Super series will replace the previous generation, so that the previous models are already in the sales.
Therefore you can already make one or the other bargain here. For example, the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC tested here costs around 90 Dollars more than its predecessor model – but also around 90 Dollars less than RTX-2080 cards.
The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC with 8GB GDDR6 RAM can convince in our test with good performance rates. 4K- and also VR-Gamning are no problem thanks to the overclocked GPU processor.
There is also a special feature on the card: the so-called Windforce cooling system. Here the middle rotor runs in the opposite direction to the two outer ones.
This ensures better cooling performance even under full load, and thus also lower noise development and overclocking possibilities, which is why the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming is ranking third on the Best Graphics cards for Crysis Remastered.