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Crysis on a 2007 laptop - A Blog Post for Crysis

Nanosuit voice: MAXIMUM LAG

Crysis, the game which served as a PC torturer for years until Crysis 2 and 3 came out, was released in the same year as my old Fujitsu S7210 did.

Last night, I decided to find out how well my laptop can run it.
Or if it can run.

Of course, the game won't look like this:

(image embedded from GameSpot)
No, definitely not.

I've also prepared a frametimes chart at the end.

Having opened Crysis in DX9 mode, I went to the settings:


Ah, 72fps. Delightful.
And I jumped straight into the game:

Oh, 276fps. That's got to be great, right?

Well, not really. In the first opening sequence, I had this:

By my standards, this is a fairly acceptable framerate.


10fps. Still a bit more than playable.


2fps! Wow! This part of the cutscene was 1.5x slower only because I had 1 to 2fps in it. The sentences spoken by Prophet and the other guys were out of sync.

No worries, though:

The game ran very well on low settings. 7fps is still playable.


My fps didn't stop me from cutting down the trees. ;)
(and killing some enemy soldiers, which was surprisingly easier than I thought)


And here we dip to 5fps, because of the dense vegetation.


4fps, as you can see.

In fact, even my CPU had a hard time.
I noticed that because when I tried to move in a straight line, my character would move in a zig-zag pattern, but in a very choppy way. (I'm assuming the CPU couldn't calculate and blend the 3D X and Y co-ordinates fast enough, so it had to sum it up without decimals)


And, what else can I say?
Crysis looks good, even on low settings.

As I had promised, here are the frametimes:



As you can see, there's a giant lag spike between the left and the centre.
The delay lasted about 14 seconds before the next frame while the game was auto-saving.
Basically, my laptop's 5400rpm HDD is just so slow sometimes. In fact, this is way slow even for such an old laptop HDD.

I'll have to admit:
Crysis nearly killed my laptop because it almost overheated my CPU. When I closed Crysis and wanted to turn off Firefox, it couldn't exit, even when I tried killing firefox.exe in Task Manager.

The next morning, I tried to turn on my laptop, but there was a blank screen, no beeps, and the main fan was spinning at max speed (and so, noise).

At some point I decided to remove the HDD:

Hooray, my laptop had started working again.
I reinstalled the HDD and it worked fine.

Thank you for reading! Have a nice day. :)
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    This is really interesting, thanks for sharing. I bought the game on steam to see how it runs on my rtx 2060 laptop, but the game doesn't even start on windows 10. They say the GOG version is better but I just refunded the game and didn't bother trying.
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    Hi
    It's a graphic fault ,  ( Intel GMA X1300  )  There is an office on the minimum would be play  
    I have solution  ..
    First  start game  in     -Devmode which forces Developer Mode
    The way to do this is
    to right-click on your Crysis launch icon, select Properties, and one blank space after the last character in the Target box, add your command  ,    -devmode   with  -       ..
    "D:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\Crytek\Crysis\Bin32\Crysis.exe" -devmode
    Next tape in console
      con_restricted=0 to get out of restricted mode before most commands will work in the console; only 12 cvars work when restricted mode is enabled.

    Then Finally   tape  
    e_lowspec_mode = 1

    ...

     
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    What are your Spec? Maybe I could try on my 2005/2006 one if yours were worse (especially the gpu)
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    That's normal for me too, for most games made after 2007. In fact I"m so accustomed to it that the first thing I do when I get a new videogame is head to the options and chop off all the fluff.

     Intel integrated graphics all the way, man. G43/45 express chipset. Real-time lighting and shadow rendering being my only downfalls.

    I use and abuse my PC so much it probably hates me.

    Half Life series and Killing Floor (1) has thus far been the only games I've [tried and have] been able ot run on maximum graphics with no lag.
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    What program are you using to see the fps?

    Steam's and NVidia Geforce's are totally wrong.

    Plus it understands 3d model viewers as games :/
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    You can play at 7fps?? I would get a headache and become very irritable.
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