Posted on January 11, 2008,

Noobs Guide to Optimizing Crysis

Maximum NoobageIf, like me, you are one of many PC gamers who were given a nice reality check to the awesomeness (or lack thereof) of your PC gaming hardware upon running Crysis, then you most likely have come to appreciate the value of a good tweak guide. Let’s face it, Crysis roundhouse kicks $600 video cards (and CPUs) like Chuck Norris in a movie extra abuse marathon. The visuals, as astounding as they may be, aren’t without their cost.

But what if your abilities fall outside the purview of a tech savvy PC gamer? Ok, let’s quit beating around the bush: What if you are simply a PC noob? Even if editing configuration files with notepad doesn’t typically scare you, trying to figure out what those hundreds of in-game CVARs and values represent can test even the most hardcore types of gamers. As handy as tools such as Koroush Ghazi’s excellent Crysis Tweak Guide may be, trying to decipher all that gobbledygook probably makes your head spin. Enter The Noobs Guide to Optimizing Crysis.

GameCritics have attempted to tackle what many thought impossible: teaching the humble how to get the most out of his or her hardware and Crysis. And they do so in less than 1700 words – something I’m sure many of our readers can appreciate.

While the GameCritics tweak guide is certainly easy to follow, it only represents one of a myriad of ways towards Crysis performance improvement. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’ve found the holy grail of Crysis settings perfection here. As with most PC game tweak guides, your mileage may vary. If anything, GameCritic’s guide is a good foundation for anyone, even the macho tech savvy, to build upon. Certainly worth a read if you own Crysis.

[Edit: Oh yeah, and if you're all patched up, be sure to share your benchmark results (before & after).]

Via GameCritics

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8 Comments on Noobs Guide to Optimizing Crysis

used cisco

On January 11, 2008 at 9:16 pm

1700 words? I don’t need all that.

Here’s my NOOBs guide to tweaking Crysis.

Wait for it………..

Turn every setting to LOW.


On January 11, 2008 at 9:53 pm

LOW? Low looks worse than Far Cry.

However, I have a lame PC by Crysis standards and do start with Low settings and work my way up. I (basically) vainly attempt to get shadows and lighting enabled with decent framerate.

The game looks like Halo without any built-in shadow mapping or dynamic lighting for low end machines.

It rapes my PC, period. :sad:


On January 12, 2008 at 2:50 am

So basically, a guide for those who don’t want to take the time to learn the nuancies of tweaking Crysis and just want the easier way out. That’s what I’m sensing from this, and I think I’ll stick with Koroush’s guide when I download the Crysis demo.

Iku Tri

On January 12, 2008 at 10:03 am

The demo was fine for me, on default settings. It was not really fast, but I still think the game developers could of made some optimization when it came to building the levels, but I’m not sure if they did.

used cisco

On January 13, 2008 at 10:31 am

“LOW? Low looks worse than Far Cry.”

Like I said, its the N00bs guide. :)


On January 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Got crysis run it on a dell vostro laptop with NVIDIA geforce 8600M GT 256MB grphics card,intel core 2 duo at 2.2ghz with 3.5gb mem.I found auto detect settings useless but get a superb result from customizing water quality to high,shaders quality-high,object quality-medium,game effects quality medium and set video mode to 1280×1024 1440×900 enjoy the games visuals this way and with full speed fab on direct x10.


On February 1, 2008 at 1:44 pm

:cry: My X1650 got pwned.


On May 24, 2008 at 4:50 am

the guy reckons motion blur doesn’t affect performance, it definitely does on my system