Our newest gaming benchmark is the much anticipated sequel to Crysis 2 and, much like its predecessors, continues to be an absolute beast of a game, utilizing CryEngine 3 to the max with extreme amounts of tessellation, per-pixel per-object motion blur, Bokeh Depth of Field, displacement mapping on small terrain, particle and volumetric lighting and fog shadows, improved dynamic cloth and vegetation, dynamic caustics and diffuse shadows.
Crysis 3 is really not designed for mid-range graphics cards (especially at the maximum settings that we test at), although surprisingly, the GTX 650 Ti Boost performed quite well with AA turned off, scoring almost exactly the same as the GTX 660. While it was only able to achieve 30 FPS at Ultra settings with the resolution turned down to 1680 x 1050, turning down a few options at 1920 x 1200 saw frame rates climb above 30 FPS.
For our overclocking efforts, we were able to raise the GTX 650 Ti Boost core clock speeds to 1150MHz with memory raised to 6600MHz DDR. This resulted in a respectable 10% gain on 3DMark 11's Performance preset and 14% on the Extreme preset.
AMD's Radeon HD 7850 remains the best overclocker, trailing the GTX 650 Ti Boost at Extreme at the reference clocks, but surpassing it at max overclocked settings, gaining a massive 25% performance boost in the process.