No...it pisses it in with RE5...no problems at all.
OK, I misunderstood! I understood RE5 at default (res/hardware) settings was sluggish.
The issue is with Crysis [demo] ...which has much on 'high'...not 'very high'....but at 1680x1050 [native screen res] it's typically 50 to 60 fps.
I guess this supports what I was saying about high-end games... sort of. Cryisis was/is touted as one of these 'ultra' games, and yours is not the first case I've read of where a player has had issues with frame rates at native resolutions... and that dropping the res defeats the purpose/enjoyment of the game.
A friend of my sister rushed out to get Crysis when it was first released... not thinking for one moment that he might have issues running it on his machine. It's not that his rig is a slouch (AMD Phenom 9650 @ 2.3/ATI 4870 1gb/6gb DDR2 1066 RAM), but rather that Crysis is far too advanced/fast/graphically intensive for his (slightly better than) average machine.
Advances in the gaming industry are great.. probably welcomed by some (with high-end machines), but if I were a game dev/distributor, I'd want my products to be usable/playable at optimum performance by the widest audience possible.
Hmmm, could it be a conspiracy between the game devs and the hardware devs... to produce games that encourage... er, force gamers to continually upgrade their rigs? The trouble with that, in most cases, is that the latest and greatest hardware is out of the affordable reach of average users/gamers.
When a GTX295 comes in anywhere between $570 and $1070 AUD (depending on rating/retailer/manufacturer), and an i7 975 anywhere between $1300 and $1813 AUD (depending on rating/retailer/manufacturer), just to enable optimum play in the latest and greatest games, you're talking bigger biccies than the average home PC owner/user/gamer could even dream about, much less afford.
And at the end of the day, though, is any of this hardware really worth the price being levied? Or is a handful of individuals getting filthy rich from the past-times/addictions/perceived needs of game/PC enthusiasts?
Oh, and while I'm at it, question-wise, what is the meaning of life??