Without going anywhere near a dedicated or even integrated GPU, YouTuber Linus Tech Tips has demonstrated that the Threadripper 3990X can run Crysis entirely in software. Why you'd want to is anyone's guess and it's not like it runs with a particularly playable frame rate but it's possible.
Granted, the 64-core and 128-thread processor costs about $4,000 so a lesser CPU would give you plenty of spare cash to buy a dedicated GPU but for a quirky experiment, it's rather impressive.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X can render Crysis without a GPU
Posted on Monday, Feb 17 2020 @ 10:20 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck