Half Life 2
|Thanks to the dedication of hardcore PC gamers and a huge mod-community, the original Half-Life became one of the most successful first person shooters of all time. So, when Valve announced Half-Life 2 was close to completion in mid-2003, gamers the world over sat in eager anticipation. Unfortunately, thanks to a compromised internal network, the theft of a portion of the game's source code, and a tumultuous relationship with the game's distributor, Vivendi Universal, we all had to wait until November '04 to get our hands on this classic. We benchmarked Half-Life 2 with a long, custom-recorded timedemo in the "Canals" map, that takes us through both outdoor and indoor environments. These tests were run at resolutions of 1,280 x 1,024 and 1,600 x 1,200 with 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently.|
Traditionally a strong benchmark for ATI-based cards, Half-Life 2 saw the two Radeon X1900 XTX cards take the performance lead for the first time. Here, the ASUS EAX1900XTX was able to muster more than 150fps when running at 1280x1024 with 4x AA and 16x AF. In contrast, even the mighty GeForce 7950 GX2 with its two GPU's could "only" manage 141fps, likely due to CPU limitations.
In similar fashion to the previous results, increasing the resolution to 1600x1200 still saw the ASUS EAX1900XTX dominate the field of NVIDIA GPU's. Despite the high resolution, the R580 GPU still manages to reach 151fps and holds a healthy 10fps advantage over the rest of the competition.