Performance Comparisons with Half Life 2: Lost Coast
|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. In this test we benchmarked the add-on 'Lost Coast' at 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 with 4X Anti-aliasing and 16X Anisotropic Filtering enabled, using the built-in video stress test.|
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast proved to be a fairly level playing field for all of the cards tested. All scores were quite close, with the ASUS EN8800GTX coming in as the slowest of the bunch. Surely drivers will have an effect on the results, but what is more of a factor is CPU limitation. In all cases, each card had no real difficulty churning out the frames with this game. Surely, if our test monitors could exceed 1600x1200, we'd see more variations at higher resolutions. As it stand now, with a mid-range CPU, such as our Athon 64 X2 4600+, you won't gain much performance with this particular game unless you can push your monitor into much higher resolutions.