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Crysis: Warheard and Half-Life 2: EP2

Crysis:  Warhead
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Crysis:  Warhead

Crysis Warhead is the recently released standalone expansion pack to the wildly popular first person shooter, Crysis.   The game engine used for Crysis Warhead, Cry Engine 2, employs some of the latest 3D rendering techniques like Parallax Occlusion Mapping, Subsurface Scattering, Motion Blur and Depth-of-Field effects.   And like the original Crysis, Warhead's complex visuals are a difficult proposition for even today's high-end graphics cards.  We ran the game with all of its visual options set to High Quality to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested.  We ran a custom test at 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 with no AA or Anisotropic Filtering enabled.

The ASUS EN9800GT Matrix turned the tables on the ATI Radeon 4850 with this test, pulling ahead of the ATI card by 2 FPS at 1280x1024 and 6 FPS at 1600x1200.  The EN8800GTX was still the fastest of the three, but the EN9800GT was a close second with a 1-2 FPS difference.

Half Life 2: Episode 2
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Half Life 2:
Episode 2

Thanks to the dedication of hardcore PC gamers and a huge mod-community, the original Half-Life was one of the most successful first person shooters of all time. And courtesy of an updated game engine, gorgeous visuals, and intelligent weapon and level designs, Half Life 2 became just as popular.  Episode 2 - the most recent addition to the franchise - offers a number of visual enhancements including better looking transparent texture anti-aliasing. These tests were run at resolutions of 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 with 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently.  Color correction and HDR rendering were also enabled in the game engine as well.  We used a custom recorded timedemo to benchmark all cards for these tests.

In this test, the ATI Radeon 4850 posted the best results, even trumping the ASUS EN8800GTX by no less than 5 FPS.  Overall, Half-Life 2:  Episode Two wasn't terribly taxing on any of the three models, all of which broke triple digit frame rates at 1280x1024.  At 1600x1200, the EN9800GT was the only model not to break 100 FPS, but still posted a very playable 86 FPS at this resolution.

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