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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 2004 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 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024 without any anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering and with 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently.

As Doom 3 and Quake 4 favor NVIDIA, Half-Life 2 has been known as a game that prefers ATI's brand of cards. Even so, the ASUS Extreme N6600GT Silencer continues to hold the lead. At 1024x768 with no Anti-Aliasing or Anisotropic Filtering enabled, the HIS X700 Pro and the ASUS Extreme N6600GT Silencer are within 5FPS of each other. However, when higher resolutions are used, especially when adding AA and AF into the mix, the ASUS Extreme N6600GT Silencer pulls ahead.

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