ASUS Matrix & Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 4870, 4850
HL2 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 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920x1200 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.|
The two Matrix cards did very well in Half Life 2 and they both posted very good scores relative to the stock reference models. Despite having a slightly higher overclock than the Matrix 4870, the Toxic 4870 performed slightly worse here.