Half Life 2
|Thanks to the dedication of millions of gamers and a huge mod-community, the original Half-Life became one of the most successful PC games of all time. So, when Valve announced Half-Life 2 was close to completion in mid-2003, gamers the world over began chomping at the bit. Unfortunately, thanks to a compromised internal network; the theft of a portion of the game's source code; a couple of missed deadlines; 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 gem. We benchmarked Half-Life 2 with a long, custom- recorded timedemo that takes us along a cliff and through a few dilapidated shacks, battling the enemy throughout. These tests were run at resolutions of 1,024x768 and 1,600 x 1,200 without any AA or aniso and with 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently.|
Half Life 2 shows the ATI powered cards in a very favorable light, with even the X800 XL outperforming the more expensive GeForce 6800 GT. As we've seen in all of the other benchmarks we've run thus far, the All-In-Wonder X800 XT performed similarly to the standard Radeon X800 XT. And only the Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition was able to produce higher frame rates.