|For many gamers, the release of Halo marked the end of a long wait. To the chagrin of some PC gamers, Halo was originally released as an Xbox exclusive a few years back. No additional patches or tweaks are needed to benchmark with Halo, as Gearbox has included all of the necessary information in its README file. This benchmark works by running through four of the cut-scenes from the game, after which the average frame rate is recorded. We patched the game using the v1.06 patch and ran this benchmark twice, once at 1,024 x 768 and then again at 1,600 x 1,200. Antialiasing doesn't work properly with Halo, so all of the tests below were run with antialiasing disabled.|
With Halo running at a resolution of 1024x768, all of the cards we tested were CPU bound, with the lone exception of the X800 XL with trailed the other cards by a few frames per second. With Halo's resolution cranked all the way up to 1600x1200, ATI's flagship Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition took the top spot, followed closely behind by the All-In-Wonder Radeon X800 XT and standard Radeon X800 XT.