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 1,280 x 1,024 and 1,680 x 1,050 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 performance results gathered from our custom Half Life 2: Episode 2 benchmark contradicts what was reported by the synthetic 3DMark06 and 3DMark Vantage benchmarks from the previous pages. Here, the new Radeon HD 4670 was able to pull ahead of the Radeon HD 3850 and GeForce 9600 GT, and fell victim to only the more expensive GeForce 9600 GT.