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Half Life 2: Episode 2

Half Life 2: Episode 2
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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 1,920 x 1,200 and 2,560 x 1,600 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.

Our custom Half Life 2: Episode 2 benchmark was no match for the Radeon HD 4870 X2.  As the results show, the new Radeon HD 4870 X2 is clearly the fastest single graphics card in this game and pairing up two cards in a CrossFire X configuration only serves to increase performance.  At the highest resolution, the 4870 X2 is bested by a couple of NVIDIA SLI configurations, but when running a pair of Radeon HD 4870 X2s in CrossFire, they can't be touched--no other setup came close when everything was maxed out.

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