ATI Radeon HD 5830 Review: Filling The Gap

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Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2
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Left 4 Dead 2

Like its predecessor, Left 4 Dead 2 is a co-operative, survival horror, first-person shooter that pits four players against numerous hordes of Zombies. Like Half Life 2, the game uses the Source engine, however, the visual in L4D 2 are far superior to anything seen in the Half Life universe to date. The game has much more realistic water and lighting effects, more expansive maps with richer detail, more complex models, and the list goes on and on. We tested the game at various resolutions with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled and all in game graphical options set to their maximum values.

The new Radeon HD 5830 pulled ahead of the GeForce GTX 275 and trailed only the 5850 and GTX 285 at resolutions of 1680x1050 and 1920x1200, but with the resolution cranked way up to 2560x1600, the GTX 275 came roaring back.  All of the cards handled Left 4 Dead 2 very well.

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