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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead
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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead is a co-operative, survival horror, first-person shooter that was developed by Turtle Rock Studios, which was purchased by Valve part-way into development. Like Half Life 2, the game uses the Source engine, however, the visual in L4D are far superior to anything seen in the Half Life universe to date. The game pits four Survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive zombies. We tested the game at resolutions of 1,920 x 1,200 and 2,560 x 1,600 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled and all in game graphical options set to their maximum values.


Left 4 Dead is mostly CPU bound with the dual-GPU powered Radeon 5000 series configurations and the additional overhead introduced by CrossFire results in slightly lower framerates at 1920x1200. All of the cards we tested put up good numbers here, however. Even there there is a clear advantage for the dual-GPU powered configurations at the higher resolutions here, gamers would be hard pressed to notice the performance differences in this game. Time to move on to Left 4 Dead 2. Comes out tonight!

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