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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 became one of the most successful first person shooters of all time.  And thanks to an updated game engine, gorgeous visual, and intelligent weapon and level design, Half Life 2 became just as popular.  Episode 2 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, 1,600 x 1,200 and 1,920 x 1,200 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 file to benchmark all cards in this test.

Despite what 3DMark06 reported, the new Radeon HD 3650 outpaced the Radeon 2600 XT in our custom Half Life 2: Episode 2 benchmark.  It still wasn't quiet powerful enough to catch the higher powered 3850 or 8800 GTS, but the Radeon HD 3650 is no slouch for a sub-$100 graphics card.

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