Counter Strike: Source - Video Stress Test
|Valve's Counter Strike: Source beta demo is a take on the original wildly popular multiplayer, team-based shooter, Counter Strike. The CS Source beta demo is really just a port of the original game to Valve's new "Source" engine that will be powering Half Life 2 upon its future release. The downside is that this updated version of Counter Strike doesn't employ many of the really impressive shader effects and other features that are showcased in Half Life 2, with the exception of high dynamic range lighting. Regardless, we're of the opinion here that the Graphics "Stress Test" that is bundled in with the CS Source demo should be somewhat representative of performance in actual game play with Half Life 2 when it ships, but we won't know for sure until get some hands-on time with the game itself. We ran these tests at resolutions of 1024x768 and 1600x1200, without any AA or Aniso, and again with 4X AA and 8X Anisotropic filtering enabled.|
The Counter Strike: Source Video Stress Test performance results were a mixed bag. In the default tests, without any anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering, the GeForce 6600 fares quite well, besting the X700 at both resolutions by 16.3% (1024x768) and 16.2% (1600x1200). When we turn on 4XAA and 8X anisotropic filtering, however, the scales tipped in favor of the X700. With AA and aniso enabled, the X700 pulled ahead of the GeForce 6600 by 10.5% at 1024x768 and by about 10 frames per second at 1600x1200.