ATI Radeon X800 XL Review
Half Life 2
|Thanks to the dedication of millions of gamers and a huge mod-community, the original Half-Life became one of the most successful first person shooters of all time. So when Valve announced Half-Life 2 was close to completion in mid 2003, gamers the world over began chomping at the bit. Unfortunately, thanks to a compromised internal network; the theft of a portion of the game's source code; a couple of missed deadlines; and a tumultuous relationship with the game's distributor, Vivendi Universal, we all had to wait until November 2004 to get our hands on this gem. We benchmarked Half-Life 2 with a long, custom- recorded timedemo that takes us along a cliff and through a few dilapidated shacks, battling the enemy throughout. These tests were run at resolutions of 1,280 x 1,024 and 1,600 x 1,200 without any AA or aniso and with 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently.|
In stark contrast to the Doom 3 tests, our custom Half Life 2 benchmarks show the ATI powered cards with the performance advantage. In these tests, the Radeon X800 XL outpaced the GeForce 6800 GT and the GeForce 6800 Ultra at both resolutions and at both test configurations. In the Half Life 2 benchmarks, the Radeon X800 XL was about 8% to 17% faster than the GeForce 6800 GT depending on the resolution and system configuration.