BFG GeForce 8600GTS OC2 Review

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Performance Comparisons with Half-Life 2: Episode One

Performance Comparisons with Half-Life 2: Episode 1

Half Life 2:
Episode 1
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 weapong and level design, Half Life 2 became almost as popular.  Armed with the latest episodic update to HL2, Episode 1, we benchmarked the game with a long, custom-recorded timedemo that takes us through both outdoor and indoor environments. These tests were run at resolutions of 1,280 x 1,024 and 1,600 x 1,200 with and without 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently, and with color correction and HDR rendering enabled in the game engine as well.
Our Half-Life 2: Episode 1 tests without AA or AF turned on actually show the 8600GTS OC2 and the 8600GT actually very close to one another in performance, with only about 5 FPS seperating the 8600GTS OC2 with the standard 8600GT.
However, when we crank up the quality settings to 4X AA and 8X AF, the difference between the cards becomes very easy to spot, with the 8600GTS hovering around 60FPS at 1600x1200x32 while the 8600GT is at 44FPS.

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