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 1280 x 1024 and 1600 x 1200 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.|
The benchmarking done with the second episode of Half-Life2 was much less favorable to the Radeon HD 3850s and the faster HD 3870 when compared to the GeForce-based cards. Although both equipped with 512MB of RAM, the higher core and memory clock speeds found on Diamond's card really help differentiate it from Sapphire's card, easily surpassing it by 12-14%, which puts in right in line with the 3870.