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Left 4 Dead Benchmarks

Left 4 Dead
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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead is a co-operative, survival horror, first-person shooter that was developed by Turtle Rock Studios, which was purchased by Valve part-way into development. Like Half Life 2, the game uses the Source engine, however, the visual in L4D are far superior to anything seen in the Half Life universe to date. The game pits four Survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive zombies. We tested the game at resolutions of 1,280 x1024, 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1,200 with 8X anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled and all in game graphical options set to their maximum values.

Though it uses a beefed up and arguably prettier, more visually impressive iteration of the Source engine, Left 4 Dead also proves itself to be efficient and a relatively easy workload for a system of the caliber of the Digital Storm 950Si.  For the visuals you get, it's impressive to see just what Valve did with this game engine and how well coded it obviously is.  In fact, you could easily dial in a 2560X1600 resolution on a 30" flat panel, leave 8X AA on and Ultra HQ presets enabled, yet still have fluid frame rates and game-play.

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