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. So, when Valve announced Half-Life 2 was close to completion in mid-2003, gamers the world over sat in eager anticipation. Unfortunately, thanks to a compromised internal network, the theft of a portion of the game's source code, and a tumultuous relationship with the game's distributor, Vivendi Universal, we all had to wait until November '04 to get our hands on this classic. In this test we benchmarked the add-on 'Lost Coast' at 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 with 4X Anti-aliasing and 16X Anisotropic Filtering enabled, using the built-in video stress test.|
The Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX finds itself fighting for top honors at 1280x1024 despite having a significant clock speed disadvantage compared with the factory overclocked XFX model. Here, the GeForce 8800 GTX models are nearly 30fps faster than the GeForce 7950GX2 and 40fps ahead of the Radeon X1950 XTX.
Despite raising resolutions up to 1600x1200, the GeForce 8800 GTX cards barely break a sweat with average framerates still remaining well above 120fps. Although the GeForce 7950 GX2 maintains the 30fps gap, the Radeon X1950 XTX is now struggling with a 50fps disadvantage.