Half Life 2: Lost Coast
|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. A new addition to the HL family, we benchmarked the add-on 'Lost Coast' at 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 using the built-in video stress test.|
Contrary to what we've been seeing in the past few benchmarks, Half Life 2: Lost Coast paints a much prettier picture for ATI's Radeons than it does for the GeForce trio. The X1950 Pro easily handled the included video test, posting the four fastest frame rates. The X1900 GT, on the other hand, started out directly behind the X1950 Pro at 1280x1024, but couldn't keep up the pace at 1600x1200 where it fell behind all of the GeForce cards. When it came to comparing the cards from MSI and Asus, there isn't much to tell. All three were grouped together with barely a frame separating the lead 7950 GT from the 7900 GT.