XHD Resolutions: EP1
|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, gamers the world over sat in eager anticipation. Upon its release, HL2 was universally lauded, and the sequel won an array of "Game of the Year" awards. 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 1920 x 1200 and 2560 x 1600 with 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently, and with color correction and HDR rendering enabled in the game engine as well.|
The GeForce 8800 GTX continued its winning ways as we moved up to some XHD resolutions with our custom Half Life 2:Episode 1 benchmark. The GTS also performed extremely well, but at the highest resolution it fell victim to the Radeon X1950 XTX CrossFire configuration, due to the latter's superior amount of memory bandwidth.