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.|
While the testing has mostly favored NVIDIA thus far, Half Life 2: Lost Coast results paint a rosier picture for not only the X1950 Pro, but the X1900 GT as well. The X1950 Pro claimed the top four frame rates in our benchmarking of this title, bettering the 7950 GT by 3-4 frames at the lower resolution, although this tightened some at 1600x1200, where the margins were closer to 1-2 fps in favor of the X1950 Pro.