Performance Comparisons with 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. And thanks to an updated game engine, gorgeous visual, and intelligent weapong and level design, Half Life 2 became almost as popular. 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 1,280 x 1,024 and 1,600 x 1,200 with and without 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently, and with color correction and HDR rendering enabled in the game engine as well.|
Our Half-Life 2: Episode 1 tests without AA or AF enabled show the NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT and the overclocked HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro much closer together, but the edge still goes to the 8600GT.
When we turn AA and AF on, the overclocked HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro is virtually tied with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT, but at stock speeds, is still significantly slower.