Mainstream GeForce 8 Series Round-Up: MSI & Gigabyte
Performance Comparisons with 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. 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.|
With the built-in Half-Life 2: Lost Coast test, the Radeon X1950 Pro took the rest of the cards to task, with the Gigabyte GeForce 8600GTS taking a distant second spot. When comparing all of the NVIDIA based models, each card's performance scaled as we would have expected, with the NX8500GT being the slowest of the bunch, even behind the 7600GT.