Half Life 2
|Thanks to the dedication of millions of 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 began chomping at the bit. We benchmarked Half-Life 2 with a long, custom- recorded timedemo that takes us along a cliff and through a few dilapidated shacks, battling the enemy throughout. These tests were run at resolutions of 1,024 x 768 and 1,600 x 1,200 without any AA or aniso and with 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently.|
HalfLife 2 was another benchmark that started out with all cards performing at similar rates, but ended up with a vast disparity between the "haves" and the "have-nots". The NX6800GT and the X800XL fall in with the former group - their larger number of pixel pipelines keeps frame rates going strong, even at levels that would have all but crippled cards from a year or two ago. Both cards put up frame rates that were in the high 70's to 80's at 1600x1200 with driver optimizations enabled. The overall edge has to go to the AX800XL, which maintained the highest frame rates throughout our testing.