|For many gamers, the release of Halo marked the end of a long wait because it was originally released as an Xbox exclusive a few years back. No additional patches or tweaks are needed to benchmark with Halo, as Gearbox has included all of the necessary information in its README file. The Halo benchmark runs through four of the cut-scenes from the game, after which the average frame rate is recorded. We patched the game using the latest v1.06 patch and ran this benchmark twice, once at 1,024 x 768 and then again at 1,600 x 1,200. Anti-aliasing doesn't work properly with Halo, so all of the tests below were run with anti-aliasing disabled.|
MSI's NX6800GT kept the lead in Halo in both tests, with increasing margins as the resolution was rasied. The difference between this card and the AX800XL at 1024x768 was minor, with just over a frame per second separating the two cards. This gap widened considerably at 1600x1200. At this resolution, the NX6800GT outpaced the AX800XL by over 10 percent, and ran nearly 47% faster than the 6600GT.