MSI GT627-216US Gaming Notebook Review
Half-Life 2 Episode 2
To test gaming performance, we used two games that draw moderately on system resources, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. In Half-Life 2 Episode 2, we ran a prerecorded demo at 1280 x 800 and at 800 x 600. In Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, we ran a prerecorded demo at 1280 x 800 with Turbo mode enabled and with Turbo mode disabled. For comparison, we threw in benchmarks from Dell’s XPS 13S. To wrap up our gaming tests, we also ran Crysis at 1280 x 800 and at 800 x 600.
With its updated game engine, gorgeous visuals, and intelligent weapon and level design, Half Life 2 has become just as popular as its predecessor, the original Half-Life. With Episode 2, you’ll get a number of visual enhancements, such as better-looking transparent texture anti-aliasing. We ran this benchmark at 800 x 600 and 1,280 x 800 with 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently. We also enabled color correction and HDR rendering. To benchmark the cards in this test, we used a custom recorded timedemo file.
We ran Half Life 2: Episode 2 with Turbo mode enabled and disabled. In this game, Turbo mode provided only a slight boost (110.73fps vs. 110.45fps) in performance. Overall, the GT627 performed very well in our Half Life 2: Episode 2 benchmark.