Half Life 2: Episode 1 Performance
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 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently, and with color correction and HDR rendering enabled in the game engine as well.
Our custom Half Life 2: Episode 1 benchmark proved to be a bit of a stumbling clock for the GeForce 8600 GTS and GT cards. In this test, the cards put up playable framerates at 1280x1024 with AA and aniso enabled, but performance fell off quite a bit at the higher resolution. Overall, they were outpaced by all of the competition in this game, including the GeForce 7950 GT and the Radeon X1950 Pro.