Half Life 2: EP2 – Single GPU and SLI
Half Life 2:
|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 weapon and level design, Half Life 2 became just as popular. Episode 2 offers a few minor visual enhancements including better looking transparent texture anti-aliasing. These tests were run at resolutions of 1,280 x 1,024, 1,600 x 1,200 and 1920 x 1200 with 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently. Color correction and HDR rendering were also enabled in the game engine as well. We used a custom recorded timedemo file to benchmark all cards in this test.|
In a single card configuration, the new GeForce 8800 GT significantly outpaced both the GeForce 8800 GTS and the Radeon HD 2900 XT in our custom Half Life 2: Episode 2 benchmark. At the higher resolutions, the GT performed very well in comparison to the 2900 XT in particular, where the 8800 GT was upwards of 26% faster in this game.
Running in a multi-GPU configuration boosts performance across the board, but the performance trend remains relatively unchanged. The new GeForce 8800 GT was still faster than the GTS and Radeon, and the single GTX, at the higher resolutions, but the deltas got a little smaller.