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Half Life 2: Episode 2

Performance Comparisons with Half-Life 2: Episode 2

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Half Life 2:

Episode 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 number of 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 1,920 x 1,200 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 single card mode, the new GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB cards from Asus and XFX both manage to edge out the GeForce 8800 GTX by a few frames per second at all resolution, which is to say they were teh best performers in this test.

The same holds true for the multi-GPU SLI tests.  With two GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB cards linked together in SLI mode, they once again outperformed even a pair of GeForce 8800 GTX cards.  This goes to show that Half Lfe 2: Episode 2's performance, at least with the settings we used, is also dependant on shader performance and fillrate.

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