Half Life 2: Episode 1
Historically a strong suit for ATI-based graphics cards, we begin our standard benchmark testing with Valve's Half Life 2: Episode 1.
|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.|
Both of the new GeForce 8800 series cards prove themselves to be the fastest single graphics cards at any resolution in Half Life 2: EP1. They're even able to beat out the dual-GPU configuration of the GeForce 7950 GX2 here and handily take out ATI's current flagship Radeon X1950 XTX. In fact the GTS is some 32% faster than a Radeon X1950 XTX at high resolutions and a GTX comes close nearly 68% faster. Jaw dropping performance to be sure but we need to step up the workload a notch or two as well.