NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS: Unified Powerhouses

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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.

Performance Comparisons with Half Life 2: Episode 1
Details: http://www.half-life2.com/

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.

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