NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX Round-Up: BFG, EVGA, Zogis

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Half Life 2: Episode 2

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 1,920 x 1,200 and 2,560 x 1,600 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.

The GeForce 9800 GTX performed very well in our custom Half Life 2: Episode 2 benchmark.  In a single-card configuration, it was the fastest single-GPU powered card, slightly outpacing the 8800 GTS 512MB.  In a 2-card SLI setup, scaling was very good and it once again and it came close to catching the Quad-SLI configuration.  And while running in 3-Way SLI mode, the GeForce 9800 GTX card put up the best numbers of all of the configurations we tested.

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