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Episode 2

Thanks to the dedication of hardcore PC gamers and a huge mod-community, the original Half-Life was one of the most successful first person shooters of all time. And courtesy of an updated game engine, gorgeous visuals, and intelligent weapon and level designs, Half Life 2 became just as popular.  Episode 2 - the most recent addition to the franchise - 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 to benchmark all cards for these tests.

The Zotac and EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 cards performed as we expected in our custom Half Life 2: Episode 2 benchmark.  In this test, the Core 216 cards once again clearly outpaced the first-gen GTX 260 and pulled well ahead of the Radeon HD 4870.


In the multi-GPU tests, the new GTX 260 Core 216 cards put up some very good scores as well.  However, the Radeon HD 4870 CrossFire configuration was able to pull ahead at 1920x1200.  With the resolution cranked up to 2560x1600 though, the new GeForces came right back and pull well ahead.

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