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Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2
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Left 4 Dead 2

Like its predecessor, Left 4 Dead 2 is a co-operative, survival horror, first-person shooter that pits four players against numerous hordes of Zombies. Like Half Life 2, the game uses the Source engine, however, the visual in L4D 2 are far superior to anything seen in the Half Life universe to date. The game has much more realistic water and lighting effects, more expansive maps with richer detail, more complex models, and the list goes on and on. We tested the game at various resolutions with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled and all in game graphical options set to their maximum values.

Our single-card, Left 4 Dead 2 testing shows the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 with a small advantage over the Radeon HD 5870, with the Radeon HD 5970 still posting the best scores overall. Pairing cards up in a multi-GPU SLI or CrossFireX configurations, however, results in a CPU limitation and all of the cards perform at roughly the same level. Even with 4X anti-aliasing and the anisotropic filtering maxed out, L4D2 does tax today's high-end graphics cards hard enough to slow framerates considerably in a multi-CPU configuration.

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