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Left 4 Dead 2 Performance

Left 4 Dead 2
DirectX Gaming Performance

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 visuals 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.

All of the cards we tested are able to easily handle Left 4 Dead 2, as is evidenced by the relatively high framerates across the board here. Regardless, the GeForce GTX 580, once again, puts up the strongest performance of any other single-GPU. The Radeon HD 5970, however, couldn't be touched.

6870 6850 5870 5850 5970  GTX 460  GTX 470  GTX 480 GTX 580
% Increase 39.8% 63.8% 23.9% 46.1% 1% 47.4% 26.1% 16.9% 10.1%
With the exception of the GeForce GTX 470 and 460 SLI configurations, the rest of the multi-GPU setups are CPU-bound in L4D2 and all produce framerates in the 140FPS range.

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