NVIDIA Quad-SLI with the ASUS EN9800GX2
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 ASUS EN9800GX2 Quad-SLI setup showed significant scaling in our custom Half Life 2: Episode 2 benchmark. At both resolution the Quad-SLI rig was significantly faster than a single GX2, and it was the fastest NVIDIA-based configuration. At 1920x1200, scaling wasn't terribly dramatic, but at 2560x1600 the delta was huge. Also note, the dual-Radeon HD 3870 X2 quad-CrossFireX setup held its own and took the lead at 1920x1200, but it fell behind by quite a bit once the resolution was increased to 2560x1600.