Overclocked Radeon HD 4870 X2 Shoot-Out: ASUS, MSI
Half Life 2: 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 reference Radeon HD 4870 X2 and the factory overclocked models from Asus and MSI performed similarly in our Half Life 2: Episode 1 benchmark. The Asus card once again finished on top, followed by the MSI card, and then the stock reference card.