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Half-Life 2: Episode 2

Performance Comparisons with Half-Life 2: Episode 2


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 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 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.


In Half-Life 2: Episode 2, the PNY 8800 GTS 512 manages to beat out the 8800 GTX by roughly two frames per second at each resolution, making it the top performer overall.  Even with 4X Anti-aliasing enabled, the GeForce cards are producing close to 90 frames per second.  In this test, at least, the cards from ATI really can't keep up, posting frame rates 15-30 fps behind at 1280x1024, and 20-35 fps behind at 1600x1200.

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