Half-Life 2: Episode 1


Performance Comparisons with Half Life 2: Episode 1

Half Life 2: Episode 1
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. Its subsequent sequel, Half-Life 2, was also hugely popular. Armed with the latest episodic update to HL2, Episode 1, we benchmarked the game with a long, custom-recorded timedemo that takes us through both outdoor and indoor environments. These tests were run at resolutions of 1,280 x 1,024 and 1,600 x 1,200 with 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently, and with color correction and HDR rendering enabled in the game engine as well.

Half-Life 2, Episode 1 is our first "real-world" test and the PNY XLR8 8800 GTX OC doesn't dissapoint. Just like in our synthetic 3DMark test, the XLR8 dominates the stock 8800 GTX and puts up a good fight against the 8800 Ultra. Unlike in our 3DMark tests, the XLR8 ends up losing to the 8800 Ultra, this time. All three of the GeForce 8800 cards ended up with similar scores at both resolutions. The Radeon X1950 XT had a strong showing here as well since this benchmark tends to favor ATI cards. Despite that, the X1950 XT is still left in the dust by the 8800s.

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