|For many gamers, the release of Halo marked the end of a long wait, because it was originally released as an Xbox exclusive a few years back. No additional patches or tweaks are needed to benchmark with Halo, as Gearbox has included all of the necessary information in their README file. The Halo benchmark runs through four of the cut-scenes from the game, after which the average frame rate is recorded. We updated the game using the latest v1.04 patch and ran this benchmark twice, once at 1024x768 and then again at 1280x1024. Anti-aliasing doesn't work properly with Halo at the moment, so all of the tests below were run with anti-aliasing disabled.|
Halo was a bit too much for these entry-level cards to handle, as well. Disregarding the DeltaChrome S8, the GeForce FX 5200 Ultra once again held onto the top spot when compared to the S4 and 9200 SE. At 1024x768, the S3 DeltaChrome S4 fell behind the 5200 Ultra by about 20% and at 1280x1024 it lagged behind the GeForce by about 23%.