Sapphire Radeon X1900 GT
Half Life 2: Lost Coast
|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. So, when Valve announced Half-Life 2 was close to completion in mid-2003, gamers the world over sat in eager anticipation. Unfortunately, thanks to a compromised internal network, the theft of a portion of the game's source code, and a tumultuous relationship with the game's distributor, Vivendi Universal, we all had to wait until November '04 to get our hands on this classic. We benchmarked Half-Life 2: Lost Coast using the built-in video card testing routine at 1280x1024 and 1600x1200, with and without 4xAA and 8X Aniso enabled.|
Half Life breathes a little wind into Sapphire's sails, as their card easily dominated the lower-res benchmarks regardless of whether or not we had anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled. In both cases, the X1900 GT bested the 7900 GT by 6 frames per second, and the 7800 GT anywhere from 8-10 frames. However, the X1900 GT faltered somewhat during the higher resolution testing. There, the 7900 GT asserted its leadership of the mid-range cards, with the X1900 GT and 7800 GT running nearly neck-and-neck.