Sapphire Radeon X850 XT PE: AGP 8X
Half Life 2
|Thanks to the dedication of millions of 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 eagerly anticipated its release. Unfortunately, thanks to a compromised internal network; the theft of a portion of the game's source code; a couple of missed deadlines; and a tumultuous relationship with the game's distributor, Vivendi Universal, we all had to wait until November 2004 to get our hands on HL2. We benchmarked this game with a long, custom- recorded timedemo in the "canals" map, that takes us through both an outdoor and an indoor environment. These tests were run at resolutions of 1,024x768 and 1,600 x 1,200 without any AA or aniso and with 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently.|
If you take our Doom 3 performance results, and reverse the order of the victors, you'll have our Half Life 2 performance results! With this game, the Radeon X850XT Platinum Editions outpaced the GeForce cards by a narrow margin in both test configurations at 1024x768, but pulled ahead at 1600x1200. With HL2 running at the higher resolution, the X850XT PEs were approximately 13.2% and 21% faster than the GeForce 6800 Ultra in our two respective test configurations.