|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 its Readme file. The Halo benchmark runs through four of the cut-scenes from the game, after which the average frame rate is recorded. We patched the game using the v1.06 patch and ran this benchmark twice, once at 1,024 x 768 and then again at 1,600 x 1,200. Antialiasing doesn't work properly with Halo, so all of the tests below were run with antialiasing disabled.|
In the low-resolution test, all of the cards we tested performed similarly, with the exception of the Radeon X800 XL which lagged behind the competition by about 8-10%. In the high-resolution 1600x1200 test, the landscape looked very much the same, but framerates dropped off considerably. At 1600x1200, the X850XT Platinum Editions again held onto the lead, followed very closely behind by the GeForce 6800 Ultra.