GeForce GTX 275 and Radeon HD 4890 Round-Up

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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead
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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead is a co-operative, survival horror, first-person shooter that was developed by Turtle Rock Studios, which was purchased by Valve part-way into development. Like Half Life 2, the game uses the Source engine, however, the visual in L4D are far superior to anything seen in the Half Life universe to date. The game pits four Survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive zombies. We tested the game at various resolutions with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled and all in game graphical options set to their maximum values.


Left 4 Dead benchmarks were also quite close - at least within each camp.  All three Radeons found themselves pushing out just over 159 fps at 1280x960, regardless of their differences in speeds.  With the exception of ASUS ENGTX275, our GeForce GTX 275 quartet improved on the Radeons by close to three frames per second.  This equated to a performance delta of just under 2 percent.  That margin of difference increases this time at the higher resolutions, ultimately topping out at closer to 4 percent when comparing the top-performing HD 4890 card to the top GTX 275.

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